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Maytag "neptune drying center"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by faustian bargain, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    here's the brochure for this fancy dryer. Does anyone have experience with this model? I'm interested in knowing whether or not it lives up to the billing. /andrew - dislikes wrinkles, ironing, and going to the cleaners.
     
  2. regularjoe

    regularjoe Senior member

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    I have to say, it looks compelling.
     
  3. Lomezz

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    Sorry, not familiar with the neptune, but have you looked at Miele? A German brand, they make what are arguably the best washing machines/dryers in the world. Caveat - capacity is generally smaller the US machines. oh, and prices are generally higher... Advantages: consumes very little water/power, uses very little detergent, spinning speeds up to 1800 RPM to extract as much water as possible prior to drying, and these things last about 20 years or so. A good alternative to Miele is Bosch - it uses the same front-loading technology for a lower price, perhaps at the expense of longevity? Check out this Applicanes Forum (you can do a search for Maytag) It's the StyleForum/AskAndy for appliance nuts..
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    It looks pretty cool, anyone know how much it costs?

    Jon.
     
  5. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    about US$1500, depending if you use gas/electric - it's on the website. you get $200 back for some energy thing, i think. but at those prices, who's counting.

    /andrew
     
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    We have one at home, it is great. However, you must go with Gas. My mother uses an electric one, and it is not very good at all.
     
  7. justlurkingthanks

    justlurkingthanks Senior member

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    From my fact-finding when I was in the washer/dryer market I learned you want to put the money in the best, most-efficient, front-loading washer you can afford and the dryer really does not matter. Not only did reading up tell me that but a couple salespeople told me I was wasting money on a higher-end dryer.
     
  8. HRHAndrew

    HRHAndrew Senior member

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    I let my wife choose, and kept my mouth shut.
     
  9. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    good call andrew. my problem is i'm expected to help make these decisions.

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    i think the selling point of this 'neptune drying center' is less about 'high end' and more about being able to hang or flat dry your clothes in a 'better' way, and with less clutter in the laundry room. i'd just like to know if it's truly better - i.e. does it result in less wrinkles, pilling, etc. - or if it's just an expensive closet to stick your wet clothes in.

    /andrew
     
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    Well, the best I can say is while I thought it was terribly expensive at the time of purchase. It doesn't have me that annoyed now after using it.
     
  11. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    ...a 'wringing' endorsement... [​IMG]
     
  12. Tokyo Slim

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    Maytag's Neptune line is generally poorly built, unreliable, and frustrating. The washing machines are garbage, the dryers are cheap. A few years from now you will probably regret buying them.

    The drying center has relatively thin plastic doors that will warp, melt, and/or crack with anything over light to moderate use. I've heard that the inside of the dryer can impart strange odors onto your clothing.

    I get to hear appliance salesmen grumbling about these things all day, and I'll tell you to run a search for MAYTAG NEPTUNE on Yahoo. The first 20 sites are negative reviews, complaint boards, and hate pages.

    Save the money you would have spent on this thing, and buy your drycleaner a present.
     
  13. Kai

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    We have a Miele front loading washing machine that is terrific.  It was pretty expensive, but after using it for several years, it was really very worth it.  I have no experience with their dryers.   You may want to check out Epinions.com  I bet there is is review there of the dryer you are interested in. For anyone who's interested, I reviewed my Miele washer there at: http://www.epinions.com/content_60286537348
     
  14. faustian bargain

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    here's another cabinet-style thing, this one's from Whirlpool: Personal Valet it runs about $1200 for the basic white/bisque, or $1300 for the nicer looking decorator series. seems to do some kind of de-wrinkling/odor-removing, good for non-visibly-stained clothes. sounds nice for the iron-haters. anyone know of this model? /andrew
     
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    I have the neptunes and the washer has been essentially rebuilt twice with repair parts. Love the front loaders, like the capacity and the cleaning job, but unhappy with my Neptune. Also had poor service until I pulled some strings and scared management--now they jump when they hear my name. Problem is, for this dough, why should they know my name. Hear good things about Miele. And the advice above on the dryer is true: its the washer that matters.

    Rob
     
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    My folks bought a Fisher-Paykel a few years ago, maybe in 1999. Â At first it looked like a plasticky piece of junk to me, and I was against the purchase. Â I couldn't have been more wrong. Â It's a wonderful machine. I generally prefer top-loading washing machines to front-loading machines. Now if only something would happen to our dinosaur of a dryer, which is as old as me, so that we could get a nice one... Â [​IMG]
     
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    I agree that the washing machine is much more important than the dryer. I put some clothes (hard-wearing stuff like jeans) in the dryer for 10-15 minutes and then line-dry them. Dress shirts never go in the dryer. So overall the dryer is not that useful for me.
     

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