|Item Weight||250 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||31.5 x 27 x 38.1 inches|
|Item model number||MHW6000XW|
Maytag Maxima EcoConserve MHW6000XW 27 Front-Load Washer with 4.3 cu. ft. Capacity - White
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Maxima ® Front Load Washer with PowerWash ® Cycle
From America's #1 preferred laundry brand comes a premium laundry experience equipped with the PowerWash ® Cycle for the best cleaning in the industry. To keep your household's clothes, fabrics and special items ready for daily life, this high-efficiency 4.3 cu. ft. washer includes a 10-year limited parts warranty and Maytag ® Commercial Technology. The 16-hour Fresh Hold ® option keeps clothes left in the washer fresh. By meeting CEE Tier 3 standards, this model helps you save on utility bills. It also has an NSF Certified Sanitize setting, which removes 99.9% of household bacteria. Why do we put so much thought into your laundry? So you don't have to.
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It does take much longer to wash a load than my old agitator washer, but it's worth not making holes in the T-shirts by all that beating. The clothes come out much cleaner and brighter in color, without using much water at all. It was ingeniously designed! I love the internal stainless tub:) It's a beauty!
Our 12 year old Maytag Neptune stacked washer / dryer died an ugly death two weeks ago. The washing machine stopped spinning, it could have been a control board, or a wax motor; but no it turned out to be the bearings. Why did I stick with Maytag on the replacement? 12 years, two service visits, and a machine that worked flawlessly for a first generation stacker front loader. I was pleased with the service.
The key points about this machine - it is quiet (not dead silent, but it makes a good solid big heavy motor sounds), it has some sweet features, it looks cool, and it has a big wash drum. Until we got it home, I had no idea it washed clothes this well.
September 25, 2013 Update: The machine is now two years old and it works and looks as good as the first day it was installed. Yes I've had to clean out the soap dispenser several times - dark, damp areas, with fabric softener residue in them will grow mold - that is perfectly normal. Periodically I've had to clear away gunk in that lower seal - there are drain holes in that seal and if too much gunk builds up, it could plug. That's all the maintenance ever on this machine. It averages 2 loads of laundry a day. It is still super quiet, doesn't shake all over the place, and cleans clothes remarkably well.
There are two models in this Maytag Maxima line - the 6000 and the 7000 series. The 7000 adds a few cycles, the steam power wash, a separate dispenser for OXI clean products, and an LED light inside the drum. At first I was kind of disappointed I didn't buy the 7000, hey I'm a guy and I love extra functions and the light inside the drum just seems so darn cool. Now that we have this 6000 model, I'm perfectly happy with the choice. There's about a $200 difference between the models. It's not clear how often we would use the steam (frankly, probably never). The light is way fun the first few days of playing with the machine, but long term, not so useful. Besides, the door is so huge and with the smoked glass, I can still see inside the machine. OXI clean dispenser - well that would never be used, and the 6000 instructions describe how to mix it with the regular detergent.
The washing machine requires at least a 15Amp 110V circuit, cold and hot water, and a waste line. It's possible everybody knows this, or this is standard for a washing machine. Well for me this was a huge horrible surprise; our Neptune stacker used one 220V connection. I have to run a new 110V line to power this machine.
This machine looks pretty darn intimidating at first glance. The instruction manual is about twenty pages and is also somewhat intimidating. But never fear it is really super simple to operate. The big silver dial in the center, turn it to select the wash cycle. The black panel on the right displays approximately how soon the cycle will finish (sorry, it's a countdown timer). The three buttons at the bottom of the panel are used to over ride the wash / rinse temperature, the amount of wash time, and the spin speed. The buttons all the way to the right control convenience settings - like tone at end of cycle, hold clothes, maximum extract, and extra rinses. One other minor control on the black panel - this washer can delay start the cycle. There are two very simple + and - buttons on that panel that set how many hours delay time.
