Deep fill option
A bit noisy
The MVW7232HW, which comes in white and metallic slate finishes, is a top-loader that uses an impeller instead of a vertical pole agitator found in many similar washers. The flatter impeller gives you more room for laundry and treats clothes more gently as it cleans. While we like this Maytag, there are a few things that gave us pause. Cycle times tend to drag on a bit, and features like WiFi connectivity drive the price up to a point that’s more expensive than comparable models. All gripes aside, if your old pole-agitator washer is giving you heartache, you should check out this sleek, new machine.
About this washer
• Dimensions: 27.88” x 27.25” x 42.88” (D x W x H)
• Capacity: 5.3 cu. ft.
• Wash cycles: Bulky Items, Colors, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Heavy Duty, Normal, Sanitize, Towels and Sheets, Tub Clean, Whites, Quick Wash, Wrinkle Control, Custom Cycle
• Warranty: 1-year warranty on the whole machine, 10-year warranty on the motor and tub
• Accompanying dryer: Maytag MED7230HW/Maytag MGD7230HW (electric/gas)
What we like
Heavy Duty and Normal cycles have powerful cleaning performance
As a brand, Maytag has a reputation for great cleaning, particularly on the Heavy Duty or PowerWash cycles. The MVW7232HW is no exception.
In our testing, we task machines to clean a stain strip that has been mechanically dyed with common household substances like red wine and chocolate. The Heavy Duty cycle removed 79.8% of stains across the board. The Normal cycle removed about 68%. If we judged this washer on these two cycles alone, it’d rank in the top 10 of washers we’ve ever tested.
You have the option to add more water when you want
We should always look to conserve water, but sometimes you need a little more to get your clothes clean. For situations like mud-caked jeans, we’d recommend the Deep Fill option. We used it to augment the Normal cycle and it went from using 12.7 gallons of water to 18.9 gallons. That’s about 50% increase and more than enough to wash away most heavy debris. The Deep Fill option comes with four possible water levels: Auto, Medium, High, and Max Fill.
While you shouldn’t use this option all the time because it dilutes the effectiveness of detergents, it’s good to have some extra control over your washer.
There’s a faucet in the drum
The MVW7232HW has a faucet located in the drum. Push the button and cold water comes out of the spout. This can be especially useful for spot treating a stain or rising your fingers after handling detergent. If you ever wanted a utility sink, but didn’t have space for it, this is the perfect solution.
What we don’t like
Cycle times are slow
We like fast washers. We like getting the chore out of the way so we can go about our day. The MVW7232HW clocks in at 41 minutes for the Normal cycle, an hour-and-a-half for the Heavy Duty, and 28 minutes for Quick Wash. Compared to the average top-loader, this Maytag isn’t the slowest—and the Normal and Quick Wash cycles are on the money for most washers.
However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that some washers have done a lot better about picking up the pace. The LG WT7100CW does a Normal load in 30 minutes, and the Electrolux 627 with an aptly named Fast Wash that takes a mere 15 minutes.
It’s not as affordable as comparable models
At the time of reviewing the Maytag MVW7232HW, the going retail price was over $800. That’s pretty pricey considering that Whirlpool and Samsung make models with built-in faucets and similar capacities for much less.
WiFi connectivity allows you to start and stop remotely via the Maytag app, as well as receive notifications, get remote assistance, and download extra cycles. That feature and a better Heavy Duty cycle are what set the MVW7232HW apart, but it will cost you.
What users are saying
The Maytag MVW7232HW ranks very highly at The Home Depot and Lowe’s. Between the two retailers, it has over 200 5-star reviews. Users like its size and how well it cleans. However, common complaints include noise level and long wait times.
The Maytag MVW7232HW is covered by a one-year warranty. The drum and motor have a 10-year warranty.
Should you buy the Maytag MVW7232HW?
With a 5.3-cubic-foot drum, the MVW7232HW has more than enough room to deal with a whole family’s laundry. The powerful Heavy Duty cycle and the built-in faucet is perfect for everything from work uniforms to soccer jerseys. Using the Extra Power option, you can increase the stain removal power in a given cycle. The price is the tipping point. If you see this washer for sale, you should snag it as an upgrade or replacement model. If you’re looking for a comparable model at a lower price point, check out our list of the best top-load washers.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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