Maytag Washer and Dryer (2020 Review)

Maytag Washer and Dryer (2020 Review)

Maytag washer is known to be an affordable and reliable brand. Maytag washer and dryer models offer tremendous value 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.

On the top load category, Maytag is one of the very few manufacturers that invests in both traditional agitator top-load washers 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.

The front load Maytag washer’ success in 2020 has been capped by its visually pleasing styling. In addition, you will love features designed for modern conveniences such as a detergent dispenser that you don’t need to fill up each time, a drum that keeps clothes aerated even if you forget to pull them out right after the cycle is over.

8 Best Maytag Washer and Dryer Models

Maytag Washers: Front Load Overview

Series Main Features
Value MHW5630HW 4.5 cu. ft., Steam Wash, Fresh Spin gently tumbles clothes for up to 12 hours to prevent excessive wrinkles if clothes are forgotten in the washer, PowerWash with Extra Power fights stains, pairs with non-steam dryer, in White only
Base MHW6630HW Larger capacity at 4.8 cu. ft., Fresh Hold gently tumbles and injects air for up to 16 hours, PowerWash with Extra Power, 15 min express cycle for lightly soiled load, pairs with Steam Dryer, in White and Metallic Slate
Deluxe MHW8630HW, Mega capacity at 5.0 cu. ft., all features above plus, Wi-fi, Optimal Dose Dispenser load detergent that will last 8 washes, 24 hr Fresh Hold, in White and Metallic Slate


How to Choose a New Washer and Dryer

Best washer and dryer models share the following characteristics.

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 covered 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 Washer Terminology Explained

Maytag Washers: Unique Features of Front Loaders

It would be an excellent idea to demystify Maytag’s jargon on washers and dryers before diving deep into the product line.

First, EXTRA POWER BUTTON – this is an important feature that is shared among all Maytags. When Extra Power is enabled, the washer uses cold and hot water to remove stains. Fighting stains sometimes requires cold water and other times hot water. Extra Power wash eliminates the need to separate loads saving you time.

As you move up the chain, you will get FRESH HOLD option, which essentially allows for gentle tumbling combined with ambient air within the wash-drum to prevent stagnant and musty laundry. Fresh Hold becomes handy if life gets in the way, and you can’t attend to your laundry. Gentle tumbling will last for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle ends. On the other hand, the FRESH SPIN option on the budget model only gives a simple spin to the clothes without air injection.

OPTIMAL DOSE DISPENSER is all about convenience. Load the detergent in the dispenser, and you don’t need to think about running out of it for up to 8 washes.


OVERNIGHT WASH AND DRY is the most misunderstood feature of Maytag. It is reserved for the highest-end washers. If you have a small load (about 2 pounds or so), you can stick it in your washer before you go to sleep and find fresh, unwrinkled, and dry clothes by the morning without the need of using your dryer.

Top Load Maytag 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.


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.

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.

Our 8 Best Maytag Washer Picks

1) Best Value Front Load: Maytag MHW5630HW

Width: 27-inch | Height: 38 5/8-inch | Depth: 31 5/16-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 10/4 | RPM: 1,160 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

Maytag MHW5630HW

MHW3505FW, this highly-rated washer used to be Maytag’s base model, but in 2019 it has been replaced by MHW5630HW.

Why we like it:

  • Large capacity 4.5 cu. ft. drum.
  • Features the Extra Power Button. Maytag claims to have the most powerful cleaning cycle when Heavy Duty Cycle is combined with this button. When Extra Power is enabled, Maytag washer fights with the stains using both cold and hot water. With this dual-temperature washing, every soil type is removed very effectively.
  • 10 wash cycles include Fresh Spin, which tumbles clothes for 12 hours after the end of the wash cycle. An internal fan will also inject ambient air into the drum to prevent stagnant laundry. Wrinkle Control Cycle prevents wrinkles by using warm water and low spin speeds. Quick Cycle cleans small and light soiled loads in 15 minutes.
  • Steam Option removes stains very efficiently, especially when combined with Extra Power.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified Exceeds government standards to help conserve energy.

