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Maytag Performance Series MEDE500VW 7.2 Cu. Ft. 9-Cycle Electric Dryer Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Maytag Performance Series MEDE500VW is a large-capacity electric dryer that provides a wide variety of automatic settings for different fabrics and should handle most laundry loads for an average household. It requires a cold-water line (the hose provided is only a few feet long) for its steam function, which relaxes wrinkles while helping to remove odors and stains. The sanitary cycle is advertised as eliminating bacteria on objects like pillows or teddy bears, and a wrinkle prevention setting periodically tumbles clothing without heat for up to 90 minutes after the cycle ends, so items don't wrinkle as they sit. To prevent over-drying or shrinking, moisture sensors turn off the machine when the load is dry.

Models: MEDE500VW (White)


(Prices as of 06/27/2012)
White      Source
$854Lowe's (At times offers free shipping/delivery)
$949Home Depot (At times offers free shipping/delivery)
$788Abt Electronics (Estimated typical delivery $0-$78)
$764AJ Madison (Shipping/delivery typically $99-$198)

Prices For Matching Washer

(Prices as of 06/27/2012)
Starting From Item
$8323.9 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Maytag MHWE950WW Front-Load Washer

Additional Costs:

$100-$350Optional Pedestal
$15-$25Optional Stacking Kit
$0-$75+Power cord, dryer vent kit/parts
$0-$200+Shipping & Handling (it can cost $0-$25+ to haul away the old appliance)
$60-$550+Extended Warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms
$0-$2,000+Washer-dryer hookups, with electric/water lines


DimensionsHeight: 38"
Width: 27"
Depth: 32"
Weight133 lbs.
Depth (door open)52.6"
PowerElectric, 230V, 30 amps.
StyleFront load
Capacity7.2 Cu. Ft.
Door TypeSide-swing, reversible (can be installed to swing right or left)
Door WindowYes
DrumPowder-coated steel
ControlsDigital, with electromechanical dials
Drying Cycles9: bulky items, heavy duty, normal, sanitize, delicate, timed dry, quick dry, rapid refresh steam, custom refresh steam
Sensor dryYes
End-of-cycle SignalYes
Drying rackNo
Other Features90-minute wrinkle prevent option
Control lock
Display estimated time remaining
Interior light
Direct feed Easy-Plumb water hookup
Power cord and venting typically not included
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on the product is available at

What People Are Saying:

The Maytag Performance Series MEDE500VW was on the 2011 Recommended list at Consumer Reports, but dropped off the list when new models were reviewed in 2012. Consumer Reports rates the MED500VW excellent for energy efficiency, water efficiency, capacity and gentleness; and very good for washing performance, noise and vibration. However, user reviews are mixed. Most praise this as a solid, quiet and efficient unit with excellent features, while about 20%-25% report that the machine failed in a few months or a few years due to "defective bearings."