The Whirlpool Cabrio WED5800BW is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the Cabrio WED5800BW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.
Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.
For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.
The following models have the same ratings as Whirlpool Cabrio WED5800BW.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WED5500BW come from our tests of model Whirlpool Cabrio WED5800BW, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. Similar to tested model but with fewer cycles and features.
About This Brand
This brand, known for innovation, markets itself as the brand that cares about the family and the environment. It offers a wide range of choices in lines that include Whirlpool, Duet, Duet Sport, Duet Steam, Cabrio, Cabrio Steam. Some Whirlpool dryers use steam to freshen up clothing or remove wrinkles. Prices for Whirlpool dryers range from $350 to $1,300.
Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Porcelain top A porcelain top resists scratching better than a painted one but generally adds to a dryer's cost. Painted tops, far more common, are often quite durable with normal use.
Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Steam option Generally, a water hook-up is required with this feature. In this cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the drum while tumbling with heat. It helps to reduce wrinkles and odors, but is intended only for a few garments at a time.
Behind the soft START button is a tiny, plastic lever that pushes the electronic board. Though I'm a lady with arthritic hands, I managed to break the little lever after 6 years of use. The repair was to be $661, so I bought a Kenmore Elite. The new machine dries like a dream, and is roomier and quieter. It makes me resent the Cabrio all that much more, since I put up with years of the old machine never drying things completely, even when re-started time and again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Hampton Bays, NY
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Use
Sheets & Mattress Covers
We have not owned this dryer long but what a differance from the old one. Our old dryer was about 5 years old, but this dryer is quieter and dryes in half the time. So far we are completly satisfied.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from denver, colorado
(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
Door Opens From Bottom
Easy Removal Lint Filter
Easy To Load
Light On Inside
Difficult To Push Buttons
Leaves Clothes Damp
Lid Is Curved
WED5500BWo<br />argh....not happy with this machine, either. my major complaint is that no loads dry completely on the first run. so much for energy efficient. I use common sense for selecting drying temperature and have never used the lowest temp. don't know yet how much will be added to my electricity bill from running more time on each load. store delivery men installed the machine, and they SHOULD know what they are doing vis-à-vis vent tube.<br /><br />the lid is curved, so you can't put much of anything on the top of the machine while you work--it will roll/fall off. that's not a defect; it's the design.