Maytag MDB8979SEZ Review


Maytag MDB8979SEZ Maytag
MDB8979SEZ

Jetclean Plus
Place Settings: 15
Width: 24" Built-in
MSRP: $849
Jets
Sanitize
Cycles

11

& Options
Energy

270

kWh Per Yr
Water

753

Gal Per Yr
Sound

47

dBA
Cost

$849

MSRP

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Maytag MDB8979SEZ


Dishwasher Pros and Cons Summary
Cleaning BEST - Employs two major features to help get your dishes clean; spray jets and a high-temperature sanitizing rinse. High pressure spray jets blast away food particles and stubborn deposits. A sanitizing rinse option then eliminates most bacteria.
Cycles BETTER - Cycles and options are higher than average and ranks in the top 40% of new dishwashers for BETTER selection and flexibility. More options enable you to better choose the most appropriate functions for your family's particular dishwashing needs.
Energy BETTER - Estimated annual electricity use is 1% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Maytag dishwasher is projected to use 270 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water GOOD - Water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star estimates this dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 753 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Sound BETTER - Quieter than average. Operating sound levels of 47 dBA are 2.9 dBA lower than the average new dishwasher. Ranks in the top 35% of quieter dishwashers for BETTER noise suppression. A 10 dBA decrease in sound is like being twice the distance away.
Cost GOOD - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a currently produced dishwasher. Rated GOOD for affordability. The Maytag MDB8979SEZ dishwasher should generally be available on-sale at 10%-20% below the MSRP.  


Maytag MDB8979SEZ Dishwasher

Maytag MDB8979SEZ



Performance Ratings
Spray
Jets
Silverware and Dish Jets - The Maytag MDB8979SEZ includes multiple high-pressure spray jets that can scrub heavily soiled pans, dishes, and silverware. Jets are positioned in several areas to help loosen and remove baked-on food.
High
Temp
High-Temp Wash Option - Includes the option to select a high-temperature wash cycle. Really hot water combined with the right detergent and softened water can help loosen dried-on, baked-on food deposits and produce clean dishes.
Steam No Steam Option - Like most new dishwashers, this Maytag model does not have the capability to generate steam. High-temperature water vapor can be an effective means of loosening tough food deposits from silverware and dishes.  
Wash
Levels
5 Wash Levels - Water is delivered from three spray arms in the bottom, middle, and top of the dishwasher. Allows 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 MDB8979SEZ sensors automatically make wash-cycle adjustments to help ensure optimum cleaning with user intervention.
Sanitize Sanitize Capability - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to achieve a minimum 99.999% or 5-log reduction of bacteria using ANSI 184 standards. Final rinse temperatures reach at least 150 deg F to sanitize cookware.
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. Saves water, no need to pre-rinse dishes.
Water
Softener
No Water Softener - Does not have a built-in water softener that can condition the water and remove minerals and impurities. Most homes with hard water have a whole-house softener so integrated models are only available on a few dishwashers.  


Convenience Ratings
No. of
Racks
2 Racks - The Maytag MDB8979SEZ has a standard 2-rack design with both upper and lower loading racks. Only about 20% of new dishwashers have an additional 3rd rack design that can be used for cups and smaller items such as flatware or utensils.  
Spray
Arms
Spray Arms - Uses a superior rotating spray arm design instead of a central tower located in the middle of the bottom rack. Spray arms deliver water to more interior areas and angles. Doesn't waste rack space or limit loading flexibility.
Adjustable
Racks
Adjustable - One or more of the racks can be adjusted to move up, down, and/or tilt. Adjustable racks allow you to create additional room to fit in larger pots, pans, or irregular items. Provides flexibility for clean-up after parties.
Removable
Racks
Not Removable - None of the loading racks can be completely removed from the dishwasher. Removable racks are only found on about 30% of new dishwashers and provide flexibility for special occasions when you need to wash extra large cookware.  
Place
Settings
15 Settings - Number of place settings is 2 higher than average. Ranks in the top 30% of new dishwashers for BEST plate and cookware loading capacity. Convenient for larger families or if you simply want to save money by running the dishwasher less often.
Fold-Down
Tines
Fold-Down Tines - Some of the divider tines positioned vertically in the rack can be folded down. Helps secure items, and provides greater flexibility with making space for larger cookware that won't fit in-between or above the tines.
Concealed
Element
No Concealed Element - Like most new dishwashers available today, this Maytag model does not have a heating element that is concealed or recessed to help prevent accidental contact and melting of dishes or utensils in the lower rack.  
Controls All-Digital Integrated Controls - Touch-pad, all-digital control console is fully integrated (hidden) on the top edge of the door for a clean, seamless look from the front. About 50% of new dishwashers are fully integrated. Personal choice.
Display Digital Display - The Maytag MDB8979SEZ control console includes a LED digital display that shows wash-cycle time remaining. Helps you monitor wash cycle progress while doing other activities so you can schedule your time accordingly.


Efficiency Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star - The Maytag MDB8979SEZ is Energy Star qualified according to the latest criteria. About 90% of new dishwashers are Energy Star rated so it's important to look at the energy and water ratings to differentiate between them.
Energy
Rating
270 kWh - Estimated annual electricity use is 1% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new dishwashers for BETTER power conservation. This Maytag dishwasher is projected to use 270 kWh of electricity annually based on usage of 4-5 times per week.
Water
Rating
753 Gal - Water consumption is about average for a new dishwasher and is rated GOOD for water efficiency. Energy Star estimates this dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water for each wash cycle, or about 753 gallons annually based on 215 cycles per year.  
Energy Save
Quick Wash
Energy-Save / Quick-Wash Cycle - The Maytag MDB8979SEZ allows you to select a quick-wash or energy-save cycle that uses lower temperatures, less water, and/or shorter wash time for lightly-soiled dishes. Helps save water, energy, and money.
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 racks. You can still be eco-friendly and save money by at least waiting for a full, complete load before running a wash cycle.  
Delay
Start
Delay Start Option - The dishwasher can be programmed to run at a later time during off-peak energy hours when electric utility rates are often substantially less. Also convenient to operate the dishwasher while the family isn't home.
CEE
Tier 1
CEE Tier 1 - Qualified CEE Tier 1 by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. This model meets or exceeds federal Energy Star criteria with a 0.81 Energy Factor. Tier 1 is currently the best and only CEE rating available for dishwashers.


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