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Maytag MDB8959SBS
 
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$714.60 - $960.90
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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.


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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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.
 
5.0
MAYTAG MDB8959SBS
8/30/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Delicate Items
General Purpose
Larger Kitchens
Pots and Pans
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
I LOVE this dishwasher! I purchased it to replace my leaky 12 year old builder special (GE). I am at a loss that C.R.'s negative comment was on the dishwasher's noise level. Perhaps I have been living in the dark ages of appliances, (although my last home had GE Profile, while were considered state of the art at the time.) You CANNOT HEAR THIS DISHWASHER RUNNING!!!! It works great! You really do not have to pre-rinse your dishes/pots/pans/silverware - the machine does it all. It comes with a built in garbage disposal to grind up any leftover refuse. I have not tried it on my fine china or chyrstal (although there are settings), as I always hand wash my heirlooms. This dishwasher is a blessing, especially in flu season or when someone is sick - it sanitizes the entire load. To top it off, I got it on sale at a Big Orage Box store for under $600, delivered and installed (and the old machine was removed.)
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
MDB8959SBS3
7/15/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Bought it brand new. Replaced my old one with it. Right out of the create, it hasn't started or work for one cycle. I wouldn't recommend buying a Maytag/Whirlpool item to anyone.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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