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Thursday, October 6th
Maytag has been a recognized brand in home appliances for over 100 years, personified by "The Maytag Man" . You won't find any overly-fancy fridges here, just basic and budget-friendly options under $2400.
Very narrow selection
There are only about a dozen refrigerators currently offered by Maytag. These include top freezer, side-by-side, bottom freezer and French door styles in black, white and stainless steel finishes. With such a small selection, you're less likely to get the exact configuration you're hoping for. For example, the French door style without an in-door water dispenser was out of stock, and none of the bottom freezer models had water dispenser options at all. But, if you're easily overwhelmed by having dozens of models to browse, Maytag can eliminate some of that hassle.
Features that don't really impress
cYou won't find too many advanced features with a Maytag fridge. We didn't spot any that had smart features like Wi-Fi connectivity or touchscreen doors. The only capability that popped out at us is the PowerCold option on some models: push a button to cool your fridge down quickly, even if the doors have been open for a while as you loaded groceries (or because someone forgot to close them). Maytag also promotes a Beverage Chiller compartment with some fridge styles, but it doesn't seem like much more than an in-door place to store juice or milk.
Watch out for the deli drawer
And, one feature we don't love (usually on the French door styles) is the deli drawer. In our experience, those drawers get crammed with food and then the sliding cover pops out of place, or the plastic see-through cover gets cracked when people drop food on it. That's a feature we actively avoid when shopping for a new fridge, but you'll have a hard time avoiding it at Maytag if you're specifically looking for French door models.
Might not last very long
Maytag is one of several refrigerator brands in our review that are part of the Whirlpool family, and so it shares Whirlpool's "A+" rating from the Better Business Bureau. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that Maytag has refrigerators that are just as reliable. While some models average a 4-star rating or higher, a few score much lower. On average, Maytag refrigerators seem to last 10 years at the most, which is below average compared with many rival brands that go 15+ years before needing to be replaced. Frequent issues include condenser coil failure (that will lead to a fridge full of spoiled food), malfunctioning ice maker assemblies, weak door seals and excess moisture. You've only got a one-year full warranty on any Maytag fridge, plus 10 years limited parts coverage (where the fine print says it only includes the compressor).
A history of recalls
And, although it was over a decade ago, there was a huge recall of Maytag refrigerators back in 2009: originally, over 1 million units were recalled (across several Maytag-affiliated brands) and an extra 40,000+ of just Maytag-branded models were included later. Why? Electrical failures caused overheating and even fires. We're sure that Maytag has taken care of that in subsequent designs - after all, there haven't been any big recalls since - but you'll still see that mentioned as you do your research.
Low ranking among refrigerator brands
Maytag doesn't have a lot going for it among refrigerator brands. Small selection, lackluster performance and less-than-impressive features keep it from ranking very high among the companies in our evaluation. Is it the worst brand you could buy? Maybe not, but we suggest checking out the higher-rated options first.
Whether you're equipping the kitchen in your brand-new home or replacing the trusty appliance you've had for years that finally gave up the ghost, you're making a major purchase that needs to be reliable and give you a good value for your money.
Today's refrigerators range from your basic side-by-side (or even a more old-fashioned freezer-on-top, fridge-on-bottom style) all the way up to cutting-edge designs that have a touchscreen in the door - for displaying recipes, checking the weather, or even listening to your favorite Spotify playlist.
Choosing the right fridge requires taking several factors into account. First, what's your budget? Believe it or not, you can find models for less than $500 and for more than $5,000, so having an idea of what you want to spend can help you narrow down the possibilities.
Next, how much room do you have? Taking accurate measurements is a must, otherwise your fridge may not fit on installation day - and don't forget to account for the room needed to open the doors. Also, how much room do you need inside? A good rule of thumb is four to six cubic feet of interior space for every adult in the household. Finally, what features are must-haves (or must-avoids)? Not everyone wants an in-door water/ice dispenser or a Wi-Fi capable appliance.
Once you've come up with a general overview of the refrigerator that will best suit your needs, it's time to see which brands fit the bill. Some manufacturers are more reliable than others: a few makers have a reputation for dropping the ball when it comes to customer service after the sale, and at least one has experienced major recalls due to fire hazards. No matter which brand and model you eventually decide, it's a smart idea to see what extended warranty coverage is available to help mitigate any costly problems you might experience down the road.
To recap, here are the criteria you should have in mind as you shop for a new refrigerator:
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