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.
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Summary:This Whirlpool High-efficiency 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.
This washers is pure junk. The spin actuator part goes bad EVERY 6 MONTHS OR SO, NO EXAGGERATION...clothes don't spin. We've changed the part 5 times so far...$50 part. Whirlpool partially helped 1 time. Unreal!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Memphis, TN
Better than front loader
Clean Clothes Well
I really don't understand the poor reviews, but we have only had the washer a few months. This is the washer my wife selected after using a similar model at the home of an elderly lady she visits daily. I chastised her at first because it wasn't highly rated by Consumer Reports (I usually base my decisions on CR ratings). However, the machine performs much better than a previously highly rated LG front loader we replaced. The LG was a nightmare - poor cleaning and the clothes smelled of mildew! We followed the manufacturers maintenance directions and even left the LG door open after each wash but could never get rid of the odor. The Whirlpool does a much better job of cleaning and the clothes are noticeably fresher smelling. I hope the machine holds up over time. So far my wife has been right and the CR report wrong. CR and I both need to eat crow!
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Upstate NY
If 2 years is all you need... this is yo
Motor control board shot after 2yrs. $450 to fix<br />Whirlpool chooses to ignore the many negative comments posted all over the web.