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Post# 1026067   3/2/2019 at 15:16 by Cam2s (Nebraska)        

Was in Menards today and noticed they had a few of the new style Whirlpool FL machines. I like that theyíve moved away from the central knob configuration that almost everyone else uses, the buttons look nice and clean. The lower end model does not have an outer covering for the window glass (which is plastic) and it looks a little odd. The upper end model does have a covering but is tinted almost too dark to see in. Looks like it offers quite a bit flexibility, am curious about wash temperature though. If it will engage itís heater and let you maintain a temp or use boosted hot water I think it would be a winner. And Itís also worth mentioning that the models with the load and go dispenser finally have access to the pump trap clean out. Sitting next to these where some new Maytag FL machines. These have the central knob, but have moved to an angled panel, which is very nice. At first I thought the extra power label was a marketing sticker...but itís an actual button you can push. Iím also glad to see a bulky item maxima only had a bedding cycle and it doesnít cut it for bulky items. The door on the Maytag is similar to the old style machines, the drum is identical to the whirlpool. Unfortunately the Maytag did not have a pump access panel. They also do not appear to be on the Maytag website.

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Post# 1026078 , Reply# 1   3/2/2019 at 17:54 by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        

The thing that really bothers me with these new models is the inner door window is plastic on all Whirlpool-made FL'ers. They made this change sometime in 2018 and it seems so incredibly cheap to me. The build quality of their new machines is questionable. They really feel like throw away appliances.

Post# 1026625 , Reply# 2   3/9/2019 at 05:53 by Jaytag (Atlanta)        
Sanitize / Allergen

I noticed also that all Whirlpool Models offer Allergen but the base Maytag took away the Sanitize. I have many customers who love the Sanitize for Allergies. Wonder why the could not have put it on all models.

Post# 1026655 , Reply# 3   3/9/2019 at 15:58 by appnut (TX)        

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Jay, Maytag's entry level MHW3000/3500 didn't offer Extra Hot, just Hot.  There was a Steam for Stains option but still not as hot.  The MHW5500 & MHW8200 offered an Allergen cycle that was NSF P351 sanitization certification.  My Whirlpool WFW97HEX (purchased November 27, 2011) and the Maytag MHW8000 were the last in the product line that also offered NSF P172 certification for the Sanitize temp options.  After that, their products no longer offered that certification.  Only the Allergen certification.  The new Maytag & Whirlpool product lines offer Cold, Cool, Warm,  Very Warm, and Hot wash temps.  The Sanitize cycle is "Sani with Oxi" and I consider that a joke.  I think most front load competitive products still offer NSFP172 for their Sanitize cycle.  For the new WP product line, there is one model with exception.  The WFW9620 is their TOL and wash temps are Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot, & Extra Hot.  The Sanitize "cycle" doesn't not mention the need for Oxi to be added, but it still doesn't offer an NSF certification.  I personally think WP is really putting themselves at  a competitive disadvantage for individuals looking for an NSF certification for the Sanitize cycle.  And I do see in my modern appliance forums I participate in, individuals are looking for that certification.  LG also offers certification for their Allergene cycle that's from some sort of professional allergy organization/society.  I can vouch for the deep cleaning of very bad stains when Sanitize wash temp and steam for stains is used.  For me, the only acceptable model I could have from WP would be this WFW9620 because of the extra hot setting.  

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