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.
Washes good, quiet, good water extraction, good design, easy to use.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Bummed in Silicon Valley
from San Jose, CA
WHIRLPOOL WASHER DUET MODEL# WFW70HEBW
Dries Clothes Very Well
Spins Clothes Dry
Normal usage of the washer but have found the control panel to be less than reliable. Whirlpool customer service is not helpful constantly stating my washer is beyond 1 year warranty. I have scanned and sent them receipt yet the still insist that their records are correct.<br />I would say to stay away from Whirlpool products as it seems evident that these once 'durable good' items are designed to break down and customer service is avoiding all evidence of purchase date and warranty obligation.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By A mom
from Houston, Tx
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
I chose to buy this model when my old Whirlpool Duet (GHW915W), purchased in 2006, had the F11 code and the repairman said it would cost $800 to repair. After reading many reviews this model seemed like a great choice. But, after using this new machine, I wish I had paid the $800 to have the old one fixed. Just some info that you might want to know about this machine. It did put a hole in jeans. I now wash our favorite jeans in a zippered bag and I don't fill the washer up with clothes. Instead, I wash several smaller loads and don't use the fastest drying speed for our clothes as suggested on other reviews. The washing cycles are longer,the controls are very touch sensitive and you cannot turn off the end-of-cycle tone. On a positive note, this model did fit on the pedestal drawer (WHP1500SQ) from my old machine. Hope this helps!