Best Maytag Top Load Washer and Dryer for 2019 [REVIEW]

Maytag is known to be an affordable and reliable brand. Maytag top load washers and dryers offer tremendous value even at price points starting below $499. You will find essential features with an emphasis on stain removal and convenience in the entire line-up.

Founded in 1893, Maytag has been manufacturing washers for just over a century. Every new Maytag washer is backed by a 10-year limited parts warranty demonstrating the commitment to building products that stand the test of time. Now under the Whirlpool umbrella, this brand is all about dependability and encompasses the hard-working American spirit into every one of their machines.

Maytag is one of the very few manufacturers that invests in both traditional agitator-top-load-washer as well as high-efficiency impeller washer technology. People who like to have effective classic agitator wash action are die-hard fans of the brand. Top load washers with an impeller are more gentle on the clothes and are becoming very popular in the US.


Overview of Maytag Top Load Washers and Dryers

Ranking Main Features
Budget Models MVWC465HW & MVWC565FW, Agitator Wash, 3.8 or 4.2 cu. ft., Priced under $549
Value Models MVWX655DW & MVWB835DW (w/sanitize), Impeller Wash, 4.3 or 5.3 cu. ft., Color Options, Priced under $699
Best Overall Models MVWB765FW, MVWB766FW, MVWB865GW - Agitator Wash, Modern Controls, 4.7 or 5.2 cu. ft., Sanitize Wash, Priced under $749
Premium Model MVWB965HW, Agitator Wash, Color Options, Mega Capacity 29 1/2" 6.0 cu. ft., Sanitize Wash, Steam Dryer, Priced under $1,199
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Cleaning & Drying Performance

It pretty much goes without saying that the most important feature of a washer and dryer is their ability to clean and dry efficiently. In that regard, Maytag is significantly distinguished from their rivals thanks to their signature cleaning and drying features.

Cleaning Performance
Exceptional cleaning performance is something you can depend on in Maytag washers, with numerous features making this possible. Tackling any load size with both efficient and concentrated cleaning, the PowerWash Agitator uses robust wash action to help fight stubborn and ground-in stains. You also have a PowerWash Cycle for extra cleaning action and Deep Fill which fills the tub with extra water to help break up heavy duty messes. An internal heater and increased water temperature help detergent work harder to fight stubborn stains - high heat temperature means healthier and cleaner clothes.

There’s also no need to worry about adding the correct amount of detergent and softener for each cycle. Automatic detergent dispensers release the precise amount of detergent for an efficient washing experience, and laundry comes out with less moisture thanks to the stainless-steel wash basket that wicks moisture away from clothes.

Drying Performance
The Rapid Dry cycle pairs nicely with the Rapid Wash cycle on selected Maytag® washers for clothes that are ready in no time.

Advanced Moisture Sensing delivers even drying every time by keeping track of air temperatures and moisture levels, stopping the cycle right when clothes are dry.

The Wrinkle Prevent option helps keep wrinkles from forming without using heat. This option continues to tumble your clothes after the cycle has ended.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Star certified washers like the MVWB835DW and MVWB965HW models deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features. Using 25% less energy and 33% less water, you save money on your household bills.

Top Load vs. Front Load

Front-loading washers are generally better in overall performance compared to top-loading washers. They are more energy and water efficient and give a better clean, however, they are more expensive. For buyers with smaller space but more money to invest initially, front-loading washers are better and will provide a better clean while taking up less space. If you have limited space in your apartment, you may want to consider a stackable compact washer and dryer.

For those of us who are looking for a quicker and easier wash, top-loading washing machines are probably a better way to go. While they initially save money, top-loading washers will cost more money in ongoing bills than a front-loading washing machine will. But in saying that, they are more convenient and easier when loading/unloading than front-loading washers.

We wrote extensively on main factors to consider when debating whether to purchase a top load vs. front load washer.

Noise & Vibration

Thanks to Maytag’s Advanced Vibration Control, you can wash loads of nearly any size without worrying about vibration. With the combination of two ball-bearing balancing rings, a six-point suspension system and advanced software, the machine can easily handle the vibration of almost any load size. Since you don’t need to worry about disturbing noises and vibration, you can put a load on at any time of the day or night.

Size, Configuration & Ergonomics

Before even looking at new washer models, you should measure the space you have available so you can narrow down your options. It’s no use getting excited about a particular model if you just don’t have room for it. We’ve helped thousands of customers over the years and we can’t emphasize this point enough.

