Last updated on January 27th, 2022
THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT. I simply wanted to tell you that I purchased a Maytag Commercial washing machine. Would you like to meet this old-school appliance?
My former washer — a high-efficiency, high-tech Cabrio — bit the dust after four years of modest use. Although the machine was still under an extended warranty, I decided that a repair job was pointless. Why? Because Cabrio is the slowest washer I’ve ever encountered. I’m talking about a full hour to wash a medium load. And even then, it did not always lift grease stains from my kitchen towels. I frequently had to wash the towels twice. “High efficiency,” indeed.
I decided that my next washer should resemble the coin-operated numbers I’ve seen at laundromats. Old school. Low tech. Built like a tank. I studied my available options, and then I purchased (with a fair amount of confidence), the pricey commercial-grade Maytag. As the old saying goes, Buy the best, cry once.
What makes this Maytag so special? It quickly and efficiently lifts the grease stains on my kitchen towels and the lipstick stains on my husband’s collars. The “normal” cycle is 28 minutes from start to finish. A full load is 43 minutes. My laundry not only looks clean — it smells clean.
The machine is a breeze is operate. Simply pour detergent into the empty tub (there’s no detergent tray to fuss with), add garments, select the desired wash cycle and temperature, and then press the “start” button. Water doesn’t merely trickle into the tub. Instead, it rushes in with ferocious gusto. Agitation begins immediately once the desired water level is achieved.
There aren’t many “specialized” wash cycles on this washer. And that’s a good thing. In my experience, myriad options invite myriad problems. Cycles in the “blue” range (see photo above) admit a full tub of water. The “Normal” setting uses a half tub of water.
If desired, you can presoak garments and/or give them an extra rinse. I haven’t found the need to use these features.
And here’s another perk: the lid locks down only during the spin cycle. At any time beforehand, you can freely add or remove items from the tub. Washing or rinsing resumes automatically once the lid is closed.
Maytag Commercial’s spin cycle runs at 700rpms. My old Cabrio boasted 800rpms. (Spinning in 1960s washers was typically 1,100rpms!) This means that clothes must spend more time in the dryer. This is not a deal-breaker for me.
The machine uses more water than a non-agitator washer does. If you live in a desert or some region where droughts are frequent, this probably isn’t the washer for you. Where I live, droughts are rare.
In terms of form, function, and reliability, this washer recalls the 50 year old models that are still running brilliantly today. Maytag simply reinvented the wheel.
I should probably mention that Speed Queen was a contender in my quest for a low-tech washer. That is, until I watched a YouTube video called “Maytag Commercial v. Speed Queen Commercial.” This video was persuasive. I crossed Speed Queen off my list.
Do I recommend that you run out and buy the Maytag Commercial Top Loading Washing Machine? No way! I never recommend big ticket items on this site. I just buy them when absolutely necessary, and then share my user experiences with you.
In the comments field below, mention the washing machine you are presently using, and whether or not you are happy with it. Readers who are in the market for a new washer will be grateful to hear your thoughts! xKevin
I have a 17 year old Miele front loader. It went wrong once about 5 or so years ago but our trusty maintenance man was able to fix it for not a lot of $. I dread its end of life. I had the matching dryer but that died last year. The cost of fixing it was about 80% of the cost of its replacement ie not worth it.
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Lynn — Seventeen years with only one repair? Outstanding! And no wonder you dread replacing the machine.
shirley welch says
I have a 24 year old top loader old school type washer, no fancy frills, just dials with the basic settings ~ some of my friends/family have gone through 2/3 or more of the new high efficiency washing machines while my very plain and let me say easy to operate washer keeps working away. When my machine finally needs to be replaced it will be with another plain basic one, no fancy whistles and bells for me ~ thanks for sharing your new purchase.
Candy Geary says
We are buying our forever home in NM. We close on July 19th. I will be watching this closely for everyone’s responses. Our house is a professional flip with all new appliances…except the washer and dryer. We have to have a gas dryer. I have been doing all kinds of reading and research, with no decision yet. We currently have a Cabrio and it will NOT be going with us. Thanks for your timely post.
I am curious if people prefer front load washers or top load ones and which brands?
I bought the fancy Cabrio 2.5 years ago, which replaced my 1995 washing machine. The Cabrio recently started having electrical issues and quit working. The code it gives is that the lid is open, when in fact it’s not. The warranty expired 5 months ago. These high tech washers are garbage. Thanks for your review on the Maytag commercial! I need to go back to old-school.
Are you still happy with your Bosch dishwasher? I am going to be in the market soon. Thanks!
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Lisa – Back in 2017, I asked readers about top loaders and front loaders, and received 317 responses. Tons of useful advice! Click here to read the post and comments.
Hi Nichole – I’m with you — no more washers with computerized control boards.
Hi Judy – Yes — my Bosch “Silence Plus” dishwasher is still rockin’ it. Great machine.
vicki lee says
still using our thirty year old Maytag washer and dryer. No repairs to date. Top loading washer with agitator washes all our dirty farm gear as well and easily as our go to town clothes.
I currently have a speed Queen and am not completely satisfied. I had wanted an old school washer with an agitator and minimal fuss (buttons and special cycles) because I’ve had a front loader and then a fancy top loader without an agitator that just didn’t get clothes clean and left my towels smelling not quite fresh. While the speed Queen is way better than my previous 2 washers, I sometimes still have to wash items more than once AND it cannot accommodate bulky items (it gets thrown off balance and stops…and there is no spin cycle only or a rinse and spin cycle only). I do like the short wash cycles. I wish I had done a little more research and discovered the Maytag as an option. I’m not willing to buy another washer at the moment, but will remember this when the time comes.
Marilyn Elliott says
Maytag is the best. Mine is over 20 years old — not really sure how long I’ve had it — and has never had or needed a repair.
I happen to have a Maytag top load commercial washer about 10 years old. it is downstairs in the back hall ( no dryer downstairs ) . I got the most simple model available. I use it only for jeans, rugs, or comforters, etc. , and hang a lot of this outdoors on the line ( When we built on our addition, we built in a front-loader washer and dryer upstairs by the master bedroom , upon the recommendation of our architect – great idea, as 90 % of my laundry is upstairs anyway. ) Problems from the beginning: The washer has a “sensing” feature that will not fill with water until it senses items in the water, therefore one cannot fill and then “swish” your detergent or RIT dye first. it also takes about 4 minutes to “sense” ,, meaning you have to stand there for 4 minutes to see if the machine is actually going to start or if it is broken. Also, one cannot add items if it is agitating, all action must come to a complete stop before you can lift the lid and add the sock you dropped on the floor. Washing itself is fine. Hopefully, this “sensing” feature was eliminated on your machine. I am not going to buy a new one as long as the machine actually still works, but as is, I regret it for the inconvenient sensing feature.
