Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WED8100BW Dryer Review
Strong drying across the board with a very low learning curve.
One of the manufacturer’s newest dryers, the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WED8100BW (MRSP $899) is an all-around performer. In fact, it’s almost identical to our recent Editor’s Choice award winner, the WED8000BW, in every way but one: It’s got a black plastic panel on the front of the door. It’s not much of a difference, but then, it’s not much more expensive.
Design & Usability
Easy to use, easy on the eyes.
Even with the black panel on the door, the 8100 retains the charm of simplicity. A basic white finish complements the dark control panel, and makes the text and images pop. The door opens and shuts without excessive slamming as well. Even the lint trap proved to be user-friendly: the firm mesh is easy to clean without feeling too rough on the fingers.
During our tests, green indicator lights on the control panel made it easy to know which features were active and what cycle was selected, while the buttons themselves offered an appropriate level of responsiveness. While a white drum keeps this machine from becoming a truly high-end appliance, we weren’t expecting stainless this price.
Performance & Features
Not a rotten apple in the bunch.
Every single one of our tested cycles offered good performance, despite a few minor hiccups. The Normal cycle got just a pinch too warm, and the Quick Dry option clearly wasn’t meant for more than a few items at a time. Other than that, we had no complaints. Effective drying at appropriate temperatures finishing within a reasonable amount of time: it’s not perfect, but we’d be hard pressed to find a more complete package, outside of the $849 WED8000BW.
Feature selection was a bit slim, but all the standard bases were covered. You’ve got nine cycles to choose from: three timer-based, and six sensor based including a designated Sanitize option. Four dryness levels and five temperature settings—including unheated air only—gives you plenty of control over your laundry experience.
A damp dry signal and wrinkle shield are pretty standard on machines in this price range and up, but Eco Boost option is also a nice touch. It makes the cycles run a bit longer, but keeps the heat—and potentially your electric bill—down. You can also turn the dryer chime on or off, depending on how badly you want to know when your laundry is done.
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The Final Spin
A cosmetic upgrade paired with beautiful performance.
When we originally reviewed the Whirlpool WED8000BW, we were definitely impressed. It performed well in all of our cycles and was easy to use. While the customization was a bit slim, it was still a fairly versatile machine. The Whirlpool WED8100BW is all of that plus a small aesthetic difference.
In this case, it really does come down to pure visual style: go for the basic model, or spend $50 to get a slightly fancier door. Either way, you’re getting great performance for a reasonable price. Neither are readily available yet—the new models should be trickling out to your local retailer soon—but if you don't feel strongly about the door one way or the other, just get whichever one has a lower sale price.
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