Rated 5 out of 5
by Dave69 Love my new whirlpool washer!!!
Money well spent on my new whirlpool washer. It has all the washing levels and water temperature options I will ever need plus many more. It's so quiet I can't here it running at times.
March 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mamaof4 I like the simplicity of this washing machine
I purchased this washer because I was looking for a basic washer that would get my clothes clean without a lot of fuss and extras I don't need. It is easy to operate and I like that it I can adjust the water level depending on the amount of clothes I want to wash. I am sure down the road it will save me money if I ever need service because it doesn't have all the fancy technology inside which cost an arm and a leg when you need service. I had a smart washer before (another manufacturer) and it needed service which would have cost lots of money. Needless to say I got rid of it because of the service cost. I was always disappointed too that it didn't use a lot of water which in turn made me feel as if my clothes were never completely clean. But I love this washer. Clean clothes and very quiet operation, too. I also have a whirpool dryer for several years and haven't had any service issues. I would highly recommend this product. Plenty of room for an extra large load of towels and washcloths.
March 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by NicklePickle Great for an agitator washer.
I bought this washer when my old washer bit the dust. I debated on the agitator versus the impeller but finally ended up choosing this agitator washer over the impeller, mostly because it was cheaper. The washer is great. It cleans well, keeps itself balanced, and is as quiet as could be expected. The only problem is, like all agitator washers, it can be a bit rough on the clothes. The bad news is it can cause stretched out straps and can knock the stuffing out of my kid's stuffed animals (each has only happened once though). The good news is it also beats the dirt and grime out. I would definitely recommend this washer for someone looking for a high quality washing machine on a budget like myself. As far as agitator washers, it is in the top of it's class. If I had the extra cash I would have gone with an impeller washer but it's not really fair to compare it to that since that would be like comparing apples to oranges. All in all, for me, it was a good trade - trading in a little gentler wash for saving quite a bit of money.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kelly08 Great washer!
I recently purchased this Whirlpool washer. I have been a long-time supporter of Kenmore brand appliances. When my old washer broke down the day after Christmas last year, I went to Sears and selected a "water saving" high efficiency Kenmore washer. It only took a couple loads of use to figure out that the HE was NOT for me!!! I have elementary aged children and often end up soaking some clothing items due to stains. The HE machine did not allow for soaking items since the water level at capacity barely covers a small load. After only a 2 weeks with the HE washer I decided to return it to Sears and I decided on this Whirlpool as my replacement. I LOVE it!! It has just enough "bells and whistles" to make laundry day fun and efficient, yet I did not have to read a manual to figure out how to operate it either. It is quiet and has done a wonderful job of cleaning our laundry. I would recommend this machine and give it 5 stars.
March 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Joyce915 An excellent washer for the price
I was skeptical about this product at first, however I am now very pleased with it's performance and cleaning ability. I did not want an HE washer because I had heard so much negativity about the HE's. I wanted a washer with an agitator and this machine cleans very well and has most of the features I had in my older Kenmore. The only feature I miss and wish this one had is a pre-wash cycle and an end of cycle buzzer to let me know when the cycle is finished. It is slightly noisier than my other one, but I think that is mostly due to the sensing it does on the leveling of the loads and I have gotten used to that and it no longer is an issue. I would highly recommend this washer to anyone looking for one with an agitator and for it's ability to give you clean clothes without twisting them all up and also for it's incredibly good price. It is a great value which is very hard to find nowadays.
March 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by isswindy For the price it would be very hard to beat
My older washer gave me enough trouble that repair costs would not be justified so I purchased this Whirlpool washer based primarily on two items, cost and brand name. I was hoping to get by with a washer I could live with for a year or two as that will just about be my time in my present home. The older washer was about 18 years old, did a good job and I hoped that would be the case with the Whirlpool as well although the life span of the washer was not really an issue for me. The washer arrived, I read the manual, tested the washer and found that it had been easy to understand the dials and most of all found that the washing capability was much better than my previous other brand which cost a great deal more even tho it was 18 years old. After a month now of use I am more than pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend this unit to anyone in need of a new washer.
April 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Goodrich33 Wasteful with design problems
The good part. I'm thankful I did not get the super expensive "Gee Whiz" version as it has even more problems and is harder to use.
That said, the problem here is that the machine will drain itself at the slightest provocation. If you dare to open top while filling to put in your soap or clothes the machine may drain. If top is open while filling adding laundry can confuse it (machine supposedly knows weight and volume of load) and drains. If when washing you hit pause-unlock and lift lid you have between zero seconds and four minutes to close lid and press resume--or it will drain. No consistency- best not to consider adding anything once the cycle starts. This wastes lots of water and you have to re-add your soap and bleach.
