Maytag Bravos MEDB855DW Dryer Review
Top-notch drying, plus steam
By the Numbers
The Maytag Bravos MEDB855DW (MSRP $1,199) is easily one of the top dryers we've tested. After analyzing our test results, it’s clear this machine is almost perfect when it comes to actual drying performance.
Normal & Delicate
The workhorse Normal cycle hits all the right notes and leaves very little room for improvement. Averaging 50 minutes with peak temperatures of 145.7°F, it got our clothes 100% dry.
The Maytag’s Delicates cycle was almost as good: It, too, got clothes 100% dry using appropriately gentle temperatures that peaked at 113.3°F. However, there was some inconsistency in drying times: Our first test lasted 1 hour and 29 minutes, while the second test only took 1 hour and 9 minutes—closer to what we prefer for an average cycle length.
Quick Dry & Bulky
For our Quick Dry test, we used the Rapid Dry cycle, a 15-minutes manual option that doesn’t utilize the machine's sensors. Our 4-lb. load was only 77% dry at the end of the 15 minutes, which isn’t surprising—the cycle is designed for touching up two or three damp garments as opposed to our ten, and only heated up to 111°F. If you use the cycle properly, it should be able to handle appropriately sized loads without any trouble.
And for the icing on the cake, the Bulky test: We pit our fluffy down comforter against the Maytag’s Bedding cycle. Now, almost no dryer does well in this test, but this machine managed to get it 98% dry after about 1 hour and 5 minutes using temperatures that peaked at just 136.4°F. We didn't even have to take the comforter out and fluff it—the Maytag didn't roll it up in a ball or leave any wet spots. If that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is.
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