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Maytag Introduces New Products at K/BIS
Apr 2, 2004
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Home appliance maker Maytag Corporation is introducing new products at the 2004 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS). The tradeshow runs April 2-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, U.S.

"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."

Maytag has introduced its first cabinet-depth Jenn-Air(R) French Door refrigerator. The refrigerator contains a pullout bottom-freezer drawer and side-by-side doors with a fresh food compartment. This feature provides wide storage spaces for both fresh food and frozen items, and also reduces the amount of space needed for the swing of the door, allowing it to fit into small kitchens and island installations.

The Jenn-Air(R) Dual Fuel, Double Oven Range features separate fuel sources and multiple ovens in a 30-in range configuration. The Dual Fuel, Double Oven Range is a 30-in free-standing range that features a gas cooktop and two electronic ovens, allowing people to cook two dishes at different temperatures simultaneously.

The Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Drying Center pairs a tumble dryer with the convenience of an upper drying cabinet that is said to minimize shrinkage, speed up the drying process, reduce wrinkles, eliminate odors and refresh clothes. The multipurpose design, which fits in about the same space as a standard dryer, responds to consumers' desire for better garment care from their dryers. Clothes that consumers normally hang or lay flat to dry can now be dried or refreshed in the Maytag Neptune Drying Center.

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.

Measuring 24 inches wide and 33.5 inches high, the new Maytag compact front-load washer and dryer slides snugly under any standard-height kitchen counter or tight laundry workspaces where regular-sized front-load washers wouldn't fit. The pair also can be stacked one on top of the other in small apartments and condos where floor space may be a challenge. The new washer model, with 2.54 cu ft of capacity, reportedly offers a clean, white exterior finish and electronic touch-button operation of four individual spin speeds (500, 800, 1,000, and 1,200 rpm). Other features are to said to include a premium stainless steel wash basket plus 20 wash cycles designed for all types of load and fabrics from extra dirty to extra delicate. The compact dryer is also said to offer 4.0 cu ft of capacity - making it capable of handling a variety of load sizes. The under-counter laundry products will be available this fall.

Amana, which helped create the bottom-freezer refrigerator category, is also introducing a French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator. The refrigerator is said to feature the Easy Fill(TM) internal water dispenser system, touch-pad controls to set the temperature in the refrigerator and freezer, and EasyGlide(TM) shelves.

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