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  • Best of Year 2014

Maytag Bravos XL MVWB700BW Washing Machine Review

A very solid foundation for the Bravos XL series

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A washer is like a toothbrush: They’re both tools you have to use. And if you don't use them, people start to avoid you. The Maytag MVWB700BW (MSRP $849) makes the routine task of laundry as simple as possible by letting you dump your laundry in and go. There are no features, no niche cycles, or design upgrades to distract from pure clothes cleaning. And with a 4.5 cubic foot capacity, you’ll get your laundry done in fewer loads.

Design & Usability

Hardtop with a Decent Engine

The higher end models in this series have windowed tops and grey plastic trim. But this washer is all white enamel all around, and lacks a window. That hardtop creates a large workspace for resting your laundry basket and folding clothes, and we thought it was a bit quieter.

The control panel is very accessible, and the black text against the faux metal background is easily readable. In this case, the lack of features helped a lot with usability. With so few cycles, everything is evenly spaced out and easy to find.

Performance & Features

Dirt is no match for the MVWB700BW

Overall, this Maytag performed above average amongst top-loaders and on par with others in the XL Bravos Series. Like the MVWB725BW, MVWB880BW, and the MBWB980BW, the MVWB700BW did well against particulate stains like dirt. However, the performance lagged behind with liquid stains like red wine. Read any of the other reviews for more detail.

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The MVWB700BW had some issues with leaving detergent behind. View Larger

The water usage for this machine is also similar to others in the series. We estimate that the yearly running cost will be about $56.72: roughly double the average front-loader, but slightly cheaper than the average top-loader.

As for features, the MVWB700BW really doesn't have any—and that's a good thing. The windowed lid is the only real difference between the MVWB700BW and the MVWB725BW. Is the chance to watch your laundry spin worth $50 more? That’s for you to decide.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Final Thoughts

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A hardtop that creates plenty of workspace. View Larger

The Foundation to a Good Series

Maytag’s XL Bravos top-loader series has proved to be a competent lineup of machines. They all had somewhat above average cleaning performance and a good design layout. When it comes to value the MVWB700BW is the shinning star of this series. Yes, it lacks the windowed lid and features like a sanitize cycle, but it makes up for it in other ways such as better cleaning performance and a lower price tag. If you find yourself doing multiple loads of laundry a week, then this simple, high-capacity XL washer might be for you.

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