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4.3 cu. ft. Duet® Steam Front Load Washer with Precision Dispense Ultra


This ENERGY STAR® qualified washer has plenty of features to help you achieve perfect results. This 4.3 cu. ft. model uses 6th Sense® technology to intelligently analyze your laundry and automatically adjust the features for just the right touch. The Precision Dispense Ultra has a removable reservoir that can hold enough detergent for up to 36 loads of laundry in a single filling. The FanFresh™ option with Dynamic Venting Technology™ circulates air and can dry a small load in the washer. Get complete control over your laundry.

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Accessories You'll Need

Part # 8212638RC
Hose kit includes everything you need for easy water supply installation and fits most washers. Hoses provide hot and cold water to the washer with (2) 6 ft. water supply lines. These hoses are the most flexible choice for all washer applications and include a nylon braided protective bonded layer, a Hypro-Blue Steel anti-corrosive couplings, pre-installed high-quality EPDM washers, a large diameter for maximum water flow, and a space saving 90 degree elbow.
MSRP: $37.99
Part # 8212545RP
Hose kit includes everything you need for easy water supply installation and fits most washers. Hoses provide hot and cold water to the washer with (2) 4.5 ft. water supply lines and 4 built-in o-rings.
MSRP: $19.99
Part # 8212487RP
Hose kit includes everything you need for easy water supply installation and fits most washers. Hoses provide hot and cold water to the washer with (2) 5 ft. nylon braided water supply lines and 4 built-in o-rings. They're Better than Stainless!
MSRP: $26.99

Accessories You'll Want

Part # W10498442
These shipping bolts are used in the process of installing laundry pedestals to your front load washer and dryer. Also to be used when moving product.
MSRP: $19.99
Part # W10298318RP
Maximize laundry space by stacking the dryer on top of the Washer with the Stack Kit. Installation instructions are included, and all that is needed are basic tools to complete the installation.
MSRP: $20.99
Part # W10355010
Use the powerful cleaning action of affresh™ Kitchen & Appliance Cleaner to cut through the residue and leaves a streak-free shine. It leaves behind a pleasant citrus scent. Cleans everyday kitchen spills.
MSRP: $4.99
Part # XHS1000XX
Adjustable clothes rack allows you to conveniently hang garments straight from the washer or dryer. It is collapsible and removable for quick, easy storage. It assembles easily in less than 5 minutes with a Phillips screwdriver. The rotating arms pivot independently to accommodate various configurations. It also easily attaches with scratch-resistant magnets to most full-size washers or dryers.
MSRP: $69.99
Part # 285320
Keeps water from siphoning out of your washer by providing an air gap in the drain itself. The Siphon Break is conveniently designed for use with rubber and plastic drain hose applications and fits all washers.
MSRP: $16.99
Part # 31625
The Microfiber Cloth is perfect for cleaning up grease, grime, and stubborn soils. Simply dampen the Microfiber Cloth and use on everyday liquid clean up, or keep the Microfiber Cloth dry in order to trap dust and dirt. The Microfiber Cloth is safe to use on all surfaces of your house. The 16" Microfiber Cloth can be used repeatedly, up to 300 times.
MSRP: $5.49
Part # 367031
You can prevent your drain from lint clogs and never have to call the plumber with this protectant. It does a great job of breaking up excessive amounts of lint into smaller particles and catches threads and strings from items like rugs or chenille spreads.
MSRP: $12.99
Part # W10135699
Affresh® Washer Cleaner removes and prevents odor-causing residue that can occur in all brands of HE washers. Designed to penetrate deep into the machine, Affresh® Washer Cleaner breaks up residue better than bleach. Used once a month, Affresh® Washer Cleaner keeps your machine fresher and cleaner.
MSRP: $6.99

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Top Features

Precision Dispense Ultra

Cleans better and uses less detergent, saving nearly 10% in HE detergent costs. By adding detergent throughout the length of the fill time, Precision Dispense Ultra delivers better results than adding detergent manually. The system also releases bleach and fabric softener at the right time during the cycle for optimal fabric care.The removable reservoir can hold enough detergent for up to 36 loads of laundry in a single filling2.

