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.
$714.60 - $799.99
Summary:This Whirlpool Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Whirlpool Duet WFW70HEBW is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine
models like the Duet WFW70HEBW 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 bought this washer nervously after reading the reviews here. I can't understand why they are so negative. The washer is quiet and works well. It does not vibrate excessively or move with a normal-sized load. My daughter has had one for 3 years and loves it. You do have to clean the door seal and leave the door open to prevent mildew (but the manual tells you that).<br /><br />The Best Buy website shows 63 reviews for this washer with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5.<br /><br />On normal loads the cycle time (45 minutes) is as fast as our gas dryer. And since it spins the clothes dryer than our old washer, the dryer should be a little faster now too.<br /><br />Our daughter had a problem with sand in her well water and the code on the washer told her that she had low water flow so that helped her diagnose the problem. The manual has 7 pages of troubleshooting help which seems useful.<br /><br />The washer seems to cause less lint buildup in the dryer, meaning that linens and clothes should wear longer.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Not happy and out $$$$
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Do not buy whirlpool!
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
Lasted Only 2 Years
It died and could not be economically repaired. Had to buy new washer and dryer after two years of use. Did not buy whirlpool!<br />Used consumer reports recommendations.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Boston, MA
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Two strikes and you're out
Clean Clothes Well
Whatever its virtues, to me this model is not reliable enough to warrant serious consideration. Two separate machines failed within 48 hours of delivery to my house by a reputable, well known local appliance vendor. Both seemed to go the same way, locked in an infinite drain cycle despite the use of very little HE detergent and light loads. I was prepared to like the machine (it's quite smooth and quiet), but it didn't quite live up to the 14 year life span of its predecessor, also a Whirlpool. Sadly, my spouse found the cryptic, Next time we'll bring you a different one, from the second delivery person all too prophetic.