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Maytag Bravos XL MVWB855DW Washing Machine Review

For really big messes

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September 23, 2015
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There is a variation of the Maytag Bravos XL Series MVWB855DW called the Maytag Bravos XL Series MVWB855DC. It is very similar to the Maytag Bravos XL Series MVWB855DW in most respects.

Manufactured in Ohio, the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB855DW (MSRP $1,199 in white or $1,299 in slate) lives up to its "XL" moniker with a massive, 5.3-cu.-ft. drum. That makes it the largest top-load washer sold by an American company.

Anyone desperate to do more laundry at once will have their prayers answered by the MVWB855DW. This Maytag isn't a one-trick pony either: Its repertoire includes cycles ranging from Normal to Sanitize, and should satisfy consumers looking for a big and versatile top loader. It also sports a very traditional control panel and a sale price just shy of $1,000.

If you're interested, we recommend first checking out the Samsung WA52J8700AP—a similar super-size offering, complete with ActiveWash. We also recommend asking yourself if a more efficient and effective front-loader might do the trick.

But if your family goes through a lot of laundry and you like a mix of technology and tradition, this giant Maytag may just be the right fit.

To read our full review of this washer's matching dryer, the Maytag Bravos MEDB855DW, click here.

Design & Usability

Big and Beautiful

The Maytag Bravos XL MVWB855DW looks plain from afar, but up close, you'll notice its aesthetics are rather pleasant. The gray control panel, the black glass, and the white body distinguish this Maytag from the all-white boxes that normally inhabit the top loader market.

Rails
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Metal rails lets the detergent dispenser open smoothly. View Larger

The MVWB855DW has a lot of a high-end features inside as well. SmoothClose hinges mean you'll never have to worry about fingers getting slammed in the door, and when you get that lid open it'll reveal a stainless steel drum. Also made of steel are the railings that the detergent dispenser glides on. Overkill? Maybe, but aside from the lid, you interact with the dispenser most, so it's a good feature to make extra sturdy.

Operating the MVWB855DW can be as simple as turning the dial and pressing start. The layout is straightforward and intuitive, leaving no excuses for kids dodging laundry chores.

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Performance & Features

Double stuffed

PowerWash
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PowerWash is a very powerful cycle. View Larger
Steel
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The steel bubbles help wash your clothes without destroying them. View Larger

If you fill it to the brim, the 5.3-cu.-ft. drum can hold between two and three baskets of laundry, halving your time spent on laundry duty. Of course there's always a tradeoff: All the extra water will mean higher utility costs, and we estimate the MVWB855DW will need about $81 per year to operate if you use more than just the Normal cycle.

Maytag advertises its PowerWash cycle as the "best cleaning in its class...." While a washer's "class" can be defined many ways, our stain removal tests showed (after an hour and 40 minutes plus 20 gallons of water) this model's PowerWash ranks among the top 25% of top-loading cycles we've ever tested among all washing machines.

A Normal cycle on the hottest setting with an Extra Rinse simulates Whites cycles found on other machines, which the MVWB855DW lacks. This configuration is strong against tough stains, but uses an extra 14 gallons of water compared to default settings. It might be helpful if you want to get rid of any leftover bleach from a wash.

Made in America
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The other cycles on this machine were outshone by the one you'll likely use every day. The Normal cycle on default settings—the everyday mode for most consumers—finished in just an hour, but with only average results.

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

Warranty

For one year from the date of purchase, Maytag will cover labor and parts for any manufacturer defects. From the second to tenth year of ownership, Maytag will cover parts for the drum and drive motor, but it won't pay for any labor to do the job.

Go Big

This Maytag will serve you well

With all the test results in, we can safely say the Maytag MVWB855DW is a big, effective washing machine. Its stain removal capabilities are on par with other top-load washers in the price range—even though the excellent PowerWash cycle and Normal are the ones you'll likely use the most.

We're also impressed by extras like soft-close hinges, the stainless drum, and the easy-to-read LCD screen. With sale prices around $1,000, it's definitely worth a look.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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