Whirlpool is one of the first brands people think of when it comes to washing machines, and for good reason. The company has been making the appliances for decades, and continues to innovate instead of just coasting along by manufacturing the same units year after year. Adding the latest features and technologies just adds to the ease of use and reliability that users have become accustomed to with Whirlpool. If you're in the market for a new washing machine, Whirlpool should get serious consideration from you. Here are three of the best Whirlpool washing machines to consider when making your purchase.
This 4.5-cu. ft. capacity front loader may be compact but it still gives you enough room to do more than a few baskets of clothing in a single load. You don't need to add detergent to the machine every time you do a load, thanks to Whirlpool's Load & Go™ Dispenser. The cartridge holds enough detergent for up to 20 loads and dispenses it as needed, so you only need to fill it once then not think about it again until the cartridge is empty. The WFW5620HW has a range of wash cycles to meet your needs, including the energy-saving cold wash cycle that uses cold water and extra cleaning action to get out tough stains. The presoak option adds extra time before the wash cycle, so you don't have to soak fabrics outside of the washer. There's also a Quick Wash cycle, which can do a small, lightly soiled load in as little as 15 minutes, and a Sanitize cycle that increases the water's temperature to eliminate 99.9% of common household bacteria.
The WTW5000DW from the Cabrio Series is a top-load washing machine that gives you a capacity of 4.3 cu. ft. with 12 wash cycles and 11 adaptive wash actions, providing you with a combination of powerful cleaning and gentle fabric care. This model includes Whirlpool's new low-profile impeller, which gives clothes a thorough but gentle clean by pulling them from the outer rim to the center of the Smooth Wave stainless steel wash basket, where the deepest cleaning happens. You get efficient cleaning with automatic water levels, regulating the amount of water based on the size of the load. Small loads can be done in as little as 28 minutes with the Quick Wash cycle, while the Deep Water Wash cycle adds more water for breaking down stains and rinsing away soils. The Clean Washer cycle deep-fills the machine to clean areas that aren't reached by regular cycles; adding an Affresh® Washer Cleaner tablet gives even better results.
If you want as many features as possible, the WFW862CHC may be one of the best Whirlpool washing machines to look at. This model is a front-loader with a 4.3-cu. ft. capacity and features an impressive 37 wash cycles. It features a Load & Go™ XL Dispenser that holds enough detergent for as many as 40 loads, but there's also a single load dispenser that lets you use a different detergent than what's in the Load & Go™ XL Dispenser. The 12-Hour FanFresh® option keeps your clothes fresh for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle finishes, activating the built-in fan and tumbling the clothes for up to 12 hours, so you can finish the load on your schedule. If you'd rather have the washing machine dry your clothes for you, there's a Wash and Dry option. Selecting this uses hot air to tumble dry clothes directly in the washer. There's also a Steam Clean option that helps remove everyday stains with increased wash action and heat.
Is Whirlpool a good brand for washing machines?
Yes, Consumer Reports and other similar consumer groups routinely rank Whirlpool among the most reliable brands for washing machines. The company has learned a lot about the appliances in more than 100 years of operation. Whirlpool continues to add features that make laundry easier for you, including Load & Go™ dispensers and the FanFresh® feature.
How long do Whirlpool washers last?
With proper use and maintenance, you can expect a Whirlpool washing machine to last between 11 and 14 years, with front-loading machines being more efficient and typically lasting longer.