Because this machine (is supposed to) use less water, you will need to select "two rinses" to get the soap out. The fact there is such a setting means manufacturer is aware of this. Of course this problem and the ridiculous locking system are due to federal (safety?) laws..
The self drain feature wastes water and I cannot figure any safety benefit .....drowning prevention?
Cleaning. Something that wasn't necessary on old school washers. This uses hot water and no load. Wasteful.
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 HOTTEST WATER YOU WANT! RINSE FILLS TO THE TOP!
First, it took some getting used to the newer features that older washers did not have such as the locking lid and pause button. To get the best results read the Use and Care guide for which cycles use a full rinse vs spray rinse and how to avoid delaying the "sensing" process.
Second, I wash bedding in 140 degree hot water as recommended by allergy doctors for killing dust mites. I achieve this temperature by turning off the cold water valve/hose and letting in only hot water.
1. I like the fact I can get the hottest water I want if I turn off my cold water valve/hose. My water heater is set to deliver 156 degrees and I get the water straight out of my water heater without any interference. Some of the newer machines on the market have that "perfect temp" feature which blocks your water hose to keep you from making the water as hot as you want, and this machine DOES NOT DO THAT, thank goodness!
2. Once you select the wash cycle, let the water fill up a little before adding detergent. I like that the water fills all the way up and covers the clothes. I do not like HE washers that use a 'tablespoon' of water to wash or rinse a load. This one is like an old fashioned washer that fills up.
3. You unlocked the lid by touching the pause button at any point in the cycle. I noticed if you hit the pause button while it's in "sensing" mode, it takes longer for the lid to unlock.
4. On a "regular" wash cycle the rinse water fills up completely to the top and your clothes are fully submerged. However, some cycles use a "spray rinse" but I have found that if spray is not enough, I can run it through the "rinse and spin" cycle that fully submerges my clothes under water. Hard to find that in any washing machine today.
5. It has a drain and rinse feature that's handy when I need to interrupt a load and want to get moving. I also use this when doing towels because it spins them drier than other cycles.
6. It has a 2 rinse cycle option that is critical for one with sensitive skin and cannot tolerate any soap residues in clothing. And if you're really extra sensitive, you can always run it through a 3rd rinse using the "rinse and spin" cycle only.
7. It takes a few minutes longer to wash a "heavy" load than my old washer. I think that is due to new features that sense and test if a load is balanced before it begins to spin. Also, if you open the lid during the "sensing phase" aka when it's "thinking" then it starts the sensing process over and that adds more time. It seems to take a few seconds to make the transition from one step to another due to the electronic sensing features processing what to do next.
8. It makes an assortment of noises especially during the spin part. That's all part of the new "sensing" technology that is adjusting the balance by spinning a touch first, stopping and then spinning again after adjusting for balance.
9. I have washed a Lands' End king size Polartec 200 blanket and it fit just fine and washed well. I washed 4 pairs of 40" x 36" thick wrangler jeans and 6 big thick towels and it was fine.
10. It does not tear, twist or rip clothes like my old GE washer. I am so happy to open the lid and find my clothes in one piece. And they are clean, too! No more ripped up, twisted apron strings. yea!
WHAT I DON'T LIKE
1. It does not have a way to soak your clothes longer than 10 minutes. When the lid is left open, it drains after 10 minutes.If you close the lid the cycle begins. There is no way to select a way to fill it up and stop it without it draining all the water out. I hate that I can't soak anything overnight. What's with that? [Please have your designers speak to a woman over 50 with kids when designing a machine.]
2. If you select a "small" load size and the cycle starts, you will not be able to change it without canceling the cycle and all the water draining out of the machine. So if you start a cycle, be sure you have all the clothes you wish to put in the machine as you cannot just stop the machine, turn the dial to "large" and expect the water to continue where it left off to fill up to a "large" level like the older style washing machines. Nope, it will drain the whole thing out wasting water, soap, and time by having to refill and start over. It's pretty evident the older generation of engineers from old school common sense have retired as this feature is evidence of the "American Junior Engineer Syndrome" present in technology today. ugh! Seriously guys? You have to reinvent the wheel? If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Overall, finding a washer that is similar to the old style washing machine is next to impossible. However, with some adaptation this washer will deliver water as hot as your water heater setting (by shutting off cold water valve/hose) and has an option to have a full tub rinse as in your clothes are fully submerged under water.
Durable, full tub rinse on 'regular' cycle, hottest water with adaptation, 2 rinse cycles, cleans well
can't soak clothes overnight in machine, locking lid and pause button = annoying, can't add clothes and select a different water level after cycle starts. Takes longer to fill than my old machine no matter what temperature I select.
December 17, 2013