Hi Kevin. At first, I thought this was an old post because you just bought a washing machine. How time flies. I am still using my 35+ year old Maytag washer and dryer. Never have had any service done! Good luck.
Chris again: Another feature I do not like is that all 4 water temperatures add cold water to the mix, even though you do not want it. Therefore “Hot” is only “warm”, Warm is room temp, etc. One cannot eliminate this feature. Seeing that I do a lot of dirty jeans and rugs, this is annoying not to have really hot water. This was a non-negotiable ” conservation Energy Star ” feature 10 years ago, even though I had the cheapest and most simple model. I hope that they eliminated that on your new washer, especially if you have grease stains on your kitchen towels.
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Chris – My Maytag Commercial washer does not have a sensor. Thank goodness.
Thanks for the review! Love your website. May I ask what is the model/ price of the one you bought and where to purchase? Thanks!
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Julie – If you buy from Lowes (as I did), the model # is MVWP576KW. The exact same machine is sold elsewhere as model #MVWP575GW. Cost at Lowe’s (on sale) was $899.
Many years ago I had a stacking Maytag washer/dryer that did an awesome job and I loved it. After about 12 yrs. the transmission (I think) went and replacement would have been only a couple hundred less than a new machine, with no gurarantees. Unfortunately, Maytag discontinued the model and replaced it with controls at the tippy top which left out this 5′ laundress. So I replaced it with a Kenmore stacker, and still don’t like it much. Good luck with your Maytag. I always opt for that brand of appliance as they have a good record and are made here in the goo ol’ USA.
I almost hesitate to write this for fear of jinxing things. My brother is still using my mom’s forty plus years old Maytag washing machine. Still running great and no repairs.
Kevin Lee Jacobs says
Hi Linda – A stacked washer/dryer with the controls up top is kind of…insane.
Hi Janet – Quick! Knock on wood!
Having used and always bought Maytag products I immediately bought another one when the machine in went bad in the house I bought.
. So, I bought a new set of Maytags. After waiting ten days to get them delivered, they came without instructions. Directions said check on internet. Well, suffice to say, I have trouble turning them on, they are loud, very slow, and I hate them. they have all the bells and whistles, but why? I have attempted to tell Maytag I feel the design is poorly thought out and they don’t seem to care. I am stuck with them and only know I will never , ever buy or recommend Maytag again!
I moved and left my awesome front load high efficiency Electrolux machines, now dealing with a truly pathetic maytag top loader with an agitator that barely cleans the clothes and smells like mildew. I cannot accurately convey how much I hate top loading machines and remain a lady. Currently saving for a new set – Electrolux or Meile – and entirely new location/room for them.
I have a 1990 top loading Whirlpool (made by Maytag) recycling washer. They made it one year and then discontinued due to poor sales. Way ahead of their time for saving water during drought conditions. I love it. Consumer reports said the second load with recycled water was just as clean as the first but I guess the consumers weren’t buying it. I did and at a great discount closeout sale price. I’ve only replaced a knob and the hot and cold hose. A few years later I lucked into a matching (except for color) gas drying from an estate sale for $50. Practically new as the elderly owner liked to line dry. Still have both after 30 years. Yes, they don’t make them like they used to.
Thanks for this post Kevin! I have a Maytag top loading washing machine. I can’t remember how old it is but I think it is at least 20 yrs old. No repairs ever even after a move. The only problem I have is the machine is rusting on the underside of the top. Last summer, I took it apart sanded off the rust & spray painted it with a special rust inhibiting paint. Sadly it is rusting again. I have been loath to get rid of it because I didn’t think I could get an old fashioned washer again. When the time comes I will probably purchase the one you did, if it is still available. Thanks for providing the Model # & store.
Jane: I’ll bet those lids are pretty standard. If you did a search you could probably find one and if the measurements are right buy it pretty cheap and then just save it until yours goes. Would give your machine some extra years.
I always leave my lid up to dry after doing a load. My Mother always did.
Yes! Another person who goes with the old/new toploaders…simple, wash well, and you can add things later…which for me is the clincher.
Hi Kevin, I am using an old school top-loading Speed Queen that was in the house whenI purchased it 8 years ago. The owners said was about 2 years old. I love it. Has three cycles, normal, permanent press ( I never bother) and hand wash/delicate. The last cycle doesn’t spin as long and sometimes if something seems too wet, I simply run the spin cycle again…you might want to consider that if you do not want to run your dryer longer.
I bought the commercial Speed Queen ten years ago – no repairs, love it. Simplest is best
Yay for “old school”! I have a top-loading Whirlpool, about 18 years old. It wasn’t spinning out well so I started to look at machines to replace it. I could afford to do it but I didn’t like the features, such as the machine lids locking at the beginning of the cycle. I decided to see if it could be repaired and found the perfect father-son duo to do it. It took a looong time (and a lot of banging!) to get the gears off the transmission(?) but they persevered and I have a machine that I hope hums along for a good while longer!
kath moriarty says
The biggest mistake the manufacturers made was changing washers from mechanical to computer-ish. Yikes. For instance on my 8-yr-old Kenmore, you can’t change the settings (load size, temperature, etc.) unless you cancel everything and start over. Boo hiss. We will not get into the fact that the agitator–and I am basically in favor of agitators–routinely “catches” a piece of clothing in the space under the blade, and wraps the whole load around the axle. Such fun.
My 30 year old Maytag top load still going strong. One minor repair
My 30 year old Maytag top load still going strong. One minor repair. Not working as hard now that this is an empty nest but still doing a great job.
I have a 20+ year old Kenmore, and it’s never been repaired. My girlfriend had a pretty new Cabrio that did such a horrible job, she left it with her house when we combined homes. This review is very helpful, as we know we want an “ old school” type washer when we have to replace the Kenmore someday. Thanks, I really enjoy your newsletters and their content!
