The Maytag MEDB855DW is part of the Clothes Dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Clothes Dryer
models like the MEDB855DW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Drying performance: 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.
Convenience: 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.
Noise: This score was determined by a panel of judges who listened while machines dried an 8-pound load, measuring both sound quality and volume.
Stainless steel drum
Stainless steel drumA stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Drying rackThe rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programsThis feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Steam optionGenerally, 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.
Moisture sensorMany dryers have moisture sensors that use electrical contacts in the drum to determine when laundry has reached the desired degree of dryness, whether that's damp-dry for ironing or ready to wear. Moisture sensors are more accurate than those using thermostats, sparing your laundry unnecessary drying and reducing your energy bills.
End-of-cycle signalSome models allow you to turn off the buzzer or bell or adjust the volume.
Extended tumbleThis feature keeps the drum tumbling without heat after the drying cycle has ended, to prevent wrinkles from setting in. It's useful if you can't remove the clothes right after the cycle ends. It can be turned off in some models but not others.
WiFiThis feature offers remote access through a wireless network. The specific functionality varies by model but can include options like problem detection and start/stop or cycle selection choices.
Door typeSome models have doors that drop down in front; others have side-opening doors (generally reversible) that may make it easier to access the inside of the drum.
StackableYou can save space by placing the dryer on top of a suitable washer. Note that a special kit is sometimes required to mount the dryer on top of the washer.
DimensionsThe exterior measurements of the dryer with the door closed, in inches (height x width x depth). Be sure to allow clearance in the rear for the vent duct.
43 x 29 x 33
WarrantyThe length of time the dryer is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
ControlsRotary dial: The desired cycle and options are selected using dials. They are generally easy to understand and use.
Push button: The desired cycle and options are selected by pressing in pushbuttons. Like rotary controls, these are easy to use and understand.
Touchpad: The desired cycle and options are selected using an electronic touchpad which generally includes a digital readout. A touchpad can be more versatile than rotary and push button controls enabling you to program settings into memory, for instance.
Touchscreen with display: The desired cycle and options are selected using an electronic touchscreen. A touchscreen can be more versatile than rotary, push button, and touchpad controls but it may be a bit more confusing, especially at first. Touchscreen controls can also provide step-by-step instructions, as well as feedback on cycle status. Touchscreen controls sometimes require you to page through several screens to choose options and features, which can be tedious.
Rotary and electronic touchpad
Lint filter location
Lint filter locationTop-mounted filters are generally easier to reach and clean. Filters located inside the door are less convenient. Remember to check and clean the filter before every load.
Energy starThe federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.