Maytag's Neptune Top-Load Washer
Maytag Corporation introduced its newest Neptune washer, with top-loading, at the 2004 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), in April of 2004.
"People have enough frustration and confusion in their lives," said Bill Beer, president of Maytag Appliances. "They aren't necessarily looking for the latest gizmo or some cutting-edge technology. They want appliances that cut down work time, eliminate effort, and make life easier. Maytag is responding to that consumer demand in a way no other manufacturer can match."
The Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Top-Load, a top-loading high-efficiency washing machine, is said to provide the cleaning power, fabric care, and conservation benefits of a front-load washer but in a convenient top-loading configuration. Its design reportedly uses revolutionary wash technology to combine powerful cleaning with gentle fabric care.
Like front-loading washers, it uses a wash system that does away with the agitator that is typical in most top-loading washers. Maytag says the system takes better care of clothes.
The design is also more energy-efficient than most washers using an agitator. Maytag estimates that this design uses up to 50 percent less water and 40 percent less energy, saving up to $165 per year. Savings will vary by model and use; Maytag's estimate is based on a U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.) test method and compared the unit to a competitive conventional washer, used for 10 loads per week. It is based on average water and sewer rates, 2000 electrical energy rates, and dryer savings.
Dryer energy (and time) savings are said to result from the MaxExtract™ Plus spin cycle, designed to extract the maximum amount of moisture from laundry so clothes dry faster.
The new washer model, with 2.54 cu ft of capacity, offers a clean-looking white exterior finish. Inside it is equipped with a stainless steel wash basket.
Some models offer the AutoTemp(TM) internal water heater to maintain a constant wash water temperature in all wash cycles - which is said to enhance cleaning performance.
An Automatic Dispenser System, located on the underside of the lid, is said to be a one-of-a-kind Showering Dispenser System with extra-large pouring targets for ease of use.
The washer is operated with electronic controls for touch-button selection of four individual spin speeds - 500, 800, 1,000, and 1,200 rpm.
The electronic controls also enable the unit to offer 20 wash cycles designed for all types of loads and fabrics from extra dirty to extra delicate.
The under-counter laundry products will be available in the fall of 2004. The estimated retail price for the Maytag® Neptune® TL washer ranges from approximately U.S. $999 to $1,519. The estimated retail price for the dryer unit ranges from approximately $599 to $939.