WTW5500XW Review


Whirlpool WTW5500XW Whirlpool
WTW5500XW

Cabrio
Capacity: 3.6 cu ft
Width: 27-1/2"
MSRP: $699
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Cycles

9/6

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2.5

Factor
Water

3.9

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$194

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WTW5500XW

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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 available cycles and options is about average for a new washing machine. Generally the more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of meeting your clothing care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is about average for a new washer and should provide GOOD energy efficiency. MEF = capacity divided by energy consumption; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.  
Water The WTW5500XW 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 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 30% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $82 less than the average new washer.


Whirlpool WTW5500XW Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
800 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 30% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new washers for POOR moisture removal. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water and requires longer dryer times.  
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
5 Wash Motions - Varied wash motions helps get your clothes cleaner, especially when using a cold wash or lower temperature cycle. Also gentler on special fabrics that can't handle rougher motions.
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 WTW5500XW 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 WTW5500XW 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 3.6 cu ft - Interior capacity is close to the new washer average of 3.9 cu ft. Capacity is a personal choice, but the larger the washer, the less loads you'll have to do, and the more time and money you'll likely save.  
MSRP $699 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 37% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display No Display - Whirlpool's WTW5500XW is in the small (15%) group of new washers that do not provide visual information on wash program status and cycle time. Makes home multi-tasking more complicated.  
Delay
Start
No Delay Start - Cannot be programmed to start at a later time. About 85% of new washing machines have a convenient delay start feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.  
Dispenser 3-4 Tray Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the WTW5500XW dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 4/4/3 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 Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space in your laundry room. About 75% of new washers are stackable with their companion dryer. Need extra space in your laundry area?  


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 WTW5500XW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
125 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 22% lower than average and ranks in the top 35% 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 WTW5500XW 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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