The Maytag JetClean Plus MDB4709AWW is a bare-bones dishwasher with a bargain-basement price. It doesn't come with the hidden controls and adjustable rack found on the top-rated MDB8959AWW (*Est. $660) , or even the stainless-steel tub in the budget-priced MDB7749AWW (*Est. $550) . It does include a self-cleaning filter, however, and professional tests show it to be reasonably energy-efficient even though it isn't Energy Star-rated. It gets good scores for its cleaning performance, but tests show that it's noisier than most models. Users agree that the dishwasher is loud and some find its construction flimsy, but few complain about its reliability. They also say it cleans well and offers plenty of space. This machine comes in black, white and bisque; a stainless-steel and black version is available for about $100 more.
The JetClean Plus MDB4709AWW is included in tests conducted by ConsumerReports.org, and a handful of owners review it on that site. About 50 more user reviews can be found at HomeDepot.com and Maytag.com. Consumer opinions of the Maytag brand as a whole are presented in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of appliance owners.
The Maytag JetClean Plus MDB4709AWW is one of more than 135 standard dishwashers evaluated for cleaning performance, efficiency, noise and ease of use. Results are reported in a comparison chart, with details available for specific models. A handful of subscribers also post reviews.
Review: Recommended Dishwashers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated Aug. 2011
About 40 owners rate the Maytag JetClean Plus MDB4709AWW at HomeDepot.com. Most say it cleans well and has plenty of room, but some complain that the machine is loud and its construction is flimsy.
Review: Maytag JetClean Plus Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of Feb. 2012
A dozen owners post comments about the MDB4709AWW at the manufacturer's site, giving it 4.6 stars out of 5. Every review praises the machine's cleaning performance, and most users say they also appreciate its features and quietness.
Review: MDB4709AWW JetClean Plus Dishwasher with ToughScrub, Contributors to Maytag.com, As of Feb. 2012
4. J.D. Power & Associates
The annual appliance survey by J.D. Power and Associates doesn't evaluate specific models, but it does rank dishwasher brands as a whole based on such factors as design, performance and ease of use. Maytag is in the middle of the pack, with average scores in every category.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Dishwasher, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011