We’ve laundered hundreds of loads in our Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ Washing Machine since we bought one at the end of 2010, and are lovin’ it.
I’m ripping curtains off the windows and doilies from tables, just to get some items to wash in the MVWB750WQ. This high efficiency (HE) style washer differs vastly from older ones we’ve used for decades prior; it’s much quieter and uses much less water. We know, because we watched it for an entire cycle soon after delivery, through the glass window in its lid. It was like watching a good movie, actually. Nice!
This is a high efficiency (HE) top load machine; a Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ clothes washer. It has no agitator, but does include what they call an impeller (a little agitator). The machine apparently agitates the clothes primarily via the circulation of water, the back-and-forth rotation of the impeller, and the movement of the surrounding tub as well. The stainless steel tub and plastic impeller move separately. So between the three forces inside, the clothes move around a lot surprisingly. A front loader might have been better. But those cost more than what we bought. Plus, their cycle times often run longer. But if we could have afforded one of those industrial grade front loader machines found in Laundromats, we would have. Ah but this Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ top loader will do fine.
They dubbed this an HE washer because it can wash bigger loads than a traditional top loading machine of the same size, due to the absence of the agitator. Plus, it draws less water and electricity, has less wasted motion in the direct drive motor since there’s no clutch to slip, runs much quieter, and seems to better compensate for off-balance loads so that the spin cycle extracts generally more water from the laundry. The Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ well deserves the HE label therefore.
Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ: Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features
It’s the technology that gets me all gaga. For better or for worse, just about every aspect of this machine is now under software control.
Fewer Moving Parts
Plus, they’ve eliminated the transmission and clutch systems; a major improvement. This machine incorporates a direct drive drum motor, and the on-board computer controls the forward and backward agitations as well as how fast it spins, and when. So there’s less friction, and that translates into higher energy efficiency, way less noise, and fewer parts to wear and break. We just love modern stuff.
All Electronic Timer
Admittedly all these “bells and whistles” scared us at first. After all, the more features, the more parts there are to break down. But because this Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ washer offers such vast improvements over older, gear based timer washers, we can live with the electronics.
Reliable and Durable
So far, after three years of ownership, the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ has proven to be reasonably durable and the computer modules inside are well on the way to lasting a decade or more before failing. Computer modules make for great appliances but can be costly to replace, which in some cases, can completely offset their advantages. Hopefully, Maytag put a lot of thought into designing a highly durable computer module for its Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ washing machine. We run our machine on a surge protector, to reduce the likelihood of premature failure of the contained electronics.
Far Less Noise
The MVWB750WQ is very much quieter than any of our previous machines. Even the fast spin cycle makes very little hum, vibration, or other noises as compared to older units. We don’t hear it upstairs unless we really listen.
Works Well on Both Small and Large Laundry Loads
Further, there seems to be no minimum size for the loads that this washer can correctly wash. Why? Because the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ automatically adjusts the amount of water it uses based on the amount of laundry in its tub. It gathers info about load size and weight during the first-fill portion of the wash cycle. Then, it adds the right levels of water, washing, and spinning for that load. This gets the clothes clean without needless stressing them. So you can wash any size load from a single pair of socks to fifteen pairs of blue jeans. Yet the washer will not use any more water, force, or energy than needed to gently but fully clean that load. Smart energy use, definitely.
Expensive, but Worth It
Customers have also complained that the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ costs a lot. This machine set us back nearly twice what we paid for our last washer in 2004. Yet they priced it on par with other HE models. Plus, Consumer Reports rated the Bravos among the top five washer in 2010. In fact, we got ours at Home Depot for $980 total. This included tax, delivery, and removal of our old washer.
