We've owned a Maytag Neptune front loader for about 6 years. Recently
we had the free mildew fix which included a new front seal with
drainage, new control board and new inner door. It made a fine washer
better. We've had no significant problems with the machine and just
bought an extended 3 year warranty for $330 from Maytag. I thought
that was a darn good deal on a 6+ year old machine.
Anyway we are going to give that machine to the parents who are moving
to the area and decided to buy the new Kenmore (Whirpool) HE3 washer
top rated by Consumer Reports. We've had that for a few days worth.
Enuf to give opinion of which is better.
Pretty much a draw so far. Kenmore is slightly bigger which is nice
if you want to wash a thickly filled king comforter though it still
really doesn't fit without a big squeeze. It is quieter than the
Maytag except when high speed spinning. Then it goes nuts. Tried
leveling and tighening wheels with no improvement. Will try plywood
underneath as suggested by instructions next. It weighs a ton. The
access is far less convenient then the Maytag. It seems to rinse
better. Controls are more complicated than our early Neptune. The
Kenmore clear door is fun but there is no light which is a nice
feature on Maytag when unloading. I believe it has a transmission so
I suspect it will be more complicated and expensive to fix then the