Tested by experts
laundry

Maytag Maxima XL MED6000AG Dryer Review

The Maytag MED6000AG is a dryer with which you should not trust what you see, but what you feel.

$1,299.00
5.6 score Tested by Experts
  • The Maytag Maxima XL MED6000AG is better than 24% of the dryers we tested.
  • It is better than 23% of the dryers we have tested under $1,500.
  • This graph shows the Maytag Maxima XL MED6000AG's score compared to other dryers we tested. Learn more.
# of dryers Product Score This graph shows the Maytag Maxima XL MED6000AG’s score compared to other dryers we tested.
Advertisement

Introduction

There's a knock at the door. Who is that shadowy, square figure? It's the MED6000AG (MSRP $1,299), the midrange choice in Maytag's upscale Maxima line. How fortuitous! You were just thinking about drying some laundry. Is this Maytag up to the task? Sure, but it will complete its task in mysterious ways. For example, the display claimed the Normal cycle would last 38 minutes, but the chimes wouldn't sound for almost another hour beyond that. That's longer than the average dryer. Is there a time dilation effect inside that stainless drum? I don't know — I don't have all the answers. However, I do know that our test loads came out almost completely dry on the Normal cycle.

Design & Usability

Gray exterior, bright digital controls — is it a DeLorean?

Every time I opened the door to this Maytag, I expected Christopher Lloyd to pop out and yell something about my kids. It's all because of the design: The digital timer on the control panel, the bubbled front, and the overall shape remind me of some futuristic device from a Reagan-era sci-fi movie.

Like the upscale machines from corporate cousin Whirlpool, this Maytag's jet black and silver controls eschew physical buttons for capacitive touch controls. While they sure are sleek, they require a lot of tapping. In the short time that the MED6000AG spent in our labs, the black background picked up a lot of fingerprints. Besides the buttons, everything else was responsive and intuitive. The door and lint trap opened without a fuss. One thing of note is that the MED6000AG is designed to help keep your laundry fresh. After a cycle has concluded, the machine will give it a tumble every once in a while to help reduce wrinkles.

Advertisement

Performance & Features

Take your time, do it right

I remember it was pouring when I met the Maytag MED6000AG. I rolled up to the testing bay in my trusty office chair, raindrops tapping on the roof. The Maytag MED6000AG was just the ticket, the cure for a cloudy day. When our test laundry load was done, the sun was shining again. That's mostly because the Normal cycle took about an hour and fifteen minutes. That grossly overshot the LED screen's stated duration of 38 minutes, but it gave plenty of time for the weather to change. It also left our test loads 99 percent dry.

The Delicates cycle really impressed us. It also got our test loads 99 percent dry without reaching any dangerously hot temperatures, a Herculean task for many dryers. Unfortunately, it did have the same problem of taking much longer than stated: An hour and 45 minutes instead of 28 minutes.

The Bedding and Rapid Dry cycles just didn't get our test loads dry, which isn't a surprise. But it's how poorly the Bedding cycle did that upset us. It took about an hour and left our comforter only 68 percent dry. There was a signal for us to flip the comforter, but — because we're following protocol that's based on how consumers use their machines — we ignored it. Don't look at us like that — our research shows that you likely would too.

The Rapid Dry cycle was the only cycle on the MED6000AG that actually lasted the stated duration of 18 minutes. It managed to get our test load about 56% dry. That's not bad considering we gave it a standard four pound load of laundry, wet. It would probably do a great job with just a single shirt.

On the features front, the Maytag MED6000AG has nearly all of them. It's got everything from steam to wrinkle reduction.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Maytag Maxima XL MED6000AG, take a look at these other dryers.

Conclusion

Maytag has stepped up their game with their latest in the Maxima series. The $1,299 MED6000AG model is designed to be the volume seller in the lineup, below the higher-end MED8000AG, but it still holds its own. With a Normal cycle that got our test loads nearly perfectly dry, our only major problem with this machine was how long it took. A load of laundry isn't a masterpiece, and we think it's appropriate to demand punctuality. Features like adding steam for wrinkle reduction, however, somewhat make up for this machine's languid laundering.

News and Features

Boat shoes feature hero

Boat Shoes & You: Keeping Your Top-Siders in Top Shape

Everything you need to know to get the most out of your boat shoes.

Samsung active wash hero

Samsung's Washer With Built-in Sink Is Finally Available

Don't have a utility sink? Samsung's Activewash is now available.

Crystal wash hero

Tested: Does This Detergent Alternative Actually Work?

Is Crystal Wash an alternative to detergent? We put it to the test.

Drumi hero

This Tiny Washing Machine Needs No Electricity

YiREGO's "Drumi" is an environmentally friendly, foot-powered washer.

Tricycle hero

Laundry Delivery by Bike: Just Crazy Enough to Work?

You can get burritos delivered by bike, so why not laundry?

Ocean plastic beah hero flickr snemann2

Adidas Wants to Turn Ocean Plastic Into Clothing

The apparel maker plans to recycle ocean waste into shirts and shoes.

Dryclean hero

How to Wash Dry-Clean-Only Clothes at Home

Why schlep to the dry cleaners when you can wash your clothes at home?

Photocromia hero

Photocromia: Color-Changing Garbs Are Back in the Sunlight

Photocromia clothes have hidden patterns that appear under UV lights.

Brian krzanic intel curie prototype

Why Intel Is on the Cutting Edge of Smart Clothing

The Curie blurs the line between wearables and clothing.