The Whirlpool Duet WGD88HEAW is a gas dryer available from
The Duet WGD88HEAW typically costs
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on gas dryer
models like the Duet WGD88HEAW.
A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
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.
The Ratings of Whirlpool Duet WGD94HEAW were applied to untested model Whirlpool Duet WGD88HEAW, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
Upon CR's recommendation, this natural gas dryer replaced our Whirlpool Gas Dryer which had a cabinet fire last January, 2014. This is our fourth Whirlpool/Kitchenaid brand dryer. Its performance is OK. However it definitely has trouble drying bed sheets or comforters. Compared to our previous dryers, this one rolls up the sheets into one sheet ball. At the end of the cycle, the sheets are compacted into this ball and come out wrinkled and damp, thus requiring additional drying time. This occurs on the casual cycle as well as the timed cycle. Typical load is four pillow cases, and one each of fitted and unfitted sheets from a queen and twin size beds. The ball is generally formed around one of the fitted sheets. It also does this for blankets and comforters. Otherwise, the drying performance is OK for almost all other items.