Maytag MHWE200XW Washing Machine Review

The {{}} has solid performance where it counts -- on the Normal cycle -- and is packed with enough features for all but the most discriminating launderer. There are better washers out there than this Maytag, but most of them cost a lot more.

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Easily found online for under $600, the is Maytag's entry-level stackable front-load washer. It has good wash performance, though its heavier-duty cycles take a little while and its control panel is less than ideal.


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Electricity Use

Electricity use isn't a big cost driver for washers. In fact, the total average yearly electricity cost to run the is around a dollar.

Water Use

Especially on heavy-duty and delicate cycles, the uses a lot of water. Luckily, its normal wash is programmed to use mostly cold water, which saves money on the most frequently used cycle.

Cost Per Wash

Each wash will cost you around a nickel on the . It's 3 cents to wash, drain and spin and 13 cents per Power Wash with all others falling in between.

Yearly Running Cost

The average user will spend $36.22 each year to run the .

Washing Speed

Washing Cycles


Should you want to customize a wash, the lets you change the temperature, amount of time spent soaking, spin speed and number of rinses.

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Additional Wash Options

Special options keep clothes from staying soapy or wet.

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Detergent Dispenser

No problems here. Liquid and powdered detergents can be used without removing any special cups or funnels.

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Washer Door

The door opens easily and shuts without too much effort.

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Ease of Use

Front-loaders are harder to fill than top-loaders, as they require the person doing the laundry to bend down.


It's nice to have a control panel on a washer, but the 's is somewhat difficult to use. First, the electronic display is so bright that it's blurry behind tinted plastic. From a distance, it looks somewhat like E.T.'s heart. Second, you'll quickly learn that you must press and hold the start button to get a wash going, though it doesn't say that on the body of the washer itself.

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For less than $200 more, the has better wash performance and dirt removal than the Frigidaire. Plus, it's got a better control panel, feels more solid and offers more features.

Normal Stain Performance


For about $100 less, the GE has better stain and dirt removal performance -- especially on the heavy duty cycles -- than the . It has fewer wash cycles, but all the important ones are there.

Normal Stain Performance


The pricier Kenmore has more washing features and specialty cycles, though it took longer on the Normal wash and didn't do as good a job removing stains on heavier-duty washes.

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Normal Stain Performance


Neither energy hog nor miser, the is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to electricity and water use. It's especially economic to run the Normal cycle.


Great stain removal and good dirt removal. The Heavy Duty and Whites cycles really power through spills and dirt, and no cycle has any problem with oil or sweat. Just watch out for delicate clothes that might be damaged by an aggressive agitator.


The has features that keep stains from setting in and wash out any detergent left behind. There's even a feature that keeps tumbling clothes so they don't get stale if you can't immediately put them in the dryer.

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