As of 2015, Maytag front-loading washers are among the top rated machines according to Consumer Reports. However, its top-loading high-efficiency machines do not perform as well as machines by Samsung and LG.
In 2006, Whirlpool acquired Maytag and now manufactures all Maytag washing machines. After the acquisition, Whirlpool closed all but two of the company's 14 manufacturing plants. Whirlpool manufacturers Maytag laundry machines in Cleveland, Tennessee and Amana, Iowa, as of 2015. They are similar in style, design and quality of other machines in the Whirlpool family of washing machines. Some consumers stated that the quality of machines has dropped since the acquisition.
In 1997, Maytag introduced the first high-efficiency washing machines in the United States, but problems with these machines lead to a class action suit against the company and major financial losses. These losses put the company in danger of a hostile takeover and led to Whirlpool's acquisition.
Maytag built a reputation built on quality. The company developed the agitator in its machines and was the first company to replace wooden washing machine tubs with aluminum ones. At one time, Maytag manufactured one in five washing machines in the United States. The company built on their quality reputation with an advertising campaign featuring the bored Maytag repairman.