Easier on Clothes
This washer tightly controls the water temperature in the tub, even when set to the hot wash cycle. In the Maytag Bravos, HOT does not mean as-hot-as-you-can-get. This system maintains the water for its hot and warm settings within specified ranges. So if you set your water heater to VERY HOT, the Bravos washer dilutes that extra hot water with some cold. This cools the overall water temp down to the standard hot value. So yes. Even when you use hot water, the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ still draws some cold water in many cases. This not only assures better washing. But it also avoids scalding your clothes and linens. The right water temps extend their life of the laundry, and helps preserves the colors.
While the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ indeed costs more, it does more as well and saves money. The energy label says that you can wash eight loads a week for a year. This, they say, should cost just $18 to operate. This applies if you’re using a gas water heater, which we are. At that rate, we hope to get back the extra money we paid for this washer. We’ll see.
Window in Door
A large, thick glass window in the hatch allows easy viewing of the clothes washing inside.
Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ: Disadvantages, Problems, Cons, Limitations, and Concerns
Often Goes Off Balance During Spin Cycle
Hard on Water Pipes
This machine loudly thumps the water supply pipes several or more times during each cycle. This is much louder and more often than our old Amana washer did. Since this Maytag washing machine draws water many more times per cycle than older washers. The resulting thumps can grow quite distracting. Maytag might have used less abrupt, higher grade water valves. These do exist by the way. How do we know this? We had these much quieter valves in our old Amana clothes washer.
Not Enough Motion for Good Cleaning
With bigger laundry loads, the clothes move around less in the tub during washing than in past impeller washers. We think that really dirty, smelly loads do not come as clean as in earlier models. So far though, most of the loads we’ve done seem clean despite this lack of apparent in-tub clothes motion. You can get reasonable movement of the garments as long as you don’t pile in too many. Using the cycle for sheets brings more water into the tub, producing cleaner-smelling, more clean loads.
HE Laundry Soaps Needed
You must use detergents designated as being for HE washers. But Maytag could have built the parts inside to work with all laundry soaps, including the non HE brands.
Warranty Too Short
For a major appliance as expensive as the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ washing machine, we found the manufacturer’s warranty a bit skimpy; one year for the whole machine and ten years for the main motor. With all the computer advances in this model, we expected longer full warranty support. Further, with dropping of the transmission and clutches in older machines, Maytag should have stood stronger behind this product. Maytag should provide at least five year, whole-machine coverage. But they didn’t in this case. So handle this Maytag washer with care. Or, you might have to replace it early, or pay big repair bills to keep it going.
Excessive Clothes Tangling and Knotting
Other owners say that this washer tangles and wads up clothes around the impeller. Indeed we have seen some wadding and bunching near the tub’s outer edges. That seems to result from the really fast spinning of the load.
Occasional Knocking and Tapping
During the “wash” and “rinse” parts of the cycle, as the impeller moves to and fro, the Bravos washer. This washer at those times, makes a rhythmic knocking sound. This “beat” goes with each change in direction of the impeller. This knocking can unnerve us about an appliance we’ve just paid nearly a thousand dollars for. But whatever causes this knocking noise appears to not affect normal working of this HE Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ washer.
Some Loads Left Unclean
In our experience, the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ has trouble completely removing strong odors (like old urine) from the laundry. Though you use hot water on the “Sheets” setting. we’ve found this happens more often in the MVWB750WQ than in our old Amana. Sometimes we washed the same load one or two more times to get the smells out.
Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ: Our Rating
Over all, our thoughts of the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ clothes washing machine are high. We hope this machine lasts at least ten years, and believe that that it will, given how solidly-built it seems. We would thus suggest the Bravos line to anyone buying a mid-priced yet state-of-the-art HE clothes washer.
Make sure though, to put a surge protector on it. After all, unlike the older electro-mechanical washers, the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ has sensitive electronics (the computer). So safeguard it, as you would an expensive piece of hi-fi audio video hardware.
Where to Buy the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ Washing Machine
We bought ours at The Home Depot.
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Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ: References
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- 2014-10-27: Added the References section. Also, we put in details of our experiences with this HE washer. Now that we’ve owned it for some years, there’s much more to say about it.
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