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Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W]
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Summary: This Whirlpool high-efficiency top-loader washing machine has
• 2011 Energy Star qualification
• 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 1 year warranty.
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About - Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W]

The Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W] is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine models like the Cabrio WTW5500X[W] 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.

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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 Cabrio WTW5500X[W]
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser No
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User Reviews - Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W]
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Horrible residue problem
Adjustable Settings
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Long Cycle
Soap Residue Awful
Best Uses
We have had a constant problem with experiencing white soap residue on dark clothes which makes us believe it is on all our lighter color clothes -we have cleaned the machine repetitively and had the repair person out -who says clean the machine. But nothing changes. We have to use more water for additional rinses - therefore it is less efficient than our previous old machine- which I wish I could get back. Frustrated.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Do not buy
Best Uses
The bearing went out on this and then the transmission. Only had for 2 years and is completely no good. I was told Whirlpool knew this was a problem but continued to sell it. Do not buy this you will be replacing it or some parts in short order!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Worst washer I have ever owned!
Best Uses
This is by far the worst washing machine I have ever owned! I went back to Lowes and they would do nothing to help! I will never buy an appliance from Lowes again and never this brand!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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