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

Keep clothes looking newer longer2 with the Whirlpool® 4.3 cu. ft. front load washer. Using adaptive wash actions and a concentrated solution of HE detergent, the Cold Wash cycle gently lifts stains and soils from fabrics to deliver the best care for your clothes1. Precision Dispense takes the guesswork out of adding detergent, bleach and other additives by releasing them at the correct time during the cycle for optimal fabric care. Detergent mixes with water to penetrate fabrics and virtually eliminate pretreating. Tap Touch controls allow direct access to cycles and options like the TumbleFresh™ option. It keeps clothes fresh and reduces wrinkles by tumbling clothes after the cycle's end for up to 6 hours3.

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

Keep clothes looking newer longer2 with the Whirlpool® 4.3 cu. ft. front load washer. Using adaptive wash actions and a concentrated solution of HE detergent, the Cold Wash cycle gently lifts stains and soils from fabrics to deliver the best care for your clothes1. Precision Dispense takes the guesswork out of adding detergent, bleach and other additives by releasing them at the correct time during the cycle for optimal fabric care. Detergent mixes with water to penetrate fabrics and virtually eliminate pretreating. Tap Touch controls allow direct access to cycles and options like the TumbleFresh™ option. It keeps clothes fresh and reduces wrinkles by tumbling clothes after the cycle's end for up to 6 hours3.

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Best Care for your clothes with the Cold Wash cycle

Provides the best care for your clothes, using adaptive wash actions and a concentrated solution of HE detergent and cold water to gently lift stains and soils from fabrics. Among leading front load brands based on cleaning and gentleness.

Precision Dispense

Precision Dispense holds detergent and additives and releases detergent at the correct time during the cycle for optimal fabric care. Detergent mixes with water to penetrate fabrics and virtually eliminate pretreating.

6 Hour TumbleFresh™ option

Activates after the load is finished if selected, tumbling clothes periodically. Keep clothes fresh and reduce wrinkles by continually tumbling clothes after cycle's end for up to 6 hours. Intermittent tumbling in the washer helps reduce the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

 

Top Features

Best Care for your clothes with the Cold Wash cycle

Provides the best care for your clothes, using adaptive wash actions and a concentrated solution of HE detergent and cold water to gently lift stains and soils from fabrics. Among leading front load brands based on cleaning and gentleness.

Precision Dispense

Precision Dispense holds detergent and additives and releases detergent at the correct time during the cycle for optimal fabric care. Detergent mixes with water to penetrate fabrics and virtually eliminate pretreating.

6 Hour TumbleFresh™ option

Activates after the load is finished if selected, tumbling clothes periodically. Keep clothes fresh and reduce wrinkles by continually tumbling clothes after cycle's end for up to 6 hours. Intermittent tumbling in the washer helps reduce the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

Additional Features

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.

4.3 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Wash Basket

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.

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.

Steam-Enhanced Cycles

Add the power of steam to select wash cycles to eliminate tough stains with virtually no pretreating.

Allergen Cycle

The Allergen cycle has been tested to remove up to 95% of harmful allergens4 from your clothes.

NSF Certified Sanitize Temperature

Tap Touch Controls

The Tap Touch interface featured on select models brings high-tech style to your laundry room. It allows direct access to washer functions, and its sleek appearance enhances the appeal of any space.

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.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified

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

Adaptive Clean Wash System

The Adaptive Clean wash system automatically senses the size of each load to use just the right amount of water to deliver great cleaning. The wash system is 10% more gentle while delivering better cleaning performance that virtually eliminates the need to pretreat. Compared to traditional top load washers.

11 Automatic Cycles

Steam Clean Option

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

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.

14 Adaptive Wash Actions

Up to 14 different adaptive wash actions provide a combination of powerful cleaning and gentle fabric care.

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

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

LED Display

Provides easy selection for all options, displays time remaining and status for the cycle.

Deep Clean Option

Clean Washer Cycle with affresh® Washer Cleaner

Deep fill the washer to clean areas that aren't reached by the wash cycles. Add an Affresh® Washer cleaner tablet for best results.

Delay Wash (up to 12 Hours)

Capacity

Washer Capacity (DOE)
4.3 Cu. Ft.

Configuration and Overview

Energy Star® Qualified
Yes
Fuel Type
Electric
ADA Compliant
ADA Height and Side and Front Reach Compliant
CEE Tier Rating
Tier III (Highest Possible Efficiency Rating)
UL
Yes

Cycle and Options

Temperature Selections
Cold, Cool, Hot, Warm
Pre Soak
20 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes
Water Factor
2.7
Washer Cycle Selections
Allergen, Clean Washer with affresh, Cold Wash, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Heavy Duty, Normal, Quick Wash, Sanitize, Towels, Whites
Delay Start
Up to 12 hours
Spin Speeds
5
Maximum Spin Speed (RPM)
1400
Option Selections
Control Lock, Delay Wash, EcoBoost™, End of Cycle Signal, Extra Rinse, Presoak, Steam Clean
Soil Selections
Extra Heavy, Heavy, Light, Normal
End of Cycle Signal
Adjustable End-of-Cycle Signal
Number of Soil Levels
4
Number of Wash Cycles
11

