Maytag Maxima XL MHW7000AG Washing Machine Review
Maxima XL MHW7000AG up, up, and level off!
The Maytag Maxima XL MHW7000AG (MSRP $1,399) sits in the middle of Maytag's all-new Maxima XL front-loader lineup. It's got fewer features and a lower price than the flagship '8000, but it's fancier and costlier than the '6000. So, does this model take it the max...ima...XL?
Well, almost. For the price, it still doesn't bring as much ka-pow to Dr. Doom Stains as we'd like to see, but it does have a very good PowerWash cycle (that's agent Heavy Duty's secret identity). As far as everything else is concerned, it's as subdued as that dark gray paintjob.
Design & Usability
Like a superhero from a mirror universe, much the same as the other models
The entire Maytag Maxima XL lineup features strikingly similar designs. There's the attractive, Cosmetallic gray finish, and dark, reflective plastic surfaces. The capacitive touch control panel looks good, but physical buttons may have been easier to use.
I've got some other minor complaints: Since I'm a tech reviewer, my hands are continually covered in snack food dust that transfers itself to the shiny black surface. Even if yours aren't, the control panel is a fingerprint magnet. And that big door always seems to drift shut, even after the machine has been properly leveled.
Performance & Features
Not faster than a speeding bullet, nor more powerful than a locomotive
The MHW7000AG has one really good cycle: PowerWash. True to its name, it blasted through through everything from cocoa stains to red wine, using 16 gallons of water in the process. However, one really good cycle is better than none. Since no really good cycles are better than a door in the face, our tests show the MHW7000AG several degrees better than a door in the face.
Like the Habsburgs and those jaws, the Maytag XL family has a shared inheritance of long wash cycles. The Normal cycle took well over an hour, for instance, and compared to faster washers, cleaning performance didn't seem to benefit very much for the extra time.
Overnight Wash & Dry is a pretty cool feature, inherited from the Maxima's Whirlpool cousin: Place in a shirt or two and, after the wash cycle is done, the washer will tumble the laundry all night while running a fan to circulate out the moisture. We tried it as directed and our shirts were still damp the next morning after more than 15 hours in the machine, but it was nothing a little line dry or quick jaunt in the dryer wouldn't fix.
The Maytag Maxima XL MHW7000AG may not be a grime-fighting powerhouse, but it's competent. In fact, the PowerWash cycle is far above average. But the machine's cost will likely be kryptonite for most consumers.
For a hundred dollars less than that $1,399 MSRP, you can get basically the same performance from the MHW6000AG. You'll miss a few features—a drum light and the ability to kind of dry a shirt overnight, for instance—but you'll keep all the other benefits of the Maxima XL series.
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