Maytag Commercial Top Load Washer MVWP575GW This is The Closest Thing To An Old School Washer I Have Ever Seen

After the post-Speed Queen apocalypse, (read more about that HERE ), I found myself unable to sell ANY new washers to my customers. Thankfully I had the sense to stock up on 2017 model Speed Queens so I had some time to figure out a replacement. (sorry, all the 2017’s are sold) I found this washer and (most) of my prayers were answered. 

MVWP575GW

How I test them:

I physically buy these machines, hook them up in my store and run them at least 10 times until I get a feel for how they work.  I do my own laundry in these machines to give a true “real world” test. 

The grading scale

My grading scale is 1-100, based on the following factors:
 
1. performance (20pts)
2. cost    (20pts)
3. build quality (repair-ability) (20pts)
4. how long I think it will last. (20pts)
5. My general feelings towards the machine (20pts)
 
Just for the record, I don’t believe any appliance will ever, ever get a score of 100.  I don’t even think there will be any in the 90’s, but I guess we’ll see. 
 

The review:

This washer blew me away when I first tested it. In the vast sea of crap washing machines, this little gem really shines.   Never have I ever thought I would find a new washer that performs almost as well as my coveted vintage washers.  

Performance:

Maytag finally made something that is worthy of their name.  Let me be up front: There are a lot of crap Maytag washers out there, but this one is not crap.  In fact, its one of the best I have ever tested.  It fills up all the way with water, it circulates the clothes properly, it rinses well.  The Maytag Commercial actually cleans clothes… Imagine that.  

Cost

This washer has a MSRP of around $879, but most are selling in the $799 range.  Pretty good value based on the performance it delivers.

Build Quality

This part is going to be a bit tricky.  This washer is relatively new, so there is not really enough data to come to a conclusion.  It looks really well built, the panels feel stiff, like real metal kind of stiff.  It doesnt look real fancy, although I find it to be very attractive. I guess its in the eye of the beholder.  

Basically every part looks like one of their basic residential parts, just beefier.  

 

Longevity

The Maytag does come with a 5 YEAR parts and Labor warranty.  This warranty comes directly from Maytag. Ive heard of a few reports of some washers being delivered “dead on arrival” but not really enough to make me feel concerned. At this time, I cant really say if it will be a reliable machine with 100% certainty, but I think it going to be a winner.

Personal Opinion

I was so pleased with how this washer performs that I started selling it in my store.  This washer is not a huge capacity, nor is it particularly energy efficient.  At 3.5 cubic feet, you can comfortably wash 6 full size bath towels with some room to spare.  The Maytag will actually clean them, which is something of a rarity these days with washers.  It will also do it in less than 3 hours.  A typical cycle on the MT is about 40 minutes.  

If you are at your wit’s end with washers that have poor performance, stink, leak, break down, and shake all over the place, Take a look at this Maytag.  Im not saying “take a look at Maytag”, Im saying “take a look at THIS Maytag”.  This particular model #MVWP575G is unlike all the rest of the Maytags. 

CategoryScore
Performance19
Cost16
Build Quality18
Longevity17* (not sure)
Personal19
Total Score89

Watch all the videos on this washer HERE

LG dryer DLE1501W Electric dryer Review – This Dryer is MAGIC

The LG dryer that I tested was the DLE1501W.  I had it mated with the WT1501CW. The review for that washer is HERE.  This LG dryer is a near EXACT copy of the word famous (amongst us service guys) Whirlpool 27″ D.O.T.T. dryer.  Tried and true performance, easy to service.  LG spiced it up with some electronic gizmos to really bring it in to the 21’st century.  The very clever engineers at LG likely thought ” if it is’nt broke, why fix it?”

 

 

How I test them:

I physically buy these machines, take them home, and use them for at least 60 days, all the way up to 6+ months.  I have children, and they get EVERYTHING dirty. Needless to say I have a never ending supply of dirty laundry.

