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Whirlpool WTW4900BW
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$448.00 - $795.22
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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.
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About - Whirlpool WTW4900BW

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.

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.
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 WTW4900BW
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 WTW4900BW
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Disappointing transition
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Long Cycle
No Fabric Softner Dispens
Best Uses
Large Capacity
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Do not buy this machine
Best Uses
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.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Interesting, very interesting
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Saves water
Spins Clothes Dry
No Softener Dispensor
No Softener Reserve
Best Uses
Bath Mats
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
My two adult sons and I live under the same roof (once again...). We wash three or four loads per week. (We also have a water softener which I believe helps with machine maintenance, and has other benefits). I digress. This is my first high efficiency washer, and so I gave away my stockpile of non-HE detergents. Small price to pay with the results we get. I'm still adjusting to the characteristics of this machine. The controls are capable of any washing need; light soiled to heavy, cold to hot, delicate to bulky. I tested a comforter that the three cats favor, and it came out purr-fect (sorry). <br /><br />I wish it had a softener dispenser. For towels and such, you must use the one-and-only Downey Ball. It works, but I'm not sure how the plug opens and dispenses the softener at just the right time. As I said, it works.<br /><br />Adding the HE detergent FIRST, was a first for me too. There is a bleach dispenser, but I haven't (and probably won't) use it. Loading the clothes is not a toss-and-go proposition. They want you to bunch and lay the articles around the washer plate, and then fill to the top of the stainless steel tub. The machine takes over from there, including how much water is needed for each load. I watched several You'Tube videos to see what was going on inside the washer (The lid is locked from the start) and it's very interesting, seeing an article of clothing move, barely, getting cleaned. <br /><br />The more I use this washing machine, the more I like it, and trust it, to get any reasonable washing job done, cleanly and efficiently.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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