The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW is one of the most efficient washing machines covered in our sources. It meets not only the Energy Star standards for energy and water use but also the far stricter requirements for Tier III certification from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). This 4.3-cubic-foot washer consistently scores well in professional tests for efficiency and low noise and vibration. Its cleaning performance is less consistent: in one test, it did very well on bulky and delicate cycles but poorly on the normal cycle.
Owners are generally satisfied with this washer's cleaning abilities, though some wish the cycle times were shorter. However, others point out that the washer saves on drying time because it removes water so thoroughly. The most common complaint about this washer is that it can malfunction, especially during the spin cycle; other owners complain that Maytag's customer service can be frustrating. If you don't wish to spend this much on a front-loading washer, you might be happy with the Samsung WF210ANW/XAA (*Est. $800), which has fewer features.
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW is included in the thorough tests of front-loading and top-loading washers conducted by ConsumerReports.org. Each machine is rated on its washing performance, water and energy use, noise, vibration and gentleness to fabric. It is also one of 26 washing machines tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Roughly 170 reviews for this washer at HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com shed light on its long-term reliability. The annual Appliance Survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates provides information about customer satisfaction with the Maytag brand as a whole.
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW is one of nearly 70 front-loading washers tested at ConsumerReports.org. Each washer is rated on its cleaning performance, water and energy use, capacity, gentleness to clothing, noise level and vibration
Review: Washing Machines, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of June 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XG, the black version of the MHW6000XW, earns a grade of B-plus from testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. They say the washer cleans very well on its bulky and delicate cycles, but poorly on the normal cycle.
Review: Maytag Maxima MHW6000XG, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, April 2011
The Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from roughly 85 owners at HomeDepot.com. Users say it cleans well and runs quietly, with low vibration. However, some find the long cycle time frustrating, and there are complaints about reliability.
Review: Maytag Maxima 4.3 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Front Load Washer in Crimson, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
We found a total of about 85 reviews here (scattered across multiple pages) for the Maytag Maxima MHW6000XW and its red and black equivalents. Users like this machine's cleaning performance, large capacity and efficiency, but they complain about its durability and high price tag.
Review: Maytag 4.3 Cu. Ft. Stackable Front-Load Washer (Color: White) ENERGY STAR, Contributors to Lowes.com
5. J.D. Power & Associates
In this survey, more than 5,600 consumers who have recently bought washing machines rate their overall satisfaction. Though individual models are not rated, the Maytag brand as a whole comes in around the middle of the pack, with average scores in every category.
Review: Home Appliance Study, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011