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.
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.
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Austin, TX
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Dave the Cook
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Best Maytag Available
Easy To Load
Doesn't Dry Well
No Heat Vent
Cleans Alot Of Dishes
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!!