The Whirlpool WED9050X[W] is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the WED9050X[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
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.
Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.
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.
About This Brand
This brand, known for innovation, markets itself as the brand that cares about the family and the environment. It offers a wide range of choices in lines that include Whirlpool, Duet, Duet Sport, Duet Steam, Cabrio, Cabrio Steam. Some Whirlpool dryers use steam to freshen up clothing or remove wrinkles. Prices for Whirlpool dryers range from $350 to $1,300.
Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
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.
Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
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.
The specific model number has changed, but I have this same exact dryer down to the front panel and logo locations. On a product basis, it's a good no frills basic dryer. It holds a lot and dries your clothes just right. Reliability has been bad. Mine is just 2 years old. At 9 months an intermittent buzzing sounded and the coils were replaced. At 18 months the whole gas intake manifold and coils were replaced again (this took 4 service calls) Now at 2 years the pulley system is being replaced as I type. Waiting on parts and multiple service calls the dryer has been out of service for 3.5 weeks in total. The start button does not always work too (sometimes you just have to hold your jaw just right, but I expect that to be the next repair) i am so glad I bought the whirlpool extended service contract on this, but I keep extending which does save me on the service calls & parts but has driven up the total cost of ownership.