On the far left is the detergent drawer. I love this part of the machine - no more tossing the detergent in the bottom of the drum or going after hidden bleach or fabric softener reservoirs. Slide open the drawer on the left side to add the detergent. There is a setting for powder or liquid detergent. Basically the little switch moves a plastic stop up for powder (allowing freer flow of water to add detergent during the fill cycle) or down for liquid (restricting the flow so the liquid won't immediately flow out and assuring the liquid gets mixed properly with the water). To the right are fabric softener and bleach reservoirs. The machine is super smart, at the right moment during the wash and rinse cycles it forces water through the correct reservoir to deliver the product. The drawer can be removed easily for washing (at some point mildew could grow in the softener side - a huge problem in our old Maytag). It is not dishwasher safe.
How to use this beauty? Load the clothes. Select the cycle and adjust options (when the silver dial is turned the machine automatically powers up, no need to monkey with the power button). Add detergent. Close the drawer, and press the start button. The count down timer gives an estimate for how soon the load will be finished. The instruction are specific that this is an estimate - the cycle could take more time due to unbalanced loads or too much foam from the detergent.
There is a red Add Clothes illuminated on the panel when there is still time to press the play button to pause the machine and toss in a few forgotten items.
There are enough cycles on this machine to make everybody happy. Two pages of the instruction manual are devoted to the finer points of each cycle, and how full the drum should be. There are a few highlights in the world of cycles. There is a power clean cycle, which actually heats the water of the final rinse enough to meet NSF standards for killing bacteria and allergens. There is a swimsuit cycle that simply rinses and spins the load, in addition to a spin only cycle. The normal cycle is preset to last 56 minutes and does warm wash with warm rinse. The hold setting is interesting. If this option is selected, when the cycle is finished, the machine tumbles the clothes frequently, and blows air into the drum to keep clothes from wrinkling.
Fabric softener isn't added until the very last rinse, no matter which cycle or extra rinse was selected. Bleach is added at the first rinse.
There is some kind of tie in with Affresh cleaner; the machine has a clean Affresh cycle. After a certain number of cycles, a clean light will illuminate. At this time the machine is asking for a clean cycle - a 45 minute cycle where no clothes can be in the machine and add either an Affresh tablet or bleach to the bleach dispenser. I understand there were so many complaints of mildew growing in these front-loading washers; Maytag has decided to take a proactive approach to eliminating the problem. I've used Affresh in our old machine and it does work well. At about $8 per three tablets, it's not a horribly expensive prophylactic.
Whirlpool W10135699 Affresh High Efficiency Washer Cleaner, 3-Tablets
Maytag does say to use HE (High Efficiency) detergent. There is some truth to foam causing early failure of the drum bearings - regular detergent foams a lot more than HE and causes significant drag on the drum motor and bearing during the spin cycle. There is also some leaning toward powders over liquid detergent. If you love liquid, just pay attention to the detergent drawer to be certain no soap residue builds up, (it's easy enough to remove and wash).
The drum is beautiful (yes I love mechanical things) stainless steel. There are no big bumps in the drum to hold socks or other clothes up at the top of the drum. The drum is huge. A set of queen sheets and pillowcases only fill the thing halfway (that used to almost fill the old Neptune).
This is a flexible machine for installation. Since all the controls are on the front panel, there is a ton of ways to install this machine. Standing all by itself, the top is a great place to sort clothes or fold after they are dried. If the 6000 series dryer is used side by side, the two machines make for a great space to work. There is also an option to place a shelf over the top of the two machines. The machine can be installed under a counter just like a dishwasher. There is a stacking kit to put the dryer on top (when the dryer arrives, that's the configuration we are using). There are specifications for putting this in a closed closet (upper and lower vents are required in the door).
There are three colors - white, red, and dark gray / silver. I went with basic white, it was available. The red is actually pretty darn cool looking; it is a nice deep red, and honestly not far off from Ferrari red. The gray / silver is pleasant.
