The Maytag MEDX500X[W] is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the MEDX500X[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.
Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.
For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.
The following models have the same ratings as Maytag MEDX500X[W].
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Maytag Bravos X MEDX550X[ ] come from our tests of model Maytag MEDX500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has more custom options.
The Ratings applied to untested model Maytag Bravos X MEDX600X[ ] come from our tests of model Maytag MEDX500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has an extra temperature setting and more custom options.
The Ratings applied to untested model Maytag Bravos X MEDX700X[ ] come from our tests of model Maytag MEDX500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has a door window, and more custom cycles.
About This Brand
This Whirlpool-owned brand is positioned as a durable brand but priced a bit lower than Whirlpool-branded products. The company makes electric and gas products and also sells models that are stackable with the washer. Prices for Maytag dryers range from $350 to $900.
Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Porcelain top A porcelain top resists scratching better than a painted one but generally adds to a dryer's cost. Painted tops, far more common, are often quite durable with normal use.
Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Steam option Generally, a water hook-up is required with this feature. In this cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the drum while tumbling with heat. It helps to reduce wrinkles and odors, but is intended only for a few garments at a time.
I generally like this dryer overall, however, a few things to watch for. I have found this dryer to be lacking in drying power with mixed loads. The sensor will allow the dryer to complete the cycle while some heavier fabrics are still a bit moist. I had to increase the default drying time (see manual) 15% to not worry about damp clothes. With loads of similar material, i.e. towels, wash rags etc., it does okay.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Boise, ID
(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
Nice dryer except for one tiny thing
Easy To Use
Door clip snags items
Small items catch on fins
Sheets & Mattress Covers
Use average 3 loads/week. Does nice job on everything so far. The ONE thing I do not like about it is the tiny metal pin in the top center of the door opening because it catches and snags things going into the dryer. Not a good place to put that door latch pin. Lint filter is very visible as a reminder to clean after every load, and is easy to clean. The felt-type material around the edges of the lint filter is a bit of a nuisance with pet hair, but it does a good job assisting the filter.