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Post# 546682   9/30/2011 at 19:17 (4,453 days old) by bravos4me ()        

I've been a lurker here for months, but now find myself needing to buy a new set that can stack. Nothing excites me about what's available, but I've narrowed it down to the Maytag MHW6000, which is Direct Drive, Maytag MHWE950, which is Belt Drive, and either the LG WM2350 or WM3360.

The LGs seem to differ only in drum size (3.7 vs. 3.9), and some features, but appear to be built on the same platform. The Maytags, on the other hand, are totally different. The belt drive model (which is slightly smaller), may be one that I've read about here that is German-built; can anyone confirm that? Where the 2 Maytags are such different systems, I was hoping someone here could tell me why I'd want one over the other. Is direct-drive preferable to belt-drive, or vice-versa, and if so, why?

These are all in similar price range, which is where I want to be. I'm buying them as a gift and don't want to saddle someone with problem machines.

Post# 546699 , Reply# 1   9/30/2011 at 20:33 (4,453 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I know it's not much of a big issue to most, but one of the things that attracts me to the Maytag Maxima (the 6000) is that it's produced right here in America at the Whirlpool production facilities in Clyde Ohio I do believe.  I believe whirlpool will be phasing out sourcing their frontloaders being produced in Germany and will gravitate to all their product line being produced here.  The direct drive system may be a bit more reliable.  I personally don't like LGs very much.  If/when it comes time for me to repolace the Frigidiare frontloader, I will opt. for either the Maxima 7000 or the new 9000. 

Post# 546705 , Reply# 2   9/30/2011 at 22:02 (4,453 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I have the LG and have had the Whirlpool Duets,Kitchenaid Ensembles,Frigidaire Affinities, Bosch, and Miele front loading super capacity machines and have different likes and dislikes on all. However, the LG holds considerably more items and has some nice features that I,myself like a lot. That doesn't mean though that my taste in front loaders is equivalent to anyone else's here.
The features I prefer are:

1. button catcher This device will help keep the pump from jamming and getting burned out. You open the small door and drain out the excess water. Then,you unscrew and pull out the small little cup cleaning out the residue in it like lint,coins and buttons that went astray.The Whirlpools and Frigidaires do not have the small door but the Whirlpools have the catcher but no way to get to it w'out removing the base panel.All the others have the small access door you can open and be able to unscrew and clean out the cup that's there.

2.Sanitary cycle. This incorporates a HOT wash that lasts anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes depending on the temperature of the incoming hot water. My Miele boosts the temperature up to 175F I had an Asko that would heat the incoming cold water to a whopping 200F!! Bed sheets,pillow cases,bath and beach towels,t shirts,underwear,socks and running shoes would come out remarkably clean.

3.High speed spin. This truly reduces the drying time and saves energy for those who use an automatic instead of a clothes line.However, the only dry cycles I use are the automatic cycles that use the sensors to determine the dryness of the loads.Nobody knows the exact time it takes to dry and could waste tons of electricity by over timing the loads.

4.See through windows. I have no frigging clue why but, Sears has "engineers" who insist on having the manufacturers of their brand of washers and dryers made with smoked glass/plastic. They are really hard to see through and make no sense to me. If you don't want people to see the inside, why bother to even have a window?

5. Perforated fins. The 3 fins that are incorporated in the drums should always be perforated.Because the water usage is minimal,these perforations help get clothes more thoroughly washed and rinsed. They take the wash/rinse water up and,as they tumble,the water sprays out onto the tumbling clothes.Without the holes,clothes can get dry spots,especially bulky loads like bedspreads and blankets.

6.Liquid detergent cups. Some of the front loaders do not have these and,if you want to do a pre wash, you have to wait until it's finished to add the detergent to the main wash.I see people all the time at laundromats here just pour it in and leaving unaware that they just put twice as much detergent in for the pre wash and none for the main.

7. Warranties. Most companies give a full 1 year parts AND labor warranty.LG has always given a full 10 year warranty (parts only from 2nd through 10th year)on their direct drive motors and now,Maytag,Whirlpool and Sears Kenmore are doing the same only on (Select) models.

8.Dependability. I always look at CR and check to see who of all the brands has shown a pattern of dependability on their products.Currently, LG is leading the pack on having the fewest repairs on not only their washers but their gas and/or electric dryers too.

Some of the nicer features on different brands are not that noticeable but,one of my favorite ones is the fact that the LGs will spin EITHER way depending on the balance of the load.My original set would usually spin clockwise but,sometimes would go counter clockwise. All the others except the Askos and older White/Westinghouses would go counter clockwise.My new LG has been going counter clockwise more so than not.I also like an interior light that can come on while in operation with the door closed.It makes those sleepless nights more enjoyable. Especially with my surfboard shaped rug to lay down on as I fall asleep from the sound of the water splashing and the neat sounds I hear during the final spin.My cat will come in and sleep at my side.

