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Jan 15, 2021 - 5:19:31 PM
3665 posts since 4/7/2004

Need a washing machine and the local appliance dealer is recommending Speed Queen or Maytag. Sister in Law had a few Maytag's and had issues with them. Not sure if that was her fault or not.

Are these good machines? Something other than these that I should consider?

I just want a simple, heavy duty machine that has basic settings.

Also... I tend to avoid box store machines as I know they push their own specs on products with the same model number as the regular models. I assume this goes for bestbuy and appliances too?

Thanks!

Ken

Jan 15, 2021 - 5:41:53 PM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

we had a maytag,, direct drive,, lasted 14 years ,,can't complain i guess
had to go shopping around christmas for a new one..after lots of reading and research
i ended up with another maytag Model #MVWC565FW. on sale for 749.00 plus tax.
its not direct drive,,,you can't hardly find a direct drive under 1200 dollars anymore and they are rare,,speed queen has a few commercial models that are but pricey.

good luck,,,P.S. the wife really likes her new maytag now that she figured out how to use it.

Jan 15, 2021 - 5:46:19 PM
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bubbalouie

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We bought a set of Maytag's 3 years ago. They say 10 year warranty right on them. We just had the drier fixed. ($150)  the guy said the bearings were on the way out on the washer. He said it's 3 or 4 hundred to repair & not worth it. We paid $1800:00 for the pair! Junk!  

Jan 15, 2021 - 5:46:30 PM
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slammer

USA

3090 posts since 12/30/2008

About 7 years ago I bought a new washer and dryer. I went to our local appliance store (mom and pop shop) after looking at all the Big stores and the fancy beautiful front loading super duper computerized wi-fi laden works of art!!!
The old guy in the store told me the most important thing............Computers and electronic components don’t get along well with water, moisture and heat!!!
He then showed me these “plane Jane” Speed Queen home/commercial washers and dryers. Not pretty and no bells and whistles and no shiny parts. He then had me lift up one of the fancy shmancy units and then pick up one of the speed queens.
Then he showed me the parts list for the speed queen vs. the Fancy ones.
The speed queen had like 35 parts verses 275 parts for the fancy shmancy.
It was also twice the weight of the fancy blingy units.
Hot , Warm, Cold vs. 25 different settings. Regular , perm press, gentle vs. settings I never heard of.
Analog controls verses electronic digital controls in a heated wet environment.
It all made sense and bought them on the spot.
Oh, did I mention the 10 year warranty on Speed Queens and all the stainless steel parts, hence the weight of these suckers!!!
If I sound like a salesman, it’s because I own the products and if I ever lost my job, I’d be selling these things!!! They’re that good!!! UGLY, but good!!!
Wash time is 17 minutes max , vs 45 minutes or more of what not that goes on in those front load POS !!! Zero maintenance and zero repairs in 7 years
Don’t let them bulls*** ya on a more expensive “prettier” brand !!!
Slammer!!!

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:01:37 PM

3665 posts since 4/7/2004

Thanks everyone. Always can depend on the members here!

The Speed Queen model that the salesman showed me, normal sized top loading model, had a five year warranty. Just checked the warranty pdf for speed Queen and there is a model that has a 7 year warranty and they offer a 3 year extended warranty. Will have to look into the models.

The simple model that he showed me the price was a little over $900.00. If it is worth it in durability and the price is competitive I have no problem with that.

The folks here that had trouble with your Maytag, was it bought from a box store?

Ken

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:13:39 PM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

the speed queens are the mack truck of washers,,, tough as nails and built to last,,around my area the cheapest one was 300 more then what we bought,, even the majority of the speed queens sold in stores are belt driven and offer a 3 ,,5,,7 year warranty,,but it is a good warranty parts and labor in home repair.   i only had so much i could spend so i went with the top load maytag with knobs ,,not a bunch of electronic pads,,she didn't want one of those anyway. and with a bigger basket in the new one i am hoping she won't be as hard on it as the old one with its smaller basket.. hoping anyway.

samsung and LG offer a direct drive system but all the controls are totally electronic ,,meaning touch pads and such,,, she didn't want those kind of controls and even the agitator models complaints were they didn't fill the tub enough to suit most folks.

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 01/15/2021 18:21:49

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:20:14 PM
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Brian T

Canada

17740 posts since 6/5/2008

Bought my home empty in 2000. Bought a package of Kenmore (washer, dryer, stove, fridge, dishwasher.) I feel gifted as here we are and everything chugs along without a squeak.

How many loads per week do you expect?

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:23:37 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

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We gave away our Frigidaire Front load washer! Threw in the dryer! 

Front loaders are gross! I think a washing machine should at least wash itself!

Soap doesn't make suds anymore. I used to have an old Maytag set in a place i rented. 5 pairs of greasy jeans would come out clean, Dump in the Tide. Probably still working!

With the new stuff if you get butter on your shirt eating a cob of corn it's still there when it comes out of the wash! 

