Maytag MHW5100DW Washing Machine Review
The Maytag MHW5100DW combines power with simplicity.
The Maytag MHW5100DW (MSRP $1,099 in white or $1,199 in slate) is a powerful machine that doesn't deal in fustiness. The control panel is so spartan it could have fought at Thermopylae, but that's not a bad thing. The machine focuses on performance.
If you're willing to wait, this washer offers PowerWash. It remains one of the most effective cycles we've ever seen— it just takes two-and-a-half hours to run. Those who care about stain removal and clean clothes should definitely check out the MHW5100DW.
To read our full review of this washer's matching dryer, the Maytag MED5100DW, click here.
Design & Usability
Here's a riddle: What's white and white, and white all over? Answer: the Maytag MHW5100DW. Whether we're talking colors or controls, this machine is simple. With only six cycles to chose from, the MHW5100DW sticks to the basics but adds perks like Rapid Wash and the aforementioned PowerWash. On the outside, the Maytag MHW5100DW is the epitome of blandness, but it's on the inside this model shines.
We're being literal: The beautiful interior drum is made of shiny stainless steel. It's got a 4.5-cu.-ft. capacity that can easily swallow an 8 lb. load and definitely fit larger ones. The rest of this Maytag's guts promise durability—for instance, all the pumps and springs have been coated with corrosion-resistant materials.
Overall, the quality of this Maytag's fit and finish and the simplicity of its interface make for a pleasant user experience.
Performance & Features
PowerWash is a cut above
The overall cleaning performance of the MHW5100DW puts it at the head of the pack. The PowerWash cycle tested as well or better than any Heavy Duty cycle we've seen, regardless of brand or price range. There is a catch, though: The cycle requires two and a half hours to complete. For those who do multiple small loads each week, this isn't practical, but it's a good way to save stained or dingy clothes. The 45-minute Normal cycle earned only average test scores, due to some trouble removing carbon and oil stains.
The remaining cycles offered slightly above-average performance, but PowerWash carries this washer's scores. Aside from a Sanitize cycle, there aren't any ancillary features to otherwise convince you to buy.
As for clothing wear, scores were on par with just about every other front loader, which is to say they were quite good. Front loaders tend to be gentle on fabrics, so expect that new shirt to last a long time.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
A solid choice
The Maytag MHW5100DW has what you need, and that's about it. Strong cleaning performance more than makes up for its lack of fancy features, and anyone who requires serious cleaning on a regular basis can rely on the excellent PowerWash cycle. If all you want out of a washer is clean clothing, check out this Maytag.
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