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Maytag Performance Series MHWE950W[W]
 
Approximate retail price:
$1000
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 Performance Series MHWE950W[W]

The Maytag Performance Series MHWE950W[W] is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the Performance Series MHWE950W[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 Performance Series MHWE950W[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 Performance Series MHWE950W[W]
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1.0
Avoid Maytag - Ours Didn't Last 2 Years!
1/2/2014
Pros
Energy Efficient
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Breaks Down
Long Cycle
Noisy
Shakes/Moves
Best Uses
Comment:
We are a family of six who purchased the 950WW machine from a large national home improvement retailer in January 2012. The machine began making horrible grinding noises recently. We had purchased the extended warranty, so we went ahead and requested a repair visit through the retailer (under the extended warranty). To our surprise -- though consistent with the other posts below -- we've been told that the entire interior of the washer needs to be rebuilt (the bearings are bad, the spider arm that holds the drum is broken, the drum and all internal mechanisms except for the control panel need to be replaced, etc.). We use this machine as any normal family would, so the fact that it failed when it was less than two years old is ridiculous. Our last top loading, old-fashioned center agitator machine worked great for 15+ years! To make matters worse, our ability to get the item repaired is being delayed by Maytag/Whirlpool as they are refusing to respond to the retailer/warranty company regarding the availability of parts. We've been without a functioning machine for over two and a half weeks and no repair or replacement is in sight because we have to wait for Maytag/Whirlpool to respond before the retailer will decide what to do. Interestingly enough, a customer service representative from the retailer admitted to me point-blank that they know this particular Maytag model is prone to these exact problems. DO NOT PURCHASE!!!!!!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Poor design, poorly built, unreliable
8/14/2013
Pros
Cons
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Leaky
Noisy
Best Uses
Comment:
At less than two years this washer began to generate loud rubbing / grinding noise during the spin cycle. The warranty covers parts, but it its still a $400 repair. In reading other reviews, this seems to be a recurrent issue at the two-year mark. This is clearly a very serious design flaw. I am very disappointed that this washer is not designed and built to last more than two years. I would warn anyone to not by this model.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Buy as much warranty as you can
7/11/2013
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Breaks Down
Noisy
Shakes/Moves
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
The machine cleans clothes just fine but in owning it for about two years I have had three different repair issues with it. First the bearings wore out so the whole tub assembly needed replaced (it was still under factory warranty). Then it would make a thumping noise during spin cycle. To remedy this, the vent was replaced because it worked itself lose, and the shock absorbers were replaced because they were noticed to be leaking fluid. Now, the third time the repair man has had to come out it is because the drive belt came off the pulleys and shredded itself. When I was in the market to purchase this washing machine, I did not see too many reviews for any machines that were maintenance free or trouble free so I purchased an extended warranty. I do like the machine but if I didn't have the extended warranty I would be very upset. This is one warranty that has paid for itself. If you buy this machine, buy the longest term warranty you can find.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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