The Maytag MBF2258XEW bottom-freezer refrigerator meets not only the Energy Star standards but also the much stricter Tier 3 certification from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the highest existing standard in the U.S. This 21.9-cubic-foot fridge gets high marks from both professionals and users for its excellent temperature control. Owners say it has well-organized storage space, with adjustable glass shelves and sliding freezer baskets -- although some call the freezer compartment a bit tight. While most users say the unit is quiet, some complain about operating noises.
This refrigerator is available in white or black, with a stainless-steel option costing an extra $200 or so. It has a one-year limited warranty. The bottom-freezer LG LDC22720SW (*Est. $1,400) gets more recommendations, but it's also more expensive and less energy-efficient.
The MBF2258XEW is included in current ratings of bottom-freezer refrigerators at ConsumerReports.org, and we found more than 50 user reviews at HomeDepot.com. The annual appliance survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates gives users' opinions of the Maytag brand as a whole.
The Maytag MBF2258XEW is one of 22 conventional bottom-freezer refrigerators -- as opposed to French-door models -- 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
About 60 owners post reviews for the white and black Maytag MBF2258XEW at HomeDepot.com. They praise the refrigerator's organization, temperature control and efficiency, but some complain about operating noise and limited freezer space.
Review: Maytag EcoConserve 21.9 cu. ft. 33 in. Wide Bottom 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