The now-discontinued Maytag MQU1654BEW was an upright freezer with 15.9 cu. ft. capacity -- one of the largest sizes available to consumers. The catch: This freezer wasn't self-defrosting, so consumers needed to defrost it manually. Still, for its large size, the Maytag freezer was a good value. Features included four fixed door bins, full-width shelves, an interior light, a door lock and two adjustable front legs for leveling. In reviews, the Maytag MQU1654BEW was quiet compared to others available at the time. It was also Energy Star-rated, so it had a higher efficiency rating.
ConsumerReports.org is the only major reviewer of freezers. In its most recent update, editors test 20 upright and chest freezers for ease of use and temperature consistency. We found user ratings for the Maytag freezer at Epinions, where owners rated a slightly smaller version of the MQU164BEW.
ConsumerReports.org is the best review source for freezers. The editors test 20 upright and chest freezers for ease of use, energy efficiency, noise and temperature performance. Three freezers are rated as best overall.
Review: Buyer's Guide to Freezers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2007
Two owner-written reviews discuss the Maytag MQU1656BEW, a slightly smaller version of the Maytag MQU1654BEW. Neither owner is particularly happy with the Maytag freezer, but with only two reviews, it's hard to draw any sweeping conclusions.
Review: Maytag MQU1656BEW, Contributors to Epinions.com