Jan 15, 2021 - 6:24:41 PM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

the previous maytag we had we bought at sears around 2006.. its a wait and see on the new one we have. she did about 5 to 7 loads per week with the old one.. the new one will be about 4 to 5.

Jan 15, 2021 - 7:10:18 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24395 posts since 6/25/2005

The scoop on Maytag from my appliance guy of 34 years—when they switched the drive from direct, quality went downhill. Mine is from the early 90s, and is the last of the direct drive models. Works fine, and like the Speed Queen mentioned above, it’s simple. Have a Whirlpool dryer, a few years newer. Has a moisture sensor, but no other digital gimmicks. Also works fine. Don’t know what I’d get if one died. But I do know who I’d trust to recommend and sell me one. BTW—a warning on the Asian washers/dryers. They may have bells and whistles and even work well. But if one needs repair, it may be next to impossible to find someone trained to fix it, especially if you’’re not in a fairly large urban area.

Jan 15, 2021 - 7:29:28 PM
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2793 posts since 4/19/2008

1992 Maytag, I could have my will say "Bury me in it" but my wife would kill mesmiley

Jan 15, 2021 - 7:32:08 PM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

The scoop on Maytag from my appliance guy of 34 years—when they switched the drive from direct, quality went downhill. Mine is from the early 90s, and is the last of the direct drive models. Works fine, and like the Speed Queen mentioned above, it’s simple. Have a Whirlpool dryer, a few years newer. Has a moisture sensor, but no other digital gimmicks. Also works fine. Don’t know what I’d get if one died. But I do know who I’d trust to recommend and sell me one. BTW—a warning on the Asian washers/dryers. They may have bells and whistles and even work well. But if one needs repair, it may be next to impossible to find someone trained to fix it, especially if you’’re not in a fairly large urban area.


bill our 2006 maytag was a direct drive,, last year i replaced the clutch and pads in it,, simple design and straight forward,, i guess it was too good,,and had to change it to sell washers more often,

Jan 15, 2021 - 8:04:59 PM

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Ken ..... Dale pretty much nailed it with his first post. The more complicated and expensive machines do not sell nearly the number in-terms of volume of the less expensive and simpler machines. As a result the simple standard models have sold many many more units and they pretty much have worked out all the bugs and snags. They are much more reliable and less expensive to repair.

Jan 16, 2021 - 1:14:34 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

24395 posts since 6/25/2005

quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

The scoop on Maytag from my appliance guy of 34 years—when they switched the drive from direct, quality went downhill. Mine is from the early 90s, and is the last of the direct drive models. Works fine, and like the Speed Queen mentioned above, it’s simple. Have a Whirlpool dryer, a few years newer. Has a moisture sensor, but no other digital gimmicks. Also works fine. Don’t know what I’d get if one died. But I do know who I’d trust to recommend and sell me one. BTW—a warning on the Asian washers/dryers. They may have bells and whistles and even work well. But if one needs repair, it may be next to impossible to find someone trained to fix it, especially if you’’re not in a fairly large urban area.


bill our 2006 maytag was a direct drive,, last year i replaced the clutch and pads in it,, simple design and straight forward,, i guess it was too good,,and had to change it to sell washers more often,


In Missouri in the 1980s, we got a well-used Maytag; I could keep it running myself, and when we moved we sold it to the the new homeowner for what we'd paid..

Jan 16, 2021 - 4:50:04 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25483 posts since 8/3/2003

We bought one of those expensive washers about 10 years ago. It had all the bells and whistles, lots of buttons would do everything except put the clothes in by itself. It lasted exactly 5 years and 1 day....... until the warranty ran out and then it quit. A repairperson took it apart and found that the bowl part had leaked and corroded the agitator mechanism and frozen it solid. It would have cost more to fix than to trash. Needless to say, it was trashed.

I bought an "entry level" Maytag, no bells, no whistles, pour soap in the bottom, put in a fabric softener and turn it on. It washes clothes great, gets them clean. I've had it now for over 5 years and only one small problem which was underwarranty.

I'll never get another fancy one with bells and whistles. Don't need them.

Jan 16, 2021 - 5:04:29 AM
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rinemb

USA

13037 posts since 5/24/2005

My folks gave us a Maytag set for our wedding gift in 1975. While still working, though with issues, we finally passed the washer and dryer on in about 2010. No longer are they made nearly as well to get that kind of life. So, we bought the best Speed Queens available for home use. Large capacity, stainless tub and more, such as mechanical "looking" controls.
We did choke on the price, but have been happy with the units. I think we had one call out for service, but it was under warranty.
Brad

Jan 16, 2021 - 5:11:54 AM
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DC5