I’m using a Maytag that’s 41 years old and still cleans clothes brilliantly! I love the flexibility of being able to stop the machine and rerun a cycle or add clothes or change the water level. It was the best machine available according to Consumer Reports in 1980. I hope I die before it does!
I have a owned a set of Maytag regular machines – a washer and dryer – for about 31 years. I just had a minor repair to the washer about two months ago. The dryer has been perfect. They just don’t make them like they used to. Needless to say I am very pleased with my old machines. And, they still do a great job.
We bought the Maytag to wash the baby’s cloth diapers. The baby is turning 36. One repair when a mouse chewed some wires. We would like to have repaired whatever part wore out five or seven years ago but the repairman says that part isn’t available, so we just put up with the clanking racket and less-than-dry spin job. We don’t have any dryer, either. We know that a new replacement machine would be a frustrating disappointment. Although your commercial version idea gives us hope for when we do eventually have to give up altogether, eh. Your doin’s often inspire me to solve the problem.
Suzanne Gravelle says
I had to go with a stacking washer for space requirements so have a front loader that is digital. OK for 6 years but man….the front loader smellies even though I don’t close it and spray with vinegar regularly and wipe the rim. Kevin…just a p.s. it is desert…not dessert….but coming from a foodies writer it is forgiveable .
Speed Queen all the way! We had an old Kenmore that was almost 30 years old and still worked fine, but wasn’t new and sexy and computerized. I went on a trip and returned to find my husband surprised me with an LG washer and dryer. The happiness over a new toy lasted about a week. Worst ever!!!! Clothes were never clean, couldn’t ever wash towels or sheets with getting off-balance, a load took an hour and the thing started rusting all along the door and front in under a year. Called and sent pictures, and they promised a return call multiple times—nothing. Gave up and just blasted them on social media every chance I found. The machine still worked after 5 years, but I couldn’t tolerate the poor wash quality anymore. Several friends have Speed Queens and are very happy. We got the TR5–I think it is the middle price point. Around $1,000. Made in Wisconsin, heavy as heck, hasn’t been off-balance once despite washing lots of spreads and blankets weekly (dog laundry). Everything comes out smelling so clean! LOVE MY WASHER!!!
The one function I do not see on yours, that I long for, is to be able to set the amount of water needed. I HATE the sensing function, and sloshing my clothes about in a gallon of water! Mine will fill all the way up, but sometimes I only have a medium size load. I want to make that decision for myself.
Thank you for sharing Kevin. I have a top load efficiency washer and hate it! It is really pared down to most but give me back my old MayTag and I would be very happy! When it comes time to get a new one I will remember to go research and go with the old technology! Happy summer-love your newsletter and all the information you share with us! 🙂
Laura Munoz says
Congrats on the new old fashioned washing machine! I think you made a good choice.
I was around four years ago when you were asking for washer recommendations and bought that Cabrio. I own an old fashioned (before all of the added tech) Speed Queen that is going on its 8th or 9th year. No problems with it. If it has problems, I will have it repaired even if its super expensive. (When I did have a repair guy in for another appliance he fawned over my Speed Queen.) I plan to be buried with the washer because I love it so much, but my neighbor has asked for it if I die.
I was informed by another repairman that washing machine manufacturers removed the old fashioned braking component and added a computer chip button to stop the spinning before you can open the washer’s lid because this saved them about $30/machine while they still charge the same price. Manufacturers say the spinning while the lid is up is a safety hazard, but I don’t believe this.
Did you know there are bills in 41 states allowing consumers the right to repair various machines? Unlike machines from days past, washers to air conditioners are built to last only as long as their warranties and are now filled with computer chips. Because of this and the cost to repair, most people don’t have them repaired, and the machines end up in the landfill and have become a major environmental issue. Because of the computer components, manufacturers say they have a proprietary interest to only allow their repairman to fix their products, and it has created a big problem.
Anyway, I want to go back to the good old days when machines didn’t have computer chips. When my old cars dies, I plan to purchase an even older car with fewer chips.–If it needs work to get it up to speed, I’ll have it done. When a computer chip malfunctions, repair costs skyrocket. I realize, however, that I don’t speak for everyone.
LOL, I have an old school Whirlpool over 20 yrs old no frills top loader with dial controls that I am waiting to call quits. It won’t. It is so old I can’t get parts for it and I have never had to have it repaired except to replace a hose. I should be happy about this but the agitator is the part that needs replacing and no parts made for what makes it lock onto the spindle. The darn washer still works wonderfully and I am too much of a skinflint to get rid of it. If and when I have to buy a new machine it will not have all the bells and whistles and will have the least amount of computerized parts. I was told once that too many components in any kind of machine makes it work harder and is harder to fix. By the looks of my machine, being so simple, I think that is a true statement. Good luck with your new machine Kevin.
Carol Maiello says
Hi Kevin. -I ADORE you and I love your column-
For the last 50 yrs-I have only had Kenore machines -Knock wood-current-simple washer-dryer-snd refrigerator-are around 5 yrs-So far so good on this new batch! Lol!
LOVE your humor and sweetness-
Linda in south Jersey says
Hi Kevin, love that you went old school! I had the chance to use several different brands of high efficiency washers while on vacations, and knew that I wanted no parts of them when I had to replace my 17 year old Whirlpool a year ago. I wavered between Maytag and Speed Queen, saw the video you’re talking about as well. Seems SQ updated in 2018 to “perfect wash” that has the wimpy, do-nothing agitator. I did end up with SQ, but with a 2017 model (TC5) that is old school all the way. I think it came down to I could get the SQ within a day but the Maytag model that interested me had to be ordered in, necessitating me taking time off from work for delivery. I am very happy overall, and glad you are, too.
I am on my 2nd set of front load washers (only bc we moved and I had to leave my front load Maytag behind but I loved it!) Now I have the LG front load washer & dryer and couldn’t be more pleased. I know everyone talks about the smell from the washers but I’ve never had an issue with that. I leave the door open a crack or dry the inside of the door if I have to close it. My clothes come out great and I appreciate the many choices for both the washer & dryer. Even have the luxury of using the LG front loader stackable at our local club which washes dirty kitchen towels and they come out better than before.
I’m not sure if I would go back to a top loader with agitation again but you never know!
So glad you found the machine for you!
I have Whirlpool Duet front loaders in my house and in my rental, and I find them terrific.
