Freeform Katia

June 16, 2008

my new laundry center — Maytag Epic-Z

Filed under: house, pretty little things, projects — Tags: , , , , , , — freeformkatia @ 10:13 am

The saga started at the beginning of May when my dryer finally died. The thing was old and came with the house when we moved in, as did the newer heavy duty top loading washing machine. While the dryer served me faithfully, it finally overheated and gave up the ghost… and it was not going to do anymore drying for me. Ever. Kaput.

Not having a dryer when you have 4 people’s laundry (two of those people being small children — and you know, they generate a lot of dirty clothes) to do can put a small kink in the laundry workflow: sort, wash… find-clothes-lines-and-clothes-pins-and-then-stand-in-the-backyard-at-6am-to-hang-the-clothes-up -to-dry?!? No thanks. Especially when I refuse to hang anyone’s intimates out there — because no one, especially my neighbours, needs to see my skivvies! Not that my skivvies are that interesting… but really, some things are just best not shared with your neighbours.

On the Memorial Day weekend we found ourselves at Lowes, taking advantage of the sales. What did we want: a new stackable washer/dryer combo and a new upright freezer. Might as go whole hog, right?

Of course NOTHING is ever that easy. We got wrong information from Lowes about how to install the dryer; we were sent the wrong stacking kit; we were scheduled to receive our washer/dryer and freezer twice… at one point during the process after all the appliances had arrived I not only had no functioning dryer, I had no functioning washing machine or freezer.

By this Saturday, 6 weeks after my dryer broke, we were back in business:

laundry project 2008

Ain’t it all so pretty?!?

Now, for the part where Maytag should give me free laundry detergent for life: this set, the Epic Z washer and dryer is awesome. I am in love. One of the things that “sold” this house for me was the fact that the laundry centre was on the main floor — in a closet off the kitchen. Bad part: the washer that came with the house was very very noisy. But now…. not only is the new Maytag washer super-quiet to the extent where I keep going to check on it as to whether or not it’s actually washing my clothes, I believe it’s getting my clothes CLEANER — while at the same time using less energy, less water, and less detergent. It’s a no brainer. My washer also has a MaxExtract feature, so the clothes are practically dry when they come out… meaning LESS drying time! Save more energy! Save the world! Sorry, getting carried away. The dryer also rocks my world, and I’m not a huge fan of dryers. I can stuff a massive amount of laundry in to it and everything comes out perfectly.

I love the fact that I can stack these machines. I’m 5’8″ tall and can easily reach the top controls on the dryer. And while my toddler can reach the controls on the washer, Maytag has smartly included a “lock controls” feature.

So, now that I’ve achieved my Domestic Goddess Laundry Centre Dream what about ya’ll? Front loaders or top loaders? Upstairs or down? What would your laundry centre dream be? Don’t be shy!!



  1. I like how little room the upright washer/dryer uses. It is funny that you said one thing that sold you on your house was the downstairs laundry because we have been checking out houses to move and one of my requirements is that it is upstairs with all the bedrooms. We recently put on an addition to our house adding a bathroom and laundry room upstairs and I love it. No more carting dirty and then clean clothes up and down. I definitely think you should get free detergent for life!!

    Comment by Mel — June 16, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  2. I live in a 4 1/2 room apartment. The washer and dryer are apartment sized ones. They are located in my kitchen. I roll the washer to the sink and hook it up to use, unhook it and roll it back across the room. It’s compact in size but holds a regular load of laundry, which is nice. The dryer’s nice, too, but we’ve had to make a vent that we can hook and unhook so it’s not pretty to look at. I love the summer because I can use the clothesline right outside my kitchen door. It makes things so much easier.

    Now, what will my ideal laundry set up when I eventually own a house one day? Like you, I like the stackable washer/dryer combo. Like Mel, I’d want it on the same floor as the bedrooms so I wouldn’t have to go up and down the stairs. Having it near the kitchen is definitely a lot better than having the schlep to the basement, though.

    I also vote for free detergent!

    Comment by Laura — June 16, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  3. our place has a main floor laundry room right off the backroom office/den/snug and I love it! our new laundry set (top loaders cuz we have bigger home repairs to do) are so quiet that I too keep checking on ’em to make sure all is ok. “S’alright? s’alright…)

    Comment by Toby — June 16, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  4. my dream is to have a washer/dryer in the house and never have to use a laundromat again. ever.

    Comment by addie — June 16, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

  5. My laundry centre dream? A small wash basin and a clothesline strung up between two palm trees in Bora Bora where I would hang the three items of clothing I would need to own because, hey, it’s Bora Bora. You get to guess what the three items are….

