Whirlpool Cabrio (with agitator) vs. Maytag Bravos (HE)
We moved into a new house 2 1/2 yrs ago and the previous owners left their front loading Bosch Nexxt washer and dryer. I think these are probably the first generation. I don't like the washer for several reasons, and I want to now purchase a top loader.
I have it narrowed down to two. My favorite is the Whirlpool Cabrio with agitator, model WTW6200V. It has all the features I want, including the ability to select water level or use auto sensor for water. It is not an HE because of the agitator, although is Energy Star compliant and has a "good" review for water efficiency from Consumer Reports.
The other washer I'm looking at is the Maytag Bravos, model MVWB300WQ. The one thing I don't like is that it doesn't have the ability to select the water level. My main issue here is that I would like the ability to wash pillows since I have allergies, and my old Kenmore top loader machine did a beautiful job, my Bosch Nexxt HE front loader does a horrible job. I'm afraid without the ability to select water level and relying on sensor, the washer may not wash my pillows well.
Otherwise, the two machines look very comparable as far as wash options that are important to me.
My Bosch Nexxt cannot handle a thin queen quilt, but I think the drum size is close to 3.0 cu. ft., the two I'm looking at now are both over 4.5 cu. ft, so hopefully they'll be able to handle a thin queen quilt.
My main issue, however, is the reliability of either of these washers. I don't understand the mechanics of how washers are built, but is one of these more durable versus the other as far as the "guts" of the machine goes?
Also, if you own either of these, do you like them and would you buy again?