The Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5600X[W] is a top-loading washing machine available from
The Cabrio WTW5600X[W] typically costs
between $539.10 - $837.99.
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 top-loading washing machine
models like the Cabrio WTW5600X[W].
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.
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.
The Ratings of Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5700X[W] were applied to untested model Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5600X[W], which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
I was hesitant to try the Whirlpool 5600 because of all the negative comments, both here and on the Sears website. I kept coming back to the 5600 because it has a good score with Consumer Reports testing, and I really needed a washer with a small footprint due to the tiny washing closet in my vacation home. This 5600 is only 27 deep; it's very difficult to find a full sized washer this small. After reading everything I could I just went for this Cabrio because I really needed a large-capacity washer that's less than 28 deep. I just couldn't be happier with this washer! It's hard to understand all the negative comments about cleaning ability. After several months of use I really think that a lot of the bad experiences are due to people trying to use an he washer like they used to use an agitator washer. When you first get the Cabrio you have to read the washing instructions and follow them carefully. You can't cram a lot of clothes down into the tub like you used to with the agitator models; these he washers use less water and so need lots of movement between the clothes. The clothes have to be loosely arranged around the center. I did overload it once with two twin comforters and I see what it looks like when you overload it - spots all over the comforters from the detergent sitting on dry cloth. I rewashed them one at a time and they came out beautifully. What I really like about the washer is once you get the hang of the directions and how they label typical loads (casual or bulky items) it is super easy to choose a setting, and the clothes come out clean and much drier than my old agitator model. I know some people complain about wrinkled clothes and others about clothes that are too wet. I think they may have the spin on the wrong cycle. I follow the recommendations for spin cycle and I have never had either problem. I just can't say enough positive things about this washer; the only complaint I have after almost six months is that it is really LOUD. But everything else is great.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from San Pedro, Ca.
Didn't last two years.
Doesn't Clean Effectively
I bought my Cabrio in July 2011 and it's already done. It makes an awful grinding noise when I try to use it and I refuse to throw good money after bad trying to fix this piece of junk.<br /><br />Even when it was working I wasn't really happy with this washer. It wouldn't spin sheets dry unless you placed the sheets just right. Furthermore, it never cleaned heavily soiled clothes very well.<br /><br />I'm going with a front loader and dumping this thing. I'll never trust Whirlpool again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Scotch Plains, NJ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
We purchased this washing machine Memorial Day weekend, 2011. I strongly disliked it from the beginning and the retailer would not take it back. Then I was diagnosed with a 5CM brain tumor which is what I'm blaming the purchase of this piece of garbage on. After surgery and recovery for almost a month in the hospital, I called to see if it could be repaired under warranty as it was less than a year old. They sent a technician out who replaced the basket and suspension at what would have been a cost of $545.00 if not still covered. <br />It worked for the first few loads or until it was just out of warranty. This was the last thing I wanted to think about at the time and continued limping along with this washer that often left excess water on the clothes and in the machine. I was running the spin cycle a 2nd or 3rd time in order to extract enough water to dry/hang the clothes. At the time a washing machine was the furthest thing from my mind and I was struggling to regain what I had lost. The extended warranty was not in the budget nor did I want to waste the money on this lemon.<br />Now it's not working at all at just under 2 years. Trust me when I tell you RUN DO NOT WALK away from this piece of junk. I never write reviews but this machine was SOOOOO frustrating, I felt if I could prevent just one consumer from the same troubles, I should.
washed one load three times, the last time using the bulky option with hot water -the clothes still came out smelling. Noisier than they claim also. its going back! m With two teenagers - I need something that cleans clothes well.
Rather have my old Kenmore at least it got my clothes clean my clothes smell dirty Ive changed detergent several times nothing helps cant open the lid because it locks so you can not tell how much water is in the tub......this is the most expensive washer Ive bought and the least impressive what good is a washer when your clothes smell worse coming out than going in........save your money buy a cheaper one, Whirlpool needs to pull these machines off the market!!!!!!!!!!!!