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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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2.0
was a good brand
1/6/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Quiet
Cons
1 12 Years Old Cycle Sel
Unreliable
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
1 1/2 old cycle selection unreliable may never finish after 3 hours still washing.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Control Panel Issues - Stay away from t
12/29/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cons
Cheap Materials
Poor Extended Warranty
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
This dishwasher was purchased direct from Maytag after the previous dishwasher broke 6 times in one year. I was happy with it for the first 13 months. At 13 months, the motor was replaced, at 18 months, the thermostat was out. At 2 years, the real problems began, at which point I purchased the extended warranty through Federal Warranty Corporation m One cheap piece of plastic broke, damaging my hardwood floors. Then the control panel started going out. The repair person has been to my house 8 times in 9 months. The latest problem happened 2 weeks after the previous repair. Now I am being told that the control panel is on backorder, and perhaps it will be in by February. SERIOUSLY!!!! Not taking my chances on another Maytag/WHirlpool/Kitchenaid product.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Follow Up- Our SS-Front Maytag
9/3/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Delicate Items
General Purpose
Pots and Pans
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
This is a follow-up to my previous review. We have had this machine now for a period of time. During this period of time we ran it on Auto-Clean, Normal, and Quick Wash cycles. We ran it on AutoClean when we had a baking dish with burnt-on food. The autoClean cycle took as long as the Normal cycle but thoroughly cleaned that glass baking dish such that it looked new. We use Cascade powdered detergent and a house brand rinse agent. I run the sink water until it feels hot then run the dishwasher. We typically run the machine once a day, at night, after dinner. At that time wee have our dishes from all three meals loaded. The dishwasher is about as quiet as can be expected. Some extraneous noises I previously reported were, in fact, the basement hot water pipes banging. I plan to investigate this in the future but I determined it has nothing to do with the operation of the dishwasher. The dishwasher thoroughly cleans our stoneware, flatware, and glassware really well. Even on the quick wash cycle, which we use when the dishwasher has a light load of dishes. Overall, I get the impression that we purchased a high-end product for a great price, and the machine continues to operate really well.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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