WFW88HEAC Review


Whirlpool WFW88HEAC Whirlpool
WFW88HEAC

Duet Steam
Capacity: 4.3 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $1299
Cleaning

Steam

Capability
Spin Rate

1400

RPM
Energy

3.3

Factor MEF
Water

2.7

Factor WF
Cycles

21

and Options
Price

$302

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Whirlpool WFW88HEAC

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Steam-cleans and sanitizes clothes. Steam is very effective in gently removing tough stains, sanitizing garments, reducing allergens, and getting clothes really clean. Helps soften clothes and prevent wrinkles during high speed spin cycle.
Spin Maximum washer spin rate is 25% 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 15% of new clothes washers for BEST moisture removal.
Energy Energy Factor is 17% 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 5% of new clothes washers for BEST energy efficiency.
Water The WFW88HEAC Water Factor is 23% 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 5% of new clothes washers for BEST water efficiency.
Cycles Cycles and options are 5% higher than average. Operating flexibility can be important if you have diverse fabrics and soil conditions within your family. Ranks in the top 40% of new washing machines for BETTER program variability and selection.
Price Price per cubic foot is 21% higher than average. Based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $51 more than the average new washer. Ranks in the lower 15% of new washers for FAIR price efficiency.  


Whirlpool WFW88HEAC Washer

Whirlpool WFW88HEAC



Performance Ratings
Steam Steam Cleaning - Generates steam that deeply penetrates clothing to remove grime and achieve a cleaner wash. Gentler on fabrics than other stain-removing wash cycles. Produces a softening affect that reduces wrinkles from high spin rates.
Sanitize NSF Sanitize Cycle - Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) P172 Protocol to effectively sanitize clothes. Reduces 99.9% of microorganisms and ensures there is no significant carryover of bacteria into future loads.
Allergen NSF Allergen Certified - The WFW88HEAC is certified by the NSF to remove 95% of house dust mite allergens and feline dander. Employs the P351 allergen reduction Protocol where the water is heated to at least 131 deg F for at least three minutes.
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 Internal Water Heater - Includes an internal water heater that can boost water temperature beyond your home's hot water tank. Helps maintain optimum temperatures throughout each cycle. Hot water is the key to really getting your clothes clean.
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 WFW88HEAC 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 $1299 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 22% higher than the average new washer. Expect to pay about $234 more than average. Ranks in the lower 25% of new washers for FAIR 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 4.3 cu ft - Interior capacity is 11% 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 35% of new washers for LARGEST load size.
Periodic
Tumble
Periodic Tumble - Continues to tumble the clothes periodically after the wash cycle is completed. Keeps clothes fresher and reduces wrinkles if you are delayed for several hours or simply forget that the clothes are in the wash.
Time Remaining Time Display - The Whirlpool WFW88HEAC 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 WFW88HEAC dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 13 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings - 4 Temperature, 4 Soil, and 5 Spin settings. Higher than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. More settings provide added flexibility 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 Unknown - Qualification status for Energy Star Version 7.0 is currently unknown. Washer IMEF and IWF test values are not yet available for new Energy Star criteria that became effective March 7, 2015.  
Energy
Star V6
Energy Star V 6.1 Qualified - Meets federal ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 test criteria for washing machines that's been in effect since February 1, 2013: Modified Energy Factor (MEF) >=2.0 and Water Factor (WF) <=6.0
Most
Efficient
2015 Most Efficient - The Whirlpool WFW88HEAC 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 Status Unknown - IMEF and IWF test values are not yet available for this washing machine. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) 2015 Tier I, II, or III classification is based on these values and is therefore currently unknown.  
CEE
2011
CEE 2011 Tier 3 - According to 2011 standards, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) lists the WFW88HEAC as a CEE Tier 3 washer. Tier I is equivalent to Energy Star, Tier II is more efficient, and Tier III is super-efficient.
Energy
Guide
112 kWh - The Energy Guide label lists an estimated annual electricity usage of 112 kilowatt-hours. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of usage are in accordance with the older Energy Star Version 6.1 procedures.
Water
Usage
4583 Gal - Energy Star lists an estimated annual water usage of 4583 gallons. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of water are in accordance with the older Energy Star Version 6.1 procedures.


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