Picture of the Maytag Bravos high efficiency clothes washer, showing the front view.

Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ High Efficiency HE Washing Machine Review

We’ve laundered hundreds of loads in our   Maytag Bravos 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 style  washer differs vastly from older ones we’ve used for decades prior; it’s much quieter and uses much less water. I know, because I 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!

Picture of the Maytag Bravos high efficiency clothes washer, showing the front view.
Maytag Bravos high efficiency clothes washer, showing the front view.

This is a high efficiency 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 are more expensive than what I bought, and their cycle times are generally longer. But if I could have afforded one of those industrial grade front loader machines found in Laundromats, I would have. Ah but this Maytag Bravos top loader will do fine.

They dubbed this a high efficiency 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 high efficiency label therefore.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

Computer controlled.  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. I just love modern stuff.

All-electronic timer and sequencer.  Admittedly all these “bells and whistles” scared me at first. After all, the more features, the more parts there are to break down. But because this Maytag washer constitutes such a vast improvement over the traditional, electromechanical, timer-sequenced washers, I can live with the computerization.

Reliable and durable.  So far, after three years of ownership, this washer 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 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. I can’t hear it upstairs unless I really listen.

Performs well on both small and large laundry loads.  Further, there seems to be no minimum size for the loads that this washer can correctly process, because the Maytag Bravos automatically adjusts the amount of water it uses based on the amount of laundry in its tub. It gathers information about load size and weight during the first-fill portion of the wash cycle, and applies the appropriate levels of water, washing, and spinning, to get the clothes clean without subjecting them to needless stresses in the process. So you can wash any size load from a single pair of socks to fifteen pairs of blue jeans, and be assured that the washer will not use any more water, force, or energy than is necessary to gently but fully clean the particular load at hand.  Smart energy resource management, definitely.

Expensive, but worth it.  Customers have also complained that the Maytag Bravos costs a lot. While this machine did set me back nearly twice what I paid for our last washer in 2004, it seems to be priced competitively with other high efficiency models, and it’s rated among the top five performers this year in Consumer Reports  magazine. In fact, I got my Maytag Bravos at Home Depot for $980 total (including tax, delivery, and removal of our old washer).

Easier on your clothes.  I like that this washer tightly controls the water temperature in the tub, even when you’ve set it to hot.  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 even if your water heater is set to the VERY HOT position, the Bravos washer will dilute that extra temperate water with a bit of cold, to bring the overall water temperature down to the standard hot value.  So yes, even when you’ve set the machine to use hot water, the MVWB750WQ will still draw some cold water in many cases.  This not only assures a more consistent performance, but also avoids needlessly scalding your clothes and linens; extending their useful life and better preserving their colors.

Energy saving.  While this washing machine indeed costs more, it does more as well and saves money. The energy label that came with mine says that you can wash eight loads a week for a year, and only pay $18 in energy costs to operate it if you’re using a gas water heater, which we are. At that rate, I’m hoping to recover the additional money paid for this washer while I own it. We’ll see.

Window in door.  A large, thick glass window in the hatch allows easy viewing of the clothes being washed inside.

Disadvantages, Problems, Cons, Limitations, and Concerns

Frequently goes off balance during spin cycle.  This machine loudly thumps the water supply pipes several or more times during each cycle, much more loudly and more often than our old Amana washer did. Since the Maytag high efficiency washing machine draws water many more times per cycle than a more traditional machine, the resulting numerous thumping  noises can grow quite distracting. Maytag might have used less abrupt, higher grade water valves, which do exist by the way. We had these much quieter valves in our old Amana.

Insufficient motion for adequate cleaning.  Particularly with bigger laundry loads, the clothes do not move around as much in the tub during the wash cycle as they did in washers past, that employed an agitator. And in our opinion, especially dirty and smelly loads of clothes and linens 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 too many of them in the tub. Using the cycle for sheets brings more water into the tub, producing cleaner-smelling, more ckean loads.

Special detergents required.  You must use detergents designated as being for High Efficiency (HE) washers. Seems like they could have designed the mechanisms inside to accommodate all laundry soaps, including those for the traditional agitator-style washing machines.

Warranty too short.  For a major appliance as expensive as the Maytag Bravos washing machine, I found the manufacturer’s warranty a bit skimpy; one year for the whole machine and ten years for the main motor. With all the advances in computerization in this model, and with  the elimination of the transmission and clutch systems found in older machines, Maytag ought to have stood more firmly behind this product, by providing at least a five year, whole-machine warranty. But they didn’t. So handle this washer with extreme care, lest you must either replace it earlier than expected, or pay hefty repair bills.

Excessive clothes tangling and knotting.  Other owners say that this washer tangles and wads up clothes around the impeller.  Indeed we have observed some wadding and tight bunching near the tub’s outer edges, that results from the extraordinarily 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 Maytag Bravos washer, at times, makes a rhythmic  knocking sound that corresponds with each change in rotational direction of the impeller.  This knocking can be unnerving from an appliance we’ve just paid nearly a thousand dollars for. But whatever causes this knocking noise appears to not interfere with normal operation of this high efficiency Maytag Bravos washer.

Some loads consistently left unclean. In our experience, the  MVWB750WQ has trouble completely removing strong odors (like old urine) from the laundry, even when you use hot water on the “Sheets” setting. I’ve found this to occur much more frequently in the Maytag Bravos than in our old Amana, and sometimes I’ve washed the same load one or two additional times to remove the smells.

Our Rating

Over all, my impressions of the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ clothes washing machine are highly favorable. I’m hoping that this machine lasts at least ten years, and think that there’s a good chance that it will, given how solidly-built it appears to be. I’d therefore recommend the Maytag Bravos to anyone looking to buy a mid-priced yet technologically state-of-the-art high efficiency clothes washer.  Make sure however, to put a surge protector on it.  After all, unlike the older electro-mechanical washing machines, the Maytag Bravos contains sensitive electronics (the computer).  So safeguard it, just as you would an expensive piece of hi-fi audio video equipment.

Where to Buy the Maytag Bravos MVWB750WQ Washing Machine

We bought ours at The Home Depot.


Revision History

  • 2017-02-12: Revised the tags list.
  • 2016-12-22: Added more summary subheadings and descriptions.
  • 2015-11-11: Added appropriate tags.
  • 2014-10-27: Added the References section as well as details of our experiences with this HE washer, now that we’ve owned it for a few years.
  • 2011-01-15: Originally posted.