The Maytag Centennial MEDC200XW is a fairly basic electric dryer, lacking most of the features found on higher-end dryers, such as a stainless-steel drum or an electronic control panel. It doesn't have a moisture sensor, the one feature that experts specifically recommend to conserve energy and prevent overdrying that can damage clothing.
In general, owners are generally pleased with this dryer's performance, quiet operation and 7-cubic-foot capacity. There is some disagreement over drying times; while some owners say that even a large load will be done in under an hour, others complain that heavy loads can take up to three hours to dry completely. We also read a number of complaints about durability; a few owners complain that their dryers required expensive repairs within a couple of years after purchase. As an alternative, the Whirlpool WED4900XW (*Est. $500) , which is only slightly more expensive, earns higher reviews.
The Maytag Centennial MEDC200XW has not been included in any professional tests, but it gets very good ratings from more than 375 owners at HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com and the Maytag website. We also consulted the 2011 appliance-satisfaction survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates to learn about customer satisfaction with the Maytag brand as a whole.
The Maytag Centennial MGDC200XW has more than 280 reviews at HomeDepot.com, with a high overall rating of 4.5 stars out of a possible 5. Owners generally praise its drying performance, capacity, features and quietness, but there are some complaints about durability and long drying times.
Review: Maytag Centennial 7.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer in White, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
We found about 60 reviews for the Maytag Centennial MGDC200XW at Lowes.com. Comments (both positive and negative) are similar to those at HomeDepot.com, but the consensus of user opinion at this site is not as strongly positive. Overall, the dryer receives 4.2 stars out of 5, and only 77 percent of users say they would recommend it.
Review: Maytag 7 cu ft Electric Dryer (White), Contributors to Lowes.com
The Maytag Centennial MGDC200XW receives about 40 reviews on the manufacturer's website, with an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users praise this dryer's capacity, efficiency, quietness and durability, but there are a few complaints about durability and drying time.
Review: MEDC200XW Centennial Electric Dryer with GentleBreezeª Drying System, Contributors to Maytag.com
4. J.D. Power & Associates
In J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey on laundry appliances, Maytag dryers come in right around the middle of the pack. The brand earns average marks in every category: overall satisfaction, ease of use, performance, styling, features, warranty and price.
Review: 2011 Laundry and Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Studies, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011