Maytag Centennial MEDC215EW Dryer Review
This budget dryer gets a dash of style—and gives a lot of heat.
By the Numbers
The Maytag Centennial MEDC215EW (MSRP $599) offers par-for-the-course drying comparable to most other budget models. Our tests show it’ll get your clothes dry, but it’s not going to be gentle while doing so.
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Normal & Delicate
The Normal cycle was the only one to consistently produce 100% dry garments. Pairing the Energy Preferred cycle setting with Medium heat, all excess moisture was removed after about 1 hour and 9 minutes. Temperatures peaked at 157.9°F, which is a bit high but not unusual.
For our Delicate test, we used Less Dry and Low heat. This was a perfect example of the finicky nature of crank timers—we had to restart this test multiple times, as it would occasionally “finish” after only 20 minutes or so, despite sensor-based cycles.
When we got the cycle to run properly, it had an average length of about 58 minutes and peak temperatures of 150.6°F. That's too hot—especially when compared to dryers that barely get north of 110ºF.
Quick Dry & Bulky
For our Quick Dry test, we used a 30-minute manual Timed Dry cycle paired with High heat. The half hour duration apparently wasn’t enough for the Centennial to heat up, as temperatures peaked at just 146.5°F, lower than a full Normal cycle on Medium. Nevertheless, it removed about 98% of the excess moisture from our test load.
More Dry paired with High heat was almost enough to perfectly dry our bulky comforter—which shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the dryer heated up to a whopping 176.2°F and ran for about 2 hours.
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