Maytag Dishwasher MDB8959SFZ Review 2021

Product: Maytag MDB8959SFZ


Our Rating: 9.9/10


Overview: in this Maytag dishwasher mdb8959sfz review you will get the most detailed info about the exterior, interior, and the main key selling points for this powerful dishwasher.


Clean dried and spotless dishware and silverware, that’s all that we are expecting at the end of the washing cycle from one dishwasher, nothing else. We still will be satisfied even if the dishwasher doesn’t have all the premium advanced features, like in the more expensive dishwashers from the premium class.


So to have a dishwasher that is doing the right job in your kitchen is of great importance today. This Top Control and fingerprint-resistant Maytag is a dishwasher that really will do the right job in your kitchen. Besides its simple and sleek design, this is really one quiet and powerful dishwasher. But let’s see what this model of the dishwasher from the brand Maytag offers to its owner.


The Exterior of the Maytag MDB8959SFZ Dishwasher


This top control dishwasher comes with a stainless steel color and is fingerprint-resistant. This is perfect if you have kids that are playing around and you don’t need to worry at all if your kids touch the dishwasher you will never see any fingerprint.

In case if you don’t like the stainless steel color, also this dishwasher is available in black and white color.


When you come closer in front of the dishwasher, you will notice on the right corner a small pinhole with an indicator, which the main function is to give you a notification whether the dishwasher is running or is finished.


When you see the blue light it means your dishwasher is still running and when the light indicator emits a green light from the pinhole it means the dishwasher is finished with the washing process.

The next thing that you will catch your eye on the front is a large pocket handle.


The Hidden Top Control Panel


The controls of this model are hidden on the top which gives a great look at the dishwasher and the controls are outreach from kids.

In order to operate with the dishwasher, you need to open the door to get access to the control panel. When you take a look at the control panel you will see on the right side a digital display the gives you info about the times of the washing cycles.


On the left side, there are two buttons and 5 light indicators for the washing cycles. The first button is for all 5 available washing cycles like PowerBlast, Auto, Normal, Quick and Rinse.

The second button is the Delay Start that gives you to choose to set up the dishwasher for a later washing in a range from 1 to 24 hours.


Next from the right side of the digital display are the buttons and indicators for the washing options like Hi-Temp, Sanitize, Heated Dry, Cancel, and Start. The Sanitize button has a double function, if you hold it 3 seconds it will activate the control lock option.


You need to know the time of the washing cycles a bit longer than expected and the main reason is the Energy Star certification of this model.


But you don’t need to worry about this, the quick cycle will surprise you which runs about 1 hour and is doing an excellent job for your dishes when it is in use.


The Interior of the Maytag MDB8959SFZ Dishwasher


The interior of the dishwasher is stainless steel. Inside the dishwasher, you will see an upper adjustable rack with a wire cup shelf that can be folded down in case if you don’t need to wash cups so you can make more free space for other items.

Then you have a lower rack where you will find a silverware basket which can be removed at any time if you don’t need to wash your silverware. There are fixed tines on the lower rack and they are tall enough to hold properly in a place upright your large plates.


There is a spinning mechanism with spray jets under the lower rack, but this model doesn’t have spray jets inside above the top rack like most dishwashers.


Instead, there are spinning spray jets right beneath the top rack, we don’t know if this is the best practical solution, because the spinning spray jets occupy some space below the top rack.


So when you need to load cooking pans and pots and other items with specific shapes and sizes, will be a little bit difficult for you which is a negative side of this solution.


But on the other side, these spray jets are doing an excellent job. The loading capacity that is available to you is 14 place settings which will satisfy the normal needs of one family. Both racks are removable.


There are Rinse Aid and Detergent dispensers; they are located on the door from the inside.

The Rinse Aid dispenser has a window to view its content inside and there is a knob to adjust and control the amount that needs to be released.

The compartment of the Detergent dispenser is large enough so it can hold even two pods and has fill lines when you use a liquid soap


Main Key Selling Features of This Model


This Maytag MDB8959SFZ doesn’t have a lot of features like most of the dishwashers in this class. But some of the implemented features make this model be above from the competition like its powerful motor, quiet washing cycles and the stainless steel chopper with 4 blades.


The Powerful Motor


As the  Maytag company claims, in their dishwashers feature one of the most powerful motors on the market. The motor boosts the cleaning abilities of the dishwasher and will make sure for any dirty plates, pans, pots, cups, silverware or other items that you place inside to come out 100% clean.

Quiet Washing Cycles


It’s surprising, how quiet is this model when cleans the dishes with its powerful motor. The highest level of noise that this model produces is 47 decibels and the lowest noise is about 41 to 42 decibels, thanks to the insulation system of this model.

These results are perfect for any kitchen that is a part of the living-room.


The Chopper with 4 Blades


This dishwasher instead of the filter has a chopper that is located on the bottom of the dishwasher under the spray arm and is made from stainless steel material to ensure longevity.


The chopper has 4 blades to chop the food particles that come out from the dirty dishes during the cleaning process into small pieces and the same time pulverize the small particles, which prevents them to re-circulate back and stick again on the dishes.


Thanks to the 4 Blade Chopper, from the Maytag Company they say you don’t even need to scrape the dishes before loading them inside your dishwasher.


Another great thing to mention when it comes about the 4 Blade Chopper you cannot find any food residual at the bottom, because at the same time it acts as a garbage disposal, and there is no need of cleaning.


This is an example of how the chopper with 4 blades works





The Main Features and Specifications for the Maytag Dishwasher MDB8959SFZ


  • Built-in top control 24 inches fully integrated stainless steel dishwasher
  • Option for 24 hours delay
  • Maximum up to 14 place settings space for loading
  • There is a Heated Dry option which allows you to choose between heated dry or no heat dry (for saving energy)
  • Hard food disposer
  • Two Racks Upper and Lower
  • The Upper Rack has one wire cup shelf with the ability to be folded down
  • There is full length in split-able Silverware Basket
  • Detergent and Rinse dispenser included
  • Available Washing Options in this model are: Control Lock, Heated Dry, Hi-Temp Wash, Sani Rinse and 24 Hour Delay option
  • There is a selection of 5 Washing Cycles like Auto Clean, Normal, PowerBlast, Quick Wash and Rinse Only
  • Maytag’s proven 2X Life tested Motor54 with a great performances
  • This model has an energy consumption of 270 kWh per year
  • The level of noise is 47 decibels
  • This 24 inches Maytag dishwasher is a 34.5 inches tall, 25.25 depth and 23.88 inches width. When you open the door for comfortably loading and unloading your dishes you will need a free space of 49.9 inches (about 126.75 cm) in front of the dishwasher.
  • The weight of this Maytag dishwasher is 89.1 pounds (about 40.41 Kg)
  • Some of the parts like the chopper blade, racks, and the stainless steel tub have limited warranty of 10 years
  • It has Energy start certification


Similar product Bosch Ascenta SHX3AR75US.

The Pros


  • Silent
  • The Sanitize option and NSF certification
  • Delay Start 1-24 Hours
  • Heated Dry option
  • 4 Blade Chopper


The Cons


  • Long cycles
  • The location of the spinning spray jet mechanism beneath the top rack that occupies some of the valuable loading space


Our Thoughts


This model Maytag MBD8959SFZ is highly rated by its owners and most of the reviews are positive.

We recommend this dishwasher for people who want to buy a dishwasher with a mid-range price, pretty quiet, and extremely powerful and durable motor. The results and capabilities are perfect for any kitchen that is a part of the living-room.


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