The Maytag JetClean Plus MDB7749AWW dishwasher is part of the same line as the top-rated MDB8959AWW (*Est. $660) . Like the more expensive model, it's Energy Star-rated and has a stainless-steel tub, but it lacks hidden controls and an adjustable top rack. This budget-priced machine isn't included in professional tests, but users give it good marks for its performance and quiet operation. However, many owners find it awkward to load, and installation poses a problem for many who try to do the job themselves. We found very few reliability complaints for this model; a few users say it leaves residue on dishes, but they're decidedly in the minority. If you can live without the convenience features of the more expensive Maytag, this is a solid budget choice.
The JetClean Plus MDB7749AWW isn't included in any professional tests, but it receives more than 200 reviews from owners at HomeDepot.com, most of them highly positive. We also found about 80 reviews at the manufacturer's website. The Maytag brand as a whole is evaluated in J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 survey of appliance owners.
We found more than 200 reviews at this site for the Maytag JetClean Plus MDB7749AWW. Users say the dishwasher is quiet and most agree that it cleans well, although a few complain about food residue left on dishes. Some find the machine awkward to load or tricky to install.
Review: Maytag JetClean Plus Built-In Tall Tub Dishwasher, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of Feb. 2012
More than 80 satisfied owners review the Maytag MDB7749AWW at the manufacturer's site. It earns an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5, with users praising its cleaning performance, capacity, quietness and features. More than 90 percent of users say they would recommend it.
Review: MDB7749AWW JetClean Plus Dishwasher with SteamClean, Contributors to Maytag.com, As of Feb. 2012
3. 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