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Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW Washer

The 4.6 cubic foot Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW is a machine that shows off the zenith of top-loader technology.

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Introduction

The 4.6 cubic foot Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW has a lot in common with the cable channel that almost shares its name. Both the Maytag and the Top Chef purveyor offer style, drama, and scenes punctuated with jaunty tunes. Unfortunately, when it comes to performance, the Bravos XL is just as forgettable as a midseason episode of Millionaire Matchmaker. At least Bravo the TV channel comes with basic cable; the Bravos washer has a $999 MSRP and even on sale rarely drops below $750.

Design & Usability

A chiseled exterior gives the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW a sturdy look.

Open its clam-shell lid and it’ll power on, just like a laptop.

Few washers are as intuitive as this Bravos. Open its clam-shell lid and it’ll power on, just like a laptop. Bright orange numbers and lights are easy to read and see. All buttons are clearly marked and are under a protective plastic membrane. Cycles begin and end with a jaunty little ditty that sounds a bit like Debussy’s Clair de Lune.

However, the large interior does mean that shorter people may have trouble reaching in to get wet clothes out of the drum. Which brings up another point, this one positive: the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW has a 4.6 cubic foot capacity, offering plenty of room for your family's laundry.

Performance & Features

A formulaic and predictable plot with no unexpected twists

When it comes to stain removal, the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW is just average, struggling with protein- and oil-based stains but having no trouble removing chocolate and red wine. Unfortunately, the Delicates cycle fell short of the standard. Though gentle on clothing, it had weak stain removal. On the positive side, it did an excellent job spinning out excess water. This is due to the fact that the MVWB750YW automatically chooses how much water to use based on how much a load weighs. Testing with standard 8 lb. loads, the Bravos guzzled water like the Real Housewives of New York swig chardonnay: between 16 and 30 gallons per episode...er, cycle.

We also appreciated the detergent dispenser, a feature which many top-loaders lack.

On the features front, there are several on the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW that we really like. The most interesting option available is a spray rinse, which claims to save water compared to a conventional rinse. We also appreciate the detergent dispenser, a feature which many top-loaders lack. A dispenser which has water run through it helps evenly coat laundry for a more uniform clean.

Conclusion

Like a reality TV show's production value and plot, the washer's performance ranges from average to disappointing.

This washer can fit a lot of clothes, but it also uses a lot of water to get them clean. Some washes use twice as much water as other machines we’ve tested. That wouldn’t be so bad if it did a better job cleaning, but the Bravos XL is just average in that respect. However, as lackluster as its cleaning performance may be, this washer has good features and is easy to use—enough to satisfy the average consumer.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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