My good ole' Maytag washer just died. Now, I hear that the new Maytag(now owned by Whirlpool) is a POS. The trouble is, I don't know what is good. When I look on the 'net, they want to tell me about all the state of the art new stuff that has 14cycles and all the bells and whistles for $1000. All I want is a basic machine that warsches my clothes and lasts a long time.. It doesn't have to cook my breakfast.
What do you mechanics recommend???
IMHO, Best bang for your buck (no question) is a Speed Queen AWN 412http://www.speedquee...ts.aspx?type=85
They have been immune from some of the "from on high" mandates because they build a commercial quality product... That ends in 2014. If you, your family, any friends will need a washing machine at any time in the future, they would be well served to buy a SQ now, before the last "normal" washer is gone from existence.
The fancy top loaders that claim to be miracle machines are total POS from where I stand... I have zero tolerance for them, their design, etc... I have customers who buy them against advice and call a week later complaining about how bad they are... Usually because they overload them, but also because they are built for people who don't really need to wash their clothes, they just do because they wore it... (You know what I mean)
If you are going to go front load, Samsung, and LG are both good... But Samsung's support is almost as bad as GE
and their parts distrib is worse. If you have to go front load, I would go LG. On any good front load machine, expect a 7-10 yr lifespan. Normal everyday top load, 3-5. GE
2-3 yrs. I'm not kidding, that's how bad some of this stuff is now.
One other name to throw in is Fisher Pakyel. They build a decent product in some cases. The ones with the agitators will actually wash clothes using less water.
No matter what you buy, do the research, if it has a computer: get a good extended warranty, and above all else, buy it from someone who fixes their own stuff... Sears farms all that out to A&E (3 weeks wait in these parts) most other chains just refer you to someone else. Nothing is more frustrating that having a machine in warranty and you can't get it fixed because there isn't any warranty service in your area.