    Comment by Nan — June 16, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

  6. I don’t get anymore dreams regarding laundry centre — baby laundry is long gone; I always travelled and still do, to the basement and up again. Poor ME. But …. if I were to dream, I would vote for dream # 5. sounds like utter bliss!

    Comment by Mom — June 16, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

  7. if only my washer and dryer would break. sigh.

    Comment by Myra — June 16, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  8. They totally owe you. We got to buy our first washer and dryer when we moved into this house. I too am in love, but my love is for LG. In general I think these front loaders are great – fewer loads!

    Comment by Beth - total mom haircut — June 16, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  9. Once upon a time I lived in a house where the bedrooms were on the second floor and the washer/dryer were in the basement and I had three kids. Too many stairs. So we moved to a bungalow where we were all on the main floor and the washer/dryer were in the basement. One less set of stairs. Now we are building. Our bedroom and the washer and dryer will be on the main floor right next to each other. No kids. The noise won’t bother me because when I am asleep, I am not doing laundry and when I am doing laundry, I am not sleeping. Yay!

    Comment by Marg Christenson — June 16, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

  10. We purchased and Epic Z Maytag front load washer and dryer on July 1. This is July 10th and already had a repairman out to check out why it vibrated sooooo much when spinning and making lots of noise when in vibrating. At the fastest spin it was okay but on the slower speed building up to the fastest the washer danced all over the place. Thinking it may be the floor we braced, glued, nailed and screwed supports at the floor joist location. NOT THE PROBLEM!!! The washer is still jiggling like crazy and noisy. Now we have to go thru all the proper channels in reporting and hope Maytag treats us right. I will let you know–Joan in Kansas

    Comment by Joan Kirchoff — July 10, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  11. I have had nothing but problems with my epic z A&E were out 8 times replacing things that did not need to be replaced.I finally got a new one after 7 months of hell, now the new one within 2 weeks is doing the same thing. this washer is one of the worst models ever bought. In the past I owned 2 top loader maytag’s the first my ex took it ran for 15 years. I bought a new one never had a problem till 12 years later and after buying a new one all the old one needed was a 20.00 part, now I regret buying another maytag. They are not what they once were.Buyer BEWARE…

    Comment by Lisa — December 5, 2008 @ 9:56 am

  12. I love the machine, but the clothes come out a bit damp. Is this normal?

    Comment by Steve — March 3, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    • Did you ever figure out where to add OxiClean? – How is the W & D working out for you?

      Comment by Vivi — May 15, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  13. We just bought the epic z and i am doing my first load of laundry. This is our first set of front loaders…how much detergent should I use? And where do i put things like oxi-clean?

    Comment by Judi — March 29, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

    • Ups, I added my reply to the wrong person. … Did you ever figure out where to add OxiClean? – How is the W & D working out for you?

      Comment by Vivi — May 15, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  14. I bought a pair of Maytag Epic Z water and dryer. Today, I first try them. The dryer melted my vynyl floor in the laudrey room. What is happening? Did this happen to anybody else?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Comment by Ken Liu — April 5, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  15. I bought a pair of Maytag Epic Z washer and dryer. Today, I first try them. The dryer melted my vinyl floor in the laudrey room. What is happening? Did this happen to anybody else?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Comment by Ken Liu — April 5, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

  16. I just bought a combo from Conn’s not going into nightmare with them. Threw in a load Monday thought as all said quite, less water etc. Watched it for awhile until it was almost to rinse and left to do errands. Well when I got back went into laundry room all lights were off, door unlocked and I didn’t turn on the light, well upon opening the door I got the Niagra Falls feature they did not tell me about. Seems as the water valve and circuit board both were bad or went bad 1st load and filled the washer full after spin. This flooded my kitchen, wash room and dining room and under all the other new appliances we just put in the new house. And to top it off it was said it will be 5 to 7 days to get part. So do I say they are good? nope! Safety feature to prevent this would be good idea!!

    Comment by paul — May 7, 2009 @ 12:42 am

  17. I jut got a pair of Maytag Epic Z W & D at Home Depot. It’ll be delivered and installed tomorrow. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all will go well ad I won’t have to buy a new set for a long long time.
    I’ll report back either way.

    Comment by Vivi — May 15, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

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  19. I bought the Epoic Z also but they forgot to send me the stacking kit for the units and now I cannot find them. Can you tell me the model number for that stacking kit part and where you purchased it, please?

    Comment by cindy — September 23, 2009 @ 8:24 am

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