Thursday, May 24, 2018

Maytag M1TXEGMY
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Best Feature:
ENERGY STAR® qualified; affordable with good useable capacity
Worst Feature:
Only has one temperature control for fridge and freezer
Best Uses:
For small families or kitchens with limited space
Pricing:
$949 - $1149 (1-year warranty on parts & labor)

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Price
$899.10
$999.99
$1,149.99
$1,149.99

Overview

We give Maytag's M1TXEGMY a B and our Teacher's Pet Award. It is a good top-freezer refrigerator that won't break the bank and has convenient features like a factory-installed automatic icemaker and two FreshLock™ crispers. You can't expect many bells and whistles at this price point, but most customers have been very happy with the machine's ENERGY STAR® rating and its overall temperature performance and useable capacity. That said, we had to deduct points because it only has one control knob to adjust the temperature in the fridge and the freezer, so you don't have precise control over the individual compartments, which isn't ideal. Also, some customers thought the design of the shelving system was flawed, and others were annoyed that the freezer doesn't have a light. Feedback on the machine's noise level was very mixed. Some people thought it was really quiet, while some thought it was really loud. We'd suggest checking it out in person if you think a refrigerator with an average noise level could be bothersome.

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The Maytag Top-Freezer Refrigerator with FreshLock™ Crispers (M1TXEGMY)
Maytag Brand – Maytag is a reliable brand offering refrigerators at a great value.
The fresh food compartment has flexible storage capabilities.
The refrigerator door features gallon-size door bins.
The refrigerator also has a dairy bin.
Three of the door bins are adjustable.
The refrigerator has adjustable shelving so it can accommodate different size food items.
The refrigerator has two drawers designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresh.
Humidity controlled crispers.
One of the crispers is slightly smaller than the other.
The meat/deli drawer isn't temperature controlled.
The Maytag M1TXEGMY comes with a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
The freezer has 6.2 cu. ft of capacity.
The wire shelf in the freezer isn't adjustable.
The two full-width door bins in the freezer are not adjustable.
The Maytag M1TXEGMY is Energy Star® qualified.

