WFW9470WL Review


Whirlpool WFW9470WL Whirlpool
WFW9470WL

Duet
Capacity: 3.9 cu ft
Width: 27"
Discontinued
Cleaning

Sanitize

Capability
Cycles

12/8

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2.4

Factor
Water

4.1

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$307

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WFW9470WL

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning An internal heater sanitizes clothes by raising the water temperature to the 150-160 degree range. High temperatures are the key to really getting clothes clean, removing stains, and killing hidden bacteria.
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 12% higher than average and ranks in the top 45% of new washers for BETTER program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor the wash to your family's needs.
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 12% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 25% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency. This washer is Energy Star, but it's significantly less efficient than most new washers.  
Water The WFW9470WL Water Factor is about average for a new washing machine and should provide GOOD water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the higher the factor, the more water it uses.  
Warranty This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell Whirlpool washers. Should provide at least the standard one-year parts and labor warranty.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 12% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 35% of new washers for FAIR affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $31 more than the average new washer.  


Whirlpool WFW9470WL Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1300 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 16% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for BEST 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
Internal Heater - Uses an internal heater to achieve higher temps beyond your home's hot water supply. Hot water is the best way to remove stubborn stains. Key feature that makes a difference.
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The Whirlpool WFW9470WL 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
Sanitize Cycle - Water is heated to the 160-degree range where it kills most or all germs and bacteria. Helps ensure that your laundry is truly fresh-smelling by destroying odor-causing bacteria. NSF Certified.
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 - While the WFW9470WL does not have an allergen cycle, it does have an internal heater with high temperature cycles that can reduce dust mites, pet hair, and other common allergens.  
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 3.9 cu ft - Interior capacity is 1% higher than average and ranks in the top 45% of new washers for LARGER wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $1199 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is about average for a new washer and is rated GOOD for overall price. The MSRP is just one indicator; it's also beneficial to check the price per cubic foot.  
Display LED Display - Whirlpool's WFW9470WL 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 WFW9470WL dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 4/3/3 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 WFW9470WL has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
177 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is about average for a new washer and is rated GOOD for kWh usage. Size is a major factor in energy use; check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.  
CEE
Tier III
Not CEE Tier III Rated - The WFW9470WL has not earned the highest Consortium for Energy Efficiency rating for super-efficiency. CEE Tier III criteria 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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