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Maytag MDB7749SA

Maytag MDB7749SA Review

Dishwashers

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Best Feature:
Energy efficient dishwasher with good cleaning performance
Worst Feature:
Maytag dishwashers are generally more repair-prone
Best Uses:
As an affordable dishwasher in busy kitchens
Pricing:
$535 - $739 (see review for warranty information)

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Price
$99.99

Overview

We give the Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher with 100% Stainless Steel Tub Interior (MDB7749SA) an A-. ENERGY STAR® certified, it is an affordable dishwasher designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA that offers a good cleaning performance. While most customers were happy with the MDB7749SA, we had to deduct a few points because of the Maytag dishwashers (in general) are supposedly very repair-prone and the MDB7749SA in particular had some issues with its control panel breaking after the first year. While we still think the MDB7749SA can be a great buy, we encourage you to purchase the extended warranty along with it.

You can see how the Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher with 100% Stainless Steel Tub Interior (MDB7749SA) compares to other dishwashers in our Dishwasher Review.

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The MDB7749SA features sensor technology and a 5-level direct wash system with 2 spray arms.
There are a total of 6 wash cycles with 3 options, as well as a "Heated Dry" option that can be turned on or off.
The MDB7749SA features 2 levels of Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket.
The dishwasher features Maytag's Seal of Silence that uses specially designed sound absorbers all around the dishwasher.
The dishwasher is available in 4 different finishes including a Bisque, Black, White and Stainless Steel.
The MDB7749SA is ENERGY STAR® qualified.
The second spray arm is located under the top rack.
The detergent and rinse aid dispenser.
A top-down view of the Split & Fit™ silverware basket.

 
This Product
Overall Score
64%
71%
90%
Our Awards
Best Budget Dishwasher
Date Reviewed
March 2013
September 2014
April 2013
Pros
Relatively affordable; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; optional heated dry is convenient when drying plastic items; American made
Relatively quiet; ENERGY STAR® certified; good cleaning performance; child lock; well-respected brand
ENERGY STAR® certified; excellent cleaning/drying performance; relatively quiet; sleek, attractive design; custom panel option; extremely flexible rack design that can fit up to 16 place settings; automatic water-softening system; well-respected brand; very flexible "delayed start" options
Cons
Some issues with control panel breaking after the 1st year; dishrack system doesn't offer much loading flexibility; some complaints about the wash cycles being long; control panel doesn't display time remaining countdown
Some complaints about dry cycle; complaints about lower rack falling off hinges and being poorly designed; stainless steel finish not smudge-proof
Expensive; filter requires regular manual cleaning; no child safety lock; very short limited warranty (1-year)
Type
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Standard Built-In (24" wide)
Capacity (place settings)
14
14
16
Price (MSRP)
$535 - $739
$535 - $739
$1699 - $1899
Warranty
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper (+ 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper (+ 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
1-year limited warranty (+ 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee)
Overall Width x Depth x Height (Range)
23.88" x 24.5" x 33.88" - 34.5"
23.75" x 24.63" x 33.5"
23.56" x 22.44" x 33.73" - 36.35"
Depth with Door Open at 90°
49.5"
unknown
44.44"
Weight (est.)
92 lbs
90.8 lbs
120 lbs
Cleaning Technology
It features a 5-level direct wash system, 2 spray arms and a self-cleaning filter with 4 stainless steel blades.
It has a dual filtration system, 2 spray arms and a 5-level wash system.
It is designed with 3 spray arms and a triple filtration system.
Wash Cycles / Options
It has 6 wash cycles - "JetClean® Plus Steam", "Auto Clean", "Normal", "Light", "Quick Wash" and "Rinse Only". It also has 3 options - "ToughScrub™", "Hi Temp Wash" and "Steam Sanitize".
It has 5 cycles including "Power Scrub", "Normal", "Delicate", "Quick" and "Upper Only". It also has 3 options including "Sanitary", "Extra Rinse" and "Extra Dry".
It has 6 wash cycles including "Pots & Pans", "Normal", "China & Crystal", "SaniWash", "Rinse & Hold" and "Express". It also features 2 options including "Turbo Mode" (reduces the cycle time by 30%) and "Intensive Mode" (heavy wash on lower rack, gentle wash on upper rack).
Dry Cycles
"Heated Dry" is the default, but it is optional.
It only features an air dry option.
It features Miele's SensorDry technology, which automatically adjusts drying time based on internal humidity and temperature conditions. It also has a CleanAir™ Drying System, which prevents outside air from contaminating dishes.
Cycle Times (est.)
Cycle times vary, but Maytag estimates a "Normal" cycle will range from about 90 to 250 minutes
A normal cycle should run around 141 minutes.
Miele does not provide approximate cycle times for different wash programs, but Consumer Reports estimates that a "Normal" cycle will run for about 150 minutes.
Delayed Start
Yes, you are able to delay the start of the wash cycle by 2, 4 or 8 hours.
Yes, you can delay the start of a cycle by up to 19 hours.
Yes, you are able to select a specific time that you would like the cycle to begin up to 24 hours in advance.
Rack System
It has 2 Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket in the lower rack.
It has a 2-tier rack system with nylon coated racks and features LG's EasyRack Plus system.
It has a 3-tier dishrack system with Miele's FlexiCare Premium basket configuration and 3D Cutlery Tray (on top).
Control Panel
Exposed
Exposed
Concealed
Power
It uses 294 kWh/year. Maytag estimates it could cost about $31 a year to run.
It uses 279 kWh/year and LG estimates that it will cost around $27/year to run.
It uses 285 kWh/year. Miele estimates that it will cost about $30 a year to run.
Noise
53 dB
48 dB
Miele does not provide decibel levels for any of their dishwashers, but some sources say Q3 rating = 44 to 46 dB.
Exterior/Finishes
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM)
Black (MDB7749SAB)
Bisque (MDB7749SAQ)
White (MDB7749SAW)
Custom Panel (G 5575 SCVi)
Clean Touch Steel™ (G 5575 SC SF)

