Maytag MSS26C6MFZ review

The sturdy Maytag MSS26C6MFZ offers a total of 25.6 cubic feet of interior capacity, which stacks up well when compared with other side-by-side refrigerators.

Maytag MSS26C6MFZ review

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Maytag MSS26C6MFZ is a well-constructed fridge with humidity-controlled crisper drawers, a quick-cool feature and a lot of well-laid-out storage space for fresh and frozen food. It costs more than average, but for the right home it may be worth the price.


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    The Maytag has the best sealed system warranty of any model we reviewed.


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    It's more expensive than most other fridges we reviewed.

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The Maytag MSS26C6MFZ is a large refrigerator which is no longer widely available. To find a newer alternative, read our guide to the best side-by-side refrigerators

In the refrigerator portion, there are four adjustable, spillproof shelves, which lets you customize the space to store tall or bulky items on one shelf and smaller items on another. It has humidity-controlled crisper drawers to keep fruits and vegetables fresh. The door has four adjustable gallon bins and a designated dairy compartment. The freezer portion makes the most of its storage space with three adjustable glass shelves, one fixed shelf, two transparent drawers, and three adjustable door bins.

If the fridge or freezer door fails to get closed all the way, an alarm sounds to let you know it’s open. If too much cool air has escaped, you can use the quick-cool option, which lowers the temperature for a short time until the internal temperature returns to normal. This feature isn’t common among side-by-side refrigerators and is one addition that makes the Maytag MSS26C6MFZ stand out among the competition.

The icemaker is mounted on the door, which frees up valuable storage space in the freezer area so you can arrange more frozen foods in there. This fridge dispenses crushed or cubed ice, and the water dispenser provides filtered water for up to six months before you need to change the filter.

The Maytag MSS26C6MFZ is not Energy Star compliant, but it is still an efficient unit. Its annual operating costs are more than average when compared with other fridges in our lineup, but given its capacity, that’s to be expected.

This model is more expensive than most of the fridges we looked at. Maytag is a reliable brand, and this is a well-constructed, attractive fridge made of the best materials. That combined with its features and capacity makes it worth the price for the right consumer. It comes in stainless steel, black and white to match different décor. If you want a large-capacity fridge that is more affordable, the Frigidaire FFSS2615TS or the Samsung RS25J500DSR are good choices.

The Maytag MSS26C6MFZ has the best warranty of any fridge we evaluated. In addition to the standard one year for parts and labor, Maytag includes an extended warranty for the sealed system and compressor. Where other side-by-side refrigerators only extend this warranty for five years, Maytag extends it for an impressive 10 years. This means if anything breaks, you won’t have to pay much out of pocket to get it fixed.

Maytag also offers good options if you ever need support for your side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. Online, you can find user manuals and answers to FAQs. You can also reach customer service by telephone, email request, and live chat.

You get plenty of room and flexibility for organizing your fresh and frozen foods with the Maytag MSS26C6MFZ. You also get a 10-year warranty on the fridge's sealed system, which includes the compressor. It is a well-constructed fridge with a lot of great features like humidity-controlled drawers and a quick cool feature. While it costs more than most of the fridges in our lineup, its capacity, solid construction and overall feature package make it a good choice for the right family.

For an alternative kitchen appliance, check out our guide to the best French door refrigerators.

Noel Case

Noel has worked as a reporter and editor for many online and print publications including the Salt Lake Tribune and the Ogden Standard-Examiner, covering diverse beats like education, city development and politics. He also wrote and edited an online monthly magazine for the nutritional supplement company Max International. Noel has degrees from the University of Utah and Weber State University in psychology, English and creative writing and is passionate about writing in all its forms.