Pros: Maytag's dependability, easy to use, simple controls
Cons: Not the most energy efficient unit
I chose this unit based on the Maytag brand reputation for reliability, capacity and a recommendation from Affordable Appliance Repair in Fairfield CT.
My old Whirlpool unit had a motor seize. It was 18 years old. The repairman, who I trust, counseled me to buy a new unit. Having already scoured the ratings magazines I was inclined to buy the Maytag brand. This model has four temp settings, Hot/Cold, Warm/Warm/ Warm/Cold and Cold/Cold wash/rinses. It was described as a 20lb capacity, larger than most in the store. It also had a second rinse cycle option, nice to get heavily soiled clothes free of the larger amount of detergents one might use on occasion.
Buying experience... I went to a two local stores and tried Sears. The Sears in Orange CT was closed, so back to the two stores. The sales people in both cases were poor. One told me that "Washers don't have Energy Guides". I pulled one out of the tub. The shop pulls them off the front of the units. The second shop trashed the consumer magazine rating, and said "Maytag was rated as the second most repair prone brand". I had the article on me, showed the salesperson the rating and walked out. Bottom line, do your own research.
Back to the unit. I considered the PAV2300, which was a "best buy" in the magazine. This unit was less robust than the LAT series. The PAV series was apparently a Magic Chef series, reworked to Maytag standards. They bought Magic Chef a little while ago. I did not trust re-engineered PAV unit's reliability.
This LAT unit has a very large capacity, is much quieter than what it replaced and I installed it myself, and picked it up from the warehouse. I saved $30, if you have a truck and use of a hand truck consider this. I dropped my old unit at the dump for $10 vs the $15 charged by the retailer.
Installation was very simple with one hitch. If you have a high waste pipe (I did) or need to run it more than about four feet you will need to buy an extension hose kit part number 12001585 ($19.07 at Ted's Maytag in Huntington CT). I did not buy the unit there, I wish I did. The sales person was quite knowledgeable and straightforward. Measure the waste stack before you buy. You use a hose clamp on the end of the existing waste hose. The LAT can pump water up to eight feet from the base of the unit.
There is a one year full parts and labor guarantee and a ten year warranty on the transmission, which cover parts only.
One feature this unit did not have was self-leveling legs. This is not an issue. It took me less than one minute to level the unit with a simple wrench. You can move the legs up and down from the sides, very easily. I applaud Maytag for considering an alternative that is likely much cheaper to manufacture. You only level it once, why get fancy ? I liked the controls too, simple, easy. Don't give me a touchpad. I don't need it and I am wary of repairs on electronic components.
I almost thought the protective covering on the control panel was the color (blue) until I realized this was a protective cover. Peel it off.
The energy efficiency, at 846 KWH per year was better than the PAV series about 950KWH, but in the third quartile. If you are a greenie, get a front loader. I considered that but did not trust the repair history on those units. The faster the RPM's are on the spin, the less water is in the clothes when they hit the dryer. The salesmen told me this was 500RPM, and high efficiencies are 1000RPM. Seems high.
After several washes my perception is the amount of water in the loads is less than my old Whirlpool. The dryer needed less time, but only by a couple of minutes.
This unit had a $30 rebate. I paid $440 net of the $30 rebate. I picked it up and took my old unit to the dump in my truck. Ask delivery and disposal fees upfront.