Laundry Apps

The washer’s built-in suite of Laundry Apps includes features like Stain Assist and Hints & Tips that give practical advice on stains and other everyday laundry questions. The Before You Call section provides topical answers to all your technical questions about the washer. 14 specialty fabric care cycles and 3 language options complete the number of customized helpers this washer provides.

4.3 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Wash Basket

Additional Features

FanFresh™ Option for up to 16 Hours

Quiet Spin 360 Technology

Now you can place your laundry pair virtually anywhere and be assured of balanced performance and vibration control. The washer takes into account where it’s installed and adapts to improve its balance over time. A built-in accelerometer and dual-ring ball-balancing keep the wash basket centered at all times.

Smart Temperature Control Helps Reduce Shrinking and Color Bleeding

The Care Control temperature management system enabled by 6th Sense™ technology helps protect your clothes by controlling water amount and temperature.

Responsive Technology Saves You Water, Energy and Money

The H2Low™ system enabled by 6th Sense™ technology uses less water per load while delivering better cleaning performance and gentleness than a traditional top load washer.

Keep Operational Sounds Inside the Washer

With the Quiet Wash noise reduction system, sound-absorbing materials around the wash basket or drum reduce operational noise.

Rated a "Recommended Buy" by a leading consumer magazine

Full Color Widescreen LCD Display

Stain Assist

ENERGY STAR® Qualified

Meets government standards to help conserve natural resources and save money on utility bills.

CEE Tier III Qualified

Based on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency qualified product listings--with Tier III being the most efficient. This model features advanced water & energy savings and may qualify for rebates from local utility companies.

Direct Inject Wash System

Penetrates stains and pretreats soils with a concentrated burst of detergent virtually eliminating the need to pretreat. The wash cycle begins only after the entire load has been treated.

Care Control Temperature Management System

The Care Control temperature management system adjusts the cold and hot water inlets to reach temperatures that are warm enough to dissolve detergents. Water is kept from overheating to help reduce color bleeding and to save energy.

12 Automatic Cycles

14 Specialty Cycles

6 Temperature Settings

16 Adaptive Wash Actions

EcoBoost Option

Get additional energy efficiency without giving up cleaning performance. This option lowers water temperature and increases the tumbling action to use less energy while still delivering great cleaning and gentle performance.

NSF Certified Sanitize Temperature

1,400 RPM Maximum Spin Speed

Quiet Wash Ultra Noise Reduction System

Direct Drive Motor

The direct drive motor allows the washer to spin faster, and it uses fewer moving parts, so there’s less wear and tear over time.

Stainless Steel Wash Basket

Resists odors, rust and chipping. The smooth surface helps protect delicate fabrics from snagging.

Internal Water Heater

Delicate Cycle

A reduced agitation speed and low spin speed provide needed fabric care without sacrificing cleaning performance.

Normal/Casual Cycle

Quick Wash Cycle

Clean small, lightly soiled loads in less time. Plus, increased spin speeds extract more water for faster dry times.

Bulky Items Cycle

Ideal for cleaning bulky items like comforters, sleeping bags, down jackets or pillows, all of which fit easily into the wash basket.

Whitest Whites Cycle

Raises water temperatures and releases bleach or an oxygen-based cleaner at the optimal moment to enhance whitening performance.

On/Off Extra Rinse Option

Cradle Clean™ Technology

Simulates hand washing during extra care cycles by "rocking" the tilted wash drum instead of spinning it.

Automatic Water Levels

Automatic water levels regulate the amount of water based on the size of the load. Only the amount needed to clean is used, increasing efficiency and helping the environment.

