Maytag has been a household name for well over a century, with a solid rep as an affordable and reliable appliance brand. The company's washer and dryer sets are among its most popular products. Like every product Maytag manufactures, these sets offer a lot of value for your money, and they're remarkably affordable.
Founded in 1893, Maytag has been manufacturing industry-leading washers for as long as it's been in business. Every new Maytag washer is backed by a 10-year limited parts warranty, so you know the company stands behind its products. Today, Maytag is owned by the Whirlpool corporation, another American brand that's all about dependability and hard work.
Maytag (and Whirlpool at large) is also one of the very few laundry appliance makers that offer both traditional agitator top load washers and high-efficiency (HE) impeller washers.
People who like to have effective, classic agitator wash action tend to be die-hard Maytag fans. Still, HE impeller washers are gentler on clothes and are becoming more and more popular among consumers and manufacturers.
As for front load Maytag washers, the latest generation is stylish and technologically advanced. Convenient features, from an automatic detergent dispenser to a drum that continually refreshes clothes when you don't have time to transfer them, make laundry considerably easier to do.
Want to know more about what Maytag's got on offer? Keep reading, and we'll share our favorite models, plus an overview of how the company's laundry performance compares with other manufacturers.
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
The highly-rated MHW3505FW used to be Maytag's flagship base model, but since 2019, it has been replaced by the MHW5630HW.
Why we like it:
The washer successfully packs a large capacity 4.5 cu. ft. drum in a conveniently ergonomic package, able to be fit into most laundry spaces no matter how big or small.
Features the Extra Power Button. Maytag claims to have the most powerful cleaning cycle when the Heavy Duty Cycle is combined with this button. When Extra Power is enabled, this Maytag washer fights stains directly using both cold and hot water. With this dual-temperature washing function, every soil type is removed very effectively.
The washer sports a vast 10 wash cycles, including Fresh Spin, which tumbles clothes for 12 hours after the end of the quick wash cycle.
An internal fan will also inject ambient air into the drum to prevent stagnant laundry.
The special Wrinkle Control Cycle prevents wrinkles by using warm water and low spin speeds. Quick Cycle cleans small and light soiled loads in 15 minutes.
The washer's Steam Option removes stains very efficiently, especially when combined with the Extra Power function.
This ENERGY STAR Qualified washer exceeds government certified standards to help conserve energy.
It does not have the "Advanced Vibration Control Plus" feature, which is helpful for 2nd floor installations.
The matching Maytag dryers meant to be paired with this washer model do not have a steam feature.
If you're looking for a techier model, this Maytag washer unfortunately lacks wi-fi connectivity.
2. Best Steam Front Load: Maytag MHW6630HC
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
Who It's For: Buyers after a top of the line, top shelf, and top tier capacity appliance.
Why We Chose It: This beast of a steam front load has just about all the power necessary to meet your washing needs.
Outperforms the MHW5500FW's impressive performance with a larger tub and additional convenience, all the while keeping true to Maytag's same successful, tried and true fundamentals.
Key MHW5630HW features include:
A 4.8 cu. ft. capacity drum for wide storage space.
An Advanced Vibration Control™ Plus system which reduces vibrations using dedicated software and a six-point suspension system.
A 16 Hour Fresh Hold® Option, an upgrade adding 4 more hours of a fresh cycle to your wash.
12 Wash Cycles instead of 10, including a Sanitize Cycle that removes 99.9% of household bacteria with extra hot temperatures.
- No wi-fi connectivity, meaning that you won't be able to run these washer's powerful cycles or remote start through a digital smartphone app's touch controls. Just old school, and just analog!
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
Who It's For: Buyers after a great all rounder Maytag appliance.
Why We Chose It: We love that this product is adequately equipped to go above and beyond in optimally washing your laundry.
The Maytag MHW8630HC , replaced the company's MHW8200FC model in 2019, improving upon the previous iteration with exciting new features like:
A 5.0 cu. ft. capacity drum, and a spacious storage compartment specifically designed with wide loads in mind.
A 24 Hour Fresh Hold® Option to keep clothes fresh 8 hours longer after the wash cycle ends.
A versatile 14 wash cycle options including an Overnight Wash & Dry Cycle made for running small loads of laundry through the washer.
KILLER FEATURE - Optimal Dose Dispenser allows you add detergent once every 12 washes and uses the precise amount of detergent for any cycle.
4. Best Overall Top Load: Maytag MVW7230HW
Who It's For: Buyers after a deep cleaning top loader with enough power to remove 99.9% of household allergens, bacteria, and contaminants.
Why We Chose It: We love this top load agitator's powerful cleaning capabilities, as well as it's 5.2 cubic ft. capacity.
Highly rated by leading consumer reporting organizations, this Maytag washer is a top contender when it comes to top load agitators. This Maytag washing machine has a large capacity at 5.2 cu. ft and replaces the once popular Maytag MVWB865GC.
This 58-inch PowerWash Agitator Top Load Washer has multiple options tailored toward just about all of your specific washing 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 MVW7230HW 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 roughly 99.9% of household bacteria. The associated dryer partner for this model is the MED7230HW, which we are selling in tandem with the MVW7230HW.
If you like what you see, you can pick up both appliances in sleek white or metallic slate designs.
5. Best Budget Top Load: Maytag MVWC565FW
Who It's For: Buyers who are looking for optimal top load performance at a low-budget price point.
Why We Chose It: We love how effective this washer is at removing loose soils and common household contaminants.
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 different temperature settings.
