I haven’t really given my review of the Bravos XL Washer and Dryer from Maytag that I received a few months back. I’ve now had a chance to really use it like I do regularly.
I have no idea what brand of washer and dryer my mom had when I was growing up, but I know it didn’t have all the features of the Maytag Bravos XL has!
I’ll be honest, I haven’t even been able to try all the different cycles and features it has yet! In time…
A few features that I have come to count on with this laundry pair.
It’s extra large. And Maytag really means XL. It has cut down on the number of loads I do in a week by a third (saving me time, as well as cutting down on costs). However, with baby number three here now, my loads are increasing again! But that’s to be expected.
The detergent dispenser. I spill a lot. I’m just messy that way. Somehow, the washer cleans up any spills I’ve made when pouring the detergent in. So there’s no sticky residue left around the cup.
Wide opening lid. I literally just pick up my basket of sorted laundry and dump it in. I do a quick rearranging of the clothes in the washer so that the center is open to the bottom (for balance). The lid also has a SmoothClose feature (kind of like those fancy kitchen drawers that I’d love to have), so there’s no worries about loud slams when you’re doing laundry during nap time or fingers getting pinched when the boys are begging to help.
Cold wash cycle. I’ve been using Tide Coldwater laundry detergent which goes hand in hand with this cycle. Getting my clothes the cleanest, getting all the stains out, while being the most energy efficient.
A cycle for sheets. A cycle for towels. A cycle for bulky items. A cycle for whites. A cycle for delicates. All preset cycles that knows if you should be using hot or cold water, or to max extract with the spin cycle, or no spin at all for the most delicate of items. I can only imagine how easy this is going to make teaching the boys how to do laundry! My mom always had a sheet of paper taped above the washer with directions for each load!
The dryer has a lot of these same cycles too, as well as a wrinkle prevent feature that continually tosses the clothes until you’re able to take them out of the dryer!
A simple luxury with this laundry pair is that I’m able to turn off the end signal! My last dryer didn’t have that and I didn’t realize how nice it is to be able to shut it off when I do laundry during nap or after the kids go to bed since the laundry room is right next to their bedrooms.
When I found out I was going to be a Maytag Mom, I asked you guys what you’d like me to test. Here are my answers.
Folding. It doesn’t do it. Sorry gals.
Wrinkles. The dryer has the a wrinkle control cycle as well as a wrinkle prevent setting that seems to work well. I tend to take my laundry out pretty quickly after its done though since I’m on the once-a-week laundry system.
Shoes. I wash shoes pretty regularly in the laundry. It handles them just fine. I do like that the washer is a top load for this reason, less clunking and banging around. The dryer is still pretty loud with the shoes. I always throw the shoes in with a small load of towels to help soften the sounds. I just make sure I don’t wash shoes during sleep time!
Sticky stains. I briefly talked about stains. My kids are pretty messy, so am I. For the most part, everything comes out. I don’t generally treat stains, I just make sure to wash them right away if I think its going to stain. And I haven’t really had any issues. The PowerSpray Technology seems to do the trick!
Any other questions you have of the Maytag Bravos XL Laundry Pair?
Ask in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer to the best of my knowledge!
Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Laundry Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.