Style and Extras

Stackable
Yes
Advanced Vibration Control
Yes
Out of Balance Sensing
Yes
Eco Monitor
Yes
Drum Material
Stainless Steel
Pedestal Options
Yes
Wash Motor Description
3 speed 1/2 hp
Display Type
Cycle Indicator Lights
Hoses Included
No
LED Color
Green
Sound Package
Quiet Spin
Feedback-Status Indicators
Add Garment, Control Lock, Delay Wash, Door Locked, Eco Boost™, Eco Monitor, Estimated Time Remaining, Extra Rinse, Sensing, Steam Clean, Steaming
Control Type
Electronic
Automatic Load Size Sensing Technology
Yes

Dimensions

Depth
33 5/16
Width
27
Depth With Door Open 90 Degree
52 3/4
Height
38 3/4

Product Dimensions

  • 33 5/16
  • 38 3/4
  • 27

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 108 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Big change for a lifelong top loading user As part of a remodeling project I selected this and the matching dryer and these are the first front loaders I have ever owned. It is surprising to see it operate the first few times as it senses the loads first and then quietly goes through it's cycles. The detergent dispenser also takes some getting used to for someone who used to just dump in a cap full of detergent. There is a max detergent indicator that I would use to fill to the first few times before I realized that was more that a cap full so I was able to cut down on detergent use as well once I got figured that out. Very quiet running machine, have no problems at all, a great choice. April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This washer and dryer are very quiet Unfortunately our laundry room is very close to our family room and we are amazed how quiet these machines are and how we'll they wash and dry clothes. April 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Uses way less water than old washer, cleans clothes well, dryer times cut because of efficient spin cycle Overall we have been very satisfied with our washer. Our water bill has been cut in half because it uses so much less water. Our electric bill has also decreased because the washer is very efficient in spinning the water out of the laundry, reducing dry times. With the reduction of our energy costs this washer will pay for itself in a little over two years time. It also is large capacity, fitting our king size comforter without the fear of tearing up the washer or the comforter, and also increasing the size of regular laundry loads means i am not doing laundry as often. Dislikes that we have - that sometimes the washer does not fully dissolve the laundry detergent packs (have tried several brands, all for he machines) and -that the touch panel can be overly sensitive (just brushing against the washer can change the settings if I don't use the settings lock). Overall this has been a great investment for us. I would recommend to a friend. April 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by We're pleased with the washer's overall performance, but think it's a bother to have to wipe it down when we're done. After speaking to family members and sales people from 4 stores, we decided on staying with the Whirlpool brand (old washer & dryer were Whirlpool, 26 years old), and selected the Duet front load. Cleans fine. Everyone told us the washing time would be longer, but drying time shorter which is proving true. Can't tell yet if electricity bill is going down. Advised to wipe the front door seal after use and leave the door open to allow the machine to dry to preclude mildew and odors; this is a hassle. But, we have not experience any leaks, from either the door, or the machine itself though reviews we read have mentioned both types of leaks. The soap drawer doesn't eliminate all the water as it's always wet, and there is always a tiny amount of soap left in the soap compartment. So, we rinse it out in the laundry sink and then let the entire drawer dry. Another hassle. Guess we could just let it remain wet, but again concern over excess water/moisture. Bottom line: clothes come out clean and the machine doesn't leak. We don't expect these new machines to last as long as the last ones, but we're hoping for another good experience with Whirlpool's reliability and dependability. April 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Would not recommend buying this product I have an older model of this machine. Mine is 3 years old and has needed 2 major repairs. When it was less than a month old the display panel had to be replaced. Now the whole drum needs to be replaced. So presently I have been without the washer for 6 weeks and will be without it for 2 more weeks because when the warranty compamy contacted Whirlpool for the parts they only sent a protion of what was needed. This has been such a dispointing experience, that I would never again purchase a Whirlpool appliance. April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by long lasting brand I purchased my first Whirlpool in 1975. It worked fine until January 2013, it started leaking BUT my clothes were always very clean. Because the washer was 38 years old it could not be repaired. The washer had only been repaired once in 38 years so I KNEW I had to purchase a WHIRLPOOL. I am so pleased with my new Duet. It's quiet & cleans our clothes really well. I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first to use it because it had so many features. Boy was I wrong. The instruction book made it so simple to use. The only drawback everyone (my daughter/niece) now brings their dirty laundry to my house so they can use my washer. This is a great washer & investment. I highly recommend this washer. November 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by very convenient I love my new washer and dryer. It is so quiet, and the clothes come out of the washer barely damp, so the drying time is minimal. April 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Duet 4.3cu ft. Steam Front Load Washer with Precision Dispense is SUPERB My life has changed in a very positive direction and I can honestly state that I enjoy doing laundry!! My clothes, linene, etc., are soft, clean, and I could not be happier, thanks. April 15, 2014
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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: $32.99
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 # 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: $14.99
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: $12.49
Part # W10135699
Affresh™ Washer Cleaner removes and prevents odor-causing residue that can occur in all brands of HE washers. While bleach only kills odor-causing bacteria leaving behind the detergent residue, Affresh™ Washer Cleaner uses surfactant chemistry to remove the root problem. Affresh™ cleaner is a formulated, slow-dissolve, foaming tablet that gets under residue, breaks it up, and washes it away leaving the washer smelling fresh and clean.
MSRP: $6.99

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