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.
Stackable You can save space by placing the dryer on top of a suitable washer. Note that a special kit is sometimes required to mount the dryer on top of the washer.
Dimensions (in.) The exterior measurements of the dryer with the door closed, in inches (height x width x depth). Be sure to allow clearance in the rear for the vent duct.
44 x 27 x 30
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.
Not efficient; needs multiple cycles to dry effectively
Easy To Use
Quick Dry Touch Up
Leaves Clothes Damp
Poor Sensor Technology
Requires Multiple Cycles
High Heat Drying
This model touted large capacity, ECO modes and especially drying using sensor technology. The reality is however that it takes High Heat Regular cycle to get a medium load dry. If it's a mixed load of heavier and medium textures (e.g. jeans & pants), the heavier items still won't be dry at the end of the cycle - so what happened to the sensors? I have a lot of permanent press and more delicate items that require low heat. They would need 2 cycles on Medium or multiple on low with varying levels of dryness. Not worth the hassle!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Northern Maryland
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
So Glad I Got This Before It Is Gone
Easy To Use
I hemmed and hawed about getting a new dryer since my old Whirlpool was still working even after 22 years. To my dismay I began to realize that this model was going out of production at Whirlpool. So I decided to get this while they still were available. The controls are easy to learn. It sings a little jingle when I turn it on and again when the cycle is finished. The hamper door is solid and opens/closes securely. It is a good sized door opening too. The drum is huge too compared to my 5.9 cu. ft. old dryer. The lint trap is firm and easy to remove to clean. I have only had this a month and it is working fabulously. I don't get some of the other reviews about not being able to use the sensor cycle. I dried a large load of towels in 1 hour and 6 minutes using the Heavy Duty sensor cycle...AND THEY WERE DRY AT THE END....no need to do a restart for damp towels. I have used several of the other cycles over the past month, most being sensor cycles, and they are all working great. Everything is dried and faster than my old Whirlpool. It is quiet as a mouse too. One reason I really wanted this model is because it has a lower front service access panel. This will make keeping the parts underneath clean/vacuumed and will help in keeping the vent duct system clean and free of lint build up which can lead to longer drying times and/or fires if left unattended. Not all whirlpools have this feature. I HOPE THAT WHIRLPOOL CONTINUES TO MAKE MODELS WITH THIS SERVICE PANEL FEATURE. WHIRLPOOL, ARE YOU LISTENING? Another reason I wanted this is because it has a light control which allows me to turn the light on even during the cycle operations. This is just a geek out thing to me. I like to see things like this working and in action...not all dryers feature this... actually relatively few allow a light on during operation... My old Whirlpool gave me 22 years of service and never needed a single repair. NOT ONE. If this one gives me even half of that much time problem-free service I will be more than satisfied once again with my Whirlpool appliance. If you have a high level of interest in this particular model like I did then don't wait. This item is being discontinued don't miss out if you really want this one.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Bill the antiquer
from Ozark, Missouri
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Leaves Clothes Damp
Long Drying Time
Must set drying time for more that one hour or clothes will remain damp. Must load lightly. Would not recommend this machine.