Maytag MET3800XW Dryer Review
This stacked washer/dryer is a bargain, but how does the dryer hold up?
This stacked washer/dryer combination, the Maytag MET3800XW Dryer, has a $1399 MSRP, but we found some online for under $1200. Those are bargain prices, but how does the dryer on this unit hold up on its own?
You certainly won't hate it because it's beautiful, and though it lacks any special features, the dryer on this combo is actually fairly effective. It is pretty compact and it dries quickly, but if you're looking for a customized drying experience with gentle temperatures and flawless performance, this is likely not the machine for you. For those on a tight budget though, this may just be the right thing.
Design & Usability
Put your hands up
The Maytag MET3800XW Dryer sits on top of a washer in a combination unit. Controls for both machines are above the dryer's door.
Select a cycle and go—and lift with your knees! There are only two knobs—a cycle selector, and a switch that both starts and stops the dryer and turns the signal volume on and off. You'll know when a cycle is done when the loud buzzer sounds.
The door is easy to open, but it's also pretty high up. If you're not very tall or have limited mobility, you may have trouble lifting heavy, wet clothes up to the dryer.
Performance & Features
A fine worker overall, but featureless and unequipped for delicates
Sure, the price is right for this machine, but there are also no special features and a useless Delicates cycle.
The Maytag MET3800XW Dryer has two sensor-controlled cycles with either high or low heat, a timed dry cycle and a "Fluff Air" option. According to the owner's manual, "Fluff Air" should be used for delicate fabrics, but it proved woefully inadequate in our tests.
Once you've selected high or low heat, there aren't any other customizable options, which makes this unit less appealing as a dryer.
Aside from the useless Delicate cycle, this dryer is more or less as good as a stand-alone appliance. With its limited cycles, the Maytag MET3800XW Dryer did a very good job getting clothes thoroughly dry in very little time, though temperatures were notably hot on a couple of cycles.
Not bad, for a combo unit
Though it's attached to a washer, the $1200 Maytag MET3800XW Dryer has good enough drying performance that it can compete against standalone washers.
It lacks any customizable features or drying cycle options, and its high-up placement means some users may find it hard to lift wet laundry, but its small footprint makes it ideal for homes that are short on space and its overall solid performance makes it a real bargain-buy competitor too.
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