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Maytag vs. Electrolux Front Load Washers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Danny Nguyen  |  August 28, 2019  |  7 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Electrolux  |  Maytag  |  Laundry

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Front load washers have become competitive over the last few years even if tariffs have caused 20% price increases over the last two years.

Whirlpool, GE, LG, Samsung and Speed queen all have decent front load machines.

However, Maytag and Electrolux should be towards the top of your list. We will compare both brands, the products, their features, and reliability.

Both are very different, so you will like one or the other.

Maytag

Maytag, manufactured in the U.S., created its first washing machine back in 1907. They were the original dependable company as their products lasted 18-20 years.

Unfortunately, bad management and faulty products, most notably, the Neptune washer, forced Maytag to be sold to Whirlpool in 2003.

Maytag is now marketed as the best laundry brand offered by their parent company, Whirlpool.

Electrolux

Electrolux broke into the laundry market a little later when they introduced their pioneer laundry center.

Their products are made in Mexico, and they are an innovator in cleaning.

It's safe to say Electrolux has been redefining fabric care technology. In 2006 Electrolux introduced the first steam dryer. Now, they have new rinse and "SmartBoost" features.

To be transparent, we stopped selling Electrolux in 2017.

Maytag vs. Electrolux Front Load Laundry

Maytag Front Load Washer MHW8630HW - $1,129

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MHW8630HW Features:

  • Most Powerful Cleaning in the industry driven by the Heavy Duty cycle + Extra Power button
  • Extra Power Button
  • Smart Appliance
  • 24 Hr Fresh Hold® Option
  • Optimal Dose Dispenser
  • Quick Wash Cycle
  • Sanitize Cycle

Electrolux Front Load Washer EFLS627UIW - $973

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EFLS617SIW Features:

  • 4.4 cu ft capacity - Easily cleans a king-sized comforter.
  • LuxCare Wash System - offers a thorough clean by combining improved wash actions, temperature control, and smart load sensing.
  • Perfect Steam Technology - rises from the bottom, gently lifting dirt and stains from fibers.
  • StainSoak Option - starts with premixing the water, detergent, and stain remover before the cycle begins to create a powerful, yet gentle cleaning solution. Then, it optimizes the wash program based on the stain you select.
  • SmartBoost for Vibrant Colors - delivers an exceptional clean in cold water, so your favorites stay flawless and colors stay vibrant, longer.
  • 9 Wash Cycles - Colors, Whites, StainTreat, Rinse & Spin, Quick Cycle, Casual, Normal, Heavy, and Delicates.
  • Option Selections: Clean Water, Delay Start, Freshwater Rinse, Stain Pre-Treat, Light, and End-of-Cycle-Chime.
  • 15 Minute Fast Wash - Quickly deep cleans the items you need most
  • Comes in Island White or Titanium.

This is the newest generation of Electrolux laundry. They recently updated some of the aesthetics and controls, for a more modern and advanced appearance.

In addition, these washers have a two-pump system. It bypasses the detergent dispenser in the rinse cycle preventing residual soap running through the rinse and remaining in your fabrics. This is especially appealing to people who have skin allergies or sensitivities.

SmartBoost premixes detergents and automatically releases the mix during the wash for a better clean.

If you like washing with detergent pods, Electrolux is one of two manufacturers offering a pod dispenser. The other is Miele. The 15-minute wash cycle is another great feature for smaller loads.

Which front load washer is the most reliable, Maytag or Electrolux?

Our service department logged over 65,000 service calls in the last two years. The following are the repair percentages in the first year.

