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Maytag MVWB955FC review: Maytag's huge washer is coming for all of your dirty clothes

This Maytag washing machine is giant; 40 t-shirts fit in it comfortably (or me, uncomfortably).

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The $1,399 Maytag MVWB955FC washing machine is huge. Where most top-loaders clock in around the 5-cubic-foot capacity mark, this model has 6.2 cubic feet of internal space -- that's big enough to fit more than 40 t-shirts of varying sizes. (I even managed to fit in there, although it was quite uncomfortable and, obviously, not something you should try at home.) 

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Maytag MVWB955FC

The Good

Maytag's $1,399 MVWB955FC top-load washing machine is massive, attractive and easy to use.

The Bad

This washer is only average at removing stains.

The Bottom Line

The Maytag MVWB955FC is worth considering, particularly if you have a large family.

In addition to being, well, ginormous, this washer has a see-through lid so you can check on your laundry midcycle, LED lights inside so you can see more easily when you're loading and unloading clothes, a steam setting and a custom "My cycle" option. Unfortunately, its normal cycle is only average at removing stains. 

Assuming Maytag's MVWB955FC (and its corresponding dryer) will fit in your laundry room, this washer will make cleaning clothes a little less of a chore. But you should definitely take a look at Kenmore's $1,530 Elite 31633 too -- it has the same specs as the MVWB955FC and significantly better performance. The 31633 is also currently on sale at Sears for $1,150. 

A massive Maytag washing machine for the largest families

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We know this thing holds a lot of clothes -- but what else can it do? The chart below gives an overview of the MVWB955FC's basic specs compared to Whirlpool's $1,399 WTW8700EC Smart Cabrio, Kenmore's Elite 31633 and LG's $1,150 WT1801HVA:

Comparing washing machines


Maytag MVWB955FCWhirlpool WTW8700ECKenmore Elite 31633LG WT1801HVA
Price $1,399$1,399$1,530$1,150
Color finish Metallic slate, white (for $1,299)Chrome shadowMetallic, white (for $1,420)Graphite steel, white (for $1,050)
Capacity 6.2 cubic feet5.3 cubic feet6.2 cubic feet4.9 cubic feet
# of cycles 10101012
Energy consumption 240 kWh/year196 kWh/year290 kWh/year135 kWh/year
Water consumption
15.3 gallons
17.4 gallons15.6 gallons15 gallons
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 29.5 x 43.4 x 30 inches27.5 x 42.3 x 28 inches29.5 x 43.5 x 30 inches27 x 40.2 x 28.4 inches
App NoYes, Android and iPhoneNoYes, Android and iPhone

While this Maytag doesn't have an Android and iPhone app -- or any smart home integrations -- the MVWB955FC's specs are competitive with other washers in its price range. Make sure to measure your laundry area before you buy, though. Like the 6.2-cubic-foot Kenmore 31633, the MVWB955FC has slightly bigger dimensions than your standard top-load washing machine. Because of this washer's size, Maytag was able to put the detergent, bleach and fabric softener dispensers around the tub, rather than in a flimsy drawer hidden in the back. 

I like the brushed aluminum look of this washer's display panel, which also happens to be fingerprint-resistant. The digital time readout also seamlessly integrates into the display; you don't notice it until you turn on the washer. It is a little small, but still easy to read from a distance and at different angles. 

The LED indicators on the temperature, soil and spin speed settings are also completely integrated into the display. You won't be able to see that there's a setting between the "Cold" and "Warm" temperature until you click through the options. 

The MVWB955FC vs. stains 

To review washers, we run two main tests: how well a washer's normal cycle removes stains and how gentle (or tough) that normal cycle is on clothes. 

For the stain removal test, we run fabric strips stained with skin oil (sebum), cocoa, red wine and other difficult-to-clean substances through a wash cycle. The MVWB955FC did alright here; 49 percent of its original stains remained. Here's how it did by stain: 

  • Sebum: 50 percent stains remaining
  • Carbon: 58 percent stains remaining
  • Blood: 22 percent stains remaining
  • Cocoa: 55 percent stains remaining
  • Red wine: 57 percent stains remaining

Kenmore's 31633 did better than the Maytag with 41 percent stains remaining. Whirlpool's WTW8700EC trailed slightly behind the Kenmore with 45 percent stains remaining and LG's WT1801HVA lagged far behind with 52 percent stains remaining overall. 

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What percentage of the original stains remained after going through a cleaning cycle? 

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For the gentleness test, we run fabric squares through a cleaning cycle. Afterwards, we count the number of frayed threads measure at or over 2 millimeters long. The higher the number, the tougher the washer's normal cycle is on clothes. This Maytag was quite gentle on clothes, with 208 frayed threads. Kenmore's 31633 had 251; Whirlpool's WTW8700EC had 185; and LG's WT1801HVA had 243. 

Is this Maytag worth buying?

Maytag's MVWB955FC top-load washing machine has a lot going for it. But since $1,399 is a lot to spend on a single laundry appliance that's only average at removing stains, your buying decision should start with this question: "Do I really need a 6.2-cubic-foot washer?" 

If you have a large family or you're a chronic laundry procrastinator, this Maytag washer will work fine. If you don't fit into either of those categories -- or simply don't have the space to accommodate a massive washer -- you should look elsewhere. The top-performing, equally-massive Kenmore Elite 31633 is a better bet overall, though.

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Maytag MVWB955FC

Score Breakdown

Design 9Usability 8Features 7.5Performance 6
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