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Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW
 
Price range:
$984.60 - $1,000.00
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Summary: This Whirlpool Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1year warranty.
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About - Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW

The Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the Duet WFW88HEAW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand

As with Kenmore, Whirlpool has a number of lines: Whirlpool Duet HT, Whirlpool Duet Steam, Whirlpool Duet Sport HT, and Whirlpool Duet Sport. In the coming year, Whirlpool will be promoting and advancing the use of steam on more of its models across the line. Prices range from $800 to $1,600. Whirlpool washers are known for the wide range of model choices and the variety of features on those machines.

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Features & Specs - Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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User Reviews - Whirlpool Duet WFW88HEAW
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Limited lifespan
8/5/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Breaks Down
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
The Whirlpool Duet washer performed very well for 8 years, then broke down recently. The problem is the main drive shaft bearing that runs through the inner and outer tub. The rubber seal fails and the bearing is quickly destroyed. Repair is hugely expensive, and we decided to replace the washer. The sales staff told us 9 years is more than most get out of a front loader. Buyers should beware these high end machines have a limited lifespan!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
wish I bought a top loader
5/3/2014
Pros
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Cons
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Noisy
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
We have a teenage boy in football, a toddler and an infant so we rely on our washer to get out heavy stains and smell. This washer does not do it. My daughters pants were soiled with sand and they did not clean completely. I also clean the washer regularly with afresh, hot water, and bleach and it STILL has a foul smell every few weeks.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
First Front Loader
10/22/2013
Pros
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
These have been great. Clothes are cleaner that our old GE top loader. Drying is fast and even for the most part. Since the capacity is so large we now wash our blankets and sheets together, this leads to the dryer thinking the load is dry and the blanket is still damp. The large capacity has us using two dryer sheets to acheive softness. Have seen a decrease on the electric bill. Cycle time can be very long with every option turned on.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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