Maytag MDB4709AWW Review


Maytag MDB4709AWW Maytag
MDB4709AWW

Jetclean Plus
Place Settings: 14
Width: 24"
Discontinued
Jets
Sanitize
Cycles

9

& Options
Energy

302

kWh Per Yr
Water

925

Gal Per Yr
Sound

61

dbA
Cost

$449

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Maytag MDB4709AWW


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs two major features to help get your dishes clean - jets and a sanitizing option. High pressure spray jets blast away food particles and stubborn deposits. A sanitizing rinse option then eliminates most bacteria.
Cycles GOOD - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
Energy FAIR - Estimated annual electricity use is 12% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new dishwashers for FAIR power usage. This Maytag dishwasher is not Energy Star qualified.  
Water FAIR - Estimated annual water use is 23% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of new dishwashers for FAIR water consumption. It uses about 169 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Sound POOR - Sound levels are 21% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers with POOR noise suppression. It is 10 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  
Cost BEST - Rated in the top 15% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $449 is 47% lower than average. The Maytag MDB4709AWW is priced about $393 less than average.


Maytag MDB4709AWW Dishwasher


Cleaning Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware and Dish Jets - The MDB4709AWW model includes high-pressure spray jets that can scrub heavily soiled dishes and silverware. Jets are positioned to help loosen and remove dried-on food deposits.
High
Temp
High-Temp Option - Includes the option to choose a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water is one of the most important ingredients for dissolving hardened food and producing clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening baked-on or dried food deposits.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Standard number of wash levels that allow streams of water to saturate dishes from many different angles and directions. More wash levels promotes more thorough cleaning.
Sensor
Washing
Sensor Washing - Uses one or more sensors to measure soil content, load level, and/or water temperature. The Maytag MDB4709AWW sensors automatically make adjustments to ensure optimum cleaning.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Includes a sanitary cycle that is NSF certified to remove 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Water temperatures reach approximately 150-degrees to help disinfect your dishes.
Cycles &
Options
9 Cycles & Options - Cycles and options is about average for a new dishwasher. The more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of getting your particular dishes clean, and making your life a little more convenient.  
Food
Disposer
Built-In Food Disposer - Includes a built-in food disposer that helps keep the wash water clean and free of debris. Minimizes the number of food particles that can deposit on dishes or cling to glasses.
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Integrated softeners are only found on about 10% of new dishwashers.  


Drying Ratings
Heated
Dry
Heated Dry - Includes an option to dry the dishes faster with an internal heating element. Heated drying can also help to reduce spotting on dishes and especially glassware. Available on most new dishwashers.
Tub
Material
Plastic Tub - The interior is composed of standard plastic which does not aid the drying process like stainless steel interiors. About 40% of new dishwashers are fitted with plastic tubs.  
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent contact with plastic dishes and accidental melting.  


Loading Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Maytag MDB4709AWW has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 10% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack that can be used for cups and smaller items.
Spray
Arms
Towerless - Uses a superior spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms provide more wash levels and don't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Non-Adjustable - The loading racks are not adjustable and cannot move up or down. Non-adjustable racks are found on about 40% of new dishwashers and offer less flexibility for loading items during parties.  
Removable
Racks
Removable - One or more of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Very convenient for special occasions when you need additional space to load extra-large pots or serving plates.
Fold-Down
Tines
Non-Folding Tines - Rack divider tines cannot be folded down and remain in a stationary vertical position. Non-folding tines are found on 40% of new dishwashers and limit your ability to add horizontal space.  
Cup Shelf No Cup / Stemware Shelf - Does not have an additional cup shelf that provides extra room to stack more glasses and coffee cups or to secure stemware. Available on most new dishwashers.  
Silverware
Basket
Standard Basket - The Maytag MDB4709AWW uses a basic silverware basket that is found on about 30% of new dishwashers. Some premium baskets can be split into two sections or moved to different areas inside the dishwasher.  
Utility
Container
No Utility Container - Does not have an extra utility basket or tray like 70% of other new dishwashers. These extra baskets and trays can store larger items that don't fit in the standard basket.  
Detergent
Dispenser
No Detergent Reservoir - Uses a standard detergent dispenser that you fill each time you run a cycle. Less than 5% of new dishwashers have reservoirs that can hold multiple cycles of detergent.  


Capacity Ratings
Place
Settings
14 Settings - Number of place settings is 2% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new dishwashers for BETTER loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply like to run the dishwasher less often.
Tub
Size
Tall Tub - Super-capacity tall-tub design with about 20% more interior room than standard-size tubs. The Maytag MDB4709AWW additional tub height allows you to load more place settings as well as taller items in the racks.


Noise Ratings
Sound
Level
61 dbA - Sound levels are 21% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dishwashers with POOR noise suppression. It is 10 dbA louder than average - a 3 dbA difference is like doubling the distance from the dishwasher.  


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
No Energy Star - The Maytag MDB4709AWW is not Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. It uses more electricity and water than most new dishwashers and will be more costly to operate.  
Energy
Rating
302 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 12% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new dishwashers for FAIR power usage. This Maytag dishwasher is not Energy Star qualified.  
Water
Rating
925 Gal - Estimated annual water use is 23% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of new dishwashers for FAIR water consumption. It uses about 169 gallons more water annually than the average new dishwasher.  
Energy
Saver
No Energy-Saver Cycle - The Maytag MDB4709AWW has no option to select a quick-wash cycle that uses lower temperatures or less water when your dishes have minimal food deposits. Available on about 60% of new dishwashers.  
Half
Load
No Half-Load Option - No option to save water and energy by washing just a half-load in either the upper or lower rack. You can still be eco-friendly by waiting for a full load before running a cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - Includes an energy-saving option to run the dishwasher overnight or during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Or simply run while you're gone.
CEE
Tier 1
No CEE Tier 1 - It is unknown if this dishwasher model meets CEE Tier 1 criteria by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency because the required Energy Factor data is not available.  


Style Ratings
Exterior White - Standard white front seems to never go out of style. It's easy to color-coordinate with the rest of your kitchen appliances, and it's more economical than stainless steel or panel-ready doors.  
Interior Plastic Tub - The Maytag MDB4709AWW standard white plastic tub and door lining is more susceptible to staining and odor absorption over time. Over 60% of new dishwashers now have stainless steel interiors.  
Controls All-Digital Controls -Touch-pad control console is all-digital and visible from the front. Not as stylish as fully-integrated (hidden) consoles, but sometimes more convenient to use without opening the door.
Display No Digital Display - The Maytag MDB4709AWW does not include a digital display in the control console that shows cycle time remaining or other wash status information. Most new dishwashers do not have a digital display.  


Cost Ratings
MSRP $449 - Rated in the top 15% of new lower-cost dishwashers for BEST affordability. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $449 is 47% lower than average. The Maytag MDB4709AWW is priced about $393 less than average.


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