What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$984.60 - $1,000.00
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
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1year warranty.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
First Front Loader
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Torrance, CA
(16 of 22 customers found this review helpful)
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Water level too low to clean anything well. Items just tumble in a small amount of dirty water. The stains that would easily come out with my old washer I now have to hand scrub out. Wish I had spent the money to have my old washer repaired. I consider this a waste of a lot of money.