Washing machines and dryers are some of the most requested appliances we see at Factory Builder Stores. And it makes sense – if a dishwasher goes out, you can wash by hand in most homes. If a range or cooking appliance goes out, eating out is an option until the appliance is repaired or replaced. But if your laundry goes out, most people aren’t confident in their ability to wash clothes by hand and won’t get the same results as their laundry machines. This leaves limited options like locating and using a local laundry mat, which can be a huge time sink, or finding a friend or neighbor willing to let you use their machines. Needing a new laundry machine can be a dire circumstance.
At Factory Builder Stores, we know emergency replacements are tough, and we want you to lean on our experience. And when it comes to laundry, we’ve found two brands that excel – Maytag and Electrolux. Right now, we’re running a promotion on different laundry pairs that we think are the best. We’re also keeping them in stock in many of our showrooms so that you can get a quick turnaround when you need it most. In many cases, we can arrange a next day delivery and installation the business day after purchase. Whether you’re looking for a top load pair or front load, stacked, side by side or on pedestals, our recommendations have you covered.
Maytag – Known and Renowned for Laundry
Maytag originally started with a pure focus on laundry machines way back in 1893. Their experience is hard to match, and it’s one of the reasons that we recommend both a top load and front load pair in the brand. While the top load pair is only available in white, the front load model can be either white or upgraded to their new Metallic Slate color.
Capacity: Washer – 4.7 cubic feet, Dryer – 7.0 cubic feet
Maytag offers one of the best top load laundry deals on the market. We base this reasoning on the fact that this Maytag pair – and only this Maytag pair – comes with a full 5-year warranty. Most major brands and models, including the rest of Maytag’s top load lineup, will only be a 1-year warranty. The value on this peace of mind is significant considering the costs of extended warranties keep rising every year.
Another notable feature on this pair is the washer comes with a full-size agitator. The recent trend in top load laundry has been toward low profile impellars, which create a whirlpool motion within the tub. The idea behind these is to be gentler on clothing, but in many cases, it doesn’t generate enough motion to clean as well as agitator models. Less movement equals less soap suds action, and that leads to less cleaning power. So full size agitators are a regularly requested feature in our showrooms. Maytag has that covered here with their Powerwash agitator, which will get your clothes clean without wearing them down.
Regarding the dryer, this model does come with steam enhanced cycles, which are usually only available on higher end models. Steam has been a game changer for laundry. It is particularly useful for reviving lightly worn clothes without washing, as well as mitigating static buildup. It will help lessen wrinkles as well, but it won’t be a replacement for ironing. It’s important to note this will require a steam installation kit because the dryer requires a water line for steam features. In basic terms, this kit will include the accessories needed to split the water line for your washer in two, so you don’t need to hire a plumber to put in a second water fixture.
Capacity: Washer – 5.0 cubic feet, Dryer – 7.3 cubic feet
Maytag has several different front load options, but these models are the best deal due to pricing and available features. The dryer does come with steam features like the previous top load matching model (and will again need a steam kit). The front load models also come with WiFi connectivity, making it much easier to keep track of your washer and dryer on your cell phone. You’ll be able to set cycles to start or stop for situations where you loaded the appliance and either forgot, or intentionally want to run it at a later point away from home. This also makes diagnosing repairs much easier should you encounter issues. Servicers will be able to handle some diagnostics remotely without needing to waste your time on a service call.
Some stains can be tough to get out, and for that, Maytag offers the Extra Power button on this washing machine. Depending on the stain, hot or cold water may work better in removing it – in this case, Maytag uses both. This dual temperature wash can be enabled on any wash cycle by a push of a button. Coupled with the Optimal Dose dispenser, which makes sure the right amount of detergent is used, stains don’t stand a chance.
Another feature can be described best with a hypothetical. Let’s say you started the washing machine and then forgot about it. Maybe you got busy, traffic was heavier than normal, or you just let it sit overnight. We’ve all been there before, where we’ve opened the washing machine full of wet clothes and been greeted by that damp, musty smell. Well, Maytag now has a way to combat this. With their 24 HR Fresh Hold option, your Maytag washer will periodically tumble your clothes, as well as run an internal fan to keep air circulating. This will keep your clothing smelling fresh even if your schedule gets in the way.
Electrolux – Technology Focused on Stain Fighting
Electrolux laundry pairs are one of our top choices due to unique technologies built into their units. Their primary focus has been front load units with features unavailable in most other brands. Electrolux laundry machines look great, run great, and are easy to use. Electrolux models are available in white or can be upgraded to their Titanium color.
Capacity: Washer – 4.4 cubic feet, Dryer – 8.0 cubic feet
One of the major reasons we recommend this Electrolux laundry pair is that it’s one of the best available for stain fighting. Because cleaning only happens when soap mixes with water and creates suds, a lot of an initial washing machine cycle is downtime as the mixing takes place. Electrolux actually bypasses this by way of a special chamber and third water pump. Detergent in the dispenser actually gets pumped into a separate chamber and pre-mixed with water before it touches your clothes. This means that as soon as the water hits your clothing, it’s already starting to wash them effectively. This results in this Electrolux washer spending more overall time actively cleaning. Additionally, you’re not relegated to just liquid detergent – Electrolux laundry has one of the few front load models available with a dispenser specially designed to accept PODs as well. This means no mess or fuss in getting your washer ready to go.
The dryer option in this pair is loaded with technology as well. Equipped with highly accurate sensors, this model makes sure you don’t have to manually readjust your dry time to make sure your clothes come out perfect. The Predictive Dry option will give you an accurate time for a perfect dry after just 90 seconds, and the LuxCare Dry System ensures that your clothes won’t be over or under dried as well. It is a steam model, so it comes with similar benefits to the Maytag units like a refresh cycle, and their Perfect Steam option for releasing wrinkles and static. Also like the previous Maytag units, it will require a steam install kit.
We don’t always have the time for a full wash or a full dry, and sometimes our time is limited. That’s why one of the best options on this pair is the 15 Minute Fast Wash and 15 Minute Fast Dry. It isn’t meant for heavy loads, but if you’ve got a small load that you need taken care of quickly, this is a great option to have. If you forgot to clean your dress shirt for that all important interview, or if you need the kid’s football jersey clean right before practice, these cycles can be a lifesaver.
The Choice is Yours
Both the Maytag and Electrolux laundry pairs are great choices. These have been just a few of the essential features we’ve found to be helpful on these units, but we’re just scratching the surface. Feel free to visit us at one of our many Factory Builder Stores showrooms. Our experienced salespeople can help you with these models or any others, to make sure that you find the right laundry machines for your lifestyle.
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