Maytag 5500 Series Dryer Review
Performance, perks, price—and Power Dry.
About the Maytag MED5500FC
This electric dryer features Maytag's unique metallic slate finish. That fancy exterior comes with an MSRP of $1,199, or roughly $100 more than the electric model in white.
About the Maytag MGD5500FW
This is the gas model you choose to save money. With an MSRP of $1,199, it's $100 cheaper than the gas model with metallic slate finish.
About the Maytag MGD5500FC
The gas model with metallic slate finish is the most expensive entry in this series. With a $1,299 MSRP, it's $100 more than both the gas model in white, and the electric model in metallic slate.
About the Maytag MED5500FW
The most affordable entry in the series, this model features both a white finish, an electric hookup, and an MSRP of just $1,099. That's $100 cheaper than both the electric model in metallic slate and the gas model in white.
When we tested the Maytag 5500 series dryer (MSRP $1,099–$1,299), it felt oddly familiar. That’s because, in almost every way, it’s the exact same machine as the 8200 series, Maytag’s newest flagship dryer.
There are a few superficial differences: the door trim is black instead of silver, you don’t get a drying rack, and the drum is powdered white metal instead of stainless steel. Plus, Maytag has cut the Casual cycle, as well as the customizable My Cycle and Steam Refresh features.
But the drying itself is exactly the same, the 7.4-cu.-ft. drum size is the same, and you still get the biggest selling point in Maytag’s new dryer lineup: the Power Dry cycle, which is essentially the Quick Dry equivalent for heavy duty clothes. We tried out both Power Dry and the more conventional Bedding cycle on our large comforter. The end result was the same, but Power Dry used higher temperatures to do in about 38 minutes what Bedding did in an hour.
And the best part is, retail costs—which range from about $750 to $945 on sale, depending on color and your choice of gas or electric—are roughly $400 less than the 8200. It still feels a little high to us, but we can’t deny the huge price cut makes the 5500 a lot more attractive.
Maytag offers 10 years of parts-only coverage for the drive motor and drum, in addition to the industry-standard 1-year limited parts and labor warranty. You can read more about the coverage on Maytag's website.
Why We Like It
Unless you’re a diehard fan of stainless steel dryer drums and silver door trims, we think the Maytag 5500 dryer is a better deal than the more expensive 8200. Even though you save $400, both machines have the same capacity, same drying performance, and almost exactly the same cycle and feature set. And with retail prices hovering between $750 and $945, it’s not a bad buy in general.
Yes, there are better dryers out there that cost roughly the same. But if you’re looking for a feature-rich dryer that will match your new Maytag front loader, the 5500 is the way to go.
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