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Maytag Bravos XL MEDB725BW Dryer Review

Solid drying at a good price. Who could ask for more?

$799.00 MSRP
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Introduction

The Maytag Bravos XL MEDB725BW (MSRP $799), which will be in stores in early August, is an affordable, effective dryer designed to pair with a Maytag high-efficiency top loader. It sells for $200 less than the two-year-old MEDB750YW and outperformed it in our tests. Sure, it’s not a flawless machine—specialty cycles and extra options are sparse, and the Normal cycle ran warm—but for the price, it’s one of the best on the market in its class.

Design & Usability

It's worth showing off.

The Maytag MEDB725BW is a perfect example of how simple doesn’t necessarily mean ugly or bland. Toeing the line between functional and attractive, this dryer won't make you wish you spent more money on a fancier machine.

If you replaced the white enamel drum with a stainless one, it would look downright high-end.

The steel-like backing on the controls gives this dryer a sleek edge, with black text and indicator lights that visually pop. It's fairly easy to read, though a slightly larger font wouldn't have hurt.

Actual physical interactions were positive, as well. The control knob felt sturdy, and all buttons provided a satisfying click every time we pressed them. Unusually stiff mesh made this otherwise standard lint trap easier to clean than usual, and the door never required slamming to shut. If you replaced the white enamel drum with a stainless one, it would look downright high-end.

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Performance & Features

Bringing all the basics to bear.

This Maytag may not be the most comprehensive machine around, but it didn’t skimp on the basics. All the standard cycles are here, plus a few extras such as the Sheets option. Four dryness levels and five temperature settings are also what you'd expect from a machine that cost as much as this one.

Most importantly, this machine did a great job drying laundry. Cycles stayed within a reasonable time length, temperatures—while occasionally a hair too warm—were all quite acceptable, and even our notoriously difficult Bulky test produced strong results. It was some of the best performance we’ve seen on a model under $1,000.

It was some of the best performance we've seen on a model under $1,000.

The only downside? A clear lack of features. You get a Wrinkle Prevent, which keeps clothes tumbling until you take them out, and a Damp Dry Signal that will let you know when it's time to air dry delicates. You can also adjust the volume of the dryer chime, but you won't find a steam option or sanitize cycle here.

Bringing the Heat

Great drying for a great price.

Expected to go on sale in early August, the Maytag Bravos XL MEDB725BW is definitely a machine worth keeping an eye out for. With a distinctly affordable MSRP of $799, and effective drying that exceeds all expectations attached to that price bracket, we say “bravo” to this Bravos.

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