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Maytag MDB8959SBS dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$800
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.


Washing:
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.

Noise:
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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1.0
Cannot Recommend
5/26/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Cons
Doesn't Dry Well
Loud
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Have had this dishwasher for several years. Started leaking before the warranty was out. Maytag came out and said the door gasket was in backwards and replaced it. Started leaking within a month. Should have called them back then but didn't now out of warranty had Maytag look at it again. Told it is leaking at soap holder, door and from the pump seals. We will not be buying another Maytag.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Didn't work well then broke
4/13/2015
Pros
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Long Cycle
Loud
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We had this for one year and then stuff began to break.<br /><br />first the soap dispenser would not close, then a gross red film gathered in the machine,<br /><br />Finally at 24 months the top rack stopped working altogether.<br /><br />This was always a noisy machine with a very long cycle that did not work well. Now it is trash.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
I should have taken CR advice
2/17/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
After two years and eight months of complete satisfaction the control lights stopped working. The lights would light but not for the corresponding button. When we closed the door the machine would start, run three minutes, then stop. We tried online suggestions for reset...unplugged overnight, pushed recommended buttons in pattern suggested...nothing worked. Maytag had no suggestions. Repair would have been over $400. We bought a CR best buy Bosch instead of repairing the Maytag. $800 loss for not listening to CR recommendations because I wanted a grinder. Bad decision.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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