So what's the catch? Well, Maytag has always prioritized power over speed. The PowerWash cycle–the heaviest of the heavy duty cycles–can last over two hours, but gets the job done when and then some. Besides sheer wash power, the 955 also brings the heat with an integrated electric water heater.

But if slow cycles are a turn-off for you, you might want to try the Kenmore 31633. The basic internals are all the same, including the 6.2-cu.-ft. drum, but you're also going to get Kenmore Accela wash sprays which help quicken the pace. The 31633 also hits your wallet more softly, with a $950 retail price compared to the Maytag's $1,200.

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The MVWB955FC is solidly built.

Big families need big washers, and Maytag has obliged with the MVWB955. Those of us that need to wash 32 towels at once know who we are. Households with as many hampers as family members should check out this machine.

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Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

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Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Lab Technician

@ReviewedHome

Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

See all of Jonathan Chan's reviews

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