Add-A-Garment Indicator Light

Illuminates for the first 8 minutes of the wash cycle as a convenient reminder that forgotten items can still be added to the load in progress.

Estimated Time Remaining Display

Hand Wash Cycle

Uses extra low, intermittent agitation to mimic washing in the sink for delicate care of hand wash only garments.

Allergen Cycle

The Allergen cycle has been tested to remove up to 95% of harmful allergens1 from your clothes.

Delay Wash (up to 20 Hours)

My Cycle

Troubleshooting Information

Steam Clean Option

Penetrates deep into fabric fibers, breaking down and dissolving stains like grass and grease without pretreating.


Washer Capacity (DOE)
4.30 Cu. Ft.

Configuration and Overview

ADA Compliant
ADA Height and Side and Front Reach Compliant
CEE Tier Rating
Tier III (Highest Possible Efficiency Rating)
Energy Star® Qualified
4.30 Cu. Ft.

Cycle and Options

Number of Wash Cycles
Spin Speeds
Water Factor
Washer Cycle Selections
Allergen, Bulky Items, Clean Washer with affresh, Delicates, Hand Wash, Heavy Duty, Jeans, My Cycle, Normal - Casual, Quick Wash, Rinse/Drain & Spin, Specialty Cycles, Steam, Whitest Whites
Option Selections
Add a Garment, Control Lock, Delay Wash, Door Locked, EcoBoost™, End of Cycle Signal, Extra Rinse, Fan Fresh®, Presoak, Steam Clean


Automatic Load Size Sensing Technology
Sound Package
Feedback-Status Indicators
Add Garment, Control Lock, Cycle Signal, Delay Wash, Door Locked, Estimated Time Remaining, Pre Wash, Rinse, Soak, Spin, Wash
Drum Material
Stainless Steel
Hoses Included
Pedestal Options


