WFW70HEBW Review


Whirlpool WFW70HEBW Whirlpool
WFW70HEBW

Duet
Capacity: 4.1 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $849
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Cycles

7/5

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2.8

Factor
Water

3.5

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$207

Per Cu Ft

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Whirlpool WFW70HEBW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning This model does not have an internal water heater that can elevate temperatures to produce steam or sanitize. It does have a high-efficiency wash system with gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 34% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 6% higher than average and ranks in the top 40% of new washers for BETTER energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy usage; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.
Water The WFW70HEBW Water Factor is 3% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new washing machines for BETTER water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.
Warranty Standard one-year parts and labor warranty. Several brands such as Frigidaire, LG, Maytag, and Samsung are offering multi-year parts only warranties on the costly drive motor. Subject to change.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 26% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $70 less than the average new washer.


Whirlpool WFW70HEBW Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1200 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 7% higher than average and ranks in the top 45% of new washers for BETTER moisture removal. Higher spin RPM usually shortens dryer time and often saves on energy use.
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Wash
Motions
Standard Motions - Cleans using standard front load tumbling wash motions that are effective for most wash applications. Some models have unique motions that can help improve cold wash cleaning in particular.  
Internal
Heater
No Internal Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond the input hot water supply. Heavy soil and stain removal is best achieved with high temperature water produced from an internal heater.  
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The Whirlpool WFW70HEBW does not have the capability to produce steam. Steam cycles are now available on about 40% of new washers, and they are very effective on soil removal.  
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - Clothes cannot be sanitized by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill germs and bacteria. Bleach may be an alternative depending on your tolerance for odors and fabric-wear.  
Foam
Cleaning
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
Allergen
Cycle
No Allergen Cycle - The WFW70HEBW does not have any cycles designed to eliminate many of the common household allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Only available on about 25% of new washers.  
Water
Level
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Vibration
Control
Vibration Control - Actively works to keep the washing machine drum balanced during both wash and spin cycles. System is designed to absorb vibrations, reduce noise, and help prevent out-of-balance loads.
Wash
Drum
Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a long-lasting wash tub material; it resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. Durability is why several manufacturers offer extended warranties on steel tubs.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 4.1 cu ft - Interior capacity is 6% higher than average and ranks in the top 35% of new washers for LARGER wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $849 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 23% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display LED Display - Whirlpool's WFW70HEBW includes a display that provides information on remaining cycle time and sometimes program status. Just glance at the machine while you're working to see the status.
Delay
Start
Delay Start - You can program the wash cycle to start at a later, more convenient time. Allows you to fit the laundry around your schedule and to consider hot water availability or planned home arrival.
Dispenser 3-4 Tray Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the WFW70HEBW dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 4/3/4 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Lower than average number of settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. Fewer settings may provide less flexibility with cleaning or fabric care.  
Quick
Wash
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
Overnight
Wash-Dry
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
Custom
Cycle
No Custom Cycle - Cannot program a custom cycle with soil, spin, temperature and other settings that you use most often. Convenient capability - only available on about 20% of new washing machines.  
Smart
Phone
No Smartphone Connect - You can't control washer operations or troubleshoot problems through a smartphone application. About 25% of new washers now have some type of phone connectivity.  
Detergent
Reservoir
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Stackable - Like most new washers today, this model can be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and allow one unit to be accessed comfortably at shoulder level. Small laundry room? No problem.


Energy Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star Qualified - Meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR federal criteria of Modified Energy Factor >=2 and Water Factor <=6. Over 90% of new washing machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified.
Most
Efficient
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the Whirlpool WFW70HEBW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
143 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 11% lower than average and ranks in the top 50% of new washing machines for BETTER kWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.
CEE
Tier III
CEE Tier III - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has listed the WFW70HEBW as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Eco Cold Wash - A special cold wash cycle is available that is not only eco-friendly, but it also employs a unique process to help get your clothes clean. Especially effective with multiple wash motions.
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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