WTW4815EW Review


Whirlpool WTW4815EW Whirlpool
WTW4815EW

Top Load
Capacity: 3.5 cu ft
Width: 27.5"
MSRP: $599
Cleaning

Agitator

Capability
Spin Rate

700

RPM
Energy

1.7

Factor IMEF
Water

7.5

Factor IWF
Cycles

12

and Options
Price

$171

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WTW4815EW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Older cleaning technology with a standard agitator and no internal heater. Most new washers now employ tumblers, infusors, impellers, and plates that are gentler on fabrics, use less water, and provide more internal space.  
Spin Maximum washer spin rate is 38% lower than average. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water in the clothing and requires longer, more costly drying times. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washing machines for POOR moisture removal.  
Energy Energy Factor is 31% lower than average. Clothes washers with lower Energy Factors are less efficient and will cost more to operate because they use more energy. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for POOR energy efficiency.  
Water The WTW4815EW Water Factor is 103% higher than the average new washer. Higher Water Factors indicate the washer is less efficient and will use more water to operate. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for POOR water efficiency.  
Cycles Cycles and options are 40% lower than average. Less operating flexibility may be an issue if you have a wide array of fabrics or soil conditions within your family. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for FAIR program selection and flexibility.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 32% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $80 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.


Whirlpool WTW4815EW Washer

Whirlpool WTW4815EW



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 WTW4815EW 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 Porcelain Wash Drum - Porcelain wash baskets are the old standard. They're durable and gentle on fabrics, but prone to chipping. Stainless steel is the current standard with less than 10% of new washers having porcelain or plastic drums.  
Vibration Standard Vibration Control - The Whirlpool WTW4815EW is designed with a standard spring suspension to help reduce vibrations. Effectiveness of this system compared to other washers with advanced anti-vibration is unknown.  
Wash
Type
Agitator - Top load washer with older agitator technology. Agitators can be effective, but they take up valuable drum space and are harder on clothing and fabrics. Uses significantly more water than newer tumble or impeller designs.  
MSRP $599 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 44% lower than average. You should save about $466 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 5% 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 3.5 cu ft - Interior capacity is about average for a new washing wachine. Smaller washers generally cost less, but if you want to minimize the time you spend in the laundry room, a larger washer will likely save both time and money in the long-run.  
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 No Time Display - The Whirlpool WTW4815EW is one of the few new washing machines that doesn't have an estimated cycle time remaining display. Time displays make multi-tasking around the home a little easier.  
Delay No Delay Start / End - Cannot be programmed to start or end at a later time. Over 80% of new washing machines produced today have a delay feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.  
Dispenser Bleach and Softener Dispenser - The Whirlpool WTW4815EW can automatically release both bleach and fabric softener during the wash cycle. Detergent must be placed in the wash drum before the wash cycle begins.  
Settings 8 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings - 5 Temperature, 3 Soil, and 0 Spin settings. Lower than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. Fewer settings limit your flexibility in caring for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.  
Quick
Wash
No Quick Wash - This washing machine does not have a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles. Some washers can have a small load ready in just 15 minutes.  
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 Not ADA Compliant - Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.  
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 - Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.  


Energy & Water Ratings
Energy
Star V7
Not Energy Star V 7.0 Qualified - Does not meet Federal ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 test criteria that became effective March 7, 2015. Most new washing machines manufactured today are Energy Star rated.  
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
No 2015 Most Efficient Award - The Whirlpool WTW4815EW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient rating for 2015. Only 20%-25% of new washers meet Energy Star's strict criteria for superior water and energy efficiency.  
CEE
2015
Not CEE 2015 Rated - This washing machine has not earned a 2015 rating from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). It does not meet the minimum requirements revised by CEE in 2015 for Tier I, II, or III compliance.  
CEE
2011
CEE 2011 Does Not Apply - The WTW4815EW 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
176 kWh - The Energy Guide label lists an estimated annual electricity usage of 176 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
6000 Gal - Energy Star lists an estimated annual water usage of 6000 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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