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Using FanFresh and Wrinkle Shield Options

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Let’s be honest, how many of us take out our laundry as soon as the load is finished? While we should, many of us don’t. Select Whirlpool and Maytag laundry machines help keep clothes fresh for up to 16 hours with options like FanFresh and Wrinkle Shield.

WHAT IS FANFRESH?

A variety of brands can tumble your clothes in the washer after it’s done with a load. However, Maytag and Whirlpool’s FanFresh option adds an integrated fan. The fan circulates air through the washer to reduce humidity.

what is wrinkle shield?

The WRINKLE SHIELD™ feature periodically tumbles, rearranges, and fluffs the load to help keep wrinkles from forming.  You may select the “With Steam” setting to add a short steam cycle to help smooth out wrinkles as well.

While Whirlpool and Maytag offer a WRINKLE SHIELD™ option, a variety of brands offer wrinkle prevention options by other names.

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Whirlpool Laundry with FanFresh option at Bekins

Don’t Clean Your Dishwasher Filter? Get A Maytag!

Maytag Dishwashers at Bekins, 4-blade chopper Dishwasher Cleaning

We recommend many ways to maintain your appliances. However, if you are someone who does not do the little things to maintain them, think about a Maytag brand dishwasher for your home. While other brands ask you to remove and clean their filter, Maytag uses a 4-blade chopper to disintegrate any food particles.

Why Do I Need A Filter Or 4-Blade Chopper?

Maytag 4-blade chopper, get Maytag dishwashers at Bekins.

You will obviously have food and drink particles left on your dirty dishes. Some people don’t know that your dishwasher cleans better when it has particles to latch onto.

However, your dishwasher would struggle to rinse away bigger particles. Larger particles will either collect in a filter so you can wash them away in your sink, or they need to get chopped down to a size that can fit into your drain.

Maytag dishwashers choose to disintegrate larger food particles with a 4-blade chopper. The chopper creates one less element that needs cleaning in your dishwasher.

Use the 4-blade chopper in our showroom

It won’t cost you a dime to test a Maytag dishwasher and compare it to other brands in our state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms. Nor will it cost you anything to let our experts help you determine the best model for your needs.

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Better Laundry: Front Load vs. Top Load Washing Machine

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There are times when consulting with industry experts beats any research you can do yourself online. When it comes to a washing machine, everyone has their preference. At Bekins, we do too!

While we offer a variety of styles, we believe front load washing machines clean your clothes the best.

WHY A FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINE?

To meet government guidelines for high efficiency, washing machines use less water. Many high efficiency top load washing machines without an agitator will barely move your clothes. Don’t believe us? We took the top off one and recorded it on video. How much detergent residue do you think will be left in this load?

A front load washing machine can use less water and still get your clothes clean. It works on a front load because your clothes will tumble through the small amount of water.

what’s the hesitation?

Some people hesitate to use a front load washing machine because they have heard about some of the old, original versions which had problems with mold. Manufacturers like Whirlpool have largely solved that problem. If you care for your washer properly, you won’t have that issue.

Two simple ways to avoid mold in a front load washer:

  1. Crack the door open when you are not using it.
  2. Use one good brand of high efficiency detergent and don’t use too much of it.

TEST AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS IN OUR SHOWROOM

We have a variety of Whirlpool washers and dryers in our showrooms. We appreciate Whirlpool’s American-made products, with headquarters right here in West Michigan.

ENERGY STAR SAVES WATER – THIS SAVES YOU TIME & MONEY

Washers & Dryers at Bekins Energy Star

At Bekins, we take many efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. We offer new Whirlpool washers that will save water and rate well with the Energy Star standards. Their new features help the environment but may leave some customers confused.

ENERGY STAR GUIDELINES changing expectations

If you start seeing detergent residue on your clothes with a newer washing machine, especially one that rates well with Energy Star, we offer simple solutions to try before calling our service department.

As a way to use less water with each wash, new Whirlpool washers have changed their “Normal Wash” settings. For years the rinse cycle in a “Normal Wash” setting offered a deep wash. The tub would fill with water, agitate the clothes, then drain the water.

Washer Options Energy Star

Newer washers now spray the clothes with water in the rinse cycle, then drain the much less remaining water.

The solutions?

  • You can use less detergent, because your normal wash cycle is using less water. This option can save you both time and money.
  • You can also activate various “options” to tell the washer that you want the tub to still fill with water, agitate and drain for your rinse cycle.
  • Which options? That depends on the model so you need to consult your Use and Care Guide.

NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?

That’s why we have a service department. We want you to be thrilled with your purchase. That means helping you use it correctly and making sure your appliances work.

Have any questions, give our Service Department a call at 616-288-1020.

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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

Maytag Appliances Washer and Dryer
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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