 
This Product
Head of Class
Most Popular
Overall Score
47%
77%
76%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
December 2012
January 2013
December 2012
Pros
Excellent value; Energy Star® qualified and is more energy efficient than some machines with less capacity and the same yearly energy costs; good useable capacity; doors are reversible; available in multiple finishes
Superior temperature performance; high-quality design built to last for 20 years; highly adjustable storage design; air purification system; built-in water filter; bulk ice making feature; humidity- and temperature-controlled drawers; open door alert; can be used in a standard installation or in a flush inset installation; Star-K certified with a "Sabbath" mode
ENERGY STAR® qualified; maintains optimal internal conditions; has external digital temperature controls with child lock; quiet; space-saving icemaker design; built-in water filter; external water and ice dispenser; bonus storage (ex. egg container, wine rack and can holder); open door alert; available in multiple finishes; LED Tower Lighting
Cons
Can't make precise temperature adjustments; no light in freezer; some complaints ill-fitting shelves/bins; some complaints about humidity control in crispers; some complaints about small size of crispers; doesn't have open door alert; doesn't have built-in water filter for ice machine; doesn't have temperature-controlled drawer; odor transfer possible since fridge and freezer share the same air
Very expensive; useable freezer capacity is relatively limited; no gallon-size door bin; energy efficient but not ENERGY STAR® compliant
Some complaints about the icemaker not working properly; some reported quality issues with the handles (loosening and/or falling off); door bins aren't adjustable; some complaints about small drawers that didn't open fully; doesn't have built-in air filter; doesn't have temperature-controlled drawer
Refrigeration System (25%)
Storage Capabilities (20%)
Extra Features (25%)
Exterior Style/Functionality (10%)
Brand Reputation/Reliability (10%)
Customer Feedback (10%)
Type
Freestanding
Built-in
Freestanding
Style
Top-Freezer
French Door (pull-out freezer drawer)
Side-by-Side
Total Capacity (cu. ft.)
20.6
21.0
24.5
Price (MSRP)
$949 - $1149
$8,575 - $10,060
$2349 - $2399
Warranty
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit
2-year full warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year full warranty on parts & labor for the sealed refrigeration system; 12-year limited warranty on just parts for the sealed refrigeration system.
1-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the entire unit; 5-year limited warranty on parts & labor for the sealed refrigeration system
Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth)
32.5" x 66.25" x 32.63"
36" x 84" x 24"
35.88" x 70" x 29" (taken from instruction manual)
Depth with Door Open at 90°
62.25"
43.38" (note: the freezer drawer fully open will exceed that depth at 47.5")
45.44"
Width with Door Open at 90°
34.9"
40.75"
36.33"
Weight
256 pounds
529 pounds
254 pounds
ENERGY STAR® Qualified
Yes
No
Yes
Power
It uses 410 kWh/year. Maytag estimates that it could cost about $44 a year to run.
It uses 571 kWh/year. Sub-Zero estimates that it could cost about $61 a year to run.
It uses 560 kWh/year. Samsung estimates that it could cost about $60 a year to run.
Cooling Technology
Features an automatic moisture control system (single evaporator), energy-efficient foam insulation and the Cool Flow™ Ventilation System to maintain optimal internal conditions in the fridge and freezer simultaneously.
High-tech dual refrigeration system with electronic microprocessor monitors/controls temperature and humidity levels in the fridge and freezer separately. The system is able to keep temperatures within 1 degree of your preset temperature.
Twin Cooling Plus™ technology (single compressor / dual evaporator) offers precise monitoring and control over humidity and temperature levels in each compartment. There are also 5 temperature sensors and multiple vents to ensure that cold, fresh air is always circulating evenly throughout each compartment.
Auto-Defrost (Frost-Free)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Temperature Controls
It has a thermostat and single knob in the fridge where you can make general temperature adjustments to the fridge and freezer.
A digital control panel at the top of the fridge allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge and in the freezer.
An external digital control panel (with a child lock) allows for precise temperature adjustments in the fridge or the freezer. Panel also has "Power Cool" and "Power Freeze" button that will quickly drop the internal temperature in the fridge or freezer.
Built-In Air Filter
N/A
Yes, it has a built-in air purification system that reduces airborne bacteria, odors and even ethylene gas.
N/A
Fresh Food Capacity (cu. ft.)
14.4
15.7
15.2
Shelf Material
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Spill-Proof Edges
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shelves
3 full-width shelves including 2 adjustable and 1 stationary
4 full-width shelves (3 adjustable and 1 stationary)
4 adjustable shelves including 1 that is also retractable
Total # of Drawers
3
2
3
Humidity-Controlled Drawer (Crisper)
2 (half-width)
1 (full-width)
1
Temperature-Controlled Meat/Deli Drawer
N/A
1 (full-width)
N/A
Door Bins
5 door bins including 4 gallon-size bins (3 adjustable and 1 stationary) and 1 smaller bin (retractable)
8 door bins including 4 adjustable bins, 2 stationary bins and 2 adjustable dairy bins (magnetically sealed)
5 stationary door bins including 1 gallon-size bin and 1 dairy bin
Additional Storage
N/A
N/A
Egg container, optional wine rack and foldable can holder
Freezer Capacity (cu. ft.)
6.2
5.3
9.3
Freezer Storage
1 flex wire shelf and 2 full-width door bins
2 pull-out wire drawers that are divided into separate compartments
4 shelves, 2 drawers and 3 stationary door bins
Icemaker
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker in the freezer.
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker in the freezer.
Yes, it has a factory-installed automatic icemaker that is built into the freezer door. The ice bucket is clear, so you can easily check ice levels when necessary.
Bulk Ice-Making Capabilities
No
Yes, in "MAX ICE" mode, ice production increases by 40% for a 24-hour period.
No
Built-in Water Filter
No
Yes
Yes
External Water/Ice Dispenser
N/A
N/A
Yes, it has an external water and crushed/cubed ice dispenser on the freezer door.
Lighting
Incandescent light bulbs in the fridge only
40W appliance light bulbs in the fridge and the freezer
LED Tower Lighting systems in the fridge and freezer
Open Door Alert
None
Yes, after 1 minute (optional)
Yes, after 2 minutes
Product Design
It is available in 4 different finishes including White (M1TXEGMYW), Bisque (M1TXEGMYQ), Black (M1TXEGMYB) or Stainless Steel (M1TXEGMYS). It has a classic style with flat, textured doors.
It is available in Stainless Steel or Overlay (with custom panels). It has flat, smooth doors, and you can choose between 3 handle styles including Pro, Tubular or Framed.
It is available in 4 different finishes including Black (RSG257AABP/XAA), White (RSG257AAWP/XAA), Stainless Steel (RSG257AARS/XAA) and Stainless Platinum (RSG257AAPN/XAA). It has flat, smooth doors with concealed hinges and a concealed grill at the bottom.

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Specifications

Refrigeration System

Energy Star® qualified, the M1TXEGMY consumes 410 kWh of electricity a year, and Maytag estimates that it will cost you about $44 a year to run. Its cooling system consists of a single compressor and single evaporator, which control temperatures in the fridge and freezer simultaneously. For optimal humidity and temperature conditions, the M1TXEGMY also features automatic moisture control, a frost-free freezer, energy-efficient foam insulation and the Cool Flow™ Ventilation System for improved cold air circulation in both compartments. You can monitor and adjust fridge and freezer temperatures through a single knob/thermostat conveniently located at the front of the fridge.