Thanks to the PowerWash Agitator, you get robust wash action for removing loose soils, and your 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 wash.
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 can also get the Wrinkle Prevent option to ensure that your laundry comes out with minimal wrinkles.
Completmenting the MVWV565FW in a sleek, nice white finish is the MEDC55DW electric dryer.
6. Best Value Top Load: Maytag MVWP575GW
Who It's For: Buyers seeking the best possible top load they can find on a budget.
Why We Chose It: The best value model from the Maytag range has all of the MVWC565FW's big features consolidated in a conveniently small package sold at an affordable price point.
This 3.5 cu. ft. capacity washer's 4 high speed deep water spin cycles keep clothes thoroughly saturated with detergent throughout the wash cycle, with the help of the appliance's innovative Dual Action Agitator.
Moreover, the optimal dispensers ensure that just the right amount of detergent or fabric softener is released at just the right time, and oxygenated additives help provide an outstanding cleaning performance.
The associated dryer partners for this model are the MEDP575GW Electric Dryer and MGDP575GW Gas Dryer.
Who It's For: Buyers who are after a reliable deep cleaning experience.
Why We Chose It: We love how effectively this Maytag delivers an efficient, expedient clean through efficient, Energy Star approved cycles.
With a little more money to spend, you can get your hands on this feature-packed Maytag MVW7232HC washer.
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 Heavy Duty cycles.
Roughly 99% of household bacteria is removed by using the Sanitize Cycle, and you can get an even more intuitive 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 MED7230HC Electric or MGD7230HC Gas Dryer. This dryer includes Advanced Moisture Sensing, which measures temperatures and moisture levels for optimal drying. Make sure to try the PowerDry Cycle to get completely dry clothes in a shorter period of time.
Who It's For: Buyers looking to experience the future of washing machines, now!
Why We Chose It: We love this model's intuitive smart features and lightning-fast Quick Wash Cycles.
If you aren't held back by budget and want the best washer money can buy from the Maytag brand, then this premium smart washer model will surely satisfy. With quick wash cycles, an extra power button for extra high spin speeds, and Deep Fill cleaning in a spacious 4.2 cu. ft. capacity, this is an ideal washer for large, busy families.
All of the MVWB835DW's features are included, plus much more, including cutting-edge smartphone app connectivity. Stubborn, hard to remove stains come out easier and faster than ever thanks to the special Quick Wash Cycle, and the Deep Fill option ensures better results by adding more water to the machine when needed.
Furthermore, the Stainless-Steel Wash Basket wicks moisture away at the end of a wash cycle so clothes come out ready to wear. Better yet, all of these quality made parts are backed with a 10-year warranty, to ensure you get the most longetivity out of your model.
Maytag Washers: Front Load Overview
|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" is usually a matter of subjective opinion, but the best washer and dryer models all generally share the following characteristics.
Cleaning & Drying Performance
It pretty much goes without saying that the most important feature of a heavy duty washing machine and dryer is their ability to clean and dry efficiently. In that regard, Maytag is significantly distinguished from their rivals thanks to the brand's signature cleaning and drying features.
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.
The Rapid Quick 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 Star certified washers deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating the latest advancements in energy efficiency technology. Using 25% less energy and 33% less water, you can wind up saving significant money on your household bills.
Although many high end Energy Star-washers washers may come at a marginally higher cost at first glance, we would still deem Energy-Star certified washers a solid long-term investment. Those 47 streaming app subscriptions aren't going to pay for themselves, so why not consider investing in a washer that's not only better for your wallet, but also better for the planet?
Top Load vs Front Load
Front-loading washers are generally better in overall performance compared to top-loading washers. They are more energy efficient and give a better clean, however, they are generally more expensive.
For buyers with smaller space but more money to invest upfront, 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 the tradeoff there is that they are more convenient and easier when loading/unloading than front-loading washers. If you're curious, we've 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 technology, 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 through 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". Likewise, the heights of these models typically 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 users 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, the EXTRA POWER BUTTON - this is an important feature that is shared amongst 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 features, 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 quick 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. However, the OPTIMAL DOSE DISPENSER is all about convenience. Load the detergent in the dispenser just once, and it'll last you 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
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.
The Power Impeller devices attack 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 offers a more intense and efficient clean to stains.
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 food-stained clothes if you've dined from an especially messy menu.
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.
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 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!
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.
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. What regular, more affordable Maytag dishwashers lack in optimal smart washer remote start features or fancy apps with cycle notifications, is more than made up for with efficiently cleaning cycles.
Advanced Moisture Sensing
The Maytag® Advanced Moisture Sensing technology's triple sensor system knows when your load is completely dry. You can rely on getting perfectly dry clothes before taking a single load out of the machine.
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 with no need to get the iron out.
Maytag washers are all about dependability, and we can certainly see why. Their washer appliances are budget friendly, so it’s easy to buy a quality machine at a fair price point without compromising on performance. Ever hear the saying "it ain't broke, don't fix it?"
That's the successful, tried and true model that Maytag has been abiding by for over 129 years. The company was first founded as the Maytag Washing Machine Company all the way back in 1893, and grew large enough over the Roaring 20s to become Maytag Inc. in 1925. Maytag persevered through the trying times of the Depression and the 2nd World War, and was ultimately one of the first to kickstart the household kitchen appliance boom that began in the 1950s.
This appliance brand stays true to its historic American heritage, and is able to pack many innovative features into their innovative low-cost washers. We really like the fact that deep cleaning and stain removal is the central focus across all models, and it’s clear to see why Maytag gets such high recommendations from leading consumer magazines.