The grading scale

My grading scale is 1-100, based on the following factors:
 
1. performance (20pts)
2. cost    (20pts)
3. build quality (repair-ability) (20pts)
4. how long I think it will last. (20pts)
5. My general feelings towards the machine (20pts)
 
Just for the record, I don’t believe any appliance will ever, ever get a score of 100.  I don’t even think there will be any in the 90’s, but I guess we’ll see. 
 

The review:

MAGIC.  Its like there are little gnomes in there making sure everything goes as planned.  I dried my king size comforter in this dryer AND I DID NOT HAVE TO STOP IT MID WAY TO RE SHUFFLE THE COMFORTER AROUND.  It was just dry after the timer was up.

Performance:

Dryers generally perform 3 basic functions: tumble, heat, and air flow.  The trick to a good dryer is getting the perfect combination of the three.  Too much heat and you burn your clothes, too much airflow is a waste of energy, and tumbling speed affects circulation.  This LG basically nails it in every way.

Cost

MSRP of $799, but you can typically find them for around $550 or so. It’s neither expensive nor inexpensive.

Build Quality

LG is totally respectable when it comes to quality.  They basically copied an old Whirlpool dryer that was proven, and made it a bit better with electronics and such.  The result is a more precise drying experience.

Longevity

It’s almost comical that I can basically tell my customers in advance when their LG dryer is going to break.  Weak points on LG (as with most dryers) are belt, heating element, drum supports.  You should expect to get 7 or so years before its first breakdown, and about another 7 years after that.  The key to making a dryer last a long time is to regularly clean the lint trap and the exhaust ducting.

Personal Opinion

I consider myself to be a kind of all Americn type of person.  I shop local, mostly a small businesses, and I like to buy american made products.  The only thing that is more important to me is buying a QUALITY product.  LG makes a great product and quite simply, the american companies are just playing catch up.  I would much rather buy an all American product, but until we make something better than LG, LG will continue to gain market share.

CategoryScore
Performance16
Cost10
Build Quality15
Longevity14
Personal15
Total Score70
 

WATCH THIS BEFORE YOU BUY A SPEED QUEEN WASHER! REVIEW: New 2018 Speed Queen Washer TR3000WN, TR5000WN, TR7000WN.

Speed Queen completely redesigned their top load washer for 2018. It is really different fom the previous generation. Really, really different.

Applicable models:

TR3000WN, TR5000WN, TR7000WN, AWNE9RSN115TW01

How I test them:

I physically buy these machines, take them home, and use them for anywhere between 60 days, and all the way up to 6+ months.  I have children, and they get EVERYTHING dirty. Needless to say, I have a never-ending supply of dirty laundry. After my wife threatened me with divorce, I just started bringing my laundry to my shop for testing.  That is how I tested this Speed Queen.

The grading scale

My grading scale is 1-100, based on the following factors:
 
1. Performance (20pts)
2. Cost    (20pts)
3. Build Quality (Repairablity) (20pts)
4. Durability and Longevity (20pts)
5. My Personal Opinion (20pts)
 
Just for the record, I don’t believe any washer will ever get a score of 100.  I doubt there will ever be any in the 90’s, but I guess we’ll see. 

The review:

Speed queen AWNE9RSN115TW01, aka TR3000WN, TR5000WN, TR7000WN washer.
This is a very difficult review to write, as its caused me quite a bit of stress over the last few months.  For those you who do not know, Speed Queen completely redesigned their washer for 2018.  It boasts a higher spin speed, now has a lid lock, and has a completely different wash system.  Speed Queen also claims that the washer performs 4.7% better than the previous model.
The problem is, it doesn’t.
I washed upwards of 40 loads in this new style machine, specifically the TR7000WN.  This is Speed Queen’s most expensive model coming in at almost $1100.  This washer was set to come out around March of this year, but because I was one of Speed Queen’s fanboys I was able to get an early production model in Late December.  It was like Christmas for me.  I was so excited to test this new design and start promoting it.

