Whirlpool/ Maytag does make junk I used to work there. While I was on medical they placed me in a none invasive enviorment, I worked In what they call R&D research and devolpment. Thats where they come out with the new designs. I watched first hand how they cheapend the machines thier goal was to get a machine that would last for up to 30 years to die with in 10 years after the consumer bought it. I was told this first hand by the supervisor of R&D after suggesting that they use a hardened polyurathane gear that wouldnt wear out.
Fast Forward whirlpool when they bought out the maytag company then assumed all of its assets and agreements.
They then went in and Destroyed the community of Newton, Iowa where the quality of the Maytag machine was made. The Employees Then ended up losing thier jobs to this mercifuless company. they give them a little bit of a pension and done.
However that wasnt the end of it, they then went after the retiree's health Insurance. giving them no choice either pay for or go with out. some of these employee's are in thier late 70's and thier pension is around 600.00 dollars a month. They are currently in a class action suite against whirlpool to get the benefits that was negotiated for them.
I will never own a product made by whirlpool just because of what I know about this company. here is what they say on thier webpage, how contradicting.
Throughout the years, Whirlpool has built a culture of doing the right thing based on living up to our commitments to stakeholders and by quietly working behind the scenes to strengthen the economic and social fabric of the communities in which we operate. Our employees live by the values that have made our company the international leader that it is today. We are delivering strong performance, providing an outstanding portfolio of brands, and we're creating better, more innovative products that improve consumers' lives in and around the home each and every day. Nearly 100 years ago, the Upton family continually improved their washer; they cared about their community, their employees and their customers. They believed that "there is no right way to do a wrong thing." We still believe that today.