You’ll find that Maytag top load washers have different measurements. Their width ranges from 27" to 29 1/2", and the depth ranges from 27" to 30". Height ranges from 42" to 44".

Similarly, Maytag dryers also have a broad width range from 27" to 29", depth range from 28 1/4" to 33 1/2", and height range from 38 3/4" to 43 7/16".

An inch can make all the difference, so make sure you have the correct measurement of your space first. Don’t forget to allow extra for wiggle room and plugs in the back. Top-loading washers are usually more convenient than front loaders since you don’t have to bend over to load and unload clothes. Top-loading washers typically stand at an ideal height to save the trouble of bending down.


Maytag Terminology Explained

Washer Features

PowerWash® Agitator
The PowerWash agitator tackles any load size with efficient and concentrated cleaning to fight stubborn stains, as well as robust wash action to help break down soils. It fights stains with a reverse wash motion and triple action spray that keeps clothes saturated with concentrated detergent. Plus, the fabric softener cup dispenses at just the right time for exceptional cleaning performance. If your fighting large stains, you will now have no trouble getting rid of them.

Power Impeller
The Power Impeller attacks everyday tough stains in a single wash. By using a reverse wash motion and triple action spray, clothes are thoroughly saturated with concentrated detergent throughout the cycle. This gives a more intense and efficient intervention to stains.

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PowerWash Cycle
This is an enhanced cleaning cycle that uses extra cleaning action and a thorough rinse to remove tough stains load after load. An ideal cycle for muddy or food-stained clothes.

Deep Fill Option
The Deep Fill option on Maytag's top load washing machines allows you to step away from water saving in an effort to deeply clean crusted-on stains and dirt. Even though you may use more water with this feature, you will have peace of mind that your clothes will be thoroughly clean.

PowerSpray
Fight stains even harder with Maytag's PowerSpray Technology. It ensures your clothes are covered in a perfect mix of water and detergent to start cleaning soils and stains instantly. The PowerSpray penetrates deep into fabric fibers to help achieve the best cleaning in the industry, even for the toughest of stains.

Deep Clean with Steam
Clothes are cleaned more intensely thanks to the power of steam. Steam enhances the cleaning power of your washer by getting deep into the fibers for a deeper and more thorough wash.

Optimal Dispensers
Are you sometimes confused about how much detergent you need for a wash? With Maytag's Optimal Dose Dispenser, the right amount of detergent is added automatically at just the right time. And, because of the machine stores enough high-efficiency detergent for up to twelve loads of laundry, you don't have to add detergent every time you put a load in. No need to worry about wasting detergent or using too little anymore, just let the Maytag washers decide for you no matter how dirty your clothes are.

Rapid Wash Cycle
Rapid Wash features more aggressive agitation to clean in less time, acting more like a traditional washer. A great cycle when you need a wash done in a hurry.

Auto Sensing Option
Auto Sensing helps to stabilize the amount of water used, in case the water level seems too low or the washer does not fill completely. The sensor determines the size of the load and uses the correct amount of water. This means there is zero chance of a failed washing experience.

Dryer Features

Rapid Dry Cycle
Need something dry in a hurry? Available on all Maytag® Maxima® Dryers, the Rapid Dry Cycle ensures loads are dried quickly and thoroughly so clothes are ready when you need them.

Advanced Moisture Sensing
The Maytag® Advanced Moisture Sensing technology's triple sensor system knows when your load is completely dry. You can rely on perfectly dry clothes without having to check on your clothes before taking them out of the machine.

PowerDry Cycle
Clothes are completely dry faster thanks to the PowerDry Cycle which muscles out moisture. Handy for when the laundry is building up, this cycle runs hotter and works harder so you can get it all over and done with quicker than before.

Wrinkle Prevent Option
To help reduce wrinkling, Wrinkle Prevent adds periodic tumbling throughout the drying period. In the models with Wrinkle Prevent with Steam, a short steam cycle is also added to help smooth out wrinkles. Some models will allow the machine to finish the cycle, and will start again every 5 minutes for 10-20 seconds. Other models have a switch on the console giving the option to turn the feature off or set it to different times (30, 60, 90, 120 minutes). Shirts, skirts and pants will be wrinkle-free and perfectly ready without getting the iron out.


5 Best Maytag Top Load Washers

1) Best Budget: Maytag MVWC565FW

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Having a small budget for a new washer doesn’t mean you can’t have a great machine with awesome cleaning performance. The 4.2 cu. ft. capacity MVWC565FW has 11 different wash cycles to choose from as well as 5 temperature settings.

