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

Kenny Keefe  |  August 10, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Maytag  |  Laundry  |  LG Electronics

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Maytag and LG are just two of the many brands to choose from when replacing or adding a new laundry set to your home.  One can drive themselves crazy listening to and reading all the mixed reviews online. This article will take not only those reviews into consideration but my own experiences dealing with the two brands over the years.

The two brands have debuted new machines offering some new and exciting features. We will look at both machines and compare the differences.  But first, let's take a quick look at the two brand's backgrounds.

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Maytag, one of the few brands still manufactured in the U.S., came out with their first laundry set back in 1907. For many years they were the most reliable laundry brand with an average life span of 20 years.  

Unfortunately, they marketed the first front load, the ill-fated Neptune.  Its design flaw caused mold, odor and eventually ruined the company. 

Now Maytag is the upscale subsidiary of Whirlpool. 


LG is an electronics company founded in 1958 in South Korea. They are known for their phones, TVs, and as of not long ago, appliances. They are leaders of innovative cutting-edge features, which comes with no surprise considering their history with electronics.   

They have a wide distribution in big box stores and have become very popular in the last 5 years. LG products are mostly manufactured in Korea. They are focused on technology, capacity, and features.  

Now, let's take a look at both brand's products and compare.  

Front Load Laundry

Maytag MHW8200FW$899.99 



  • 4.6 cu. ft. Capacity
  • 11 wash cycles
  • 1,200 RPM
  • Steam
  • Power Wash system
  • Fresh hold
  • Optimal Dose dispenser
  • Overnight wash & dry cycle
  • Energy Star rated 

Maytag MED8200FW$899.99



  • 7.4 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 10 Dry cycles
  • 5 Temperature selections
  • Steam-enhanced dryer
  • Wrinkle prevent
  • Sanitize cycle
  • Rapid dry cycle
  • Energy Star rated 


Along with Maytag's reliability, this laundry pair has a lot of cycle options. The washer features PowerWash, combining extra cleaning action and heated water to fight stains. Beyond the 1-year parts and labor warranty, the MHW8200FW comes with a complimentary 10-year limited warranty on the washer motor and basket.    

This washer also has a 12-hour Fresh hold feature, where by the assistance of an internal fan circulates the air to help keep odors and wrinkles from setting in for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle ends. This feature can also be selected manually at any time to dry out the interior. This is one of the best solutions out there for those who have concerns about mold and mildew buildup inside the gasket.  

One of my favorite cycles is the Overnight Wash and Dry cycle. This feature will allow you to put a small load of laundry in the washer before you go to bed and when you wake up the next morning it will be dry and ready to wear.  

LG WM4370HWA$899.99 



  • 4.5 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 14 wash programs
  • Steam
  • Turbo wash
  • Speed wash
  • Allergan cycle
  • Sanitary Cycle
  • 4-Tray dispenser
  • Quiet operation
  • Energy Star Certification 

LG DLEX4370W$899.99 



  • 7.4 cu. Ft. Capacity
  • 14 drying programs
  • Smart Diagnosis
  • Smart thin technology
  • Speed dry
  • Sensor dry
  • Turbo steam
  • Quiet operation
  • Energy Star certification


Considering LG's background with electronics and technology, it's no surprise they have some of the more advanced and innovative features.  

If you are having an issue with this pair you can easily diagnose the problem with the Smart Diagnosis. In other words, this washer has the capability of transmitting data by phone to the Customer Information Center. The call center agent records the data transmitted from your machine and uses it to analyze the issue, providing a fast and effective diagnosis.   

The app that allows you to do the Diagnostics also allows you download new cycles. Periodically LG will add new cycles to this app that you can download and apply for immediate use with your washer.   


Let's start off by saying both laundry pairs that are being compared here are excellent options. They both have a similar large capacity, steam in both machines, and many cycles and settings that can accommodate just about any fabrics.

LG offers an innovative APP that allows for easy diagnosis and also allows you to upload new cycles. I must touch upon the fact that, yes, you might be able to easily diagnose the issue with your LG machine but when it comes to servicing it, that can be another story.   

Maytag has the fresh hold and the Overnight 12-hour Wash and Dry Cycle for convenience. With the super easy to use optimal dose dispenser you can load up to 12 loads of detergent and the machine will add detergent to each load as needed.  

That being said, you should always choose your appliances based on your lifestyle and, of course, the product's reliability factor.  

In terms of reliability, Maytag and LG are among the top most reliable front load washers statistically, according to our 30,000+ service calls completed in 2017.   

However, LG's explosive growth is a problem when you have issues. We service both, and Maytag is far better when you do need service. 

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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.

Kenny Keefe

Kenny Keefe is an appliance sales consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Prior to working at Yale, he spent 10 years as a Golf Professional. Since becoming a team member here in 2014, his passion, drive, and pursuit to exceed customers’ expectations has made him a valuable asset to Yale. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, cooking, and keeping active.

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