Washing machines are among the most indispensable appliances in our household. So it is only logical that we have to choose them carefully, so that we can rely on them for as long as possible and they can meet our specific needs.
Factors to consider when shopping for a washing machine
Type of washer. The first thing you have to decide is whether you want a top-load washer or a front-load washer. Top-load washing machines are usually more affordable, smaller and it is easier to load your laundry in them, because you don’t have to bend to open the door. Front-load washers are more expensive but usually have larger capacities. They are gentler on the laundry and they need less water. On the other hand, they can be bulky and don’t fit everywhere and they are pricey.
Capacity. The load capacity of the washer is also important. If you need a washer for family use and you constantly have lots of laundry, you need a larger washer, so watch for the cu. ft. number.
Energy efficiency. This aspect is also important especially if you know you do a lot of washes, because they can really add up to your monthly bill.
Features. There are a lot of features to consider when choosing a washing machine: does it come with a dryer or not, how many wash cycles does it have, does it have temperature, speed, soil level controls, WiFi and app control, etc.
Whirlpool WTW5000DW – Is it any good?
Whirlpool WTW5000DW is a top-load washer that might not be to everyone’s liking. It may seem a bit outdated in terms of options and controls and it doesn’t have a large capacity. (It has 4.3 cu. ft.) However, it does have its qualities and we’re going to mention them to you below.
Design and features
This Whirlpool model measures 28 x 42-1/4 x 27-1/2 inches (D X H X W) and weighs 135 pounds.
It only has two spin speeds with a max. speed of only 660 RPM, which is not great, because your laundry will be left with a lot of water in it after the wash.
It has 12 wash cycles: normal, deep water wash, heavy duty, bulky items/sheets, drain & spin, rinse & spin, clean washer with affresh, soak, quick wash, delicate, casual and cold wash.
The controls are big dials and from them you can set the wash cycle, the soil level (extra light, light, medium and heavy) and the temperature (tap cold, cold, cool, warm, hot).
You also get rinse options, you can choose between 1 rinse, 2 rinses, 1 rinse with softener and 2 rinses with softener.
Then there’s another dial on the right, which lets you enable and disable the Presoak feature.
That’s about it when it comes to the settings of this Whirlpool washer. The interface is pretty basic and minimalist, but at the same time simple and really user-friendly.
Cons of the washer
There are some drawbacks when it comes to the Whirlpool WTW5000DW. The first one is the fact that there are no sanitize cycle and steam option. The washer is not Energy Star Certified and consumes a large amount of water.
Pros of the washer
However, there are some really noteworthy qualities as well with this Whirlpool. One of them is its cleaning quality. This washer has managed to obtain impressive results. If you don’t mind waiting for 1 hour and 40 minutes for the Heavy Duty cycle to complete, you will be pleased with the results. Removing stains is another strength of this Whirlpool model and you definitely have to try the Deep Water Wash cycle.
There are faster cycles as well, so if you are in a hurry, you can use the Quick Wash cycle, which will be complete in only 28 minutes.
If you don’t mind the old-school design, the fact that it doesn’t come with bells and whistles such as WiFi control, an app and so on and the fact that it is not the most economical washer out there, the Whirlpool WTW5000DW can be a good choice. It is user-friendly and its cleaning quality is impressive.