The Maytag MDB4709PA[M] is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the MDB4709PA[M] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.
The following models have the same ratings as Maytag MDB4709PA[M].
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Maytag MDB6769PA[ ] come from our tests of model Maytag MDB4709PA[M], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has sensorwash cycle, holds 14 place settings and has a steam cycle.
About This Brand
A Whirlpool-owned brand, Maytag introduced a steam model in 2008 and will introduce a dishwasher-drawer model later this year. The company positions its products as durable, but its dishwashers have been relatively repair prone, according to our Annual Product Reliability Survey. Prices range from $300 to $900.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
I concur with the other review. I have the previous model dishwasher(mdb7749sbm0) and the control panel suffers from the a huge problem. After owning for 13 months, yes, 13 months(read, just out of warranty), the control panel started to run the dishwasher in a constant cycle. I pulled the control panel(since Maytag/Whirlpool wasn't going to fix it without charging me $250) to find a burned out flex circuit. Some others have complained about silver whiskers, which cause shorts on the same circuit. Bottom line, DON'T buy Maytag dishwashers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Seal Beach, Ca
None To Speak Of
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Doesn't Dry Well
Newer Model Of Mdb7749
This Is The Newer Mode Of
The Maytag model I have is the previous model, MDB 7749. This current model, MDB 4709, appears to use the same control panel which is a know part that fails all the time on the MDB 7749. Within 6 months of use the first control panel failed and 11 months later it failed again. If it had not been for the extended warranty it would have cost me $160 to get the washer fixed.<br />Beware of this unit.<br />In addition the dishwasher is noisy, doesn't clean dishes very well, runs for long periods, and doesn't rinse well.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Mick Quic
from Portland, ME
Great dishwasher !
Easy To Load
Not sure what these other people are talking about.<br />Awkward loading? With all the different size dishes and glasses, I suspect some won't fit well. I have had some very large loads and they have all come out clean. There are so many things that can effect the perfomance (detergent, pre-rinse, water hardness, etc.) Obviously if you have defects then that's something to complain about. Outside of that, what are your expectations?