I first used such machines when we lived in London, and most European machines are such.
I find that the clothes are cleaner, they use less water, and therefore less hot water, and less soap to do a great job.
I always pretreat spot ans wash promptly, and regularly add a scoop of OXyclean to every other load.
Complains about musty odors come from one of two things: not putting the clothes to dry promptly enough, or not cleaning the substantial gasket which prevents any leaks from the door. I do so once a month.
I never have the problem of the machine coming off balance or walking across the floor when washing duvets, heavy blankets and such things now.
Don’t know about Maytag, but Whirlpool works for me. Our machines are 16 and 9 years old respectively.
We have two yellow labs, lots of hair about!
susan gortva says
I also had a cabrio. I loved it while it worked. did need it repaired often while still under warranty. when free fixings expired, I got a small trailer type. when that died after 1 year, I got another small one. Kuppet. It works for me. it takes me all day to wash clothes. i fill with a bucket next to my kitchen sink as opposed to the basement.(one year our furnace broke-actually every year!-and the pipes burst)that was it! I hang my clothes on a line outside and rain or snow, I have nails from the ceiling for clothes and herbs too. don’t care if it takes forever and is more effort, does the job and I don’t have to depend on waiting weeks for repair. I guess 1 year is average usage. sucks
Bought a new Maytag washer two years ago. This past month a queen sized sheet got stuck in the channel under the agitator and we had to call a repair man to get it out! Of course it was a favorite sheet and turned out to be ripped & greasy so- so much for that! The more bells and whistles the more chance for something to go wrong. The new Maytag isn’t the Maytag of yesteryear for sure.
Patricia Lapp says
I also had a cabrio. The clothes would sometimes come out with dry spots after spending interminable lengths of time calibrating or doing whatever. I tried to find the least sophisticated machine on the market (a formidable task). I wish I had known about the Maytag commercial.
In the last 4 months, 3 of my 7 year old kitchen appliances have required repair or need to be replaced. It is always the electronic nonsense that causes the issue. New is not necessarily better.
Ricki Benton says
27 years with my top load Maytag, no repairs yet. I guess I picked the right one. I know it won’t last forever, knock wood!
I pray with gratitude in front of my five year old Speed Queen! Does exactly what I want from amount of water to temperature to separate spin when wanted. Also no issues with large, bulky, queen sized comforters. Will never give it up. It replaced a Cabrio that was inefficient and often left small holes in my best tee shirts.
I also have your exact Bosch dishwasher! Another winner all the way. Usually just let it run happily on auto but recently have been trying “normal” in the interest of shortening the cycle a few minutes. Fully crammed machine, same great results as on auto!
Kevin, thanks so much for sharing your appliance choices ! Do you have a double wall oven to talk about?? I am exhausted from reading ratings and reviews.
Heather O'Shaughnessy says
I am using a 21 year old Kenmore that I have never had to have repaired yet. I am not looking forward to replacing any of my Kenmore appliances. They are all workhorses. Reliable and sound.
The best washing machine I’ve ever had was actually given to us. We still have the matching dryer, it’s an LG. I’ve never loved the dryer as much as the washer, because it takes several cycles to actually get things completely dry, but the washer was my first experience with a washer without an agitator, and not having clothes, towels, blankets, etc. wrapped and trapped in the middle of the washer everytime was wonderful. It cleaned well and lasted about six years after we got it (it was about two years old at that point), which is a long time here. We have very hard water with lots of oilfield minerals that is also over chlorinated, so washing machines, hot water heaters, and faucets that last more than five years are pretty special. We replaced the LG washer when it died with a Criterion, the only top loader I could find in stock without an agitator. It worked fine for about a year, and for the past two weeks it has been terrible. It is constantly telling me it is off balance, and I have to open the lid and rearrange the load repeatedly, sometimes just shutting it off and starting over completely, in order to wash a load of clothes. I have great interest in finding a decent machine again.
I have also have a matching Maytag heavy duty, two speed, top loading washer and a front load dryer with auto dry sensor. Both washer and dryer have cycles for permanent press. I can also choose between a regular or gentle cycle. My parents purchased the Maytags in 1990 and they were top of the line back then, and in my eyes, top of the line now. Who needs anything more?
Unlike the new “water efficient” machines that lock you out, take FOREVER to wash (using twice the electricity) in a couple of inches of water, (tell me, how clean can clothes really get in a couple of INCHES of water?) I can do an extra small to an extra large wash with as much water as I choose, pick a wash time between two and twelve minutes, and stop a load at any time to toss in another item.
There have been a couple of repairs here and there over the years, but nothing major, and I plan to keep those babies going for as long as there are parts for them. At thirty-one years old, they are the absolute best.
I had a Miele front loader for almost 20 years and it was not spinning the clothes as dry as it used to 1600rpms or whatever. They didn’t have parts to fix so I bit the bullet and got a set of Maytags. HUGE mistake!! I HATE these machines, especially the washer. They were not cheap. Within a month I had black mold, I contacted the company, they sent a tech (who said there isn’t a good machine on the market anymore but when he runs out of parts for his over 30 year old machine he thought the Speed Queen would be the best bet. He said I’ll be lucky if these machines last a few years. What??! I would send pics but I can’t figure out if we can attach photos. “Commercial Technology” but has bells and whistles and was highly recommended by the store. Not going back there. It was a local place…not a big box store. So this “investigation” took months and when I complained that nothing had fixed the problem, she told me it’s out of warranty and I would have to deal with it on my own!!! So now, I don’t use the detergent holder and must leave the door open when not in use plus we have to clean it all the time with vinegar/bleach etc. I also found out that Frigedaire now makes Maytag.
I could continue to complain about these machines all day long…especially the washer that is worse at spinning the clothes dry than the machine I replaced!!! The clothes do not smell clean even the minute the machine stops. It also gets unbalanced and to top it all off, the machines are so huge I had to replace my stationary sink because they wouldn’t fit otherwise. They cost me about 2500.o0 for the pair (and we are retired and on a budget so it is even more painful) and yet, I can’t wait to replace them but with what? It seems from the responses, it’s a crap-shoot. Maybe I’ll get a wash-board and call it a day.
Patricia McGee says
I too have the exact same machine which I bought when we moved to a condo and am so happy I went with commercial washer and dryer. They are a dream pair. Just a hint. If you are washing heavy throw rugs, use the delicate setting. Otherwise your machine might “take a walk” when spinning like mine did. I had to push it back into place when the rugs were done. It doesn’t happen on the delicate setting. I love that washer!