How long will this machine last? I hope somewhere near what the previous machine did. The machine comes with a one year full parts / labor warranty. There's a five-year warranty on a few of the major parts, including that moist fan thing. And finally ten years on the drum and big stuff. After one year no labor is covered. There is the crime, the parts are expensive, but the labor to install them will probably still be out of sight (read, just replace the thing if the bearings go out). I would guess Consumer Reports has an opinion on this machine, and Maytag in general. It's impossible to tell what Maytag did with the electronics. I hope they learned their lesson with the Neptune series and have built robust controls.
I love this machine. Our clothes are super clean and they come out of the washer well wrung out to shorten the drying cycle. Pictures don't do this justice. It is a very pretty machine. It looks a little like the Jetsons go ahold of it.
May 16, 2013 Update: The machine is about a year and a half old. It has been used every day with one or two loads of laundry. Not a single problem to report.
Let me help out with choosing wash cycles, this is a little bit counter intuitive. It would seem logical to use the Normal wash cycle for everything. In fact most of our clothes, including the nasty smelling volleyball uniform, is washed on the delicate cycle. That means the load is finished in around 45 minutes, and the clothes end up clean. I know this makes no logical sense, but in fact this machine is really efficient at cleaning and that cycle works just fine for most normal clothes. Clothes tend to not end up wrinkled - the spin cycle is slower. But the clothes are still fairly dry from the machine.
We use strictly liquid HE labelled detergent. Sometimes we use fabric softener. For towels and white wash cloths, normal is the cycle with an extra rinse, bleach, and softener added. This takes longer, but those things benefit from the longer cycle.
The only maintenace I've done on the machine, remove the detergent tray to scrub away the mildew and dried up soap. I've also pulled back the big rubber gasket at the bottom of the load opening. I found a number of coins, pens and some big lint balls below that gasket. It is possible, if I had let this go a lot longer, the machine might not have emptied properly due to the slots being blocked by lint. Give it a clean every six months.
Otherwise, I'd buy this machine again in a heartbeat.
Shipping very rude and the service to get a refund a bunch of RED TAPE STILL WAITING for refund. I bought set and they would only take back the washer. The matching dryer TAKES TO LONG TO DRY. Since my washer would not work from day 1. I had to go to laundromat to get my clothes wash then take them home just to find out that the matching dryer takes 2 1/2 hours to dry. NO JOKE!!!!!! Since I bought the set I was told by evVive Home that if maytag comes to service it could cost me $500 out of my pocket??? ANd I would have to pay for return shipping over $200
Let's do the math together
$500 + $200 out of my pocket for a NEW ITEM and then the amount I paid for the set = $"lost money and a waste of time."
Amazon help me file Your Amazon.com A-to-z Guarantee Claim report. Well AMAZON did side with the company and now I HAVE A 150lb dryer as a paper weight.
This is the email response that was given to me as of today
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 5:41 AM
Hello from Amazon.com.
We are writing to follow up with you regarding the Guarantee claim that was filed for order. We have checked into the matter and a reimbursement for the full amount of washer was completed on Feb 13th.
We have confirmed that the seller who fulfilled this order has a posted returns policy, stating that the item(s) purchased cannot be returned under these circumstances.
For your reference, this seller's returns policy states:"You can return your order within 15 days from the purchase date."
In response to your claim, the seller who fulfilled this order has declined to accept the return of this dryer. Amazon.com strives to maintain a marketplace that is fair to both buyers and sellers. Since this policy was available for review prior to the date your order was placed, we are unable to compel the seller to accept a return. As a result, your claim has been closed.
If this is a defective or damaged item, it is possible that it is under warranty with the manufacturer. We advise that you contact them for assistance. In many cases, they are willing to repair or replace defective products.
Thank you for choosing Amazon.com.
AGAIN BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY IN SELLING YOU ANYTHING. STILL WAITING FOR REFUND which will not be 100%.
If you are reading this and would like to buy a washer / dryer with your tax refund do not buy from this company or Amazon.
Your best bet is to go on Craigslist or your closest retail outlet such as Menards, Sams Club etc... I am sure they would refund you 100% or a different model that works. Never again would I buy any appliances from a website.
For those who are marking a 100% rating, "must work for the company and just blogging to make you think you are getting a great deal."
I am 100% unhappy.
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