Whirlpool Duet WEL98HEBU clothes dryer

Price $1,440.00

This Whirlpool electric dryer offers:
• Moisture sensor
• Steam option.
• Stainless-steel drum
• Custom programs.
• Duct blockage indicator
• Stackable
• End-of-cycle signal.

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About

The Whirlpool Duet WEL98HEBU is part of the Clothes dryer test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Electric dryer models like the Duet WEL98HEBU are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Drying performance: This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.

Capacity: Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 9.0 cu. ft.

Convenience: For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.

Specs

Door type Door type Some models have doors that drop down in front; others have side-opening doors (generally reversible) that may make it easier to access the inside of the drum.
Side opening
Stackable Stackable You can save space by placing the dryer on top of a suitable washer. Note that a special kit is sometimes required to mount the dryer on top of the washer.
Yes
Dimensions (in.) Dimensions The exterior measurements of the dryer with the door closed, in inches (height x width x depth). Be sure to allow clearance in the rear for the vent duct.
39x27x31
Warranty Warranty The length of time the dryer is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
1 year
Controls Controls Rotary dial: The desired cycle and options are selected using dials. They are generally easy to understand and use. Push button: The desired cycle and options are selected by pressing in pushbuttons. Like rotary controls, these are easy to use and understand. Touchpad: The desired cycle and options are selected using an electronic touchpad which generally includes a digital readout. A touchpad can be more versatile than rotary and push button controls enabling you to program settings into memory, for instance. Touchscreen with display: The desired cycle and options are selected using an electronic touchscreen. A touchscreen can be more versatile than rotary, push button, and touchpad controls but it may be a bit more confusing, especially at first. Touchscreen controls can also provide step-by-step instructions, as well as feedback on cycle status. Touchscreen controls sometimes require you to page through several screens to choose options and features, which can be tedious.
Rotary dial and electronic touchpad
Lint filter location Lint filter location Top-mounted filters are generally easier to reach and clean. Filters located inside the door are less convenient. Remember to check and clean the filter before every load.
Inside drum

Features

Stainless-steel drum Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Yes
Porcelain top Porcelain top A porcelain top resists scratching better than a painted one but generally adds to a dryer's cost. Painted tops, far more common, are often quite durable with normal use.
No
Drying rack Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
No
Custom programs Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Yes
Steam option Steam option Generally, a water hook-up is required with this feature. In this cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the drum while tumbling with heat. It helps to reduce wrinkles and odors, but is intended only for a few garments at a time.
Yes
Moisture sensor Moisture sensor Many dryers have moisture sensors that use electrical contacts in the drum to determine when laundry has reached the desired degree of dryness, whether that's damp-dry for ironing or ready to wear. Moisture sensors are more accurate than those using thermostats, sparing your laundry unnecessary drying and reducing your energy bills.
Yes
End-of-cycle signal End-of-cycle signal Some models allow you to turn off the buzzer or bell or adjust the volume.
Yes
Extended tumble Extended tumble This feature keeps the drum tumbling without heat after the drying cycle has ended, to prevent wrinkles from setting in. It's useful if you can't remove the clothes right after the cycle ends. It can be turned off in some models but not others.
Yes

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