Maytag MHW3505FW Washing Machine Review
This affordable Maytag is a great fit for families.
You just bought your first home? Huzzah! Paint those walls neon pink and put garden gnomes on the front lawn, because there isn't a landlord to stop you. Aside from more freedom, one of the biggest changes is going to be the way you do laundry.
Instead of relying on an old coin-op machine in the basement, you can choose your own washer and dryer. If you have a mortgage to pay and a family's worth of clothes to get clean, we recommend you choose something affordable and effective—like the Maytag MHW3505FW (MSRP $899).
The 4.3-cu.-ft. machine has a drum that's spacious enough to wash a week's laundry from a family of four. Yes, the cycle times can be long—up to 3 hours for the exceptionally competent PowerWash cycle. However, in exchange for your time, you get a superior clean, and plenty of extras. Plus, this washer is made in Ohio and comes with some extra warranty perks.
In our opinion, the MHW3505FW is a great choice if you don't want to spend a lot on a washing machine, but still want clean clothes and time-saving options.
The Wash & Fold
The MHW3505FW has a pretty run-of-the-mill design, and that's a good thing. This is a washer that sells for below $600 on sale, so we're willing to bet you want all the focus to be on stain removal and features that help with cleaning.
The 3505 has two cycles that stood out to us: PowerWash and Cold Wash.
PowerWash allows Maytag to claim it has the best stain removal in the industry. And our tests do show that the 3505's PowerWash ranks amongst the top ten percent of over a thousand test cycles we've run. This runaway MVP made Normal look like a benchwarmer, removing 21 percent more stains across the board. The only downside? It takes three hours.
A cycle that's as long as the director's cut of The Wolf of Wall Street might make you pass this Maytag over, but that's laundromat thinking. You don't have to sit there and wait for the cycle to finish—you can leave and come back later. If you've absolutely got to get those grass stains out of your kid's uniform, PowerWash will do the trick.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Cold wash stands at the opposite of PowerWash. It's an hour long, and gentle on brightly colored fabrics that can't stand the heat. That might make it sound like a Normal cycle set to cold, but Cold Wash also increases the concentration of detergent to help make up for the lack of hot water.
The 3505 also has a Sanitize cycle and the ability to add steam, which means this Maytag has an internal hot water heater when temperatures need a boost. That's exceptionally rare for a sub-$600 machine.
Also good: This washer has a 27-minute Quick cycle, it doesn't wear fabric too much, and it doesn't cost very much to run. Downsides include a lack of a dedicated Whites cycle, and really wet laundry at the end of a cycle.
When you take a step back and view the 3505's washing prowess in its entirety, you'll see a washer that punches far above its weight class. In fact, if you look higher in Maytag's lineup, the only extras you get are unexpected ones, like a wash-and-dry cycle or an automatic detergent dispenser.
The Maytag MHW3505FW's warranty comes in two parts. For the first year of ownership, Maytag will cover parts and labor, which is fairly standard across the industry. For the next nine years of ownership, the warranty will cover failure of the drum or motor, but not the labor to replace them.
If you want to read the fine print, you can find it on the MHW3505FW's product page.
This is a brand new model for 2016, so there aren't many user reviews online. However, its predecessor—the MHW4300DW—gets 4.6 stars out of 5 from 167 users on Home Depot.
A Safe Buy
Most people only buy washers when the old one breaks, or after they move into a new home. Both of those are already stressful times, and there's an urge to just buy something to fill the space.
If you don't have time to do much more research, let us assure you: The Maytag MHW3505FW is a safe choice. It lacks niche features like a wash basin in the drum, or being large enough for a grown man to use as an apartment, but it has steam, a Sanitize cycle, good stain removal, and a price that sometimes dips below $600.
The 3505 may look like a bland white good, but that's not a bad thing. Life is filled with enough surprises, and your washer shouldn't be one.
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