Pros / A sanitize cycle will help keep bedding and other items clean.
Cons / The dial control seems a little outdated and sparse compared to other dryers.
Verdict / The Maytag MEDX655DW is not the most modern machine but it has a large capacity and the important basics to work well for large households.
The Maytag MEDX655DW lacks a lot of the features that are common on newer machines but still has some good capabilities and we found it for as little as $550. That is a great price for a dryer that is relatively large and ready to help tackle large piles of laundry. It can handle up to 18 towels in one load.
This is designed to pair perfectly with its matching washer, the Maytag MVWB765FW but it could do well with a variety of washers. The general rule is that you need a dryer that is about double the capacity of your washer so there is enough space in each load for air to get it all dry.
This is not one of the dryers with sleek, lay-flat buttons but the dial is updated compared to the machines from decades ago. There is a whole separate dial for wrinkle control. Set the wrinkle control dial for 60 or 120 minutes so the machine will periodically tumble clothing at the end of a cycle so wrinkles don't set in before you can get back to the machine.
The MEDX655DW does have some modern features, including sensor drying. The sensor monitors moisture levels so that the machine runs just long enough to dry clothing and not a minute more. That way you don't waste energy or risk over-drying and damaging fabrics.
This dryer has a modest selection of cycles, which is hardly surprising when you consider the low price. The most noticeable and potentially-helpful of the bunch is the sanitize cycle. It is designed to remove up to 99.9% of three types of bacteria often found in households.
The MEDX655DW stands out for having great warranty coverage, which inspires a lot of confidence in the product. You get 10 years of coverage on the drive motor and drum. That is 10 times what most of the competitors offer.
The Maytag MEDX655DW is not the most updated machine but it will do just fine for the money. There are enough modern touches, like sensor drying and a sanitize option, that keep it competitive, and the price is just right for what you get.