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Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W]
 
Approximate retail price:
$650
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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Approximate retail price:
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The Ratings applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5550X[W] come from our tests of model Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5500X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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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2.0
Not Impressed
10/5/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
Bought my top load washer in June 2011. There is only my husband and I, so I wash 2-3 loads a week. In July 2012 my washer would sometimes stop mid cycle and that was it. So I had to start turning it to the rinse and spin cycle. I phoned about it but because it didn't do it very often there was nothing MayTag would do. They told me if it stared to do it more regular to call back. Which I did last month, I was told to turn the breaker off to reset the computer. Didn't work, phoned back but because the first time I called was a month after the 1 year warranty was up I was doomed.A washer should do more than 100 loads of laundry. And the warranty should be longer than 1 year. Plus to try and phone there, and you wait for 20 minutes just to get hung up on, by accident. Then phone back and wait on the phone for another 20 minutes. Must be a lot of people phoning with problems about their MayTag appliances
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Very disappointed
9/23/2014
Pros
Cons
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Long Cycle
Shakes/Moves
Best Uses
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
I use the washer for my household family laundry. It is only my husband and I now and not the heavy duty loads I used to wash in my Maytag that I had for 25 years with the traditional agitator. I was very pleased with the old one and it got my clothes really clean, even my husband's greasy work clothes from his job. Now this one can't even get a little loose dirt off unless I wash it twice and still isn't as clean as they should be. Also there are dry areas on the clothes and I figure if they don't get wet, how are they getting clean. I've only owned it for 2 years and the computer broke down and I am waiting almost a week to get it repaired and have to go to the laundramat, not what I expected.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Can't get clean
9/14/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Small Loads Ok
Spins Clothes Dry
Washes quickly
Cons
Can Not Handle Large Load
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Must Wash Several Loads
Best Uses
Heavy/Bulky Items
Not As A Washer
Comment:
This thing is ok if you use it for small loads. Basin needs to fill with more water for a complete wash. I have a large family and we use this machine alot. I am afraid that you guys dropped the ball on this one.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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