32 3/4
38 1/2

Product Dimensions

  • 32 3/4
  • 38 1/2
  • 27

Dimensions are for planning purposes only.
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4.3 cu. ft. Duet® Steam Front Load Washer with Precision Dispense Ultra is rated 4.5778 out of 5 by 45.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost perfect! This is my fourth set of Duet washer/dryer combos, so I feel qualified to give a trustworthy review. I've followed the increasing quality/features of these Duets, and paid top dollar over and over again for what I thought was state-of-the-art function, only to lament why this or that wasn't included. Well, this washer seems to have fixed all that was wrong with the previous washers. Finally - a liquid detergent function that does not leak if you pour the liquid in for more than a minute before starting the load. Finally - a lighted drum for the washer. Finally - Fanfresh! (hadn't every other manufacturer previously introduced this in their top-end models?) And look - a way to program your own cycles - superb!! Precision dispense (and a way to adjust those settings dependent on your detergent and water hardness level), 1500 RPM extracts, water that goes "mostly" on the clothes, the amazing amount of wash cycles, and the LCD color panel are all amazing and deserved in this top-of-the-line model. Therefore, my quibbles are few - but I do have some. Whirlpool developers must work on a way to get water temperature up to proper temp for each cycle (many people live in places where hot water must run for a while to get hot, and Whirlpool needs some sort of sensor that works for this purpose). Some of the other Duets have "pretended" to have this but none appear to be getting it right. This is especially important for the cleaning (Affresh) cycle. Also, continue on getting more of water out the spout to pour directly on the clothes - too much water still pours onto the seal and/or the inside of the door. Also, the end-of-cycle "buzzer" is hardly a buzzer, and I ask for a return to (or at least an option for) something more brash and less melodic to signify that I need to get up and empty the washer. Is there a way we can make water draining quieter? It is still quite noisy. Also, the ability to program more than 7 custom cycles would be appreciated (I hit this limit the first day, when I washed everything I owned). Finally a way to upgrade functionality or screen colors/themes via USB (or some sort of connectivity) is needed at this point (other manufacturers have this capability). Other than these minor quibbles, Whirlpool really nailed it with this washer. If you're sitting on the fence about getting one, don't. You will not regret it. Just read the manual first, run clean cycles regularly, DON'T USE NON-HE DETERGENT, and leave the door open after every wash. They've really come a long way with these Duets since the 9100s and those belt-driven nightmares! Can' t wait to see what you do for Duet's 10th anniversary!
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Washing clothes is not the chore it was. Having never purchased a washer with so many features, I was not sure it was really necessary-after all I just want to wash the clothes. However, I must admit, I was surprised that I actually enjoy being able to pick the right feature for the load from a "quick wash" to a heavy duty (no more laundromats for the comforters!). I was also impressed by how little water was used - and they were clean. One of my favourites is actually the little bell tone I can hear upstairs letting me know the wash is done so I can get the next wash loaded.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great performer originally did not consider this model but glad it was recommended. its big enough to only use 2-3x a week for my whole family. and love the color!
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loooooove my washer Words cannot express my delight in owning this Whirlpool washer! I have owned many others in just a few years and have found that the front loaders are really difficult to keep sanitary! This Whirlpool washer has a door that will stay ajar to let the air in and the rubber gasket will dry without getting slimy. I also love the laundry detergent drawer. You can put a larger amount of laundry detergent in it and it will dispense it automatically. Every time I show anyone our new home, I bring them in the laundry room and tell them that the Whirlpool washer is my favorite item in our home! It is the honest truth!
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my washer The only thing I don't care for is the compartment where the bleach is poured in is difficult to use, easy to over pour, and creates splashes. I have ruined clothing due to splashes.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is great for a front loader. This product is great for a front loader. For a front loader, this product is really good. There are a few things I am concerned about though. The Washer does not get my clothes clean consistently. I have tried various soap combinations and also wash settings and they only have sporadically been acceptably laundered. It also takes a long time for each load. My laundry now takes a day instead of a few hours. The quality of the construction of both the washer and dryer is great. I love the extra wash cycle options. Very nice. The reason I put no as far as recommending this product is because I would not buy another front loader. I would purchase the top loader. I want my clothes clean, and to smell clean. If water usage is your main concern along with quality of product, then this is great buy. They matching dryer is great
Date published: 2012-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great looking product but function not there This product was purchased as a set with the dryer, I highly recommend the dryer as its performance is amazing. The washer has a very large capacity - it is nice to wash one load of towels instead of 3 - 4. The display is clear and easy to follow, the dial spins easily, the detergent dispenser is great as it only needs to be filled every few weeks, and display options are easy to select using the buttons. Another great feature is the option to change the type of detergent so the washer does not use too much. However...I am not pleased that the feet on the bottom of the washer cannot be adjusted, and that bulky items still have soap and soap residue still remains in the washer. Not too mention the majority of the water is not removed from the bulky items (such as bath mats). I also do not like that using the quick setting it is not possible to only wash one item, like a pair of jeans. Other pieces must be added like t-shirts or a few towels or the load does not balance itself and the cycle will never complete. Sometimes soap is still in the washer. I do wonder if the affresh works as it not a powder that is rinsed around the washer but a dissolving tablet that takes the complete cycle to dissolve; with all of the water being emptied and added it does not seem as though the washer is thoroughly cleaned.
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best washer we could find We had a 10 year old set of Duet washers and, wow, what a difference. These are so much quieter and all but vibration free. We love the detergent dispenser and one recommendation I would make is do the same thing with fabric softener. I worry about how many open/close cycles the seal on the detergent tank will take before we start to see leaks. If the fabric softener had the same sort of tank. A person wouldn't have to open the drawer at all except on the rare occasion you might need to add bleach. The spin cycle is so fast that drying times are reduced. The dryer is usually done in less than 30 mins. And the increased spin speed come with less vibration. We've only had the washer for about a month but so far, it's impressive.
Date published: 2013-02-11
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