Anyone care to report reliability experience of newer (<5years) DW's? I
was considering the Maytag but some say the quality has declined
significantly in the last 5 years. I am just looking for a basic unit
without the electronic touch pads.
Our Maytag DW just passed 4 years old without any problems. It does a fine
job, is very quiet, and does not have the electronic keypad. In the house
we owned before we built this one, we had a Maytag dishwasher which was
about 4 years old when we moved out, and it gave us no problems.
A negative report. We had an old Kitchen Aid which was great (20
years old) which we replaced with a new, top-of-the-line Kitchen Aid.
It functions, but barely, have had multiple problems and their
authorized repair folks can't fix it. Lots of plastic parts that were
metal in the old one. Kitchen Aid refuses to give me sufficient
information to fix it myself (I'm an engineer - I think I'm smart
enough to figure it out) so we're going to replace it.
From what I've heard here, the best seem to be Bosch or Miehle.
They're expensive, but apparently quiet and reliable.
If I may chime in with my $.02, I don't recommend the Maytags
any more. They just haven't been doing well since they went to the
The most reliable (and time-proven) machines I'm seeing for the $
right now are the standard vertical-axis (midrange) Whirlpools.
Stay with a mechanical timer vs electronics - if you can find one.
The new Whirlpool tall-tubs look promising, but it's to early to tell.
And I've had to service several under warranty already.
Hope that helps someone a bit.
The quality has declined because they are now made in Mexico. They recently
closed their plant near Galesburg, Illinos. The guy in the tv commercial no
longer wil have to sit for hours waiting for a service call,
That's right. I know of a campany that outsourced some of their
cable manufacture to Mexico. When a problem occurred, everyone
was quick to blame the plant in Mexico. However, when all of
the data was analyzed, the problem was in the US based plant
that made the parts that eventially went to Mexico.
Chris Hill wrote:
I bought a new Maytag 4 or 5 years ago. It's very quiet, cleans nicely.
My only complaint is that every once in a long while it will stop
mid-cycle (as if the power went out). The only solution is to start
over from the beginning...
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