Unpack everything there is to know in this Maytag MVW7232HW washer review. We’ve included all the important things to consider such as installation, costs, helpful features, what’s not so great, and whether we think the Maytag MVW7232HW is worth your money. You’ll also be able to find running costs and compare this model against others in our guide to the best top load washers around.
The Maytag MVW7232HW offers a 5.3 cubic feet capacity which is larger than lots of the other models we’ve reviewed. This makes it an ideal choice for busy households where the washing machine is constantly being used.
1. 5.3 cubic feet capacity
2. Top loading design
3. Available in two colors
4. Uses an impeller
5. Energy Star certified
6. Costs around $30 a year to run
7. 10-year warranty on the tub and motor
8. Matching dryers available
9. Maximum spin speed is 850 RPM
10. Soft close lid design
There’s a total of 13 wash cycles and a quick wash setting for when you’re in a rush and there’s also a matching dryer available if you want the set. Unlike front load washers, however, you won’t be able to stack the Maytag MVW7232HW so consider how much space you have if you want to get the matching dryer too.
As with many modern types of washers now, this machine doesn’t have an agitator. Instead, it has an impeller and uses less water and energy to wash your clothes than traditional models. The Maytag MVW7232HW, in particular, is Energy Star certified so you can expect running costs to be around $30 a year. This can add significant savings per year, which does offset the initial cost a little.
As one of the most expensive models we’ve reviewed, however, the Maytag MVW7232HW is available for just under $1,000 - which is a significant upfront price. This is pretty expensive compared to most other options we looked at but you are getting smart features and a large capacity for your money. Maytag itself also has a reputation for being reliable, and its washers are made in the USA.
Maytag MVW7232HW: How big is it?
- Depth: 27.88 inches
- Width: 27.25 inches
- Height: 42.88 inches
The Maytag MVW7232HW has a 5.3 cubic feet capacity, making it a large choice. It is suitable for washing a king sized comforter and bedding, but it’s best not to do them both at the same time. This is because overloading the washing machine will cause it to be unbalanced and the clean quality might suffer too.
Because this washer opens from the top, it’s important to take into account the height including when the door is open - this is 58.5 inches when the door is open 90 degrees. Also, consider the height of the machine itself and if this will be suitable for you. Some reviewers claim this model is too tall for them and taking washing out is a real challenge when it comes to those pesky socks that are always hanging around at the bottom of the washer drum.
In terms of the impact this Maytag machine will have on your energy bills depends on where you live. However, the manufacturers estimate that this machine costs $30 a year to run. Because this machine doesn’t use an agitator, it also won’t use as much water.
Finding the right size washer can be the difference between washing too often and having to wait ages before you have a pile of clothes big enough to fill your machine. For advice on how to select the right capacity and washer style for you, check out our features on What size washing machine should you buy? | Agitator vs. Impeller: Which washer type is best?
Maytag MVW7232HW: How easy is it to install?
You can install the Maytag MVW7232HW yourself, but it’s best if two people are able to help, since the unit will be heavy to maneuver alone. This washer comes complete with full instructions but you must ensure your existing water valves are corrosive-free and are within six feet of the hookup.
Also, take note that this machine doesn’t come with the inlet hoses you’ll need. When you buy these, ensure they have flat washers. To help you complete the job, you’ll need basic tools including pliers, and you’ll need to install the Maytag MVW7232HW on a hard floor that has a maximum slope of 25mm.
Before you even order a washer, though, ensure you measure and measure once again - allowing one inch all the way around to account for any movement and prevent extra noise when the washer is in motion.
Maytag MVW7232HW: What’s good about it?
The Maytag MVW7232HW is packed full of useful functions which make it a popular choice with shoppers. First up, this machine is smart enabled. That means you can set it to start working when you’re not at home, you can receive alerts when your wash cycle has finished, and you’ll be able to troubleshoot for any potential problems you might encounter later on. This can all be done using the Maytag app, and if you’ve not experienced a smart washer before, it can make a bit of a difference to your laundry.
