Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW Review


A 4.0 cubic-foot top-loading washing machine with four temperature settings, two speed settings, and a stainless steel wash basket, the Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW is ignored by experts but users say it does a good job for the price. It's not Energy Start-qualified, although many consumers appreciate its water savings over older machines; the auto-fill feature gets mixed reviews.

For eco-conscious buyers who don't want the maintenance and expense of front-loaders, Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW reviews suggest this model may be the answer. The Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW top-loader tries to give users the best of both worlds, and often succeeds. Its auto-fill feature, which detects the size of each load and fills with just enough water to get the washables clean, originally helped earn it an Energy Star; stricter 2011 standards, however, have taken the star away. And while users posting reviews say the auto-fill feature does indeed reduce water usage, it draws mixed evaluations. One reviewer on Home Depot says she misses the ability to add stray laundry mid-wash without causing the machine to overcompensate by adding lots of extra water. Some reviews on Lowe's suggest users read the directions thoroughly, but others insist it simply doesn't use enough water. One Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW review on Amazon cautions that the machine requires liquid detergent to clean properly.

It should be noted that the Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW (starting at $444) suffers from the same lukewarm reviews as do many washers in the budget category. The majority of users seem to like it, but there are a respectable number of one- and two-star reviews to consider. Experts offer little input; the few we found give it fair marks due to average energy efficiency and a tendency to be rough on clothes, but rate it highly in the areas of capacity (4.0 cubic feet) and washing performance.

The Maytag Centennial MVWC6ESWW functions better than many of its low-cost counterparts, but could use improvement in a few critical areas. Buyers married to the top-loading design will find this a good money-saving alternative to true high-efficiency washers.

Gina Briles

Gina K. Briles writes family, household, and shopping-related product reviews. She is a displaced Jayhawk and a coffee addict living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two small children, and Vizsla dog.

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