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The Maytag MSD2559XEW is an outstanding side-by-side refrigerator. It is energy efficient, visually appealing and well organized so users can effectively fulfill all their storage needs. Because it is energy efficient, it will save users money on their monthly utility bills. Also, one reason this refrigerator ranked so high is the Store-N-Door ice dispenser, which is on the freezer door so it clears up extra space in the freezer. The Maytag also ranked higher than other products because of its extra storage compartments.
The Maytag unit has a total capacity of 25.4 cubic feet, which is the average storage space for a side-by-side refrigerator. Before you submit to the “bigger is better” mantra, consider how much space your family reasonably needs. This refrigerator has enough space for a family of five, possibly six. When users purchase a refrigerator that is the right size for their family, instead of instinctively buying the largest side-by-side refrigerator, they will conserve energy and save on utility bills.
Like most freezer refrigerators, the Maytag comes in black, monochromatic stainless steel and white. These color choices allow users to choose a model that matches the appliances already installed in their kitchen.
Although this side-by-side refrigerator has an average amount of storage space, it has an additional shelf in the refrigerator compared to other models. Most refrigerators have three refrigerator shelves, but the Maytag has four shelves. We value extra storage units, such as shelves or door bins, because they help users effectively organize their food, so the extra shelf was one of the reasons this side-by-side refrigerator scored higher than others.
The Maytag has three drawers in the refrigerator section: a snack pan, a crisper and a deli drawer. The crisper has humidity controls to keep fruits and vegetables fresh, and the deli drawer has an adjustable temperature so users can change the settings depending on what they are currently storing. We were impressed with the temperature controls on the deli drawer since most refrigerators don’t have this feature.
In the freezer section, the Maytag has four wire shelves, three door bins and one slide-out basket. Although these are important features, what really stands out in this side-by-side refrigerator is the Store-N-Door Ice Dispensing System. Unlike most refrigerators, the ice maker is not found in the freezer, but on the freezer door. We find this to be a visually appealing and space-saving design. Instead of taking up much of the space in the top half of the freezer and much of the door, this on-the-door ice maker only uses space on the door. This space-saving ice maker is the reason why this side-by-side refrigerator ranked high in this area.
The freezer uses adaptive defrost, a system that detects when and how long the freezer needs to be defrosted. This technology makes this side-by-side refrigerator more energy efficient.
The ice dispenser distributes water, crushed ice and Right Size ice cubes. Right Size ice cubes are smaller ice cubes that are created to fit into water bottles, as well as glasses. These smaller ice cubes are also ideal because they don’t splash as much when dispensed into glasses or pitchers filled with water. Some side-by-side refrigerators from other brands have difficulties with their ice maker – the ice spills all over the ground, instead of into the cup, or it splashes your drink all over. We hope that the Right Size ice cubes will reduce this issue for this model.
The electronic control with LED display is simple, yet it includes all the main features of an ice dispenser display. This side-by-side refrigerator has a door alarm, child lock and filter replacement reminder. These controls make the Maytag refrigerator user-friendly as they conveniently help you save money and maintain your fridge.
This refrigerator is excellent in all the areas we considered when comparing side-by-side refrigerators. It consistently edges out the competition with its extra features. However, one area that we were concerned about was the size. With a total capacity of 25.4 cubic feet, it has an average size for side-by-side refrigerators. Most users want more space in their refrigerator, so we felt users may be more interested in a larger model. As always, users should consider their circumstances and family size before purchasing a refrigerator. This refrigerator is ideal for families of five or six, so it will fit the needs of most families. With this in mind, this refrigerator has a satisfactory amount of space for most users.
The Maytag MSD2559XEW allows users to choose an energy-efficient refrigerator that has all the features and sleek appearance that you expect in a high-end refrigerator.