Maytag Maxima XL MED7000AG Dryer Review
Mediocre performance and a modest cycle list don't add up to this machine's overblown MSRP.
The Maytag Maxima XL MED7000AG (MSRP $1,399) dryer sits right in the middle of the new high-end Maxima lineup. It has a few more cycles and features compared to the 6000, while lacking the SoundGuard drum of the 8000. While the whole lineup seemed a touch overpriced to us, the 7000's performance gave us the most pause. Despite its amazing Delicate cycle, it was overall generally disappointing.
Design & Usability
As much style and grace as you'd expect, with room for improvement.
This particular dryer is visually and structurally identical to the more expensive MED8000AG, with just a small handful of differences compared to the cheaper 6000 variant. Maytag's mysterious-sounding Cosmetallic finish is more or less gray, albeit a shiny, eye-catching (and fingerprint-catching) gray.
The bright white text on the controls pop out from the black background very nicely, but the layout is clunky and overcrowded. Certain sections use smaller fonts, as well, making it potentially difficult to read for some consumers. Charming little tunes and melodic chirps emanate with every button press. Unfortunately, you can only turn off the cycle end chime, not the beeps and honks of the controls, which could lead to some irritating laundry sessions.
Functionality was fine all around: the door was easy to open and shut, cleaning the lint trap was straightforward. The touch-sensitive buttons are quite responsive, while the cycle select knob is easy to turn and feels very stable. "Sturdy" is one word that came to mind when handling this machine, though a strong exterior doesn't always mean good or reliable performance.
Performance & Features
A good purchase for folks with lots of fragile clothes.
While the overall performance of the MED7000AG was definitely less than stellar, it excelled in one notable way: During the hour and a half Delicates cycles, not only did temperatures remain cool and gentle, but every last drop of excess moisture was removed from our test materials. While a slightly shorter drying time would have been appreciated, this dryer offered up a nearly perfect Delicate cycle.
The rest of the dryer didn't quite impress as much. Its Normal cycle got clothes dry, but it also overheated and ran for too long. Rapid Dry and Bedding—our choices for the standard Quick Dry and Bulky tests—just flat out failed. That said, if you've got a closet full of dress pants and blouses, this machine is going to take good care of you.
A total of ten cycles, five dryness levels, and five temperature settings is pretty much standard for dryers even slightly below this price range. The features won't catch many eyes, either. A damp dry signal, static reduction, steam boost, and control lock are all very much run-of-the-mill features for a mid-range dryer. It's good that they're all there, but for $1,399, we wanted something more.
A Farewell to Maytag
Ineffective, limited, and expensive.
Compared to so many other dryers on the market, the Maytag Maxima XL MED7000AG just isn't worth buying. The $1,399 MSRP is way too for the kind of performance it offers, and the best online prices we could find—about $1,160—is still too much.
For about the same amount, you could get one of the best dryers we've ever tested, with improved performance, more cycles, and additional features. Conversely, you could spend much less and get a dryer with equal performance quality. If you're a diehard Maytag fan, though, and absolutely love the new design, you might as well save your money and just go for the 6000. The performance is just as good—better in some cases—and the functional differences are so minimal as to be hardly noticeable.
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