Maytag Bravos XL 4.6 cubic foot HE Top-Load Washing Machine MVWB950YG

UPDATE: This model has been discontinued.

Manufacturer: Whirlpool

The new Maytag Bravos XL HE top-load washing machines have just been released. These new washers boast greater capacity (4.6 cubic feet versus the previous generation's 4.0 cubic feet), greater efficiency (CEE TIER 3), and greater cleaning power (Sanitize + Oxi cycle). Let's focus on the flagship model, the MVWB950Y. This model is available in white (MVWB950YW) and gray (MVWB950YG).

First, there's the outside. This model continues Maytag's strong build, with squared shoulders and console. The Maytag badge is prominently displayed on the front of the lid. A glass window on the lid gives you a full view of what's going on inside your new washing machine. The control panel is straight-forward, with a cycle selector dial in the center, and a bank of option selection buttons to the right. An information display on the left shows the estimated time remaining and where in the cycle the washer is.

The guts of the machine are largely identical to those of the previous generation of Maytag HE top-load washers, with a direct drive motor and a stainless steel washbasket. However, the washbasket's capacity has been increased from 4.0 cubic feet to 4.6, giving you the ability to wash a king size comforter with ease. Or, 21 bath towels (24"x44") in a single load.

The Maytag Bravos XL now has a bleach/oxi dispenser, which works in conjunction with the "Sanitize with Oxi" cycle. Add a liquid oxi product to the bleach dispenser and select that cycle to rid your towels or sheets of 99.999% of common household bacteria (bacteria tested were K. pneumonia, P. aureginosa and S. aureus). Increased water temperatures from the washer's internal water heater maximizes the sanitizing power of the oxi product.

Or, use the Allergen cycle to eliminate 95% of common household allergens (such as dust mites and pet dander). This cycle is suitable for most laundry items.

Maytag's Power Wash cycle has the industry's greatest cleaning power, so for those extra-dirty loads, you'll be confident that they'll come out clean.

The Cold Wash cycle uses cold water to achieve excellent results without using more energy. Continue to use hot water for towels, though, as this will clean towels more thoroughly and help keep the washer from accumulating detergent residue, which is common in any washer when only cold loads are used.

The Active Wear cycle cleans workout clothes that are made of special synthetic materials that help wick moisture and breathe easier. Normal laundry cycles can harm these materials and their ability to function properly, so the Active Wear cycle cleans them without compromising their special abilities.

Rapid Wash will take care of a small, lightly soiled load using a high speed wash and spin. If you have clothes you need right away, use this cycle.

If you've got especially dirty garments that you'd like to soak in detergent before washing, use the Soak option. This will give your detergent the greatest ability to break down stains in your clothes.

With a maximum spin speed of 1100 RPM, your dryer will have little trouble handling the large loads this washer is capable of handling. The matching dryer (available in electric or natural gas) is designed to handle the largest loads the washer can accommodate.

For anybody wanting a washing machine with huge capacity, great cleaning power, quiet operation, and excellent efficiency, the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB950Y is a worthwhile model to consider, and it deserves a good long look. There's a lot to like about it.

Maytag Bravos XL MVWB950YG

At $100 less in white (regular price), the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB850YW offers you the same machine but without the internal water heater, so the Sanitize with Oxi cycle is eliminated. There's also no soak cycle on this washer. Other than that, everything else is the same.

Maytag Bravos XL MVWB850YW

At another $100 off, the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW eliminates the see-through glass lid and replaces it with a solid steel lid. There are also fewer cycles and options. It still has 4.6 cubic foot capacity and the Power Wash cycle.

Maytag Bravos XL MVWB750YW