Maytag Maxima MED6000XR Review
Very disappointing performance negates any of this dryers benefits.
The Maytag Maxima MED6000XR has a rather high MSRP of $1349. For that price, you get a machine that comes in a very attractive package: a polished finish with an eye-catching color scheme, easy-to-reach controls, a digital display that lights up when in use, and a catchy little tune which plays at the end of cycles as opposed to an obnoxious buzzer.
We got to work immediately on this dryer, running tests to find out if the Maytag Maxima MED6000XR's beauty is only metal-deep. The internal sensor that's supposed to determine when your clothes are completely dry just didn't work, and that was the first sign of trouble.
Design & Usability
High-gloss is stylish, but susceptible to scratches too
The Maytag Maxima MED6000XR is a stackable dryer with a very shiny finish. The red exterior is eye-catching to say the least, adding a stylish varnish to an otherwise standard design. That high sheen, though, means it's easily damaged too; scratches and other dings will appear quickly if you're not too careful.
The Maytag Maxima MED6000XR is well-built, sturdy, and easy to use. The controls are very intuitive, resulting in a very simple learning curve. Rotating the knob to a particular cycle is effortless and the digital display has a wide screen—easy to see, thanks to back lighting. The buttons that adjust temperature are solid, user friendly, and perfectly sizable. The door feels very solid, and is wide enough to accommodate large items, and the lint trap is sturdier than most and easy to clean, too.
Performance & Features
Don't hate it because it's beautiful—hate it for its mediocre performance
Energy efficient preset cycles and steam-based options are both included with this machine, but before all you green-minded shoppers get too excited, know this: our tests showed that the Maytag Maxima MED6000XR's idea of energy efficiency involves turning off before your clothes are ready.
The Timed Dry cycles allow you to adjust the length, temperature, and dryness level. Beyond that, actual variation is limited. Oddly enough, you can't adjust the volume for the completion tune which may be too quiet for larger homes. A wrinkle prevent tosses clothes for either 60 or 150 minutes after a cycle, and you can even plumb the dryer into a water supply for the Auto Refresh cycle.
Extra goodies and knick-knacks aside, the Maytag Maxima MED6000XR performed poorly on every cycle we tested. Like most mid-range and high-end dryers, the majority of the Maytag Maxima MED6000XR's drying cycles operate using a sensor designed to optimize both time and the energy. As such, some cycles ran for less than the estimated cycle length, while others ran for longer. What they all had in common, however, was poor drying results. If you go with this model, you'll want to avoid the sensor-based cycles and just use the manual Timed Dry if you don't want damp clothes.
Picture perfect with poor performance
To be blunt, the Maytag Maxima MED6000XR was a resounding disappointment. Despite its high-end appearance—not to mention its equally high-end MSRP of $1349—this machine completely failed to deliver the goods. We found it online for as low as $1000, but even that seems like too now that we know better.
Every cycle tested yielded clothes that, at best, were still damp. Such universally bad performance leads us to question the quality of the sensor. Energy savings? Maybe. Dry laundry? Nope.
There are certainly some positive aspects of this machine worth mentioning. The digital display is easy to read, the door and cycle knob are substantial and a pleasure to use, and the machine does look great. However, with only basic customization options, an adequate set of programmed cycles, and a lack of volume control or the ability to save a personalized cycle, the positive attributes just don't measure up to the Maytag's glaring insufficiencies.
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