The Whirlpool WED5500X[W] is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the WED5500X[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.
The following models have the same ratings as Whirlpool WED5500X[W].
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WED5550X[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool WED5500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has more cycles.
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WED5700X[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool WED5500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has a door window, and more cycles.
The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WED5600X[ ] come from our tests of model Whirlpool WED5500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has an extra temperature setting.
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.
This dryer is 2 1/2 years old. I do around 6 loads of laundry once a week. I wish the top of the dryer was flat. I feel it is a poor design as everything slides off of it. The secret to this dryer is to have similar weight of fabric clothes in each load. For instance, a load of knits will dry evenly, but if you throw a pair of denim jeans in it, of course they won't all dry evenly. The hot cycle is very hot. I usually use medium and it dries a load well. I find the automatic cycle does not work well if you set it for damp - it shuts off almost immediately. Sometimes I find it is best to use the manual setting, but overall I am happy enough with this machine.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By The Sandman
from Macon, Georgia
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Door Swing Placement
Leaves Clothes Damp
Very Hot Side Panel
Side panels of unit get very hot in spots, yet the unit never completely dries the load. We have done lite loads to heavy loads and have never gotten a completely dry load. Some loads have damp clothes but some of the items will be excessively hot. Top of the unit is sloped, so nothing can be placed on top of the unit. The drum is very large, but the door opens down, so therefore it is difficult to access the back of the drum. We monitored the unit, tried different settings,cleaned out the full length of vent, and nothing changed the pitiful performance.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from yorba linda
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Does not dry
Easy To Use
We bought the dryer at Costco with the matching washer. We frequently have to run the clothes two cycles in order to dry completely. We returned the washer too due to poor performance. See review