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Replace my Maytag with a Whirpool??
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Post# 48505   11/4/2004 at 04:23 (6,975 days old) by Hoovert5004 ()        

Hi guys.
Here in Great Britain we generally have the choice between Admiral(Maytag) or Whirlpool American top loaders.I did see a LG once but havent seen one since.I currently own an Admiral(Maytag) but its in the garage as when I moved there was no room in the kitchen for it.I was in costco last night and came across a Whirlpool top loader which is smaller than the Admiral as thats a heavy duty 22lb capacity machine.The whirlpool looked good and had a good price on it.I like the fact the tub was enameled and the overall look was nice.The number of programmes was good and the options also were good.I dont know what spin speed it was though.The problem was the agitator.It had a spiral effect going round from top to bottom.Im not sure how effective this design is as it didnt look like it would give good movement of clothes.But then saying that when I first got my Admiral I hadent seen the agitator and didnt think it looked very effective but the turnover is great.I have placed a pick of the Admiral(Maytag)agitator below.I would like to get some opinions on the Whirlpool guys.Also does anyone have a video clip of the Whirlpool working so I can see how effective it is?That would be great if someone does.Its always great if you can see a machine working first before you might buy it.Anyway basically im not sure if to keep my Admiral or get a smaller Whirlpool.I might even keep the Admiral but still buy a Whirlpool.I dont know!Any advice of clips would be appreciated.
Thanks guys


Post# 48506 , Reply# 1   11/4/2004 at 06:38 (6,975 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Funky looking "Adamananorgetag" agitator. Personally, I'd go with a porcelain or Stainless Steel tub every time. Plastic like that is somewhat pourous and will eventually collect different soils and oils. Would'nt want a plastic loo either! -Steve

Post# 48515 , Reply# 2   11/4/2004 at 07:44 (6,975 days old) by agiflow-action ()        
Dual action agitators

I have a Kenmore with Dual Action Agitator(made by Whirlpool). Sorry i have no pictures of it in action,but the DAA has very good rollover,...even better than the Admiral.

I agree about metal tubs over plastic,...Whirlpool is the last holdout to offer porcelain on steel washbaskets.Go for it,Whirlpool makes a reliable washer.


Post# 48516 , Reply# 3   11/4/2004 at 08:01 (6,974 days old) by christd1 ()        
Porcelain vs Plastic

I have always wondered why people argue for porcelain over plastive saying that they could stain, crack or collect odor when most every toploader has a PLASTIC AGITATOR. Isn't the agitator that does most of the work and hence takes most of the wear?

Post# 48520 , Reply# 4   11/4/2004 at 09:29 (6,974 days old) by agiflow-action ()        

I think in a lot of people's minds they see steel as just more aesthetically appealing than the cheapness of plastic.I am greatful for plastic,but when i have a choice for certain applications where i can choose steel over plastic,i would go with steel.
A plastic agitator i am perfectly fine with and would not want anything else,being as metal agitators were phased out before i was born,i have no experience using one and do not think i would want to if i could.

Post# 48526 , Reply# 5   11/4/2004 at 10:42 (6,974 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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I guess you are considering a 24 inches model? I wonder if the rollover is as good as in the wider machines. And what about the strong agitation of the Whirlpool machines? It could be harder on your laundry than the Admiral machine.

Post# 48538 , Reply# 6   11/4/2004 at 12:43 (6,974 days old) by Partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
whirly vs the May-Norge

The Maytag/Admiral machine is based on a design from the old Norge machines. Maytag has added their own transmission and made a few other changes, but it is still recognizable as a Norge.
The Agitator in that whirlpool is actually more effective than the single action agitator. You would notice the difference on a larger size load. The two piece dual action agitators were developed because most people overstuff their washer. If you haven't figured it out already, the bottom part goes back & forth while the "corkscrew" turns only one way, pushing the clothes at the top of the tub down. The way some homemakers pack their machines, the dual action is the only prayer most washers have of getting a load clean. Applianceville members, of course, are all very kind to their machines and don't overload, so the dual-action isn't as important for us. I find that a single action agitator is more fun.
The maytag machine has a stroke of 155 degrees at 88 oscillations per minute.
The whirlpool has a stroke of 100 degrees at 180 strokes a minute. this surely does stir things up!
You could replace the straight finned top part of your admiral agitator with a dual action piece. One of my old co-workers did so, but his wife preferred the old single action type.

Post# 48560 , Reply# 7   11/4/2004 at 16:57 (6,974 days old) by laundramatt (Youngstown, Ohio)        

Dual action agitators are very boring in my opinion. I would stay far away from them.

Post# 48566 , Reply# 8   11/4/2004 at 17:58 (6,974 days old) by westytoploader ()        

I agree Matt; thanks to John (Coldspot66) NONE of my washers have Dual-Action agitators in them! YAY!

Post# 48627 , Reply# 9   11/5/2004 at 09:21 (6,973 days old) by agiflow-action ()        
They might be boring,but...

They are the best for turnover with large loads.Boring....i guess,but most people just want clean clothes.

Post# 48644 , Reply# 10   11/5/2004 at 15:07 (6,973 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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The dual-action agitators are almost a must in the smaller, 24" wide machines. The tubs are deep, but narrower than the 29" models making for more difficult turnover of larger loads. I've had several of both agitator styles in the 24" models and the DAA wins, hands down. I think many of the models Whirlpool offer now have the gentle wash system that shifts to slow speed agitation at about the 6 min. mark in Normal cycle. This helps with the roughness a lot, but with large loads, the DAA is really a necessity to keep the load moving at the slower speed.

Post# 51384 , Reply# 11   12/19/2004 at 13:54 (6,929 days old) by agiflow ()        
DAA rollover

I know this whole DAA thing is a tiresome subject,but it really is true about the turnover factor.

I like the turnover on the normal speed(slow/fast)for most washing,but,..if you have a heavy load of jeans,it is imperative you use the heavy duty cycle to get rollover,...otherwise it just ain't happening.I would have thought the corkscrew would grab hold and force them down,..nope.

I noticed though that towels mixed with jeans will have a better turnover.The whole point is, is that you just need enough water no matter what your washing; there neeeds to be free movement of articles,any toploader we know can accomplish this.

Post# 51393 , Reply# 12   12/19/2004 at 19:08 (6,929 days old) by compwhiz ()        

All i have to say is replace your maytag with a whirlpool

watch it on a medium load check out the turn over

this washer is slightly old but it still has a ddsa


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