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Maytag MEDE200XW Dryer Review

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Introduction

Found online for under $600, the is an entry-level stackable dryer from Maytag. It doesn't have a ton of features, and its control panel is finicky, but it dries clothes quickly and thoroughly.

Front

The has a pretty classic design for a stackable dryer. The door is easy to open, too.

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Controls

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Interior

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No tricks to removing the lint trap, and the washer will even remind you to do so after each cycle.

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Speed & Performance Overview

On every cycle but Quick Dry, the removed nearly all the water from our test loads of laundry. The Normal and Heavy Duty cycles took under an hour, though you'll have to wait a lot longer for Delicates to get through.

Normal Cycle Performance

In 58 minutes, the took 98 percent of the water out of our 8 lb. test load. Other washers can get 100 percent out, but it usually takes them an additional 15 minutes or more.

Delicates Cycle Performance

The got our delicates wash almost entirely dry -- though it took almost an hour and a half to do so.

Bulky Cycle Performance

In under an hour, a bulky load of towels and sheets went from wet to dry.

Quick Dry Cycle Performance

In just 23 minutes, the squeezed out 70 percent of the water we put in to our test load. That's not ideal, but it's on par with most other dryers.

Dry Cycles

You can select all the usual cycles on the 's dial. They're listed below.

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Customization

On the control panel, you can also customize temperature and the sensitivity of the drying sensor.

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Additional Drying Options

Controls

It doesn't say so on the unit itself, but you have to press and hold the "start" button to begin a drying cycle. Also, the text on the timer is somewhat hard to read and rarely accurate.

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Door

The door is substantial but easy to open and close.

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Lint Trap

No tricks to removing the lint trap, and the washer will even remind you to do so after each cycle.

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Comparison Overview

The may cost a little more than the Frigidaire, but it's got more features, better drying options and better performance.

Performance

In some cases, the 's cycles are a little longer than the Frigidaire's, but in our tests they also got more moisture out of the clothes. This is especially true for delicates.

Customization & Features

No comparison here. The actually has features, while the Frigidaire is a bare-bones machine.

Design

Again, no contest. The feels substantial and looks as attractive as a dryer needs to be. The Frigidaire is flimsy by comparison.

Comparison Overview

In comparison to the similarly-priced GE, the is evenly matched performance-wise, too.

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Customization & Features

Both the GE and Maytag have a similar number of features, though the had more cycles.

Design

They're both stackable dryers, and neither one has any design flaws or faults.

Comparison Overview

Though the can be found for about half the price of its corporate cousin, it still outperforms the Whirlpool in nearly every measure.

Performance

Customization & Features

With limited features and customizability, the can't win here, but most users will be satisfied with the options it provides.

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Conclusion

For under $600, there aren't many washers that perform better than the . Sure, it's got finicky controls and some cycles take a little longer than other dryers, but it's a good combination of features for the price.

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