Designed so laundry has more room to move, it drives clothes from the outer rim of the wash basket to the center, using a small amount of water to optimize the friction. Uses low-profile cones, wheels, fins or discs that spin to gently rub clothes against each other.
Washer with an impeller rubs clothes against each other to deliver a thorough, gentle clean Shorter dry times due to the high spin speeds that wick away more moisture More room in the wash basket for bulky articles and easy loading/unloading Both washing machines with agitators and impellers function optimally when they’re properly loaded.
Unbalanced loads aren’t cleaned as effectively or can damage the machine. Whether you’re sanitizing baby clothes, cleaning mustard out of your favorite jeans or making sure her leotard is ready for ballet class tomorrow, both an agitator or impeller model can help you get the job done.
With cleaning performance, energy efficiency, capacity, innovation and convenience being roughly equal, your decision really hinges on your personal preference. Whether you choose an agitator or impeller washer, be sure to check out Swash™ Laundry Detergent.
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Browse the full line of carefully crafted Whirlpool ® cooking appliances to find the right technology for making mealtime fast, simple and more memorable. Washers and dryers aren't the clunky old appliances of yesteryear but today are driven by technology and sophisticated electronics.
Just as each generation of smartphone has new capabilities, appliance manufacturers are also constantly adding new features. Since the last time you bought a washing machine, for example, manufacturers have added heat and steam functions to washers to remove dust mites and pet dander.
Over the last few years many washer manufacturers have added steam capability that can help root out tough stains. Dryers have also added features, including sensors to automatically shut down when the clothes are dry.
Some dryers come with a steam feature that allows you to relax wrinkles and remove odors, saving a rewash. You can if your new dryer has an express cycle that uses a large blower to increase the airflow, drying the clothing faster.
It's a good idea to read consumer reviews for all the brands you're considering because, in the past at least, some models have drawn many complaints. According to documents filed in a suit heard in Illinois, many Maytag consumers complained of their machine functioning improperly and clothing being covered in mold, as a result of problems with the door latch, wax motor, motor control, and related circuit boards.
Donna, of Molina, Fla., writes in a ConsumerAffairs posting that she had a problem with her three-year-old Maytag Legacy and called her repairman, whom she knew to be very honest. “When I called and told him what type washer it was he was surprised it was working at all,” Donna wrote.
Though the capacity looks huge, forget trying to fill the machine, it simply won't work. Veronica notes that when she called Lowes, where she bought to machine, to complain a customer service rep told her she needed to learn how to properly operate the appliance.
These machines are a lot more sophisticated than previous models and may, in fact, be harder to properly operate. Considering what a new washer-dryer combo costs these days, if you are in the market for laundry appliances, perhaps picking up good used washers and dryers, at a fraction of the price and much simpler to operate, could fill your needs.
Shopping for a new washer and dryer is a bit more complicated than it once was because manufacturers update their products a lot more often. “I have been a loyal customer in the past with Maytag because their products lasted forever,” Carol, of Smyrna, Ga., told ConsumerAffairs.com.
Laurie, of Port Saint Lucia, Fla., says she purchases a 5.0 cubic foot Maytag Bravos washer in January and is less than satisfied with the results. “The machine tangles clothing into such a mess everything has to be put in the dryer prior to hanging up to dry,” she said.
Tracey said she wishes she could get her old washer and dryer back, even if they were less energy and water efficient. Ryan, of Ballard, Tex., thinks new efficiency standards are why washing machines in general are giving consumers so much grief.
“Washing machines built these days, which have to live up to governmental restrictions on water usage, aren't worth the price you could get for scrap metal for them,” Ryan told ConsumerAffairs.com. “I've owned a Maytag front loader for five years and spent more than it is worth to fix it on multiple occasions.
There is no way any modern day washing machine will ever work as well as older units because of governmental water restriction laws.” Kenneth of Katy, Tex., said he bought a Maytag French Door Refrigerator from Home Depot a little over four years ago.
Multiple service calls failed to locate the problem, though technicians ruled out a faulty compressor, saying a relay might be at fault. Interestingly, Maytag recalled 1.6 million refrigerators in 2009 because of an electrical failure in the relay that turns the compressor on and off.
Like many U.S. manufacturers, Maytag in recent years has closed some of its American plants and shifted operations to Mexico. Regardless of the source of the problems, consumers seem increasingly frustrated that appliances that once worked extremely well in the past, don't always seem to now.
“My husband and I purchased a Maytag Neptune washer and dryer in Oct. 2005,” Mary, of Highland, Ind., told ConsumerAffairs.com. The repairman told us that the bearing assembly and seal, along with the stabilizer for the drum, needs to be replaced.
The machines were sold by major department and appliance stores nationwide from April 2005 through August 2006 for between $1,000 and $1,200. Liquid rinse-aid can leak from its dispenser and come into contact with the dishwasher's internal wiring which can short-circuit and ignite, posing a fire hazard, the company said.
Maytag has received 135 reports of dishwasher fires, resulting in product and/or property damage. The dishwashers have black, white, almond, bisque and stainless steel front panels.
The units were sold by department and appliance stores and by home builders nationwide from July 1997 through June 2001 for between $370 and $800. By an overwhelming vote, Maytag shareholders have approved a proposal to join forces with rival appliance maker Whirlpool.
In order to facilitate the review, Maytag and Whirlpool have agreed not to close on their deal until February 27, 2006, unless the department concurs before then. Maytag is a $4.8 billion home and commercial appliance company focused in North America and in targeted international markets.
Consumers writing to ConsumerAffairs.com have consistently complained about some Maytag appliances, including dishwashers and washing machines. More than two million consumers were included in the class, and may receive repair reimbursements, replacement costs up to $500, and/or washing machine purchase certificates up to $1000.
If the front-load washer is operated at maximum load capacity, the spinner could malfunction and break apart, posing a safety risk to consumers. The model and serial numbers are located inside the door opening and below the rubber boot.
The units were sold at major department and appliance stores nationwide from April 2005 through May 2005 for about $1,300. Consumers should use care not to exceed the listed capacity of their machines, and should contact Maytag for a free in-home service call to replace the washer's control board.
Brand ProductModel Number Begins Withering Number Range Whirlpool ®Under-the-counter plastic tall tub dishwashersDU1 DULGU1GU2GU6FR2200000 to FR2499999Kenmore®Under-the-counter plastic tall tub dishwashers665.143 665.160665.163665.170665.173FR2200000 to FR4599999Department and appliance stores and home builders nationwide sold the dishwashers from June 2004 through January 2005 for between $350 and $600. If you own a Whirlpool brand and Kenmore brand under-the-counter plastic tall tub dishwasher and have had service on your wash motor between August 2004 and January 2005, please call Whirlpool Corporation to determine if your unit is included in this recall and to schedule a free, in-home inspection.