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Cleaning Technology

The Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher (MDB7749SA) features a 2X Life motor, which is the most powerful motor among leading brands in the industry and has double the life expectancy. To ensure a superior cleaning performance, the dishwasher has a 5-level direct washing system with 2 spray arms and uses sensor technology. The sensor technology detects load size and soil level to adjust the cleaning cycle automatically. It also has a self-cleaning filter with 4 stainless steel blades that dispose of food particles to keep the water clean and prevent debris from clogging the wash system and spray jets. The MDB7749SA is also ENERGY STAR® qualified and uses about 294 kWh/year. Maytag estimates it could cost about $31 per year to run (estimate based on an electric water heater, 4 wash loads per week and average electricity costs from 2007).

The MDB7749SA features sensorR technology and a 5-level direct wash system with 2 spray arms.
The MDB7749SA features sensorR technology and a 5-level direct wash system with 2 spray arms.
Credit: Mary Griffin

In terms of wash cycles, the MDB7749SA offers a total of 6 cycles including "JetClean® Plus Steam" (heaviest), "Auto Clean", "Normal", "Light", "Quick Wash" and "Rinse Only". "JetClean® Plus Steam" uses high pressure jets to clean dishes and then steams them to finish cleaning and also reduce spots on glasses. The "Auto Clean" cycle uses the dishwasher's sensor technology to automatically set the correct time, temperature and fills based on the size and soil level of that particular load. The MDB7749SA also has 3 options that you can add to the "JetClean® Plus Steam", "Auto Clean" or "Normal" wash cycles including "ToughScrub™", "Hi Temp Wash" and/or "Steam Sanitize". The "ToughScrub™" option adds heat, water and an extra 5 minutes to the cycle, while the "Hi Temp Wash" option adds heat, water and an extra 10 minutes to the cycle. The "Steam Sanitize" option adds a 30-minute NSF® certified sanitization stage to the cycle that uses 154°F water in the final rinse to destroy 99.9% of bacteria. After the wash, the MDB7749SA defaults to a "Heated Dry", but you have the option to turn it off if you are washing any plastic dishware or utensils that might be damaged by the heat.

