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.
I was quite surpised when i had to buy a new dryer at how complicated things had become. I had a kenmore that had a temp sensor and all the features the new ones had, but the new one has a POWER (on/off) switch. So stupid.<br /><br />you must pay attention to the venting or it will not dry your clothes and the delivery guys are a hit and miss. i had a horrible time with the deliver. Were you aware that if you need the dryer to vent left or right you are going to have a hard time finding a retailer to do that? Sears was the only one to offer that setup. i got it all done but if you dont know, they will hook it up straight out the back and push your dryer back near the wall crimping the vent hose and then your dryer is horrible, when really, its not vented correctly. i think it must happen a lot.<br /><br />i wanted lint filter in a drop down door with drum light, this machine offered that as well as the option to vent left or right. it dryes my clothes well with options and has a big drum
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Lafayette, IN
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Tiny lever broke. Repair $661!
Easy To Use
Leaves Clothes Damp
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.