SOOOO, Whatever you choose, I hope you'll get years of great service and fabulous results. There may be some great deals going on now. everybody wants to sell.I always check the websites of wherever I shop before deciding which model I'm purchasing and where.If there's a Sears Outlet Store in your area, go there and see if they have any great deals. BUT if you do get one theer, ALWAYS be sure to get the service plan,not necessarily from Sears but from their manufacturer. I had a Frigidaire Affinity I bought on clearance at Sears and they offered me two years for $149. I said no and called Frigidaire. They gave me 3 years for $129 BUT,unlike Sears,theirs began 1 year after purchase date.Sears (why I don't have a clue) will sell you 2 years but not include the manufacturer's warranty. To me ,that's a rip off.


Post# 546775 , Reply# 3   10/1/2011 at 12:53 (4,452 days old) by brastemp (Brazil)        

I have a Maytag EpicZ (Brastemp Duet) for over a year and love it. I never had problems and the cycles are versatile. The sppining balance is also effective and very fast.

Post# 546818 , Reply# 4   10/1/2011 at 19:54 (4,452 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

Maytag, without thinking twice.

Post# 546860 , Reply# 5   10/2/2011 at 00:33 (4,452 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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See above, they are informed on current models, I am not.

One thing I cannot help but observe, is that the same 'brand name' does not at all indicate the same design or manufacturing source from one market to the next (US/EU/AU/JP/KO) or even within the same market. For example, the "Frigidaire" FL I own could be bought under at least 3 other brand names in the US, and the design and components originated in Europe.

I believe the vendors do this deliberately, to obscure their reputations from public/customer scrutiny.

Post# 547494 , Reply# 6   10/4/2011 at 19:06 (4,449 days old) by Volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
LG =

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I work in an appliance parts store and the firm belief (based upon the life of the machines our service techs see and the parts we sell relative to a machine's numbers) is that LG = Luxury Garbage. Few of our service techs who have been trained on LGs will go near them. Parts availability is a big problem, and they die young. Stay far FAR away from LG.

Just my observations,

Post# 547651 , Reply# 7   10/5/2011 at 19:50 (4,448 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0500 CDT.))        
Go for the Maytag

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I would go for the Maytag for the following reasons.

1. Whirlpool's reliablity and performace record in laundry machines (they make Maytag).

2. I like the design of the machine and the heavy components used.

3. Service and parts availability. Whirlpool has an excellent service network and parts are always available.

4. Better for the US economy as this is an American made machine by an American company.

This is just my opinion, hope it helps.

Post# 547724 , Reply# 8   10/6/2011 at 07:59 (4,448 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Well Maytag, of course.


Post# 547761 , Reply# 9   10/6/2011 at 11:26 (4,448 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Differently the MT over the LGs or WP as they are the same. Also see thread did I make the right choice. As the SQ FL is by far the best built machine you can buy for home use.

Post# 547830 , Reply# 10   10/6/2011 at 15:25 (4,447 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Maytag and Whirlpool are the same.  LG be different.


Post# 548782 , Reply# 11   10/11/2011 at 20:54 (4,442 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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LG pioneered the direct drive front loading washers and have incorporated the motor with the computerized timer. A 10 year warranty proves it's reliability.

Post# 548863 , Reply# 12   10/12/2011 at 07:47 (4,442 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
10 year warranty proves it's reliability.

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NO, a 10 year warranty proves it's marketing.   The spin doctors want you to equate warranty with reliability. People will say to themselvs. Well it must be good or they wouldn't warrant it.   But from what I hear you may have the A-1, gold plated, five star, chosen by God warranty.  But when you need a reapair, just try and get it.




Post# 548868 , Reply# 13   10/12/2011 at 08:04 (4,442 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Often the products with the longest warranties are among the least durable. Companies that have a poor reputation often pile on longer warranties to offset distrust among consumers. Examples Hyanday automobiles, Wasteking DWs, and the crapy Adrimal built MT refrigerators of the early 1990s with the ten year free replacement warranty that so many people fell for. 


Who can think of others.

Post# 548872 , Reply# 14   10/12/2011 at 08:16 (4,442 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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when it comes to warrenty you have to be carful when purchusing a new washer dryer as sellers try to sell an extended warrenty to nullfie the original warrenty. So check these closely first

Post# 548890 , Reply# 15   10/12/2011 at 09:48 (4,442 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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NEVER NULLIFY THE FACTORY WARRANTY. The manufacturer does not authorize any other party to change the factory warranty coverage.

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