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Should You Buy a Maytag Front Load Washing Machine? (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  May 25, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

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When I started learning this business in 1984, the Maytag washer was the best washer you could buy. It would last 17-19 years with fewer than 2 service calls. It was manufactured and held to a different standard than any other machine.

However, that all changed with their ill-fated Neptune front load washer. The Neptune had a gap in the front where water would stagnate and create mold and mildew.


This machine killed their reliability standards and eventually helped to almost bankrupt the company before it was sold to Whirlpool. Maytag is now a Whirlpool machine with better features, more stainless parts and a slightly better warranty.

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However, the laundry category has been much more interesting since the Korean companies, LG and Samsung, have introduced products to the American market over 10 years ago.

LG and Samsung have introduced technology with 2 washers in one machine and other refinements. Electrolux has focused on product improvement such as the treatment of fabrics.

Now years later, should you invest in a Maytag front load washer machine? We looked at the features of their best-selling front load washing machine, the MHW8200FW.

Should You Buy a Maytag Washer?

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Every brand in laundry, from the Korean LG and Samsung to the Chinese-owned GE and Electrolux, have very compelling machines. There are many reasons to buy any of these brands.

You have more features, cycles, and more than double the usable capacity than the washers designed 30 years ago.

However, the one statistic worth noting is reliability. Maybe because I now have a newborn and clothes soiled 6 different ways, a working machine is now critically important.

Reliability built up Maytag, and from 2006-2007, Maytag/Whirlpool had the most reliable machines sold based on our 20,000 service calls.

So considering a Maytag is a great call.

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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.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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