The Whirlpool Duet WED70HEBW is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the Duet WED70HEBW 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.
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.
Had to replace blown fuse 3 times already. Dryer is less than 2 years old.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Tempe, Arizona
I would not buy this again
This new dryer was installed before we moved in this house. We had a Whirlpool Duet bought 7 years ago at our other house. New house does not have gas so had to buy a new electric dryer and went with Whirlpool because of ratings and previous experience. This new dryer never worked. Repairman has been our twice . Got a replacement part but that did not fix it so did more diagnoses with Whirlpool technical support. Now they are going to replace wiring harness and motor. Whirlpool refuses to replace it or even take it out to repair but are planning to do the repair in our garage! Meanwhile, we still do nor have a dryer. Absolute NO customer service. This is unacceptable! I consider this appliance a lemon and do not want it.