Maytag Maxima MED7100DW
Features - 75%
Performance - 76%
Ease of Use - 72%
Energy Efficiency - 77%
The wide range of drying cycles of the Maytag Maxima MED7100DW is something we appreciated, although other details made us believe this is not the best choice of a dryer.
Compared to other dryers that are more sophisticated and bring more features, the Maytag Maxima MED7100DW is not the most advanced model you could choose and the $1,199 price tag in not lower than in other models, which doesn’t make it a great deal. Still, you can check out this electric dryer and see how efficient it will turn out to be for you.
When it comes to features, the Maytag Maxima MED7100DW includes what it needs to be a practical dryer. It uses an advanced Moisture Sensor technology that measures the humidity in clothes and adjusts the drying parameters so you will obtain the best results. It has a 7.3 cu. ft. capacity and an extra interior fin that helps small loads and ensures an even drying.
You can not control this dryer using your smart devices as there is no smartphone compatibility available. Another detail that might be disturbing is the lack of a noise reduction that would make the dryer less noisy and more appropriate for night or morning use.
Cycles and programs
Although it doesn’t amaze you with the features it includes, it offers a wide range of drying cycles and programs that meet most of your needs. You can choose either extra low, low, medium or high heat drying, there are options for drier or less dry clothes, there are normal dry and rapid dry cycles or you can choose the heavy duty option that can handle larger amounts of clothes. The Maytag Maxima MED7100DW includes a bedding and a delicate cycle, as well as a time dry option so you can adjust the drying time.
You can also opt for air drying or you can use various levels of steam to help prevent wrinkles or to eliminate wrinkles that are already formed. The dryer includes a Refresh option that eliminates odors from clothes so you won’t have to rewash them and you can also eliminate static with the ReduceStatic program. A great drying option is the sanitizing that ensures you the clothes are free of allergens and germs.
For added convenience, the dryer comes with a drying process indicator, an end-of-cycle signal, an indicator to remind you when to replace the filter, and a time remaining indicator so you will know how long before the drying cycle is over.
Size and Design
This dryer is a front-loading model available in white and stainless steel finishes with a wide glass door that is reversible and a large electronic control panel that is very user-friendly. The unit measures 27”wide x 31” deep x 38.7” high and weighs around 140 pounds. You can either use the dryer as freestanding or you can match it with a washing machine using the stacking kit that is available for purchase. It also has a matching pedestal but it lacks a drying rack that would take care of sensitive items.
The drum is made of stainless steel that is resistant to rust and wear and eliminates the chances of bacteria gathering inside the dryer. The control panel offers you all the information you need to operate the unit so you can take away the hassle in drying your clothes.
The main concern when purchasing a new home appliance is the additional costs it implies, mainly referring to the energy consumption. Considering it is an appliance built with advanced technologies and new components, this dryer is Energy Star rated and it will help you minimize the electricity costs in your household. It includes energy-saving options that allow it to reduce the energy costs without cutting on drying performance.
Warranty and support
The 10-year warranty covers the costs of replacement parts and repair labor for defects caused by poor workmanship, as long as the unit is properly installed and operated. During the first year, all the parts are covered by the warranty while starting with the second year, only the replacement costs of the drum motor and the stainless steel basket are covered, not including the labor. The manufacturer also provides with customer support, but the services are poor-quality and the technicians are rarely responsive to the requirements.