Washing machines

Maytag Maxima MHW6000X[W]
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Summary: This Maytag Front-loader washing machine has
• 2011 Energy Star qualification
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - Maytag Maxima MHW6000X[W]

The Maytag Maxima MHW6000X[W] is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the Maxima MHW6000X[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand

This Whirlpool-owned brand is positioned as a durable brand but is priced a bit lower than Whirlpool-branded products. The Maytag brand has two lines, the Epic and Epic Z, which cost $1,000 and $800, respectively.

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Features & Specs - Maytag Maxima MHW6000X[W]
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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User Reviews - Maytag Maxima MHW6000X[W]
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Not what I expected.
Clean Clothes Well
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Breaks Down
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
We use everyday, we have three young girls that seem to generate a lot of laundry. Was disturbed right after we bought it by the noise it makes while initially tumbling the clothes, it sounds like it's grinding itself apart. It has worked very well for nine months, but recently we had to replace the water pump which took two weeks due to parts ordering and poor repair service. This worries me that, at not even a year old we're replacing parts. After the warranty is up, if it breaks it's gone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Invest in Pre-treatment Products
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Long Cycle
Best Uses
I couldn't wait to get a front-loader... I've had my Maxima set over 2 years now. Prior to them, I had two sets of another major company top of the line. I was luckily able to return them within a couple months because of the store's satisfaction guarantee. Neither the Maxima or the others got my clothes clean. The serviceman said our water pressure must be low. Even though the water company and the plumber checked it and said it was OK, we invested $2000.00 getting a household booster pump installed. No change. I understand the principle of clothes rubbing together to get clean as explained by the serviceman, but you still need enough water to open the clothes up as they tumble around. Not only are the cycles long, I have to pretreat almost everything, put the load through the soak cycle, then put them through the wash cycle. I never had to do any of this with my good OLD top loader I had for 20 years. The new ones may save water but my electric bill has skyrocketed due to the long cycles and my clothes look terrible! I used to be able to get all my laundry done in one day. The repairman has made a few trips out. The one time he didn't know what the error code meant. He called the store and they didn't know either! We really need a front-loader for handicapped accessibility and short stature but want more water per load. Any recommendations?
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Broke within 5 months
Bad Customer Service
Breaks Down
Broke Within 5 Months
Over-sensitive Spin Cycle
Best Uses
We bought this machine in May. It broke in September, mid-wash--the machine just stopped and wouldn't spin or drain. It took Maytag a week and a half to get a repairman here, and one of use had to take the day off from work to be here for the dreaded noon to five window. The repairman arrived, said it was a faulty control board, which he had to order. Two weeks later, he came back to install it. It still didn't work, and he concluded we also had a faulty water pump, which he had to order. Two more weeks, and he came back to install the pump. It still doesn't work, and now he thinks it's a broken door lock. Of course, that part is not in stock, either, so it will be at least another two weeks before they might be able to finally fix this thing. Clearly, it's a piece of over-priced junk. <br /><br />Making matters worse, Maytag/Whirlpool customer support is terrible. They are closed on weekends, so when the repairman has been here the last two times, and unable to fix it, we can't call to try to work out a solution. Then, when we do get through during the week after five or ten minutes on hold, they are completely unhelpful. Though our machine broke within the first six months and we have been without a washer from over a month now, they have done nothing but offer to extend our warranty by six months. AFter the last failed repair attempt, we asked them to replace the machine. They said they wouldn't replace it until it was unrepairable, whatever that means.<br /><br />Long story short: Do not buy this machine. Even when it was working it has an incredibly sensitive spin detector--if the load is even slightly unbalanced, it will not spin, so you have to constantly open it and move wet items around or take them out entirely. We were unhappy with it when it was working, and are obviously even more unhappy now.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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