CONSUMER REPORTS PRAISES WHIRLPOOL APPLIANCES

It always feels good when somebody agrees with you. A recent Consumer Reports test proves that we carry the best brands in our Bekins showrooms. Two brands of Whirlpool appliances (Whirlpool and Maytag) earned some of the highest scores in a test of washers and dryers. Even better, they earned those high scores in multiple price ranges.

FEATURES GRADED BY CONSUMER REPORTS

WASHERS

  • Washing performance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Gentleness
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Cycle time

DRYERS

  • Drying performance
  • Convenience
  • Noise

STANDOUT SETS

Maytag Aplliances Washer & Dryer
Whirlpool Appliances Washer & Dryer

MAYTAG AGITATOR TOP LOADER & ELECTRIC DRYER

MVWB765FW & MEDB755DW

Consumer Reports calls it “Good Looks for Less Money.” They say both machines are pretty quiet and “this workhorse is among the most energy efficient agitators.” Finally, they noticed the washer extracts more water than most which helps cut down on drying time.

WHIRLPOOL FRONT LOAD WASHER AND ELECTRIC DRYER

WFW75HEFW & WED75HEFW

Consumer Reports gave this washer high marks for water efficiency, energy efficiency, cleaning and gentleness with the fabric. The report also said this washer was among the most affordable front-loaders they tested.

The dryer earned praise for working quietly. The report says, “Expect the dryer to do its part without making a racket.”

Maytag Appliances Washer and Dryer
Maytag Appliances Washer and Dryer

MAYTAG MAXIMA FRONT-LOAD WASHER & ELECTRIC DRYER

MHW5500FW & MED5500FW

MAYTAG BRAVOS HE TOP LOAD WASHER & ELECTRIC DRYER

MVWB835DW & MEDB835DW

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Whirlpool Appliances Washer and Dryer

MAYTAG MAXIMA FRONT LOAD WASHER & ELECTRIC DRYER

MHW8200FW & MED8200FW

WHIRLPOOL CABRIO HE TOP LOAD WASHER & ELECTRIC DRYER

WTW8500DW & WED8500DW

Consumer Reports talked about the Maytag washer’s efficiency with water and energy. The report praised its ability to clean and how gently it treated fabrics. This washer offered one of the fastest wash times of the appliances they tested at that price range.

The report says the dryer “aced it’s job. Neither (the washer nor dryer) makes a racket.”

TEST MAYTAG AND WHIRLPOOL APPLIANCES IN OUR SHOWROOMS

As the Consumer Reports study shows, Bekins carries the best products. Yet, those products can fit all types of budgets, designs and needs. Visit our Grand Rapids or Grand Haven showroom to test Maytag and Whirlpool appliances for yourself. Test them against many other brands in our showroom to see which is the best fit for you.

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20 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR APPLIANCES

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Do you think about your appliances during spring cleaning?  We do!

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then simple cleaning and maintenance may keep our service crew away.

We always recommend to follow the use and care guides provided by the manufacturer, but here are 20 tips to think about when cleaning this spring.

OVENS

#1 – Stains on the interior glass of the oven door can be cleaned with a thick paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to stains on the glass, let set, then scrape off.

#2 – Never place foil on the bottom of an oven. The foil can permanently damage the oven surface and the damage is not covered under warranty.

#3 -Check to see if your oven has a self-clean cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and run the self-clean cycle twice before the warranty expires. If anything should need to be repaired, it will still be covered by the warranty.

#4 – When the oven is no longer under warranty, run the self-clean cycle at least once annually. Do not run the self-clean feature before hosting a holiday gathering. If something should happen, you would not want the gathering to be affected.

#5 – Remove all oven racks before running the self-clean. Clean the racks by hand.

#6 – Perform a burn off process before using any new wall oven, range oven or warming drawer. The heat will remove any remaining residue from manufacturing.

COOKTOPS & RANGETOPS

#7 – Soak cooktop and range top grates in a container of white vinegar. Wrapping them in a towel soaked in white vinegar for 24 hours also works.

#8 – It’s all about timing with spills or drips on range tops, cooktops and in ovens.  Let the stain cool before cleaning but do not let it completely cool. Waiting too long may allow it to become a permanent spot or stain.

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REFRIGERATORS

#9 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#10 – Regularly clean the condenser. This keeps the refrigerator from overheating and keeps it running efficiently. Older ones can be cleaned by using a vacuum and brush. Newer ones require a vacuum and a blower. A good rule of thumb is to check the condenser every six months. If you have pets that shed, then cut the time in half for each pet. So if you have three or more shedding pets, check the condenser every month.

WASHERS & DRYERS

#11 – Many washers today are high efficiency machines and require high efficiency detergent. You generally need to use no more than two tablespoons of the detergent per load. Use less if the detergent is concentrated. Check to see if your washer has a clean cycle to help prevent mold and mildew. It is a good rule of thumb to run the clean cycle once a month.

#12 – Check your dryer vents yearly. Thoroughly clean the vents at least every five years. Check it more often if the line is longer than six to eight feet, or bends repeatedly during its path to the outside cap.

DISHWASHERS

#13 – See if your dishwasher has a removable screen filter in the sump. It should be removed and cleaned regularly.

#14 – Use Glisten or Affresh once each month to remove food, detergent and mineral buildup.

VENT HOODS

#15 – Many vent hoods have removable grease screens that can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the hood.

#16 – Over the range microwaves have filters and screens on the bottom that should be cleaned or changed regularly.

ICE MACHINES

#17 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#18 – Use the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the ice machine at least every six months. If you need to turn the ice machine off, take the proper steps to prevent mold and mildew.  Once it grows in your ice machine, it is very difficult to remove. To help prevent mold and mildew from forming, remove all ice and water from the reservoir. Leave the door open until the interior of the machine completely dries.

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CLEANING SURFACES

#19 – Carefully clean the water and ice dispenser in the door of a refrigerator with a diluted bleach solution.  Apply the solution to the plastic surface to prevent mold and mildew.

#20 – Never clean an exterior stainless steel appliance surface with a product containing bleach or chlorine. Permanent staining or marks will occur.