Most Reliable Front Load Washers for 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Maytag 204 1470 13.9%
LG Electronics 72 1246 5.8%
Whirlpool 30 293 10.2%
Electrolux 112 281 39.9%
Samsung 8 178 4.5%
Speed Queen 19 14 135.7%
Frigidaire 4 9 44.4%
Speed Queen Commercial 0 4 0.0%
Grand Total 455 3494 13.0%

Most Reliable Front Load Washers for 2018

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Samsung 8 178 4.49 %
LG Electronics 72 1246 5.78 %
Whirlpool 30 293 10.24 %
Maytag 204 1470 13.88 %
Electrolux 112 281 39.86 %
Frigidaire 4 9 44.44 %
Speed Queen 19 14 135.71 %
Grand Total 455 3494 13.02 %

Most Reliable Front Load Washers for 2017

  Units Sold Units Serviced Service Rate
Whirlpool  524 20 3.82%
LG Electronics 320 17 5.31%
Maytag 1,124 74 6.58%
Samsung 154 12 7.79%
Electrolux 1,549 295 19.04%
Speed Queen Commercial 13 3 23.08%
Frigidaire 86 21 24.42%
Speed Queen 44 16 36.36%

We stopped selling Electrolux in 2017. Their numbers look bad in 2018 because there were fewer sales against a previous years service calls.

The 19% service calls would be a better indication of service within the first year. Maytag spiked last year as well, but is still 6% better than Electrolux.

Which Front Load Washer Should You Buy, Maytag or Electrolux?

  Maytag
MHW8639HW - $1,129
Electrolux
EFLS627UIW - $973
Capacity 5 cu. ft. 4.4 cu. ft.
Drum Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
# of Wash Cycles 14 9
Spin Speed 1,600 RPMs 1,300 RPMs
Special Features Overnight Wash and Dry Cycle, FreshHold Option, Steam SmartBoost Technology, Stainsoak Option, Steam
Stackable Yes Yes
Option of a pedestal Yes Yes
Reliability 7.3% 15%
Warranty 10-year Motor and Basket 10-year motor, Lifetime Tub

First, both are excellent machines. It depends on what you value.

The Case for Electrolux

Electrolux has the second rinse and the SmartBoost features producing cleaner clothing. It is the only full size washer to dispense pod detergents and has the 15-minute wash cycle.

The Case For Maytag

Maytag has the fresh hold, the 24-hour wash and dry cycle, the fan, and the overnight cycle for convenience.

You can also load up to 8 loads of detergent, and the machine will add it as needed. Maytag has the convenience of WIFI so you do not have to loiter around your washer for the end of the cycle.

Maytag is US built with better reliability as well.

In terms of features, they both are good in different ways. Electrolux has better cleaning versus Maytag's more robust cycle options along with better reliability.

What If I Need A Dryer Too?

If you are buying a matching dryer, there is a significant difference in reliability. Take a look:

Most Reliable Full-Size Dryers for 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Amana 0 5 0.0%
Miele 5 155 3.2%
Whirlpool 43 901 4.8%
Samsung 20 362 5.5%
LG Electronics 68 1126 6.0%
Bosch Appliances 41 602 6.8%
Maytag 142 1480 9.6%
Frigidaire 1 5 20.0%
Speed Queen 41 197 20.8%
Blomberg 51 207 24.6%
Asko 8 27 29.6%
Electrolux 147 309 47.6%
Fisher & Paykel 6 8 75.0%
Speed Queen Commercial 1 1 100.0%
Grand Total 574 5385 10.7%

Electrolux had a problem with their lint screen.

Before you buy the pair, you should research whether this has been remedied.

If someone from Electrolux would like to address the repair in the newer products, I will place it in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What front load washer brand is the most reliable?

It depends on the year. In 2017, it was Whirlpool. In 2018, LG had the best reliability.

2. Is an agitator better than an impeller in a washer machine?

Both agitator and impeller washing machines will clean your clothing and remove dirt. The biggest advantage with an impeller is you have more capacity due to its smaller sized mechanism.

An impeller washer machine can handle a queen or king-size comforter, while an agitator can’t. A traditional agitator tends to cost less than impeller washer machines.

An impeller washer is more gentle on clothing while an agitator could tear up softer fabric. The advantage would go to impeller as the better machine for washer.

3. What type of washing machine cleans the best?

A front load washing machine will clean the best. Without any type of agitator or impeller, a front load washer has the largest capacity for a deeper cleaning.

This will allow your clothing to move more gently throughout the tub during its wash cycle.

Because of the full rotation, it can separate clothing to the left and right, while constantly spinning clothing in all directions to remove dirt and stains. No shirt left unturned!

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Danny has completed 2 half marathons and enjoys spending time traveling and snowboarding.

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