There are a total of 6 wash cycles and 3 options, as well as a "Heated Dry" option that can be turned on or off.
There are a total of 6 wash cycles and 3 options, as well as a "Heated Dry" option that can be turned on or off.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Rack System

The Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher (MDB7749SA) has a traditional 2-tier rack storage system designed with Duraguard® nylon racks for enhanced durability. The upper rack is adjustable and offers as much as 9" of overhead space to accommodate tall glasses or bowls. It also has a foldable cup shelf on the right-hand side and fixed bowl tines down the middle. The lower rack has fixed tines and offers about 13" of overhead space, which Maytag says can fit at least two lasagna pans (9" x 13") vertically. To offer more loading flexibility, the Split & Fit™ silverware basket is designed to break apart into two halves, so you can remove one or adjust their positions anywhere on the lower rack to accommodate more dishes.

The MDB7749SA features 2 levels of Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket.
The MDB7749SA features 2 levels of Duraguard® nylon racks with 1 Split & Fit™ silverware basket.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Features

The Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher (MDB7749SA) has a tall tub design that can accommodate up to 14 place settings. In addition to fighting corrosion, its 100% stainless steel tub also helps to shorten drying time because it has higher heat retention and is more effective at reducing water spots on glass or plastic containers. The dishwasher has a touchpad control panel on the front of the machine where you can program, start or stop cycles and check the status of a cycle (stages include: "Wash", "Dry", "Clean", "Sanitize"). You can also delay the start of a cycle by 2, 4 or 8 hours. Insulated with all-around sound absorbers, the MDB7749SA is moderately quiet with a decibel level of about 53 dB.

The dishwasher features Maytag's Seal of Silence that uses specially designed sound absorbers all around the dishwasher.
The dishwasher features Maytag's Seal of Silence that uses specially designed sound absorbers all around the dishwasher.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Exterior Style

The Maytag® Jetclean® Plus (MDB7749SA) is a standard-size, built-in dishwasher with a front control panel. It has a smooth, flat door and is available in 4 different finishes including Stainless Steel (MDB7749SAM), Black (MDB7749SAB), Bisque (MDB7749SAQ) and White (MDB7749SAW).

The dishwasher is available in 4 different finishes including a Bisque, Black, White and Stainless Steel.
The dishwasher is available in 4 different finishes including a Bisque, Black, White and Stainless Steel.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Brand Reputation

Maytag (as a brand) received good marks in terms of overall customer satisfaction (3/5) in a 2014 JD Power & Associates survey related to customer satisfaction with different dishwasher manufacturers. Maytag dishwashers also received average ratings in a 2013 Consumer Reports Annual Product Reliability survey. In the survey, Consumer Reports found Maytag dishwashers to be the 4th most repair-prone dishwashers among major brands (tied with GE and KitchenAid). While there were only a few customers of the MDB7749SA that reported repair issues (mainly with the control panel), we still feel that overall brand reliability is an important factor to keep in mind when you are shopping. In general, we think this is an excellent dishwasher for the price and would recommend buying it along with an extended warranty (just in case). It does come with a 1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit and a 10-year limited warranty on parts for certain components including the racks, stainless steel tub, and chopper. Whirlpool also offers a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

User Feedback

The Maytag® Jetclean® Plus Dishwasher with 100% Stainless Steel Tub Interior (MDB7749SA) has received very good reviews from customers online including a 4.6/5 on Maytag.com (359 reviews), 4.4/5 on HomeDepot.com (145 reviews) and a 4.6/5 on Lowes.com (390 reviews). 90% of Home Depot customers and 93% of Lowe's customers said they would recommend the dishwasher to a friend. Overall, customers were very happy with the dishwasher's cleaning performance, style, durability and energy efficiency. While a front control panel isn't typically considered to be the most stylish design, some customers may find that they prefer it to a concealed panel because it is more convenient to use and easier to check the status of the cycle. Customers were also generally pleased with the machine's moderate noise level (53 dB), but there were a few customers who felt it was relatively noisy, which is something to consider if you are particularly sensitive to noise.


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