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.
$449.99 - $539.10
Summary:This Whirlpool High-efficiency top-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Whirlpool WTW4900BW is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine
models like the WTW4900BW 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.
I liked the large capacity and yet able to reach the bottom of the tub. However, with repeated washings, my dirtiest clothes are not coming out clean. New white wash cloths have dark stains in the center after only one months use. I've always prided myself on the cleanest clothes, but not now. I use top quality soap and heavy duty cycle, but still won't clean. Noisy too. Taking it back today. Saves water though!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Never again
from Sim i Valley ca
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Do not buy this machine
This washer makes the most annoying sounds because it is a water saver model. You have to special laundry detergent and buy a special cleaner tab to clean monthly. If you have it in the garage it could be tolorable but if it is upstairs in the house it is horrible. Also vibrates and moves several inches every time you do a load of laundry. Locking feature when lid is closed is a real pain and overall cheap construction. I returned this machine 2 days after buying it.