Maytag MHW6000XR Review
Attractive design, unattractive price
The Maytag MHW6000XR is extremely energy efficient, it does a great job getting out stains, and it comes in bright red. Absent features, such as a sanitizing wash or the ability to create and save a custom cycle, essentially means that only buyers who value performance over options will want to make this purchase.
Considering that other washers—even other Maytag washers—with equal effectiveness sell for close to half the Maxima’s price, you may want to do some research before settling.
Design & Usability
As simple as it gets, the Maxima does a great job interpreting washer controls on a digital interface.
Available in a shade that Maytag calls “crimson,” the MHW6000XR is a handsome machine. The large door has a brushed chrome handle and an extremely reflective surface. The Maxima’s main control is a wash cycle selector knob. Unlike most high-end washers we’ve tested, this one remembers the last cycle you were on when you restart the machine. Even more unlike other washers is that liquid and powdered detergent go into the same spot in the drawer.
Performance & Features
A stain-smiting Heavy Duty cycle is this washer's best feature.
Overall, the MHW6000XR had excellent wash performance, though we found it focused more on stain removal than gentle handling. The Normal Cycle on the MHW6000XR is perfectly adequate and quick, though it was not very effective against oil-based stains. The Whites cycle, on the other hand, did extremely well on all kinds of stains, especially with hard to remove oil-based ones. Rounding out the progression, the Heavy Duty cycle was one of the finest we've ever tested—tough stains didn't stand a chance.
The features on the Maytag MHW6000XR were more conflicted. Users can add an extra rinse cycle, for instance, but no extra spin. Spin and soak cycles can be selected individually, but they can’t be added to an existing wash. Notably, Maytag also offers Fresh Hold, which uses a built-in fan and tumbling action to keep clothes fresh when a cycle is done.
This Maytag is a very attractive machine with excellent washing performance.
While this appliance is among some of the best washers we've ever tested, its competition costs hundreds of dollars less. Whether a red exterior, a large interior, and a limited number of custom options are worth it depends on your budget and needs.
Just remember that similar washers—and even similar Maytags—do just as much for less.
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