Performance

At first, I was very optomistic about the new design.  The new washer does not agitate like a traditional top loader.  The new Queen uses an “Agi-Tub” design, meaning that the agitator is physically bolted to the wash tub.  During agitation, the spin basket and the agitator move as one single unit. This method has been tried many times in the past. Frigidaire came out with something back in the late 70’s, and again around 2012.  Both of them failed miserably.  The TR7 is a slightly different version of the same thing.  It certainly performs better than the first two “Agi-Tubs”, but that is just about where it ends.

With small loads and flexible fabrics, this washer does OK.  Not great, but OK. Its when you start doing full loads and stiffer fabrics that this machine basically falls flat on it’s face.  I tried washing 5 pair of my fleece lined work pants, and I got zero “turnover” (clothes circulation), and worse, I wound up with soap stains on my pants after the load was complete.  Thinking I made a mistake loading, or perhaps I tried the wrong cycle, I retried this same test 4 more times.  My results were pretty consistent.  I washed a variety of different loads, including whites (underwear and undershirts), shirts, pants, a queen set of sheets, a queen comforter, a load of hand towels, and more. 90% of the loads I tried were flat out unacceptable.

The bottom line…. This washer does not perform very well.

Cost

At around $1100, this washer is more expensive than the previous generation, and also more expensive than better performing models by other manufacturers.

Build Quality

I have nothing but praise here.  This washer is the best built washer I have ever seen.  It has very few moving parts, rock solid electronics, and a lot of heavy steel components.

Longevity

I truly think this washer can last every bit of 15 years before needing any kind of service.  Looking at the guts of this machine, I really can’t see any weak spot in the build.  Im sure that SQ left no stone unturned here.  Every part is over built, and nothing in this washer feels “cheap”.  Time will tell.

Personal Opinion

Several months ago I started publishing full wash videos on my YouTube account.  A lot of people wanted to actually see how the machine performs during a real wash cycle.  I also started doing a type of “VLOG” review on machines I tested.  After running many loads on the TR7, I decided that this was not a washer that I wanted to sell to my customers.  Its really expensive, and it just couldn’t  perform on the normal day-to-day cycles that I put it through.  After publishing my video review on YouTube, I got a call from my distributor, who had recieved a call from the VP of marketing at Speed Queen.  They did not like my less than glowing review of their new model, and they pulled my license to sell Speed Queen appliances. Within days, I was removed from their website, and I no longer had access to anything. I asked my distributor to have them call me directly, but to no avail. Thats it… with no reasoning or direct conversation from SQ.

Back to the washer. The bottom line is this: The washer costs $1100.  For that kind of money it should perform well on a variety of different loads (all loads, if you ask me).  This washer doesn’t. Yes, it will last a very, very long time. In fact, I would bet you will get rid of it long before it ever breaks.  What good is a reliable washer if it doesn’t clean your clothes?  I tested a $300 washer that cleaned way better.  If you wash a few items at a time, and use plenty of soap with extra rinse, you may have decent results with this machine.  For normal people (like me) who just need to put some laundry in and have it come out clean, this washer wont deliver.

CategoryScore
Performance3
Cost7
Build Quality19
Longevity19
Personal0
Total Score48

LG Washer WT1501CW top load washer review.

I recently had the LG WT1501CW  in my home for about 90 days.  My first impression on this machine was “what a turd”.  As with all HE top load washers, the LG struggles to remove lint, or even clean for that matter.  Sure, it has a huge basket -4.5 cubic feet, but whats the point if it can’t clean anything?  Another small issue, my wife is 5, 7″, and she stuggled to reach the bottom of the wash basket.  I really liked the up front controls, but found it to be not super user friendly.

How I test them:

I physically buy these machines, take them home, and use them for at least 60 days, all the way up to 6+ months.  I have children, and they get EVERYTHING dirty. Needless to say I have a never ending supply of dirty laundry.

The grading scale

My grading scale is 1-100, based on the following factors:
 
1. performance (20pts)
2. cost    (20pts)
3. build quality (repair-ability) (20pts)
4. how long I think it will last. (20pts)
5. My general feelings towards the machine (20pts)
 
Just for the record, I don’t believe any washer will ever, ever get a score of 100.  I don’t even think there will be any in the 90’s, but I guess we’ll see. 

