Not everything at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is gadgets or computers. Appliances are also a big thing at this tradeshow, with greener washers and dryers – mainly via energy efficiency and lower water usage – becoming more the norm each year. One of the latest examples of this is the just announced Maytag Maxima Washer and Dryer, which also just so happens to help you determine when, and how much, detergent to inject into the wash cycle.
The Maxima washer (MHW 9000X), which will be available (along with the dyer) this April for a starting price of around $1,600, is said to use up to 82 percent less water and 86 percent less energy. It uses about 11.5 gallons of water per load, which is pretty good when you consider, according to Maytag, that “just 10 years ago the traditional top load in many U.S. homes used more than 40 gallons of water per load.” The Maxima EcoConserve dryer (ME/GD9000X), meanwhile, is said to use 48 percent less energy when paired with the washer.
As for the fancy detergent option, Maytag says its Maxima washer includes “Optimal Dispense, which injects detergent intermittently throughout the washer’s fill time and industry-first, PowerSpray, to provide enhanced cleaning by spraying the detergent solution evenly on the washer’s contents.” A compartment in the washer holds enough detergent to power through 36 loads based on 6x concentrated HE detergent. Once the compartment is inserted into the washer, a full-color widescreen LCD display will prompt the user to choose the detergent concentration level. After choosing the right detergent, the washer crunches some numbers to determine how much and when to inject detergent into the washer to provide the best cleaning for the type of load.
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