WFW72HEDW Review


Whirlpool WFW72HEDW Whirlpool
WFW72HEDW

Duet
Capacity: 4.2 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $849
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Spin Rate

1200

RPM
Energy

2.8

Factor IMEF
Water

3.2

Factor IWF
Cycles

15

and Options
Price

$202

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Cleans with a high-efficiency (HE) wash system, but does not employ an internal heater. HE wash systems use gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing, require less water, and have more internal space without a central agitator.  
Spin Maximum washer spin rate is 7% higher than average. Higher spin RPM wrings more water out of clothing, shortens dryer time, and saves on overall washer-dryer energy use. Ranks in the top 45% of new clothes washers for BETTER moisture removal.
Energy Energy Factor is 13% higher than average. Washing machines with higher Energy Factors are more efficient and will save you money by using less energy. Ranks in the top 30% of new clothes washers for BETTER energy efficiency.
Water The WFW72HEDW Water Factor is 14% lower than the average new washing machine. More efficient washers have lower Water Factors and will use less water to operate. Ranks in the top 25% of new clothes washers for BETTER water efficiency.
Cycles Cycles and options are about average for a new washing machine. The more flexibility you have with program selection, the better the chance of meeting your family's unique clothing care needs. Helps with diverse fabrics and children.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 20% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $49 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 25% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.


Whirlpool WFW72HEDW Washer

Whirlpool WFW72HEDW



Performance Ratings
Steam No Steam Cleaning - Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.  
Sanitize No Sanitize Cycle - Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.  
Allergen No Allergen Certification - The WFW72HEDW is not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Heater No Internal Water Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home's hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.  
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 eliminates guessing and saves water costs.
Drum Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a durable wash basket material that resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. It is superior to porcelain or plastic. Over 90% of new washers produced today have stainless steel drums.
Vibration Added Vibration Control - The Whirlpool WFW72HEDW is advertised to have advanced features to help control vibration and related noise. Details of these anti-vibration features are not readily available and the true effectiveness is unknown.
Wash
Type
Drum w Paddles - Front load washer with a rotating drum and paddles that lift and drop clothes. Very effective washing mechanism compared to the older agitating machines. Gentle on clothing and uses significantly less water.
MSRP $849 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 21% lower than average. You should save about $216 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 20% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Motor 1 Year Warranty - Standard one-year parts and labor warranty on the washer drive motor. The drive motor is one of the more expensive components to replace and several brands offer longer part warranties of up to 10 years. Warranties are subject to change.  


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 4.2 cu ft - Interior capacity is 9% higher than average. Larger washers generally cost more, but if you have a big family, or want to do your wash less often, they can save you time and money. Ranks in the top 25% of new washers for LARGER load size.
Periodic
Tumble
No Periodic Tumble - After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.  
Time Remaining Time Display - The Whirlpool WFW72HEDW includes a digital time display at the top of the washer that shows estimated remaining cycle time. Just glance at the display while you're working and plan your time accordingly.
Delay Delay Start / End - You can program the wash cycle to start or end several hours later when you wake up or arrive home. Allows you to organize laundry chores around your schedule, or take advantage of lower, off-peak, utility rates.
Dispenser Detergent, Softener, Bleach Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the Whirlpool WFW72HEDW dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 11 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings - 4 Temperature, 3 Soil, and 4 Spin settings. About average number of settings for a new washing machine. The more settings available, the greater the flexibility in caring for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.  
Quick
Wash
Quick Wash - In a hurry? Forget to wash a garment for today's special event? This washing machine has a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles.
Wash-Dry No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.  
Drum
Light
No Drum Light - There is no internal lighting of the wash drum area when loading or unloading clothes. Sometimes shadows or an unlit laundry room can hide a stray sock that remains missing until the next wash cycle.  
ADA ADA Compliant - Complies with Federal American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Controls and operating mechanisms are within 48 in and 15 in defined reach distances, and can be easily operated with one hand.
Wi-Fi No Wi-Fi - This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.  
Detergent
Supply
No Detergent Reservoir - Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - Like most front load clothes washers, the door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Stackable - Front load washers can be stacked vertically with a companion front load dryer. If you have a small laundry area this is a very convenient feature. It also places the dryer at shoulder level for easier loading.


Energy & Water Ratings
Energy
Star V7
Energy Star V 7.0 Qualified - Meets Federal ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 test criteria for front load washers that became effective March 7, 2015: Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) >=2.38 and Integrated Water Factor (IWF) <=3.7.
Energy
Star V6
Energy Star V 6.1 Does Not Apply - This washing machine model has been tested under the newer Energy Star Version 7.0 criteria that became effective March 7, 2015. The older Energy Star V 6.1 criteria are now obsolete.  
Most
Efficient
2015 Most Efficient - The Whirlpool WFW72HEDW is among the few washers that have earned Energy Star's Most Efficient washer award for 2015. Water and energy efficiency is superior to other Energy Star washing machines.
CEE
2015
CEE 2015 Tier 2 - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) lists this washing machine as a CEE Tier 2 appliance according to 2015 standards. Tier I is equivalent to Energy Star, Tier II is more efficient, and Tier III is super-efficient.
CEE
2011
CEE 2011 Does Not Apply - The WFW72HEDW has been tested under the newer Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) criteria established in 2015. The older 2011 CEE Tier I, II, or III standards are now obsolete.  
Energy
Guide
109 kWh - The Energy Guide label lists an estimated annual electricity usage of 109 kilowatt-hours. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of usage are in accordance with the latest 2015 Energy Star Version 7.0 procedures.
Water
Usage
3936 Gal - Energy Star lists an estimated annual water usage of 3936 gallons. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of water are in accordance with the newer 2015 Energy Star Version 7.0 procedures.


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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 4% higher than average and ranks in the top 45% of new washers for BETTER energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy usage; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.
Water The WFW72HEDW Water Factor is 11% lower than average and ranks in the top 30% 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 27% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $74 less than the average new washer.


Whirlpool WFW72HEDW Washer

Whirlpool WFW72HEDW



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 WFW72HEDW 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 WFW72HEDW 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 4.2 cu ft - Interior capacity is 9% higher than average and ranks in the top 40% 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 25% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display LED Display - Whirlpool's WFW72HEDW 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 WFW72HEDW 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
2015 Most Efficient - The Whirlpool WFW72HEDW is on the elite list of washers that has earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award. Water and energy criteria are significantly higher than Energy Star status.
Energy
Use
109 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 32% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST kWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.
CEE
Tier III
CEE Tier III - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has listed the WFW72HEDW as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Standard Cold Wash - Does not employ special technologies to help get your clothes really clean on a cold wash cycle. Basic cold wash sometimes works with lightly soiled, unstained clothing.  
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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