Hi Kevin, You still reading all these fascinating comments? Ha!
Love my Maytag set and dishwasher-all 22years and older. never repaired, and still look new!
Lucy Sue says
For Judy and the Bosch dishwasher: we installed one about 3 years ago and I recommend it. Excellent job cleaning the dishes and quiet as can be. My husband chose it after a lot of research. I still thank him for the good choice.
I’m in total agreement! After 2 years and four service calls, when my LG wouldn’t fill yo more than 4 inches, and no matter what the temp wouldn’t go above 70 degrees, and 54 minute cycles…and smelly, still spotted clothes, I literally threw the machine out. I bought a Speed Queen..no computerization but 20 minute cycles, made in America….LOVE this machine.
I bought that same machine approx. 2 years ago. I absolutely love it. No more front loaders for me.
E. R. says
Living in a “military” town, there is usually always someone moving and selling their used (but like new) washers and dryers cheap. I’ve been fortunate to have gotten great deals. Always prefer the simple, basic models – no electronics. Can’t even remember when I bought my last washer. Here in Florida, I use the sun for my dryer.
Dianne McNeal says
We also purchased the Maytag Commercial washer and dryer and I’ve never been happier with a purchase. It is the best set we have ever had. The Maytag set we had was around 20 years old and still working but we figured if it broke during the pandemic, we’d be stuck because merchandise was hard to come by. So, we headed to Lowe’s and, thankfully, they had them in stock. My husband had done a ton of research and felt the Commercial machine outdid them all. It’s easy to use and so fast. I do everything on the gentle cycle (he uses other cycles) and it cleans beautifully. The warranty is second to none. Expensive, but we feel it’s worth every penny.
Kevin- GREAT choice ! I owned a laundromat back in the 90’s. All Maytag top loader machines & Milnors (50# units). The Maytag Rep told me to use use warm water as cold will NOT dissolve grease. They were work horses and could take the abuse of customers.
I bought a Maytag front loader stacked unit – the last model to use dial knobs and no electronic readouts- in year 2000. Still runs like a champ. No soap dispenser, etc. If it ever breaks I will get it fixed regardless of the cost. Things nowadays are made for planned obsolescence.
Astra Malins says
My 20+ year old Kitchen Aid top loader keeps on purring. Back when I was shopping for a machine, my “research” consisted of comparing the thickness of the metal used in the lid. Front or top loader or computerized settings weren’t even on my mind. It was a floor sample and the price must have been right and it was delivered a few days later. Right next to it stands the old faithful Maytag dryer. She’s had several filters replaced as we didn’t realize at the time that a chipmunk was doing the chewing on it.
Patricia Mersman says
What caught my eye was the claim that the washer removed lipstick from “my wife’s collars”. Your wife? Mr. Fox? None of my business, but it certainly got my attention!
While cleaning my trusty Maytag older front loader,I noticed that it was made in Germany.Are they still made there?
We love our Whirlpool top loader. It doesn’t have the agitator in the middle so the drum is huge & great for washing blankets & sheets, you don’t have to wrestle or try & squeeze things in. I also love the quick wash feature for lightly used garments that only need a light wash & not the regular longer wash. Our old washer didn’t have the presoak or 2nd rinse features. Super impressed with our Whirlpool.
Gina Bruehl says
I have a 20 year old Kenmore (Sears) top load heavy duty washer. It has been going strong for a very long time! No high tech here! A few months back I went to check out the new models. I ran into a woman who advised me to NEVER buy a front loader. She was shopping for top loaders as well. Had her front loader for only a few months when she noticed a foul smell. She said the water never drains completely. She hated it. After looking around I decided to stick with my Old Girl until she dies, then I’ll go out a get a LOW TECH top loader (if they’re still making them! LOL!)
SCOTT TRUDELL says
I have an LG high efficiency top loading washer. The only thing I really don’t like about it is the same thing you mentioned. A ‘Regular’ wash cycle is at least an hour. If I add a presoak or extra rinse to the cycle it can take upwards of 75 minutes!! For most loads I use the ‘Quick Wash’ cycle which is only 35 minutes. It takes care of most of my clothing stains. I cook a lot and garden so often have greasy stains on dish towels…. or on me if I’m being sloppy in the kitchen… and dirt/sweat covered gardening clothes. I have had it for about 9 years and never had an issue. Although, I do notice an occasional odd rubbing sound under the drum during the wash cycle. Then the next time it’s gone. So…. who knows. So far it’s held up well.
Kevin, my hubby and I did weeks of research to replace his Whirlpool front loader 4 years ago. It was awful. It broke a few times and it never seemed to clean the clotheswell. There was the moldy phalange to clean too. I think I remember commenting when you bought your Cabrio around that time. We watched many videos of working laundry cycles (snooze!). One of the tests was cool- 10 different solid colored tee shirts watching them all get agitated and cleaned. Some washers scarily demonstrated the shirts in the same exact configuration throughout their cycles! We settled on the Maytag commercial washer. After 4 years of use, I can still say I LOVE this washer. It actually cleans our clothes. We tweaked our cycle names and put a “normal load” sticker over the Mixed load mark since I tend to wash bigger regular loads of laundry. We put a “small load” sticker over the Normal setting marker. I use the towel/heavy setting for towels, our “new normal” for most loads, delicate for delicate, and our “new small load” cycles. I don’t use the others. I would sing the praises of this no frills old school washer from the rooftops. No bells and whistles means no bells or whistles breaking! Not a single issue in over 4 years. You will be so happy you bought this washer. Laundry is clean again.
I just researched your Maytag. Looks good, I will never buy a front loader.
I have a Bosch dishwasher, 25 years old and still working.
Bob Lesko says
We bought basic Frigidaire front-loader and dryer in 1997 and the washer is still going strong. The dryer died last year and we replaced it with a no-frills Amana. No “digitalia” to be seen. Everyone we know with computerized appliances has a horror story. Appreciate your blog, Kevin.