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When I first moved in with my wife I bought the second least expensive top loader that sears sold, along with the least expensive drier. It was a small machine, and it died as the family was growing, but it did last almost 15 years, the drier longer. For a variety of reasons, but primarily because I have a well and a septic tank, when it died I wanted a front loader. At that time the Maytag Neptune seemed like the best choice. It started giving me trouble around year 3 and died around year 5 or so. I won't buy another Maytag. I don't remember the next front loader, might have been a Samsung, but the bearings went and it was more expensive to fix than to replace. I now have an LG with a stainless drum and way too many bells and whistles, including it has "smart" features so it could call my cell phone, if I had a smart cell phone, and tell me when the laundry is done. The one feature I really like is it has a steam clean mode, and it is great for washing dirty, oil stained, jeans. I don't need all the bells and whistles, but I bought the floor model and got it at a decent discount. It is extremely heavy and I cannot move it alone. When this one dies I'm going back to a simple top loader with as few bells and whistles as possible. We do fewer loads now, so water conservation, though still important, is not as critical. Simple has fewer parts, and is easier to repair.
BTW, we are still on our second drier, which was bought used. I don't care if the washer and drier match, and I don't want bells and whistles on a drier. As long as the drum turns and it blows hot air it's going to dry clothes. When it dies I'll look for another slightly used machine, or an inexpensive model with a large enough drum.

Jan 16, 2021 - 7:00:56 AM

2512 posts since 2/10/2013

A well informed acquaintance told me that if I was seriously concerned about the quality of a device, I should purchase it from one of manufacturer's outlet stores. He informed me that companies perform more effective quality control measures on items going to their retail outlets. I have read horror stories about things like lawnmowers sold at large chains.
I currently use an "LG" washing machine. I hope my wife never has to decide if she has to "keep" me or the wash machine.

Jan 16, 2021 - 7:07:26 AM

3880 posts since 12/6/2009

Whirlpool now makes ......Maytag, Amana, Magic chef,Jenn Air and probably lots more. A lot of stuff is made over seas...and or parts are made over seas and assembled here so they can say made in America..... kinda like banjos eh?
All TVs and most electronics stuff also.....Walmart is a store front for china.

Jan 16, 2021 - 7:31:33 AM
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DC5

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Correction ^^ My last machine was an LG, my current one is a Samsung.

Jan 16, 2021 - 7:44:30 AM

6419 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers
quote:
Originally posted by 1935tb-11
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

The scoop on Maytag from my appliance guy of 34 years—when they switched the drive from direct, quality went downhill. Mine is from the early 90s, and is the last of the direct drive models. Works fine, and like the Speed Queen mentioned above, it’s simple. Have a Whirlpool dryer, a few years newer. Has a moisture sensor, but no other digital gimmicks. Also works fine. Don’t know what I’d get if one died. But I do know who I’d trust to recommend and sell me one. BTW—a warning on the Asian washers/dryers. They may have bells and whistles and even work well. But if one needs repair, it may be next to impossible to find someone trained to fix it, especially if you’’re not in a fairly large urban area.


bill our 2006 maytag was a direct drive,, last year i replaced the clutch and pads in it,, simple design and straight forward,, i guess it was too good,,and had to change it to sell washers more often,


In Missouri in the 1980s, we got a well-used Maytag; I could keep it running myself, and when we moved we sold it to the the new homeowner for what we'd paid..


oh i don't doubt it a bit,,,, those vintage maytags bring a premium even today,,, if the frame on ours had not been in such bad shape i probably would have invested more it it.. but the bleach dispenser had a crack in it had been running down in to the frame work and eat it up.. i shored it up twice and replaced the clutch and suspension springs but it got to shaking so bad,, i think the bearing in the tub was gone too... so i gave up and replaced it....

Jan 16, 2021 - 9:38:18 AM

73958 posts since 5/9/2007

10 year old GE from Lowe's is working fine.Never a problem.
Best thing for a washing machine is to never let it spin out of balance past its corrective weighting.

Jan 16, 2021 - 11:15:41 AM

bill53

USA

360 posts since 3/26/2004

i worked on tvs and appliances for 40 years if you can find one speed queen old style but they are not cheap ive worked on em all the direct drive were the best all tvs are chinese junk get the warranty youll need it. i sold a maytag working 35 years old.

Jan 16, 2021 - 11:37:44 AM
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janolov

Sweden

40912 posts since 3/7/2006

May I suggest this one:

Jan 16, 2021 - 1:18:29 PM

62 posts since 1/27/2015

Maytag, Amana, Kenmore, and most other names are all Whirlpool.
Whirpool closed their factory in Evansville and moved to Mexico.
Speed Queen is American and built much better.
I read an article a few years back concerning built-in obsolescence on washers this engineer was told to design a machine that would expire in about 7 years.
It ain't mommas Maytag .
Front-loaders get mold in the seals and that can get on your clothes as you load and unload them.
I sold appliances for a few years , Oh and buy from the local merchant repair service is so much better.
Speed Queen!!!
Just like banjoes, you get what you pay for. Fancy inlays don't make it sound better.

Jan 16, 2021 - 2:03:07 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by overhere

Whirlpool now makes ......Maytag, Amana, Magic chef,Jenn Air and probably lots more. A lot of stuff is made over seas...and or parts are made over seas and assembled here so they can say made in America..... kinda like banjos eh?
All TVs and most electronics stuff also.....Walmart is a store front for china.


And Kitchen Aid

Edited by - BanjoLink on 01/16/2021 14:03:29

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