Maytag Maxima MED5100DW
Features - 87%
Performance - 88%
Ease of Use - 85%
Energy Efficiency - 89%
Considering its affordable price, this dryer is surprisingly efficient and versatile. Its large capacity makes it an excellent choice for a medium or even a large household.
If you are looking for a highly efficient, yet reasonably priced dryer, you should take a look at the Maytag Maxima MED2100DW dryer. This dryer is very versatile, featuring numerous cycles and options, meant to satisfy all of your laundry drying needs. Despite having numerous options, this dryer is quite easy to use, featuring a touch screen console and easy to navigate controls. The listing price is $999.00, but occasionally, it can be found on sale costing about $100 less.
In terms of performance, this dryer does very well for itself. The 4 ways venting system is highly efficient and most customers have reported that they were very satisfied with this unit’s drying ability. As we already mentioned, versatility is another one of this dryer’s main advantages. It features 9 standard cycles and several options. In order to be easy to use, the dryer features a cycle status light, a time remaining display, and an end of cycle signal. It has the basic features, but it lacks some more sophisticated features such as a self-cleaning lint filter. Nevertheless, such features would have surely increased the dryer’s price. However, this dryer comes with other useful options such as a wrinkle prevent option (which periodically tumbles the clothes until you collect them), a damp dry signal, an energy saving mode, a dryness level display and much more. It also has 5 temperature settings, which allow you to set the ideal heat for different types of fabrics. It comes with an advanced moisture sensor which helps deliver the best performance for each load while also helping you save time and energy. For optimal convenience, this dryer features the Quiet Series sound package, which features special dampeners and sound absorbers, which reduce noise, delivering a quieter operation.
Cycles and programs
This dryer has numerous cycles, meant to offer the best performance for each individual load. The program list includes a normal cycle, rapid dry (an express cycle), a wrinkle control cycle, a heavy duty cycle, a delicate cycle, a bedding cycle, a sanitize cycle, a timed-dry cycle and refresh (a touch-up cycle). It lacks a permanent press cycle, a towels cycle, and a custom dry cycle. The custom dry cycle is not really necessary as very few people use it. The same can be said for the towel cycle as towels don’t really need a special cycle. However, a permanent press cycle would have been nice, as it can do wonders for colored garments.
Size and Design
The Maytag Maxima MED5100DW has a glossy white finish, which will match most of your other appliances. It features a dark door, which makes a great contrast with the white finish, giving the dryer a futuristic look. For practical purposes, the door is slightly translucent. The white powder coat drum looks great, but you should know that it is not as durable as a stainless steal drum. As far as size is concerned, this dryer is 39″ tall, 27″ wide and 31″ deep. It weights 141 pounds and it has a 7.3 cubic feet capacity, which makes it ideal for a medium or even a large household. This dryer is ADA compliant, meaning that it satisfied the highest standards of design accessibility.
If you have stainless steel appliances, you might want to consider getting this dryer in the Metallic Slate finish. It will cost about $100 more, but it will be worth the investment, especially if you plan on keeping your dryer out in the open, and not hidden behind a cabinet door. This dryer features easy to read front controls. It also features a touch screen console which allows you to effortlessly browse the programs and cycles. If you wish to increase your installation choices, you ca buy the dryer along with the optional laundry pedestal and stacking kit.
The Maytag Maxima dryer is energy star qualified. Thanks to its Advanced Moisture Sensing technology, this dryer delivers an excellent performance, without wasting any energy. The built-in sensors monitor moisture levels and read air temperature, thus eliminating the risk of wasting energy while over-drying the clothes.
Warranty and support
Despite the fact that Maytag is a trusted brand, it always pays to choose an appliance with a good warranty. Sadly, this dryer only comes with a one-year limited warranty for parts and labor. However, you should not forget about Maytag’s 10-year warranty on the drum and the motor, which is available for most Maytag appliances.