Sophia Hoefer says
I have an old old Sears top loader, limited choices but it cleans my stuff! When time to replace, will get a Maytag – I loved the commercials about the “lonely” repair man.
ps, I enjoy your posts and your garden is gorgeous – an inspiration
We recently got a commercial Speed Queen Heavy Duty to replace our 50 yr old Maytag that had been my mother’s. It can washes well, can only rinse, only spin, and the large tub does a great job with bulky items….no unbalancing ever. It is not digital, just the old-fashioned dials.
I recently sold my home and moved to an apartment where they had a ‘new’ washer and dryer – I reluctantly sold my 1989 Maytag top of the line washer and dryer. I sure wish I could get it back. You’re right about the time it takes for these new washers – forever it seems. It seems EVERYTHING is pre-programmed – no options. It’s time they bring back QUALITY washers and dryers. All they need to do is replicate what they made back then – no need to reinvent perfection. I had an excellent repair person who encouraged me to never sell either unit as the new ones didn’t last and even minor problems weren’t repairable. 2-3 years is pretty typical – what a horrid waste of resources. Good luck with your new purchase.
June Pickering says
I was told years ago that Maytag appliances are made by a different company – maybe Hotpoint? I think the washers, dishwashers etc. were of better quality back then, but that’s true of many things. I live in England now so had to get used to different brands. Our last washer (a Bosch) lasted only 12 years, and that was disappointing. We recently replaced it with another Bosch as we like that brand. The fast spin is 1400. I don’t like that an average wash takes way too long. It’s 90 minutes and that’s when I press the half-cycle button! All washers here are front loading, and I don’t much like that either. I’m a qvetch.
Gladys Banta says
I also have a top- Loading Maytag washer (6 yrs old) & was not happy that clothes, especially kitchen towels didn’t appear clean. Cheap solution was to add 1 cup baking soda when adding detergent. Amazingly white clothes now!
jackie serba says
I bought an lg front load washer and dryer and it is still going strong after 11 years. I usually use the speed cycle as its just my husband and I now and it takes about 28 min. The full cycle is 1 hour. Nothing fancy on the machine and that’s what I like. Hope you have have years of luck with your new maytag.
We have the exact machine. You will love it! We went through a front loading Samsung. It was junk! I had to run a water hose from the laundry sink through the soap dispenser tray to add additional water and it still took over 2 hours to wash and the clothes weren’t clean. Then we had a GE top loader and something electrical went in the brain that my husband couldn’t fix so we got this commercial MagTag. It’s the best machine we’ve own in a very long time.
ROXANNE LOEHRIG says
We just bought the Maytag Commercial use washer and dryer yesterday! Our front loading LG set just died after 20 years. It says there is a way to reset it, but hubby said get a new one. Went with the same model you bought! And while I was reading through these reviews, I saw that you had also posted a review on the Bosch dishwasher. We bought ours during the pandemic and delivery took months! We didn’t get the finish we wanted, but this dishwasher is a dream. I liked where you showed using that top rack for silverware and maximizing that bottom rack with all of it’s configurations.
Nancy Schmelter says
Hi Kevin and good folks! My old Maytag washer died after 25 years about two years ago. We got an “energy efficient” LG. (Computerized bells and whistles.) I HATE it with every fiber of my being. Regardless of the settings I choose, (unless I check NO spin) it spins the life out of every item I wash. It has created permanent wrinkles in things that cannot be ironed out. I now have to iron almost everything. So much for energy efficiency. My sister was visiting last weekend from NC. She noticed that my washer was identical to hers. Her comments were the same as mine—and laden with the same expletives! The companion dryer works fine, but the washer is a nightmare. Posting this to save others from making the same mistake!!
Elspeth Greer says
We bought our Maytag side load W & D in 2009. I really like them, we do a regular wash ( have always done using extra rinse) in 42 mins, and the dryer takes extra capacity loads. Have just started to use Tru-Earth Eco-strips (dry detergent little strips) and find that they are terrific, save water and plastic in transport because they come in the mail in an envelope, and they wash clothes very well.
Side note: My Scottish grandma Welsh raised her siblings when they were orphaned , starting when she was 17 years old. 3 brothers went on to become successful in Canada and USA. She visited them several times. I think it was in 1926 that she saw a Maytag washer in Minnesota or Wisconsin and was so impressed that when she returned home to Renfrew Scotland, she got a dealer to order the very first Maytag washer in Great Britain, for her! She was that kind of lady.
If the water was ‘trickling’ in, maybe the water intake filters were clogged, causing the cycle time to take longer. When the new washer was installed, did they replace the intake hoses or filters? Just curious
I am still using my 43 year old Maytag washer and dryer, a pair or workhorses!
Everyone I know who has a front loader complains that they smell, require too much maintenance, break down etc. My 25 year old Sears commercial washer is still kicking (knocking on wood) and my dryer (Whirlpool) is 33 years old.
I recently hired a painter to paint the interior of my folks house in prep for sale. When he saw their basic top load washer he asked if I’d sell it because his died and finding what he wanted wasn’t happening between all the high tech ones and the supply chain issue. I had planned on leaving the appliances but in the end only left a dryer. The cost of the painting was paint and a washer! You’d have thought it was Christmas for this guy. Win-win.
Lynda Kowalski says
Replaced a 24 year old Sears washer 2 years ago with a top loading Maytag MCT. Appliance dealer told me not to expect it to last as long as older Sears. So far no issues. Pretty basic controls as you machine. I also have the same Sear dryer. In 24 years it has had the belt replaced twice. Cheap DIY fix.
I have a 4 year old Samsung washer without a center agitator love that aspect because king sheets don’t end up
In a knot but it takes forever and I feel like I have to have an extra rinse. Hate the machine. How would the Maytag size up?
Brenda B Grimm says
I have a 21 year old General Electric washer and dryer. Never been repaired and still works great. From time to time the washer makes a bad grinding sound but keeps on working. It’s a top loader. The dryer isn’t as hot as it used to be but gets the job done.
Also I have a Ariston brand stacked front-load washer/dryer in my Motorhome. It works great. It has a 30 minute wash cycle that gets all things clean and fresh.
Generally I find the ratings of Consumer Reports on maintenance/repair issues to be very helpful before I buy, as well as performance ratings, and price. I have a Whirlpool dryer that is 25 years old. Had a minor issue a couple years ago that my husband fixed with youtube video help. He is not knowledgeable about appliance repair, so I was so happy he got it all back together after dismantling! My washer is about 15 years old, frontloader and GE, and we have hard water, so I’m surprised to hear of so many front loading washer problems! It works great, no repairs needed, and since I am very water conscious in central Tx, I love its low water use. It cleans things very well.
