• Design and Features

  • Performance

  • Warranty

  • What user reviews say

  • The Bottom Line

And, of course, there are all the options. You can wash your clothes the way you prefer. If you want more water, choose the Deep Fill option. If you'd rather let the washer determine how much water is needed for a given washload, go with the AutoSensing setting. The MVWB865GC offers nine wash cycles to choose from, along with a Drain and Spin cycle and a cycle for self-cleaning the washer tub.

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The control panel of the Maytag MVWB865GC is clear and easy to use. There are 11 cycles on the dial, nine of them related to cleaning.

Design and Features

With a pretty Metallic Slate finish (or white, if you want), and a soft-closing glass lid that allows you to monitor the progress of the laundry from above, the MVWB865GC will be the star of your updated laundry room. And when you lift the lid, the amount of space in the drum is awe-inspiring. In our laundry labs, were able to wash three California King sheets in a single test load. If you're petite and you buy this washer, get yourself a step stool for the laundry room, so you can reach all the way to the bottom to pull the laundry out.

A minor design issue—the slide-out detergent drawer is a nice convenience, but in our tests, we discovered that the powdered detergent we use in our labs didn't dissolve well. Liquid HE detergent will work better in this dispenser.

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The detergent drawer is a convenience, but we recommend you pour liquid HE laundry detergent into it for each washload. Powdered detergents may not dissolve completely.

Performance

For stain removal, the PowerWash (Heavy) cycle tested best. It's slow, though—in our tests, it took 84 minutes to finish. The Normal cycle is faster (56 minutes) but was not quite as good at cleaning as the Heavy cycle.

Soggy laundry is no fun to unload, and in our tests, this washer left it very damp. When we tested, we found that about 53% of the water remained in the clothes after the Heavy and Normal cycles completed. Delicates still held 80% of the rinse water. Perhaps that's why they included a Drain and Spin cycle. You'll likely need it from time to time. Otherwise, your laundry will spend more time in the dryer, an energy cost that can add up over time.

This high-efficiency (HE) washer drinks a lot of water, even without using the Deep Fill option. We estimate the cost of running this washer for a year to be about $72 per year.

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The drum on this washer is huge—5.2 cu.-ft. We ran a test load with three California King sheets, and there was plenty of room to get them clean.

Warranty

Maytag provides a 10-year limited parts warranty, which covers the drive motor and the basket.

What user reviews say

Owners of this washer seem to be getting what they expected. They rate it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on a variety of sites. This Maytag wins praise for its quiet operation and generous size. Many buyers bought it to replace an old Maytag, since they trust the brand. Others noted how good it was to go back to an agitator machine after spending years with a front loader in the laundry room. Of course, we have some opinions about the front load versus top load debate, but to each their own.

The Bottom Line

The MVWB865GC has a high retail price, but it can be a good value if you routinely do laundry for a crowd. If you'd like to get each load done faster, compare the Maytag to the LG WT7500CW, one of our best top-loader picks. It scored slightly higher in our tests. Like the Maytag, the LG rocks a huge 5.2 cu.-ft. drum, does an excellent job of stain removal, and offers the flexibility to do the wash any way you want to. It's not nearly as gentle on clothes, though, and it's priced about the same as the MVWB865GC.

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Cindy Bailen

Cindy Bailen

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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.

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Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton

Product Tester

Kyle Hamilton is a product tester at Reviewed, specializing in home appliances and technology.

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