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Maytag MDB8959SBS
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$714.60 - $799.99
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Summary: This Maytag conventional dishwasher has
  • A soil sensor.
  • An adjustable upper rack.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A self-cleaning filter.
  • A stainless-steel interior.
  • All hidden controls.
  • Ample flatware slots.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Maytag MDB8959SBS

The Maytag MDB8959SBS is part of the dishwasher test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher models like the MDB8959SBS 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.

Energy use:
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.

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Features & Specs - Maytag MDB8959SBS
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack Yes
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter Yes
info Hidden controls All
info Interior material stainless-steel
info Stainless/SS-look option No
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User Reviews - Maytag MDB8959SBS
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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
I will never buy another Maytag / Whirlp
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Best Uses
Bought Maytag dishwasher in March of 2012. Unit failed in June of 2013. The unit is out of warranty and the part to repair it has been unavailable for over a month. It is currently still unavailable. I have received ZERO support from Maytag. Additionally, when and if the part ever does become available, the cost to purchase the part is $151.00 plus a service call to have it changed out. So, I have a 15 month old dishwasher that is basically a boat anchor, and Whirlpool will nothing for me but tell to wait, they will have the part when they have the part but they have no idea when that will be. I will never purchase another Maytag or Whirlpool appliance again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Dishwasher
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Dries Great
Simple Controls
Best Uses
Probably the most important aspect to me when replacing my old dishwasher was that the new one dry the dishes well. It has a heating element that you can choose to use to dry at the end of the cycle. The dishes are dry! Of course, any cup with an indention on the bottom will pool water in it when upside down. I do use the jet dry. Many of the other energy efficient models use condensation drying, which I saw many reviews describe as mediocre. The dishes are clean and dry. The CR rating said moderately noisy, but I frankly don't think it's loud at all. While there are quieter models out there based upon the specs, this one is by no means loud, and we can comfortably watch a movie in the our family room, which is open to the kitchen, without noticing the dishwasher running at all.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Best Maytag Available
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Doesn't Dry Well
No Heat Vent
Best Uses
Cleans Alot Of Dishes
General Purpose
We had a LemonMaytag replaced by this Model.Like going to heaven!(previous model was same price point)From the handle to the controls,all user friendly.Very stylish.Stainless steel tub&self clean filter were a must(well&septic).Major improvement on control panel issues.Only con(which is now an industry standard)is there is no fan to dry w/o heat.Still don't know how heating an element is more energy efficient than running a small motor!!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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