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