Pairs with the large size 7.3 cu. ft. Electric MED5630HW or Gas MGD5630HW dryers.


  • It does not have the “Advanced Vibration Control Plus” which helps on 2nd-floor installations.
  • Matching dryers do not have a steam feature.
  • No wi-fi connectivity.


2) Best Steam Front Load: Maytag MHW6630HW

Width: 27-inch | Height: 38 5/8-inch | Depth: 32 15/16-inch | Capacity: 4.8 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12/4 | RPM: 1,160 | Color: White, Metallic Slate | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

Maytag MHW6630HW

Replaces rating agencies’ favorite MHW5500FW with a larger tub and additional convenience while keeping the same successful heritage.

All of MHW5630HW features PLUS

  • 4.8 cu. ft. capacity drum.

  • Advanced Vibration Control™ Plus system reduces vibrations using dedicated software and a six-point suspension system. The unbalanced load will not be a problem anymore.

  • 16 Hour Fresh Hold® Option an upgrade of 4 hours of a fresh cycle.

  • 12 Wash Cycles instead of 10, including Sanitize Cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria with extra hot temperatures. “Clean Washer” uses it with a household washing machine cleaner to eliminate musty smells. We recommend running this cycle once every 4-5 weeks.

  • Large size 7.3 cu. ft. Electric MED6630HW or Gas MGD6630HW dryers, which also has a steam option.


  • No wi-fi connectivity.


3) Best Overall Front Load: Maytag MHW8630HC

Width: 27-inch | Height: 38 5/8-inch | Depth: 32 15/16-inch | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14/5 | RPM: 1,160 | Color: White, Metallic Slate | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes

Maytag MHW8630HC

Maytag MHW8630HC , replaces MHW8200FC in 2019.

  • All of MHW6630FW features PLUS
  • 5.0 cu. ft. capacity drum
  • 24 Hour Fresh Hold® Option instead of 16 Hour keeps clothes fresh 8 hours longer after the wash cycle over.
  • 14 wash cycles includes Overnight Wash & Dry Cycle to wash and dry a small load of laundry in the washer. No need for a dryer on a small load if you go to bed at night and want to have dry clothes by the morning.
  • KILLER FEATURE – Optimal Dose Dispenser allows you add detergent once every 12 washes and uses the precise amount of detergent for any cycle.

Large size 7.4 cu. ft. Electric MED8630HC or gas MGD8630HC dryers which also has steam option.


4) Best Overall Top Load: Maytag MVW8230HC

Maytag Washer MVW8230HC

Highly rated by leading consumer reporting organizations, Maytag MVW8230HC washer in metallic slate color is a contender when it comes to top load agitators. This Maytag washing machine has a large capacity at 5.2 cu. ft. replaces the once popular Maytag MVWB865GC.

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 MVW8230HC 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 MED8230HC 29″ 8.8 cu. ft. Electric or MGD8230HC Gas Dryer.

5) Best Budget Top Load: Maytag MVWC565FW

Maytag mvwc565fw

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.


6) Best Value Top Load: Maytag MVWX655DW

Maytag MVWX655DW

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.


7) Best Sanitize Top Load Maytag Washer: MVWB835DW

Maytag Top Load Washer MVWB835DW

With a little more money to spend you can get your hands on the feature-packed Maytag MVWB835DW washer. Along with everything you get in the MVWX655DW listed above, this 5.3 cu. ft. capacity washing machine 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 top load washer is the MEDB835DW 29″ 8.8 cu. ft. Electric or MGDB835DW Gas Dryer.

This dryer 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.


8) Best Capacity Top Load Maytag Washer: MVWB965HW

Maytag MVWB965HW

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.

Maytag_MVWB965HW bundle

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


Maytag washer 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 fair price point 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.

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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on April 21, 2021. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.

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