The Maytag MBF1958XEW is a 19-cubic-foot bottom-freezer refrigerator suitable for a single person or a small family. It combines good temperature performance, efficiency and modern storage features with the compact size needed for a small kitchen. Users say the refrigerator section has plenty of usable space, but the freezer section is tight. The fridge also gets mixed reviews on its noise level: While many users say it's quiet, some complain of peculiar sounds.
Convenient layout. Owners are pleased with the Maytag MBF1958XEW refrigerator's bottom-freezer design, which reduces the need for bending over -- a big plus for older users. The fresh-food section is small, but features such as split shelves and gallon-size door bins maximize the space. Reviewers generally say it's ample for one to three people. The freezer, however, is a bit cramped and hard to organize. It has a sliding storage basket, but the weave on it is so loose that small items can slip through. One user wishes that the built-in ice maker could be removed to make more space for food.
Performs well in tests. Professional testers say the Maytag MBF1958XEW refrigerator is great at maintaining a constant temperature. It's not as energy efficient as some larger refrigerators, such as the best-rated Whirlpool Gold GB2FHDXWQ (Est. $1,100) , but it still qualifies for an Energy Star rating. Its weakest point, performance-wise, is its noise level. While a majority of the reviewers at Lowes.com say this refrigerator is quiet, a significant minority complain of "annoying" intermittent noises. Also, while most users say the fridge is durable, we saw a couple of reports of compressor failures soon after purchase.
A few gripes. Users don't describe any major problems with the Maytag MBF1958XEW refrigerator's usability, but they have lots of little gripes. The spill-proof shelves in the fridge compartment make cleanup easy, but one review says that cleaning up drips in the freezer is trickier -- a common problem with bottom-freezer models. Another owner objects to the digital temperature control, which is set in increments from zero to seven; the user would much rather be able to set the thermostat to a specific temperature. One feature users do like is the light in the freezer compartment.
Small in size, big on style. Owners love the fact that the Maytag MBF1958XEW refrigerator combines modern features and styling with a size that fits into a smaller kitchen. "In today's bigger is better world, it was nice to find a smaller refrigerator that was just as stylish and functional as any larger refrigerator," reports one owner. The refrigerator comes in white, black and (for an extra $200 or so) stainless-steel finishes. However, one user complains that the black finish is easily scratched and "shows every single fingerprint." The door is reversible, with a single long handle and no ice dispenser to interrupt its smooth surface.
ConsumerReports.org has ratings on its site for about 30 bottom-freezer refrigerators, including the Maytag MBF1958XEW. Fridges are rated on their temperature control, energy efficiency, noise level and ease of use. Results appear in chart form for easy comparison.
Review: Refrigerators , Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Last updated July 2013
Lowes.com has nearly 300 user-written reviews for the Maytag MBF1958XEW, many of them picked up from the Maytag website. Users give the refrigerator 4.5 stars out of 5 overall, praising its efficiency, features and style. Many reviewers also say it's quiet, but a few complain of the noise level.
Review: Maytag 18.5-cu ft Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator with Single Ice Maker (Black) ENERGY STAR, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of October 2013