Maytag Performa PAV2300AWW
The Maytag Performa washer is a large capacity machine that works like a champ for years. We have always found our clothes thoroughly cleaned, even in heavy loads of towel or jeans. The machine has worked well with cold water washing and with delicate items as well.
I purchased my washer in August 2000. I have moved it five times since then. It was only in July 2008 that I encountered a problem with the machine. This was a screeching noise when the washer ran. About two months later, the drum also stopped spinning. Now here's what I love about this machine: after years of faultless service, the problems encountered were simple enough for an inexperienced handyman to fix.
Maytag offered two parts assemblies that addressed both issues. The lack of drum spin was fixed by replacing a thrust bearing kit. The screech was fixed by replacing the drain pump. Both parts were available locally and required only three common tools to install.
Occasionally I wish that the product was more energy efficient, as electricity prices have risen steadily over the years. For a high capacity machine, however, it's hard to find one that does not use a lot of juice. I suppose in the balance of things, the fact that we have had no maintenance calls on the appliance since purchase may have offset energy costs. Hard to say.