Though they were originally two different brands of appliances, the acquisition of the company Maytag by Whirlpool was completed on March 31, 2006. This closely followed a class-action lawsuit filed against Maytag because of its washing machine model Neptune, which was deemed to be a serious fire hazard. Even with this acquisition, however, the Maytag name will still be used on its existing models of laundry washers.
If you’re looking to buy a new washing machine and you’re wondering which particular make and model you’d like to invest your hard-earned money on, here are some points of comparison between some general features of Whirlpool and Maytag washing machine models:
- Models. Different models of Maytag washers include the Bravo and the Centennial, both top-load models; and the Epic model, a front-load model. Whirlpool’s top-load models include the Energy Star Qualified Cabrio; and its front-load models include the Energy Star Qualified Duet – which is its most expensive washer.
- Size. Maytag washers are at 24 inches and 27 inches wide. Epic and Bravo are known for having a large laundry holding capacity. Whirlpool washers are at 22.5 inches and 27 inches.
- Features. Maytag washer features include up to 12 wash presets, including sanitary wash and wool wash options; monitoring of temperature levels (3-5 levels); quiet operation features; dispensers that could contain bleach and fabric softeners; and different colors such as black, crimson red, slate blue and evergreen. Whirlpool washer features include its energy efficiency, as it is designed to use less energy than ordinary models; a sixth-sense technology, wherein sensors could determine laundry load size, which would then help it determine how much water and the water temperature to use. It also has quiet operation features. Some Whirlpool models are available in black, white or biscuit (brown)
- Parts and Accessories. There are many available accessories for both Maytag and Whirlpool models. Maytag offers different specifications of washer hose kits, drain hoses, washer drip trays and fabric softener dispensers. Whirlpool offers virtually the same parts and accessories as well, plus touch-up paint with different colors such as white, almond, yellow and chestnut.
- Prices. Maytag prices range from $789 to about $1,300; its washer/dryer combinations are at $1,369 to $1,439. Whirlpool washers are from $799 to about $1,699.
Maytag and Whirlpool also offer different types of appliances for the home, such as portable dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, microwave ovens, and the list goes on. Go to their websites, maytag.com and whirlpool.com, so you can see the more detailed descriptions of each of the models of their washers. Also, make sure that you check out consumer websites such as washing-machine-wizard.com, epinions.com, and forums such as thathomesite.com, so you can best know what other people are saying about Maytag and Whirlpool washer appliances. Shopping websites such as bizrate.com and nextag.com would best enable you to compare based on prices.
So remember, the key to making the best purchase would be to do your research well. Also, make sure that you’d buy just the specifications that you’d need – for example, if you were only going to do laundry for two, then why buy a gigantic model? Good luck, and choose well!