Features the Extra Power button
Comes in a Metallic Slate finish
Lint trap is not well-aligned
This Maytag is gorgeous. Our test model’s stunning Metallic Slate color and modern fit and finish proves that laundry rooms now work on the living level of a home. At a trade show earlier this year, TV design diva Genevieve Gorder spoke about how laundry is coming out of the basement and into the pretty part of the home. This dryer is proof.
About the Maytag MED6630HC
- Dimensions: 38.25” x 27” x 30¾” (H x W x D)
- Capacity: A 7.3-cubic-foot drum can accommodate family-sized loads
- Finish: This dryer is available in white and the beautiful Metallic Slate (for an additional $100)
- Twelve cycles: Regular, Heavy Duty, Whites, Sanitize, Towels, Bulky Items, Quick Dry, Delicates, Wrinkle Control, Steam Refresh, Normal, and Timed Dry
- Features: Steam, Extra Power, and sensor drying
What we like
The drum capacity is generous
A spacious, powder-coated 7.3-cubic-foot drum has ample room for a bulky comforter, not to mention large loads of laundry. Families can get clothes dry in fewer loads.
This feature increases cycle time by 10 minutes for additional heat and tumbling to ensure dry clothes. It can be added to the Regular cycle and all others.
Laundry gets 100% dry in about one hour
The Regular cycle automatically uses Extra Power unless you turn it off. The temperature reaches no higher than 152°F, very close to the maximum 150°F we look for—excess heat can cause wear and tear on clothing.
The Quick Dry cycle is genuinely quick
For any dryer, a 15-minute quick cycle is an achievement. This dryer gets the clothes reasonably dry in that time and does it at a temperature of only 120°F. This cycle is best used for smaller loads that need to be dried right away.
Steam helps prevent wrinkles and static
We don’t meet many people who enjoy ironing, and steam can reduce the need to do so. Steam also permeates the fibers, actually softening the clothes as they tumble dry.
This dryer is made in America
Many buyers are looking for domestically-made appliances. Maytag is part of Whirlpool Corporation, which manufactures laundry machines in the Midwest.
What we don’t like
No dryer is perfect. Here are a few issues we discovered in our test.
The lint trap is not well-aligned
It’s noisy and slightly awkward to remove, which might discourage users from cleaning it after every cycle. Failing to clean the filter can lead to extended drying time and potentially lead to a fire.
There’s no drum light
The big drum is dark, so it’s easy to leave behind small items when you unload.
Noise levels are higher than expected
This dryer is noisy to run and its end of cycle alarm is so quiet, it’s hard to hear.
The Normal cycle isn’t “normal”
There is a Normal cycle on the dryer, but it’s almost hidden on the far end of the selector dial. We don’t recommend using it since it runs slowly. The Regular cycle is actually a better cycle to use for normal loads.
Maytag offers a parts and labor warranty for one year. The drum is covered for 10 years for parts only.
What owners say
Most owners who wrote online reviews are very happy with this model, giving it an average of 4.4 stars out of 5 on major sites. Users praise its complete drying, large capacity, ease of use, and steam features. Some owners find it noisy to run and a few complain that the cycle completion signal is difficult to hear.
Should you buy it?
Yes. This model is easy to use and effective at drying. The steam features can reduce the amount of ironing you’ll have to do. The look is modern, with smooth corners and a rectangular door. Of course, that means it won’t match every washer. This dryer did well in our tests, so it will be an excellent addition to your laundry room, whether it’s in the basement or on the living level of your home.
Meet the testers
Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.
Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.
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