Maytag MHW8200FC Washing Machine Review
The Maytag MHW8200FC is a stain fighter with tons of features.
About the Maytag MHW8200FC
The MHW8200FC comes in Chrome Shadow. It is otherwise identical to the MHW8200FW.
About the Maytag MHW8200FW
The MHW8200FW comes in white. It is otherwise identical to the MHW8200FC.
We get our cleaning performance numbers by analyzing mechanically coated bolts of cloth. The stains run the gamut of everything from cocoa to pig's blood. We place these "stain strips" in test loads of laundry made up of towels, pillowcases, and bedsheets. After washing a test load, we use a photospectrometer to determine how much of each stain is lifted via measuring how close its final color is to pure white.
The Maytag MHW8200FC's PowerWash cycle was far and away the best stain remover. In three hours, it blasted through every single type of stain. The PowerWash removed 10% more stains than the next leading cycle: Normal with the heat on Extra High and with Extra Rinse. Normal with the default settings came in third, lagging 15% behind PowerWash but still beating many competitors.
Delving into the data, we saw that the 8200 did well against cocoa and blood stains. In fact, on the Normal cycle, the 8200 removed 22% more of the cocoa stain than the carbon one. That's a pretty big disparity.
All the water that will ever be is. That's why it's important to choose an efficient washing machine. We hooked the MHW8200FC to water and watt meters, and determined that the MHW8200FC will cost around $28 a year to run. That's about half of what a top loader requires.
But that's only half the story when it comes to efficiency. There's also the need to spin excess water out of your laundry. The more water a washer spins out, the less time it has to spend in the dyer–one of the most inefficient appliances in your home. On average, the MHW8200 spun around 37% of excess water. The 50% mark is what we'd like to see.
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