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Maytag's dryer hides an old design behind modern looks

Underneath the Maytag MEDB755DW dryer's updated appearance lives the guts of an old-school appliance.

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Brian Bennett
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The MEDB755DW dryer is shaped to match old-style top-load washing machines.

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Like many top-load-style dryers, this Maytag has a control panel on its top rear-most edge.

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The dryer's control panel features a fancy backsplash made to look like premium brushed metal.

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Unfortunately, the controls have labels with tiny text and even smaller LED lights.

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A white LED display shows how much time is left in running cycles.

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The drum has a small 7 cubic feet of capacity.

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The worst design choice Maytag made is to equip this dryer with an ancient metal mesh lint filter. It's the kind you have to yank out by hand.

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