The Maytag M1TXEGMY is Energy Star® qualified.
The Maytag M1TXEGMY is Energy Star® qualified.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Storage in the Fresh Food Compartment and Freezer

The Maytag M1TXEGMY has a total capacity of 20.6 cu. ft. The fridge and freezer both provide an adequate amount of storage space for a small household with capacities around 14.5 cu. ft. and 6.2 cu. ft. respectively. The fridge has two full-width Spill-Catcher™ glass shelves that are adjustable and can therefore accommodate a wide variety of food items. In terms of drawers, it also has two FreshLock™ crisper drawers for fruits and vegetables and a smaller meat/deli drawer that is not temperature controlled. The fridge door has three adjustable door bins and three stationary door bins including one dairy bin and four gallon-size bins. The freezer has one flex wire shelf and two full-width door bins, but none are adjustable.

The fresh food compartment has flexible storage capabilities.
The fresh food compartment has flexible storage capabilities.
Credit: Mary Griffin
The freezer has 6.2 cu. ft of capacity.
The freezer has 6.2 cu. ft of capacity.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Extra Features

In addition to helping you cut your energy bills, this affordable refrigerator also offers some convenient features such as a factory-installed automatic icemaker and two FreshLock™ humidity controlled crispers to keep your fruits and veggies fresh. Unfortunately the icemaker does not have a built-in water filter, and, while there is incandescent interior lighting in the fridge, there is no light in the freezer. Lastly, the refrigerator does not have an open door alert. As mentioned however, you can't really expect too many bells and whistles for less than $1000.

The Maytag M1TXEGMY comes with a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
The Maytag M1TXEGMY comes with a factory-installed automatic icemaker.
Credit: Mary Griffin

Exterior Style and Functionality

ADA-complaint, the M1TXEGMY is a top-freezer refrigerator with a pull freezer door. It is designed in a traditional style with flat, textured doors and is available in four different finishes with matching handles including White (M1TXEGMYW), Bisque (M1TXEGMYQ), Black (M1TXEGMYB) and Stainless Steel (M1TXEGMYS). Its doors are also reversible, so they can fit no matter how your kitchen is configured.

The Maytag Top-Freezer Refrigerator with FreshLock™ Crispers (M1TXEGMY).
The Maytag Top-Freezer Refrigerator with FreshLock™ Crispers (M1TXEGMY).
Credit: Mary Griffin

Brand Reputation

Overall, Maytag only receives average ratings from J.D. Power & Associates in their 2013 refrigerator study, but it does earn slightly higher ratings when it comes to price. According to Consumer Reports, Maytag refrigerators are considered to be the most reliable when compared to other refrigerators with factory-installed automatic icemakers. This particular model also receives excellent feedback from Consumer Reports on its energy efficiency and very good feedback on its temperature performance, which is impressive considering its price. However, its warranty isn't as good as some higher priced competitors. It is only covered by a 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

Maytag is a reliable brand offering refrigerators at a great value.
Maytag is a reliable brand offering refrigerators at a great value.
Credit: Mary Griffin

User Reviews

The Maytag M1TXEGMY Top-Freezer Refrigerator with FreshLock™ Crispers has received good feedback from customers online including a 4.2/5 on HomeDepot.com (1,129 reviews) and a 4.3/5 on Maytag.com (777 reviews). If you are looking for an affordable refrigerator for a smaller kitchen or family, this is an impressive, basic machine that has good useable capacity for its size. The features that are advertised (automatic icemaker, humidity-controlled crispers, adjustable shelving, etc.) are great but pretty standard for new refrigerators. Even though it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, most customers have been very happy with the M1TXEGMY's overall value in terms of price, quality and performance.

The M1TXEGMY's biggest drawback seems to be that it only has one knob to control the temperature in the fridge as well as in the freezer. A lot of customers complained that either the food in their fridge would freeze or the food in the freezer would be soft. Additionally, there is no light inside the freezer, which a few customers felt made it difficult to find items. Some customers also complained about the design of the fridge, particularly the drawers and adjustable shelves. Certain reviewers felt the crispers were too small for bulky veggies and some even complained about the lack of control over the level of humidity. Some customers also were annoyed with the adjustable shelves being "sticky" and generally not fitting properly. That said, if you are on a budget and don't want to spend more than $1000 on a new refrigerator, the Maytag M1TXEGMY is a very good buy and will also save you money in energy costs in the long run.


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