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.
$534.00 - $569.00
Summary:This Whirlpool Unconventional top-loader washing machine has • 2011 Energy Star qualification • Auto temp. control • Auto fabric softener dispenser • End of cycle signal • Rotary dial • Push button • Stainless-steel tub • Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent. • Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Whirlpool WTW4950X[W] is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine
models like the WTW4950X[W] 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 wash laundry about once a week. I am single and was happy with unit through 1st year. 14 months after purchase, spin cycle stopped working followed later by non functioning drain cycle. This thing sometimes made a lot of noise and after 18 months is non functional.<br /><br />Because I did not wash a lot of laundry compared to a family that has a lot of people to clean cloths for, I expected a much longer life cycle. Will not buy whirlpool again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Video Guy
from Long Island, NY
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Cleans better than my old Cabrio
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
Bought this machine to replace my 5 year old Cabrio which needed $200+ in parts (seal leaked and ruined the bearings). Bought this unit as a heavily discounted floor model before reading any of the online reviews. Upon seeing the reviews posted here, I nearly went into a state of panic but then decided to give the machine a try. My Cabrio had a center agitator and this machine doesn't - this one requires some arrangement of the clothes around the outside of the drum in order to properly sense the weight (as per directions). I believe it spins the drum and times how long it takes to stop, so if you don't put the clothes in as per directions, the measurement (and water level) will be off. <br /><br />To my surprise, my first load with white towels came out so white to the point where it was noticeable - no lie. I have paused the machine during some of the cycles to see what is going on inside and for the normal cycles, it just gets the clothes sloppy wet - not immersed - which apparently concentrates the detergent and makes it work better. Have sheets? use the bulky/sheet cycle which immerses everything in water just like older washers. I can't believe some of the reviewers wrote about the laundry not getting wet or having to add water - I'm thinking you need to read the instructions printed on the inside of the lid. On the downside, clothes do come out a bit more wrinkly, but the dryer takes care of that and I think this is a common HE issue. I think it may be a tad bit harsh, so I recommend using a mesh bag for bras and delicates. I have not had the machine longer enough to judge reliability, but expect it to be similar to the Cabrio. <br /><br />In my opinion, the CR rating is totally off (much too low) and I have nothing to gain by saying so. FWIW, I am an engineer with extensive experience.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Bought this for my mother in law. 15 loads later and it no longer works. Whirlpool support is non-existent. I will never buy another whirlpool product.