The 21-cubic-foot Maytag M1TXEGMYW is commonly described in reviews as a good, basic top-freezer refrigerator without a lot of bells and whistles. It does include adjustable glass shelves and storage bins, humidity-controlled crispers and an ice maker, but these are fairly standard on new units. It has just a single temperature control for both fridge and freezer sections. Nonetheless, professional tests show that it provides very good temperature control, as well as excellent energy efficiency. Its only shortcoming is the crisper drawers, which left produce limp in tests.
Users generally find the M1TXEGMYW spacious and reliable, but are split over its noise level; both praise for its quietness and complaints about its loudness are common. This refrigerator is available in white, black and stainless-steel finishes, and comes with a one-year warranty. If you prefer the convenience of a French-door refrigerator, the LG LFX25976SW (*Est. $2,200) rates well and is loaded with features, but it's considerably more expensive. The bottom-freezer LG LDC22720SW (*Est. $1,400) offers a middle ground, with an in-between price and fewer features.
The Maytag M1TXEGMYW is included in the latest refrigerator test results at ConsumerReports.org, and we found more than 40 user reviews at HomeDepot.com. The Maytag brand as a whole is evaluated in the annual appliance survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
The Maytag M1TXEGMYW is one of 40 top-freezer refrigerators rated at ConsumerReports.org. Each is evaluated based on temperature performance, energy efficiency, noise and ease of use. Various brands are also judged on their overall reliability.
Review: Refrigerators, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
In about 50 reviews scattered across several pages, the Maytag M1TXEGMYW earns 4.2 stars out of 5, with 89 percent of users saying they'd recommend it. Most say the fridge is spacious, quiet and a good value, although a few find it noisy and complain that it lacks a freezer light.
Review: Maytag 20.6 cu. ft. 33 in. Wide Top Freezer Refrigerator, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of Feb. 2012
3. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey of more than 5,000 consumers who have purchased refrigerators in the past two years, Maytag is among the highest-rated brands for overall satisfaction. It earns above-average scores for performance, ease of use, features and price, and average scores for styling and warranty.
Review: 2011 Home Appliance Study: Refrigerator, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011