The Whirlpool WED4900X[W] is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the WED4900X[W] 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.
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.
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.
Overall I am pleased with the performance of this dryer after 10 months.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Dallas, TX
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Noisey Without Clothes In It
Easy To Use
This dryer is quite loud even without anything in it. My laundry area is in the middle of my house and I can hear the noise in every room. I didn't have any problems with getting the items dry. If your laundry area is in a basement or an area where noise isn't a problem it would probably be ok if you have a limited budget.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Jans house
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sheets & Mattress Covers
I thought I was buying someting RELIABLE. I've had it for 14 monts, have spent $350.- on repairs and it STILL DOES'T WORK!