The Maytag MDB4409PA[W] is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the MDB4409PA[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.
About This Brand
A Whirlpool-owned brand, Maytag introduced a steam model in 2008 and will introduce a dishwasher-drawer model later this year. The company positions its products as durable, but its dishwashers have been relatively repair prone, according to our Annual Product Reliability Survey. Prices range from $300 to $900.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
This is our second Maytag dishwasher and we have owned it for 11 years. Our first Maytag lasted 22 years but we understand that things are made cheaper now.<br />The dishwasher kept running but did not clean the dishes. We called repair and they came the next day and determined that a part next to the motor was broken and would have to be ordered.<br />In the subsequent WEEKS we called Whirlpool service every few days. The operators were very polite and could always tell us that the part had been ordered, that it was in stock but had not been shipped, that it had been shipped but not received in Canada, that it had been received but not given to the repairman, that it had been given to the repairman but that a service call was not scheduled, and finally that the repairman would come in 4 days. He did come on time and fixed the dishwasher. It now works better than new. We did not realize that the problem probably started some months ago.<br /> <br />The total time elapsed from the time we called for service until the dishwasher was repaired was 1 day short of 4 WEEKS. We have cancelled our service plan. The next time the washer needs service we will throw it out and buy something else. It won't be a Whirlpool, Maytag or Kitchenaid since they are all serviced by the same organization. That's why we would rate the dishwasher as excellent but would not recommend it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Lebanon, Oregon
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Poor Drying...very poor
Doesn't Dry Well
ANNOYING THAT IT DOES A '''VERY POOR''' JOB OF DRYING THE DISHES AND GLASSES. At about 40 days usage....not satisfied. Poor drying is the worst thing about it. All other features work well. It cleans well. It looks nice. Runs quiet...but poor on drying.... and I give this model MDB4409 the absolutel LOWEST ratings when it comes to drying the dishes. ( Yes, we read the destruction manual, and tried different settings). <br /><br />We have set this dishwasher on the high-temp cycle, normal cycle, and light...and on all cycles, dishes end up still wet and annoying...and we have to dry them off before storing them on the shelf. <br /><br />We have repeatedly set the control to '' Heated Dry '' and the results are repeatedly poor. By comparison, our 21-year-old Hotpoint did a far, far better job of completely drying the dishes.