To suit a variety of tastes, the Maytag MVW7232HW comes in both white and metallic slate. It’s energy efficient with an Energy Star certification, and it uses an impeller to wash your clothes.
An impeller is a plus because it’s more gentle when it cleans your clothes. Impellers also don’t require as much water. It works in a reverse wash motion and spray jets soak the clothes with water and detergent. If you do want your clothes to be more thoroughly cleaned, however, there is a Deep Fill option and a built-in water faucet to soak stains before you put them through the wash.
What we do like about the Maytag MVW7232HW is that it has a soft close lid. This may sound like a tiny thing but it certainly makes a difference if you’re used to hearing that awful slam. The lid on this machine is also made of glass so you can see what’s going on if you need to.
An Oxi Cycle sanitizes and eradicates 99.9% of household bacteria by using higher temperatures. Plus, an Extra Power button uses dual temperatures wash to treat stains. In terms of the other cycles on offer, you can expect options for delicate, whites, drain & spin, and more. There’s also a function for wrinkle control to cut down on ironing times too. Reaching a maximum of 850 RPM, this washer has a good spin speed.
Some users will also be pleased to see that this washer is made in the US, with manufacturers in Clyde and Ohio. There’s also a 10-year warranty on the stainless steel tub and the motor.
Maytag MVW7232HW: What’s not so good about it?
The Maytag MVW7232HW is one of the priciest options we reviewed. While it does offer smart features and a decent capacity, it is lacking in a steam function which is a shame.
Considering its price, it would be good to see a longer warranty covering the entire product too, not just the motor and the wash tub. There’s also a quick wash setting which is handy, however, this is only suitable for much smaller loads and those items can only really be lightly soiled otherwise this function won’t be effective.
Despite having vibration reduction technology, some found this washer to be pretty loud when it was operating - something we’ll expand more on in our user reviews section below. Plus, considering the price tag, it would be nice to see faster spin speeds on this model so that clothes are not as wet when they come out of the washer - reducing drying time.
Maytag MVW7232HW: User reviews
The Maytag MVW7232HW has an average user rating of 4.3 out of 5. One user said: “I love the bleach dispenser and the detergent drawer” and another added; “I really like the slow close lid”. This is something that was mentioned in a few reviews with others stating that it was helpful that the lid is also see through so you can check on your washing.
In terms of features, users said the “Extra Power button is amazing” and some find they’ll never use the smart features but they’re nice to have. In terms of usability, users comment on how the buttons are easy to use and how the auto-sensing mode is useful for automatically adjusting the water levels. Others also added that they liked that this model was made in the US.
Not all reviewers were happy though and some found their clothes weren’t washed enough and softener was still on them after a cycle had finished. Other users were ‘locked out’ of the machine due to faults with the system. One user said it “has a huge capacity tub, but I have yet to wash sheets or a comforter without having to rearrange during spin cycle.” A common theme among the more negative reviews was that this machine doesn’t work well on large loads.
Should you buy the Maytag MVW7232HW?
If capacity is high on your list of things to look for in a new washing machine, the Maytag MVW7232HW is a solid choice for you. With a 5.3 cubic feet capacity, it’s one of the largest models we looked at. It has smart functionalities so that you can monitor your wash progress, switch the machine on, and troubleshoot all from your phone.
For added convenience, the Maytag MVW7232HW has a soft-close lid and a detergent dispenser. It has a Quick Wash setting and a Deep Clean cycle to really tackle dirty laundry loads.
What lets this machine down, however, is its pretty big price tag. It also doesn’t have a steam setting, and its spin speed could be faster to improve your drying times. Aside from that, the Maytag MVW7232HW is very energy efficient and well worth considering if you need plenty of wash space.
Not sure if this is the one for you?
Perhaps the Maytag MVW7232HW isn’t ticking all of your boxes. If you need something with higher spin speeds to reduce drying time further, head to our LG WT7300CW review. Alternatively, if you want something cheap and cheerful, take a look at our Amana NTW4516FW review.