Compared to our top-rated portable model, the Danby DDW1899WP, this Maytag version comes up a little short. It is pricier, has a plastic tub (not stainless steel) and earns fewer positive reviews. Nevertheless, it holds more dishes and could qualify for retail rebates if you buy multiple Maytag appliances from a participating dealer. Overall, reviewers are quite happy with this machine, making it a good alternative if you prefer the Maytag brand.
Does a great job cleaning dishes. The Maytag MDC4809PAW earns consistently good reviews from owners for its cleaning performance, with one saying that dishes come out "sparkly," and another commenting that it "cleans much better" than previously owned portable models. Another writes, "This dishwasher can be counted on to get the job done." Most reviewers do not discuss pre-rinsing, but we did find one owner who doesn't pre-rinse and still enjoys great results. As for energy efficiency, some owners observe that the dishwasher gets extremely hot, which causes one to worry that it uses more energy than other models. Nevertheless, the MDC4809PAW has an Energy Star rating. There is disagreement among reviewers, however, regarding the model's drying performance, with some commenting that dishes come out dry and other complaining that they don't. We read few reports of breakdowns; one user notes that the rinse aid dispenser stopped working, but a technician was able to fix the problem within 30 minutes.
Easy to set up, load and move. Owners call the Maytag MDC4809PAW a convenient machine, noting that it's easy to set up and connect to the faucet. One reviewer also points out that it "rolls pretty easily for such a heavy piece of equipment," while another agrees, adding that it moves easily even when fully loaded. The hoses and cord are also considered long enough, and the wooden surface draws praise thanks to its dual functionality as an extra countertop. Some also point out that the silverware basket is nicely designed and the interior shelves are spaced at a convenient distance for loading. There are few complaints about the machine's design, however, as some believe the unit should be height adjustable, and many complain that there's no way to tell what stage in the cycle the machine has reached. These owners say that a cycle-stage indicator light would be helpful. Some also complain that the cycles are very long.
Far from silent, but reasonably quiet. While the Maytag MDC4809PAW is not considered as quiet as the Danby DDW1899WP, our favorite portable model, owners nevertheless report that its noise level is not a problem. One user maintains that the dishwasher's noise level is no different from that of a previously owned Bosch built-in model, while another says, "The noise is comparable to many built-in dishwashers that I've been around." An additional user comments that the MDC4809PAW "makes the expected amount of noise considering that it's not enclosed by cabinetry." We read no reports claiming that the sound of this model is particularly or unreasonably loud.
Relatively expensive. The Maytag MDC4809PAW is more expensive than the Danby DDW1899WP, our top-rated portable model, costing an estimated $250 more. Nevertheless, there is a possibility for retail rebates, which can offset this upcharge. Specifically, retailers may offer rebates from time to time for multiple Maytag appliance purchases; in addition, the model carries an Energy Star rating, which also raises the possibility of rebates from local utilities that run rebate programs. Maintenance for the MDC4809PAW entails cleaning the interior periodically and using a dishwasher-and-disposer cleaning tablet, sold separately, once a month. We read very few reports of mechanical breakdowns and no complaints about warranty or maintenance procedures.
More than 100 owners post reviews about the Maytag MDC4809PAW on HomeDepot.com, awarding it an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. In addition, 92 percent of reviewers say they would recommend this product to a friend. Most say the machine does a great job cleaning, is easy to set up and has a well-designed interior. Nevertheless, several owners say it is not great at drying, and there are complaints about the lack of a light to display the cycle stage when the machine is on. Some also would prefer if the machine were height adjustable.
Review: Maytag JetClean Plus Portable Dishwasher in White with 10 Place Settings Capacity, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013
The Maytag MDC4809PAW portable dishwasher garners only a handful of reviews on Amazon.com, although those owners who do post reviews have overwhelmingly positive comments. Reviewers agree that the machine cleans well and is easy to use. The wood surface earns praise, since it can be used as an additional countertop. The only negative comment comes from an owner who worries that it uses more energy than other models because "the dishwasher gets so hot."
Review: Maytag MDC4809PAW JetClean Plus 24" White Portable Full Console Dishwasher - Energy Star, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013