I have a Kenmore stackable washer and dryer-all digital. Not what I wanted but where I was moving I had no room for washer, dryer and freezer! Wasn’t giving up my freezer. I’ve had them 14 years-no repairs. I don’t like the vibrating and the washer doesn’t clean as well as I’d like. Not sure what I’ll get when these bite the dust.
Marcella Kottmeier says
Maytag!!!! Only way to go, Dryer just repaired for the first time after 25 years! Technician said it will run for another 25 and that these are the best! Cannot wait to get rid of the front load washer I purchased years ago! Cannot remember the brand because I hate it soooo much! Looking forward to buying another Maytag and may just take the commercial option! Thanks Kevin!
Hubby and I built our retirement home and moved in last year. I bought all new appliances and had a good amount of time to research them. Plus we had an outstanding sales lady who knew her stuff at a local appliance store. We had a front load Maytag which was left for the buyers of our old home. I loved it but hated cleaning the rubber gasket thingy. New home: went back to top loader and Speed Queen brand for both washer and dryer. I am extremely happy with this choice. A very savvy appliance repair tech told me years ago when my washer (LG I think, because it was a set with the dryer that’s still at the old house) literally died with a full load of wash and water in the tank. It was 3.5 years old! Tech told me to buy American made appliances 1.) because they are repairable; you can get parts 2.) usually have a better warranty and 3.) they last longer. You may pay a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run. Our Maytag was made in Ohio. My Speed Queen set came with a 7 year warranty and are troupers in the clothes washing/drying field. They’re built in Wisconsin. On a side note, my mother had a Maytag that went to my sister. That washer made it 30 years. That was back in the day when we weren’t such a throw away society!
Deirdre M Smith says
Simple is the way to go and the first feature I look for. Question is the noise level as this is going in my kitchen. Thanks!
Elena Weza says
After having both, I would get a top loader in a heartbeat. I hate the HE front loader I have and once it dies it’s back to old school for me. Don’t know if they still offer it, but I really miss the mini basket feature the old washers had for small/delicate loads.
I had a basic maytag set that I loved bought @ 2000. I received a front load Samsung set as a gift @ 2010. Never had an issue with the maytag. Samsung had multiple repairs and bit the dust @2015. Bought a top load water conserving whirpool set because it could hold big loads. It worked great, but I never used all the bells and whistles. Just moved and sold that set with the house. The new to us home came with a 25 year old maytag set and I am thrilled. Everything I need, so much faster than the new whirlpool and will probably outlast that set too.
Well Hello Kevin!
I have a Kenmore that is forty something years old I am told. It only agitates when half full! A repairman said he could get the part, but taking the machine apart would probably do too much damage. Only two of us, so it’s good for now . Speed Queen is my first choice for a replacement, but I will watch the video you referenced above. ps – I LOVE doing laundry !
Cathy Yorio says
I have a basic top loading Whirlpool washer and have never had a problem with it. My dryer is also A Whirlpool and is running fine after 35 years. Simple, basic is the way to go.
Geo Liso says
I know you all will laugh at me .I love my old wringer washer for my sheets . It’s great for jeans,curtains with pleats (from the motor home )almost anything I don’t want wrinkles just hang to dry after the machine presses them. yes I keep it in the basement . My standard cycle with dryer is upstairs for use by family .It is getting hard to replace wringer washers now.
Donnella Bryce says
I had a top loading Westinghouse which I felt had much the same positive features as your Maytag. We moved house (downsized) and Bought a highly recommended Bosch frontloader. I HATE IT.
* can’t soak clothes
*doesn’t rinse well, clothes dry stiffly
*kitchen towels are slowly becoming grey
*too many inappropriate cycles
*TAKES 2.56 HOURS TO WASH A NORMAL LOAD OF CLOTHES!!!!!
Lynn Marie says
I worked as a professional house cleaner in places ranging from fancy houses to modest seasonal cottages for 15 years. I have done SO much laundry in SO many different machines from state of the art, multi-programmable HE machines that sing to you and cost thousands of dollars to the cheapest generic top loader. What works the best? the cheapest top loader of course. I’m spending my hard-earned dollars on an old school, top loading machine with an agitator. Even if I can’t afford a commercial Maytag, the modest old school top loader with an agitator will do exactly what I want it to–I’m in control of the machine, not vice versa. And they just plain work better.
Hi Kevin, I also have a cabrio set and I know exactly what you mean about the amount of time and my lack of confidence in its ability to clean clothes.
Can you I ask how you went about finding a dealer who would sell you a commercial washer?
I have LG top loader. Hate it because I would rather the old time agitator in the middle. This machine winkles my clothes terribly. Also the drum is so deep that when I bend over getting my clothes out, I accidentally press the buttons with my chest and music chimes go on.
Anne Talbot-Kelly says
I have a Maytag stacking full size washer dryer that I got in 1990 .
It’s had a few repairs . Nothing serious.
After 3 kids grown up now and the past 10 years with running my little guest suite and doing laundry almost daily it’s an amazing machine .Simple , no myriad of anything.
Anne Talbot-Kelly says
Oh I forgot to mention the little portable Maytag spin washer from about 1970 that I took from my moms house. We all grew up with that machine . Hooks up to the kitchen sink and I can do small loads of laundry or dying projects or hand washing with help. It’s such a great machine!!!’ Harvest Gold coloured too!
I bought an LG front loader to save the planet and got rid of my 20-year old Maytag. What a mistake! The LG at times doesn’t even get the clothes entirely wet. I washed cloth diapers in my Maytag and they came out sparkling clean!
Still kicking myself!
Thanks for everyone’s helpful comments. My washer just died, so doing research now.
Thank you for your nice post. I agree with all the posts here. Basic top loader are the best. I have a 28 – year old Inglis. Only a little repair a few years ago.
