Maytag Washer Settings Explained in Detail

You can always get more out of your washing machine than the usual normal cycle for day-to-day loads. Different fabrics types and stains can require you to use more advanced settings that go beyond the norm.

In this article, we’ll explain different settings you can explore on your Maytag washing machine for different purposes or laundry and get a sparkling clean laundry.

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Maytag Washer Water Settings

Choosing the right water settings on your washing machine can’t be emphasized enough. It has a large impact on your fabric, color, and lifespan. Generally, the hotter you set the water temperature, the cleaner the laundry will come out but that’s not a plausible reason to crank up the heat.

Cold water can help protect the clothes laundry and fabric fibers but it might not get the clothes thoroughly clean and free of dirt. Hot water is good, can give sparkling laundry but can result in cloth shrinking, color bleeding, or fading. In the case of warm water, while it’s a middle ground and a nice compromise, it might not be the best option for every clothing item in your closet.

The best option is to check the tag on each clothing item in your laundry basket to understand the perfect settings to use for washing. Some clothes require you to use your hand to wash them or dry clean, others might specify a certain temperature setting to use or include symbols in some cases.

But who has the time to start checking the tags on each clothing item? Isn’t that too demanding especially for large laundry? Let’s not even mention the brain space it will require to remember the instructions for each item.

Realistically, it’s not a feasible option. And for that, we’ve provided below some general tips to set the water temperature for your washing activities.

Cold Water

Cold water is a great option for clothes with dark colors or dye that might wash off. It’s also good for soft or delicate fabrics, athletic clothing that hot water can ruin the elasticity, and clothes you don’t want to shrink. Furthermore, Cold water works well for clothes that are lightly soiled (not too dirty) and requires light cleaning. Generally, Cold water washing minimizes utility costs and energy usage.

Warm Water

If you want to wash colored items, synthetic fabric, and clothes that are heavily soiled, Warm water is the best. It helps cleanse clothes without shrinking or color bleeding. It is also good for heavy or bulky items such as sheets, jeans, towels or duvet.

Hot Water

Hot water is a good option for washing white cotton fabrics that need a deep and thorough cleaning. Examples include dirty underwear, socks, bed sheets and kids’ play clothes. Furthermore, soiled work clothes for professions like mechanics, plumbers, farmers, and painters should all be washed with hot water so that they can be truly cleaned and remove all the stains.

Maytag Washer Laundry Cycle Settings

Your Maytag washing machine has many laundry cycles you can explore depending on the type of clothes you want to wash or personal preferences. Perhaps you only know about the regular normal cycle, below are other laundry cycle settings you can use and when to use them.

Normal Cycle

The normal cycle combines warm water and high spin speeds to wash clothes. It’s best for medium soiled pieces of cotton, sheets, mixed garment loads and linens. The normal cycle is designed to offer high-quality energy efficiency.

Delicate Cycle

The delicate cycle should be used when you wash lightly soiled clothes you can use your hand to wash or dry them. As the name implies, the delicate cycle washes clothes “delicately”. It uses gentle touch on clothes which is why it’s perfect for lightly soiled clothes such as fabrics, lingerie, blouses, pants, sweaters, or any other clothing items that require a gentle cycle as specified on the tag. The delicate cycle works by combining cold water with gentle wash action and low spin speed for gentle cleaning thereby reducing clothes wrinkling.

Rinse and Spin Cycle

The Rinse and Spin cycle works by combining a rinse and high spinning speed. You can use the cycle independently or combine it with a load that requires an extra rinse. It is perfect for items that need rinsing without the use of detergent. E.g. swimwear. It uses cold water temperature for action.

Wrinkle Control

Wrinkle control should be used for washing professional clothes, button-up shirts, activewear and non-ironing clothes. It uses warm water temperature with low-speed wash action and medium spinning speed for soft cleaning and minimising wrinkling.

Heavy Duty

Heavy Duty is used for washing sturdy, dirty clothes that need thorough and intense cleaning. The cycle uses hot water temperature with high spin speeds and extra wash action for deep/intense cleaning. You can use the PowerWash cycle on your Maytag washing machine to deliver a powerful cleaning for clothes that are heavily soiled.


Bedding is used for washing large or bulky clothing items such as towels, sheets, duvets, sleeping bags, jackets, small rugs and comforters. The bedding cycle fills your washer with sufficient warm water to wet down the laundry and clean.


Suitable for clothes, towels and bedding materials that you want to sanitize. The cycle uses very hot water to kill prevalent bacteria present in your laundry. It requires you to use Oxi product in the machine Oxi dispenser.

Permanent Press

The permanent press cycle works for fabrics or clothing items that wrinkle easily like dresses or denim shirts. The cycle time ranges from 50 minutes to 75 minutes depending on the fabrics. Simply put, you should consider using the permanent press cycle when you’re washing fabrics that should be wrinkle-free.

You can easily determine clothes to wash with a permanent press cycle by looking for the permanent press symbol on the item care tag of the cloth.

Drain And Spin

The Drain and Spin cycle are different from the Rinse &Spin cycle. While the Drain and Spin cycle only drains water out of the washing machine and will not add any more water, the Rinse and Spin cycle drained the water out first, then add another round of clean water to the drum before the next rinsing cycle then finally spin-dry your clothes.


  • Danny Saunders

    Danny Saunders is a tech enthusiast. He enjoys getting his hands dirty with the features and settings of tech products and pushing them to their limits just to know how to get the best from them and how well they can endure "abuse" without breaking down. He shares his findings on this blog.