The KitchenAid company ceased the manufacturing of washing machines in the mid-2000s, according to most sources. Washing machines had been produced under the KitchenAid brand since the 1980s.
KitchenAid is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation, the company that made the decision to focus on the line's kitchen appliances and phase out laundry machines made under the name. Whirlpool currently manufactures washing machines primarily under the Maytag brand, which it also owns. The KitchenAid company was acquired by Whirlpool in 1986.
KitchenAid became a household name in the early 1900s due to the popularity of its kitchen appliances, most notably its stand-alone mixers.