The review:

Despite my initial misgivings about this machine, I ended up kind of liking it.  I certainly was not sad to see it go, but the WT1501CW ended up really impressing me.  Once I found the correct cycles, the washer actually performed quite well despite it being a “cheaper” washer.

Performance:

Im just going to spill the beans:  The LG pretty much sucks in every way until you press the WATER PLUS button.  Then it becomes, well, kind of great!  Pre WP (water plus) discovery, I would have given this washer the lowest possible score.  After WP, it actually washes pretty well.   I still noticed some lint not being removed, but somewhat tolerable.  Spin speed is super fast, your clothes are practically dry when finished. The LG is also pretty quiet while running.

Cost

The price of this machine varies wildly depending on if it is on sale or not.  You can expect to find it for around $599 or so.  This makes it one of the cheapest I have reviewed so far.

Build quality

The LG feels solidly built, the lid has some weight to it (in a good way).  Mechanically, it uses the mostly reliable system they use on their front loaders. I have heard several instances where the main spin bearing went bad, effectively making the machine garbage.  The problem with this machine, and all sub$750 machines is that the first break down will typically cost 1/3rd or more of the value of the machine.  This washer should really never be fixed, unless you plaan on fixing it yourself.  Just throw it away when it breaks.

Longevity

Its going to go one of two ways:  either you got a bad one and it will be junk in less than 2 years, or if you got a good one it should give you about 5 ish years of trouble free service.  A really well taken care of unit could possibly go as long as 8-10 years.

Personal opinion:

LG is my second favorite company right next to Speed Queen.  They really produce a decent product that performs.  LG customer service is friendly, and hold times are basically non existent.  They offer quite a bit of machine relative to the price of the unit.

CATEGORYSCORE
Performance14
Cost17
Build Quality12
Longevity10
Personal15
Total Score68

My Review of the Speed Queen Top Load Washer

Today Im going to review basically ALL of the Speed Queen top load washers. Speed Queen makes 3 different top load washers:

  1. AWN432SP113
  2. AWNE82SP113
  3. AWNE92SP113

Of course, all three of these machines are different, but from a mechanical standpoint, they are all basically identical.  The 432 is the only washer that still has a basic, no frills, no computer, mechanical timer.  The 8 and 9 series both have a electronic control board. (Actually 2 of them).

The Speed Queen top load washer is about the most traditional washer you can get, mechanically speaking.  It has a proper split phase motor, ( and a big one too), a regular transmission, and of course, a full size agitator.  It also fills up all the way with water.

How I test them:

I physically buy these machines, take them home, and use them for at least 60 days, all the way up to 6+ months.  I have children, and they get EVERYTHING dirty. Needless to say I have a never ending supply of dirty laundry.

The grading scale

My grading scale is 1-100, based on the following factors:
 
1. performance (20pts)
2. cost    (20pts)
3. build quality (repair-ability) (20pts)
4. how long I think it will last. (20pts)
5. My general feelings towards the machine (20pts)
 
Just for the record, I don’t believe any washer will ever, ever get a score of 100.  I don’t even think there will be any in the 90’s, but I guess we’ll see. 

The review:

Speed queen AWNE92SP113 washer.
I had this machine in my house for about 6 months.
Their flagship unit, this is the fully loaded top load washer.  Speed Queen is immortalized with their legendary build quality.  This is the one thing that NOBODY can argue.  It comes with a standard 5 year warranty, which covers parts and in home labor.  Their failure rate is really, really low.  I happen to be an Authorized servicer, and I average about 1 warranty related service call per year.  The 8 series is the same, just minus a few “extra” options.  The 432 is the most basic of the bunch, but bear in mind that mechanically they are all the same.

