Maytag 8200 Series Dryer Review
A versatile dryer with a prohibitive price tag.
About the Maytag MED8200FC
The Maytag MED8200FC is the electric version with a proprietary metallic slate finish. With an MSRP of $1,249 it’s roughly $100 more expensive than the white electric model, and $100 cheaper than the gas version with slate finish.
About the Maytag MED8200FW
The Maytag MED8200FW is electric version with a standard white finish, and is the cheapest iteration of the entire series. Its $1,149 MSRP is $100 cheaper than the electric version with a slate finish, and $100 cheaper than its white gas counterpart.
About the Maytag MGD8200FC
Gas dryers are more expensive than electric, so it’s not surprising that the Maytag MGD8200FC is the most expensive model in this series, featuring a metallic slate finish. It’s $1,349 MSRP is $100 more than either the white gas model or the electric version in slate.
About the Maytag MGD8200FW
The Maytag MGD8200FW is the best option for consumers who don’t really care about fancy finishes and want to save a little money. This white gas dryer has a $1,249 MSRP, which is $100 more expensive than the white electric model, but $100 cheaper than the gas version that features a metallic slate finish.
The Maytag 8200 series (MSRP $1,149-$1,349) sits at the top of Maytag's updated dryer lineup. Like all of the many Maytags we've tested, this 7.4-cu.-ft. model looks and feels great, and dries clothes exceptionally well. As a flagship, it comes with extra features—like a removable rack for items that can't tumble.
New for 2016 is the Power Dry cycle, which is the closest we’ve seen to a quick-dry equivalent for heavy-duty clothes. Indeed, our tests show that it lives up to its name.
Unfortunately, the 8200 series may not be a great value for most consumers. Depending on the color you choose and whether you pick gas or electric, Maytag's flagship dryer has a sale price of between $1,140 and $1,350—which is a lot of money for a dryer. Unless you're frequently drying heavy work clothes, other dryers do just as good a job as this Maytag, but cost less. If you really want Power Dry, you can get a much more affordable Maytag—like the $719 MED3500FW—that still sports this feature.
Read our full review of this dryer's matching washer, the Maytag MHW8200.
Design & Usability
The 8200 series feels high-end and sturdy—which is just what Maytag is aiming for. The console uses bright, orange indicator lights that are easy to see. However, because of their placement around the cycle selector knob, it can be hard to tell which cycle you've chosen if you're looking at it from an angle.
The 8200 comes with five temperature settings and five dryness levels, including Sanitize and steam-based anti-wrinkle functions, so customization is on par with the rest of the market. An Energy Saver mode is available, but it only works with the Normal cycle.
Another perk is the removable drying rack. You can use this for items that can be heated but not tumbled— like shoes, stuffed animals, or baseball caps. It’s easy to put in or take out, though you'll have to find a place for it when it's not in use.
Performance & Features
We weren't thrilled that this Maytag's Normal cycle peaked at 154°F. Drying above 150ºF can cause fabric to tear prematurely. The 8200 does know when to turn down the heat, though, and the Delicates cycle only got up to 107°F. Make sure you sort your laundry and pay attention to which cycle you choose.
We tried drying our bulky comforter on both the Bedding cycle and Maytag’s new Power Dry option. The results were actually the same in terms of moisture removal, but the Power Dry option saved 20 minutes through the use of higher heat. If you frequently dry heavy-duty fabrics—say, work clothes or uniforms—and are short on time, Power Dry does exactly what its name suggests.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Maytag not only offers a conventional 1-year limited parts and labor warranty, it also throws in 10 years of parts coverage for the drive motor and drum. You can read more about the coverage on the Maytag website.
A Hard Sell
The Maytag 8200 Series is pretty darn good at getting clothes dry, and has neat features like an innovative Power Dry cycle, steam, and a rack for drying delicates.
Still, a sale price north of $1,100 seems very steep for a dryer—especially when other Power Dry-equipped Maytags sell for around $715 on sale. If you just want Power Dry, skip the flagship and stick with the basic 3500 Series. If you want to add steam, the 5500 Series will do the trick.
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