Maytag Unveils Refrigerator With Everything for Everyone

Consumers Will Get More Out of Their Refrigerators With the Maytag(R)

Ice2O(TM) French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator, the Industry's First With

an External Ice and Water Dispenser

Jan 11, 2006, 00:00 ET from Maytag

    NEWTON, Iowa, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's time-starved families demand
 a lot from their refrigerators: easy access to ice and water for the kids to
 cool down after the big game; plenty of room to store fresh food, including
 large deli platters for entertaining; and well-organized storage that puts
 everything from beverages to frozen meals within convenient reach.
     There no longer is a need to compromise on any of these features, thanks
 to the new Maytag(R) Ice2O(TM) French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator. It
 combines the best features of a side-by-side and bottom-freezer refrigerator
 in one revolutionary design, with the industry's first external ice and water
 dispenser on a French door and the largest-available fresh food capacity.
     Until now, consumers had to choose between a side-by-side refrigerator
 with ice and water on the door or a bottom-freezer model that offered wider
 storage for fresh foods, but no external ice dispenser.
     Resetting the high-water mark for convenience and versatility, the Maytag
 Ice2O French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator includes the generous fresh food
 compartment that Mom wants for keeping foods neatly stored and at eye level;
 the bottom-freezer access that Dad wants for his next late-night ice cream
 snack; and, for the entire family, the ease of external ice and water.
     "The triple combination of French doors, a bottom-freezer and an
 electronic ice and water dispenser on the door has been conspicuously absent
 among refrigerators on the market," said Bill Deter, vice president and
 general manager, Maytag. "Maytag is excited to be the first in the industry to
 make all of these most popular refrigerator features available in one
 dependable, versatile appliance. It truly is the one refrigerator with
 everything everyone could ask for."
     Capacity Plus Convenience
     A look inside the new Maytag Ice2O French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator
 reveals not only the largest fresh food capacity on the market, but also a
 bevy of convenient features perfect for home entertaining -- feeding everyone
 from the soccer team to dinner party guests.
     Its Beverage Chiller(TM) compartment keeps two gallons of milk, soda or
 other drinks colder than the rest of the refrigerator, while its full-width,
 temperature-controlled Wide-N-Fresh(TM) Deli Drawer offers a convenient place
 to store platters or deli meats and cheeses. For the grab-and-go members of
 the family, a Built in Door Organizer holds cans, 20-ounce bottles or yogurt
 just inside the French door.
     Meanwhile, generous yet flexible storage space gives users the easiest of
 access, from top to bottom and front to back. An Elevator(TM) shelf in the
 fresh food compartment rolls up and down smoothly -- even when loaded with
 food -- to make room for pitchers of lemonade and other tall items. Easy-glide
 shelves pull out to make items in the back of the refrigerator as easily
 accessible as those in the front.
     Setting temperatures is a breeze with the Electronic-Quad(TM) Cool System
 with digital external controls. Four sensors continually monitor and adjust
 the refrigerator temperatures to keep food at its freshest. And there is a
 childproof lock-out feature to control not only the temperature adjustment but
 also ice and water dispensing.
     An ENERGY STAR(R)-qualified appliance, the Maytag Ice2O French Door
 Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator exceeds federal energy efficiency standards by 15
 percent -- helping consumers conserve energy and save money.
     "Features are one thing, and it is loaded with innovative features, but
 homeowners will most appreciate the Maytag Ice2O French Door Bottom-Freezer
 Refrigerator for its exceptional engineering and performance," Deter said.
 "Its two-door fresh food compartment fits any kitchen layout, its
 SmoothClose(TM) freezer drawer organizes up to 120 pounds, perfect for
 stocking up, and its Maytag dependability makes it a great choice for
 consumers who want to get more out of their refrigerators."
     Additional Features Include:
      -- FreshLock crisper drawers with adjustable humidity controls
      -- Spill-Catcher(TM) shelves are sealed to contain liquids for quick and
         easy cleanup
      -- QuietSeries(TM) 200 sound package makes this our quietest refrigerator
      -- PuriClean(R) II 750-gallon retractable water and ice filter removes
         impurities while retaining fluoride
      -- Electronic ice and water dispenser fills even tall glasses and
         pitchers with the touch of a button from outside the French doors
      -- Other electronic controls such as a Vacation Mode minimize defrost
         cycles to save energy, Max Cool setting to quickly cool groceries just
         put into refrigerator and freezer and Temp Alarm to warn if the
         interior temperature rises to an unacceptable level
     The Maytag Ice2O French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator will be available
 in February at The Home Depot(R) and select Maytag retail locations with an
 estimated retail price ranging from approximately $2,199 - $2,499.
     About Maytag
     For the better part of a century, Maytag(R) appliances have been
 synonymous with dependability and quality. Based in Newton, Iowa, Maytag
 offers a full line of high-performance appliances that you can depend on --
 including the Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Drying Center, the two-in-one dryer to meet
 your laundry needs, the Maytag(R) Neptune(R) Front-Load Washer and Dryer, with
 the largest available capacity, the Maytag(R) Ice2O(TM) French Door Bottom-
 Freezer Refrigerator, the Maytag(R) Double Oven Free-Standing range and the
 Maytag(R) Jetclean(R) III dishwasher, the world's first and only dishwasher
 with three full racks. For more information on any Maytag appliance visit or call (866) 385-4370. Maytag is part of the complete
 collection of brands offered by Maytag Corporation, a leading producer of home
 and commercial products. The corporation's principal brands include Maytag(R),
 Hoover(R), Jenn-Air(R), Amana(R), Dixie-Narco(R) and Jade(R).
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