As for the dryer, it is a 20 -year old basic machine. Still going strong.
john p askildsen says
Hi Kevin, Nicely done article… We have a set of 14 year-old Sears Kenmore washer/dryer. They have performed well and they owe us nothing at this point. I had a service tech in once to replace the rollers on the spinning barrel of the dryer. While he was at the house, he mentioned that while he is aware that appliances aren’t made like they used to be, a lot of issues that people have with major appliances can be avoided by simply having them serviced from time to time. No one seems to do this, and yes, parts wear out, lint, dust, and debris build up in places where the home owner cannot reach. This build-up of debris causes machines to run hot and eventually “fry” or perhaps cause a fire. So I had him service my washer, dryer, and refrigerator. I watched him do the servicing and wow, was he right! Glad I listened to him. As far as purchasing major appliances in big box stores goes, I would like to add a word of caution. First, many trusted major brands have resorted to selling through big box stores. Those stores want to sell by volume and undercut the competition. So they force the trusted brand into producing a cheaper product made with cheaper parts in countries where QA/QC is lightly regarded. I learned this through webber grills, Cubb Cadet, Toro mowers-three highly trusted brands which have caved in and made cheaper models for big box stores. And that is why the outwardly appearing same model appliance has a different model number in the big box store. Secondly, and important, I feel you get what you pay for. I like to support my local retailers and in turn they support me with excellent customer service and support. So I “forfeit” the extra $100 bucks in savings for these luxuries. We need our local independent retailers in our rural communities. Just my two cents.
Janet G. Metzger says
The Kenmore washer I had purchased in 2000 and LOVED had issues July 2020 that Sears said they could not deal with. I did not know at that point that we had a locally owned repair shop that could have fixed the machine (we found out later and that repair shop fixed our refrigerator). So we called Lowes and ordered a GE. Fortunately, it died one day before the warranty expired. That machine had me in screaming fits and tears. Next replacement was a rebuilt from the appliance store. Close to the Kenmore, but I have allergy issues. Was allergic to the detergent that had been used in that machine. $1,000 to replace second-best clothing and bedding! SO we got the Maytag commercial. It is not as flexible as the Kenmore, I don’t LOVE it, but it gets the laundry done without me screaming at it. For a person with allergies, the high water levels and actual agitator are a must. I am using much more water than with the Kenmore because the Maytag links delicate cycle with high water wash only, but……I am not using the hose outside the house to wash sheets. If you have a Kenmore, hold onto it. No matter what Sears says, someone can fix it!
Janet G. Metzger says
PS . Kevin, thanks for sharing your success with the Maytag. Maybe I will try some different cycles.
Robert Packer says
I make Speed Queen washers and dryers. They are old school. Made to last for a long time.
We wouldn’t buy anything else. I came out of a 4 year retirement to make machines at Alliance
Laundry, makers of Speed Queen. It’s not too late to look into them, is it? : )
I am hoping to buy my last washer and dryer. I’ve always had old Maytags until moving into my last house. I now have a GE and it’s located in a closet where the door doesn’t close due to size of washer and dryer. It’s no biggie except it’s located by my front door.
I want to find , maybe 26 inch so I could put my doors back up. I want a top loading with a permanent press cycle. I hate the washer I now have but it was in the house when we bought it. Did I say I hate this washer. I’ve even put a clothes line up but the wrinkles still don’t fall out. I wash mine and my husbands golf clothes and there is no getting out theses wrinkles. Even on delicate cycle. This is my first non-agitator machine. Im ready to put it out on the street.
Bought the wife a fancy LG front loader set just over 2 years ago. I thought all was well.Turns out she hates the washer because it doesn’t clean well at all.
She frequently rewashes laundry, especially towels because they don’t pass the smell test. So much for high efficiency.
Looks like a new Maytag commercial top loader may be in the cards for us soon.
1995 basic Maytag set still looks and acts like new. No repairs! Moved them to current home 21 years ago. Love, love them.
I’ve had nothing but problems with all brands of washers… They just aren’t built to last anymore. I just installed my 4th washer in 5 years. I do a pretty big load daily, 5 kids, but week decided that the next one has to be commercial.
Deirdre M Smith says
Hi Kevin. Major no-go for me is that I can’t set the level of water on this. Otherwise perfect. Thanks for all your fun!
Hello. I bought this Maytag old school washer in the last year and am mostly happy with it. It replaced a top load HE Whirlpool. It quit after 5 years and I didn’t like it at all. I did lots of reading before purchasing.
I will disagree with one claim you made. My washer does not fill only halfway. It fills at least 3/4 or close to top even when not on cycles that fill to the top.
I wish it would fill just halfway for my loads not run with the deep fill. I know I am wasting water but it can’t be helped.
Never again will I purchase a HE washer.
I’m purchased a Speed Queen TR7 last may. Best machine I’ve ever owned. Electronic controls provide an infinite amount of options. The Eco settings do provide energy savings. Clothes are clean and fresh smelling. Auto water level spot on plus it boasts a 7 year manufacturer warranty. Have matching dryer as well.
I’m an appliance tech. I looked up the “Maytag” (Whirlpool) and it has the same disposable gearcase as all the home machines Whirlpool cranks out. Speedqueen is the only decent old school machine you can get. AWN* for the transmission. Continental Girbau if you can afford em are also very nice.
Joe Joe says
I repair appliances & sold our cabrio set for more than we paid for it. Bought the speed queen tr5 & have been totally pleased. The whirlpool/Maytag gearcases are junk at best. They could’ve done way better on the drive system for the commercial side of maytag. I recommend the speed queen to anyone who asks me about a new washer. My wife was skeptical but I told her to trust me. Clothes look & FEEL cleaner straight out of the washer in about 20-25 minutes! Paired with a Maytag bravos xl dryer & a load can be done in as little as 1 hour – washed & dried.
Mary Bellingham says
The same angel that nudged you toward the Maytag commercial lit on my shoulder by way of advice from someone who had just purchased that model and gave a blow by blow description of their experience. Commercial is not chic and was $l,000 + pricey, but the Maytag tradition of, “if
the process ain’t broken, don’t fix it…” has held my Mom and me in good stead for many years….
this new one has lived up to all its promises and I am now looking for its dryer mate. Simply love
your blog, Kevin, have garnered a number of your recipes and ideas and have gotten on line with so many kindred admirers to reserve your hug when one day we meet.
Kathryn Cooper says
When I bought my 40-year-old Maytag, made in the USA, it was the most expensive thing on the market. We went meatless for a month to cover the cost. It’s a TANK! Still percolating beautifully with only one repair in its history. My adult son kept overloading it, and the belts wore out a few years ago. No wonder the Maytag Repair Man is so lonely! You made a splendid choice, and it may just outlive you.