Performance

The wash action is good, not the best I have ever seen. It definitely get things clean. Having a full size agitator makes the washing action a bit aggressive. The agitator is physically beating the dirt out of your clothes, so a bit of color loss is just collateral damage.    It actually CAN get a load of clothes clean in 30 minutes, start to finish.  Couple of notable options are the soak cycle, and delay start.  It also has the option for double, and triple rinse if it were every to be necessary.
A few drawbacks with the machine are this:  With that aggressive agitation, it seems to beat up my clothes. Oddly, it still seems to struggle removing serious stains.  Another annoying thing is that when filling, if you open the lid, the washer stops filling, preventing me from being able to rinse out my soap measuring cup.  Not really a deal breaker, but for those of you who like to rinse your soap cup, you feel my pain.

Cost

At around 1 thousand dollars, its not the cheapest one out there, but also not the most expensive.  You pay a little more up front, but in the long term this washer will likely end up being a good value.

Build quality

Their electronic controls are bullet proof. With BUILT IN surge suppressors, there is not really anything that can destroy these controls.  They are the same boards used in their laundromat models for many years.   Over sized motor can easily handle anything you can load in it.   The outer tub is made of steel (the other brands are plastic) which  basically prevents any disgusting goo from building up in your machine, causing it to get stinky.  The all-steel transmission, with steel gears will quite literally never go bad.  I service some really old speed queens, and have yet to ever change a transmission.

Longevity

 
Even under intense use, the washer will easily outlast its 5 year warranty.  It will likely need a fresh belt every 8 or so years. (about $200 total, or less if you paid a professional to do it)
Bottom line: If you find yourself burning though washers every 3-5 years, this is the washer you should be looking at.

Personal opinion

Speed Queen as a company is awesome.  I do call them from time to time, and actually get through to a real person in Wisconsin that is willing and able to help me no matter what weird questions I might have.  The machine is made in Wisconsin.  Its not the situation where they just bring 99% of the parts from China and assemble it here, its actually mostly made in the same plant in Ripon, Wisconsin.   They do not sell their wares in big box stores, which gives us little guys something that you simply can’t buy at home depot.
 
Overall , I’d say it is a good machine.  This is not a machine that you would buy for performance reasons, but for its reliability.  It doesn’t have any fancy chrome, and it won’t sing you any weird song when its done.  It is a purpose built machine that has only one purpose… to serve.  After all said, my wife and I were a bit sad to see them go.
CategoryScore
Performance12
Cost11
Build Quality19
Longevity18
Personal20
Total Score80

Hello, my name is Eugene. Appliance reviewer, restorer, and repairer….

In the world of appliances, it seems to be a difficult thing to find the best one.  Which is more reliable? Best performance? Best price?  Cost to repair?  It can get pretty confusing.  In the end, they are all just washing machines, right?  Don’t they just clean clothes? Aren’t refrigerators just supposed to get cold?

Hopefully I can help.

About me:

I am a 34 year old with a beautiful wife and 2 daughters, ages 3, and 1.  I live in century home just outside the city limits of Cleveland.  I would consider myself to be just about average in every way except one thing: I have a weird obsession with appliances.  Im fascinated with how they work, their design, and just how much of an impact they have on our lives.  You may be able to go a week without a dryer (and just maybe), but can you go a week with no refrigerator?  The answer is yes, you can, but it will completely change the way you live for that entire time.

Anyway, appliances are important.  They are also expensive.  Needless to say, you don’t want to but a $1500 fridge just to have it break down 1.5 years after purchase. ( and conveniently out of warranty).  I have been tinkering with my appliances all of my life.  I have been selling and servicing appliances since I was 18 years old. I am very talented at fixing them.  I have a pretty extensive knowledge of just about all appliances made from the 80’s, all the way to the present.

Hopefully this blog will be helpful in making your decision on your next appliance purchase.

Kicking off the Blog with a beautiful restoration video of an antique Tappan gas stove!

welcome to our blog!

We are Lorain furniture and Appliance located on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio in the historic Ohio City neighborhood. We have been in business for 27 years and are trusted to give you the best most knowledgeable service you deserve. First up we would like to invite you to watch the end of a restoration project we have taken on for a customer. She brought us in an old rusted Tappan stove and said she wanted to use it as her every day cook. We took on the challenge and made it shine like new AND added insulation to the stove to make it more reliable and safe. Check out this video to see the end result!