Thanks to the PowerWash Agitator you get robust wash action for removing soils, and clothes will dry faster after they’ve been through the maximum 700 RPM spin cycle. A Bleach Dispenser and Fabric Softener Dispenser are both included so clothes come out whiter, cleaner, and softer with each and every wash.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the MEDX655DW 7.0 cu. ft. Bravos Electric or MGDX655DW Gas Dryer.

This dryer has the IntelliDry Sensor that stops the cycle once your clothes are dry, and the all-important Sanitize cycle removes up to 99% of common household bacteria. You also get the Wrinkle Prevent option to ensure laundry comes out with minimal wrinkles.

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2) Best Value: Maytag MVWX655DW

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The best value model from the Maytag range has all of the MVWC565FW's features plus more features to get your laundry clean. This 4.3 cu. ft. capacity washer has a maximum 660 RPM spin cycle and clothes are kept thoroughly saturated with detergent throughout the wash cycle with the Power Impeller. The Optimal dispensers ensure that just the right amount of detergent or fabric softener is released at the right time, and oxygenated additives assist for an outstanding cleaning performance.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the MEDX655DW 7.0 cu. ft. Bravos Electric or MGDX655DW Gas Dryer.

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3) Best Sanitize: Maytag MVWB835DW

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With a little more money to spend you can get your hands on the feature-packed MVWB835DW. Along with everything you get in the MVWX655DW listed above, this 5.3 cu. ft. capacity model is Energy Star certified so you can save money and use less energy when doing your laundry. With Advanced Vibration Control, noise and vibration are eliminated so you’ll barely even notice the powerful 850 RPM spin cycle.

99% of household bacteria is removed by using the Sanitize Cycle, and you get a more user-friendly experience with the Digital Display Type and Type Touch-Activated Electronic Control. One awesome feature, ideal for people on the go, is the Delay Start option – simply set a time that you want the washer to start and have your clothes ready when you need them.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the MEDB835DW 29" 8.8 cu. ft. Electric or MGDB835DW Gas Dryer.

This dryer model includes Advanced Moisture Sensing, which measures temperatures and moisture levels for optimal drying. Make sure to try the PowerDry Cycle for completely dry clothes in a shorter period of time.

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4) Best Overall: Maytag MVWB865GW

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Highly rated by leading consumer reporting organizations, Maytag’s 5.2 cu. ft MVWB865GW is a contender when it comes to top load agitators.

The 28 inch PowerWash Agitator Top Load Washer has 11 washing cycles and 8 options for your specific needs. It has an Auto Sensing Option where the water level is adjusted for each load, making it efficient with a more concentrated cleaning. The Deep Fill Option is another feature that further drives this washer’s thorough cleaning ability by providing more water to amplify the cycle. The MVWB865GW cuts down on wash and spin time with the Rapid Wash Cycle as it boosts the temperature while shortening the cycle. For families with sensitive skin or allergy concerns, the Sanitize Cycle with Oxi removes 99.9% of household bacteria.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the MEDB835DW 29" 8.8 cu. ft. Electric or MGDB835DW Gas Dryer.

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5) Best Capacity: Maytag MVWB965HW

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If you aren't held back by budget and want the best washer money can buy from the Maytag brand, then this premium model will surely satisfy. With 1000 RPM spin cycles for faster drying and a 6.0 cu. ft. capacity, this is an ideal washer for large, busy families.

All of the MVWB835DW features are included plus much more. Stubborn, hard to remove stains come out easier thanks to the Steam Cycle, and the Internal Heater gives a helping hand by increasing the water temperature. The Deep Fill option ensures better results by adding more water to the machine when needed, and the Stainless-Steel Wash Basket wicks moisture away at the end of a wash cycle so clothes come out ready to wear.

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The associated dryer partner for this model is the MEDB955FW 29" 9.2 cu. ft. Electric or MGDB955FW Gas Dryer with Steam.


Conclusion

Maytag is all about dependability and we can certainly see why. Their washers are budget friendly, so it’s easy to buy a quality machine at a low price without compromising on performance. This brand stays true to its American heritage and is able to pack many innovative features into their low-cost washers. We really like the fact that deep cleaning and stain removal is the focus across all models, and it’s clear to see why Maytag gets such high recommendations from leading consumer magazines.

Our staff at Designer Appliances also highly recommend Maytag washers and dryers, so we will be delighted to speak to you if you’d like more information on any one of the models. Come in and see us at our New Jersey showroom.

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