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Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer review

The Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer is a large capacity washing machine that gets the toughest stains out of your fabrics.

Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer review
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Our Verdict

The Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer is a good choice if you need a large machine to get the job done. It uses more water than a front-loading machine, especially with the pre-soak and deep-fill programs, however, it boasts a good choice of wash cycles.

For

  • Tough on stains
  • Large capacity

Against

  • Uses lots of water on some settings
  • Low spin speed

The Maytag MVWC565FW is a large, robust machine that’s good for those who need to remove stains on heavily soiled clothing. In this review, we’ll cover everything you need to know about this model and decide whether it’s one of the best top load washers on the market. 

Maytag MVWC565FW: Essential info

1. Deep wash option
2. Large 4.2 cubic feet capacity
3. Costs around $799
4. Made in the USA
5. Uses an agitator
6. High quality parts and a 10-year limited parts warranty
7. 11 wash cycles
8. Late-add lock
9. Costs around $18 per year to run
10. Quiet, even on the spin cycle

This Maytag washer has the option for adding forgotten items as it starts to fill – great for that stray sock that you left behind. It features a power wash cycle, a combination of more vigorous cleaning action and hotter water for tougher stains, all while its internal agitator moves clothes vigorously to ensure a deep cleanse. It has a neat, sleek exterior and it pairs with matching Maytag dryers.

The Maytag MVWC565FW has settings for all types of laundry, tackling anything from delicates to more heavily stained clothing such as work overalls.

It runs smoothly and quietly and is a reasonable cost for its size and durability, with a self-cleaning cycle to keep it in excellent condition.

Maytag MVWC565FW: How big is it?

  • Length: 27 inches 
  • Width: 27.5 inches 
  • Height: 42 inches 

The Maytag MVWC565FW has a capacity of 4.2 cubic feet, big enough to take a couple of laundry baskets full, which makes it a good choice for families, or if you like to do laundry less frequently to conserve energy and water. It’s large enough for a king size comforter.  

Maytag MVWC565FW: How easy is it to install?

To fit this machine, you can either book a plumber or you can install it yourself. It can be plumbed into an overhead sewer or a standpipe and if it’s in a basement, you’ll need an extension drain hose, a sump pump, and connectors. The tools required are a wrench, measuring tape, pliers, a level, and a four-inch wooden block. An electrical outlet needs to be within four feet of the machine, hot and cold water faucets within three feet. If you are going to fit this washer yourself, you’ll find the installation guidelines on the manufacturers’ website.

Because this is a top-loading washing machine, you’ll need to measure the space where you’re going to keep the appliance and ensure there isn’t any shelving above that would prevent the washer from opening fully.

Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer review

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Maytag MVWC565FW: What’s good about it?

Maytag is a trusted name, with a reputation for efficiency and longevity, and its machines are designed and made in the USA. This model has a large capacity, stainless steel drum of 4.2 cubic feet, making it one of the largest models we’ve reviewed, however, we’d recommend a bigger model for large households. It also has one central agitator, and its controls are easy to use by turning five dials. It has two spin speeds to choose from so that you rid your laundry of excess water.

This Maytag machine has an auto-sense option to choose the water level, which is a good water-saving feature as the machine will only fill up as much as is necessary. Another option is to deep fill the drum for when you need to tackle stains - this does obviously use a lot of water though so isn’t the most efficient option. The Power Wash option gives a combination of heated water and powerful action to break up stains. Finally, the main control button gives you 11 wash cycles, and the lights on the control panel show the machine’s progress. 

The company offers a 10-year limited parts warranty. Ball bearings keep the machine stable and running smoothly even on a high spin. 

Maytag MVWC565FW: What’s not so good?

The temperature button on the Maytag MVWC565FW is confusing, with three similar-sounding options; “tap cold,” ‘cold” and ‘cool”. Whereas the auto-sense water option may be inadequate for lighter items, as it chooses the water level depending on weight. The deep fill option uses a lot of water and it isn’t very energy efficient. 

Because this model uses a traditional agitator, it can also be harsher on clothes and can cause more damage than a model that spins the clothes around using an impeller instead. The machine comes only in white and is not stackable, so it’s worth keeping this in mind. We were also disappointed to see the maximum spin speed is just 700 RPM, lower than many of our favorite washers and this means clothes will take longer to dry. 

Maytag MVWC565FW: How efficient is it?

As many of us are increasingly aware of our appliances’ impact on the environment, you might want to consider choosing an energy and water efficient model. 

The Maytag MVWC565FW holds two baskets full in one load, which saves you having to do multiple loads in one day, and it should cost you around $18 per year to run. It does not have an eco-setting and the option to deep-fill the washing container may use excess water. A top-loading machine like this is not as water efficient as one of the best front loading machines which spin the clothes around in a smaller amount of water, or if you’re keen on sticking to a top loader, a model with an impeller instead of an agitator will be more efficient. 

Maytag MVWC565FW top load washer review

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Maytag MVWC565FW: User reviews

The machine scores highly among owners, who rate it an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Maytag’s website. 88% would recommend this machine to others, though some really don’t get on with it. Many say they like the range of functions, making it suitable for all laundry needs, and prefer that they can run the machine fewer times per week thanks to its large capacity.  

This washer is awesome and easy to use. Love the fact that the water level is not all the way to the top and saves on the water bill.

Maytag customer review

Many users cite the quiet, smooth running as their reason for choosing it, though some noted that it vibrated if the floor wasn’t smooth. Several were fans of the auto-fill option for the water though others were disparaging of this and found that their clothes were not evenly wet.  

Should you buy the Maytag MVWC565FW?

The Maytag MVWC565FW is a large top loading washing machine good for those looking for a model to speed through the family’s laundry, even if heavily soiled. It does not have a very fast spin speed, so you might be hesitant about choosing this unless you live in a sunny state. It’s not as efficient as a front loader or a model with an impeller and be wary of using too much water on the deep fill cycle. 

If this model isn’t for you… 

The Maytag MVWC565FW won’t be for everyone and if there are too many things you’re not sure about with this model then there are plenty of alternatives. If you want a machine that uses an impeller and doesn’t need as much water for each cycle, we’d recommend taking a look at our Maytag MVW7232HW review. Alternatively, speed up your drying time with a washer that has a faster spin speed such as the GE GTW720BSNWS

Sally J. Hall

Sally J. Hall is an editor and journalist who has written for many newspapers, magazines and websites on a wide range of subjects within the medical, parenting, and consumer product markets; she is also the author of three books.