Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8100 BW Washing Machine Review
Whirlpool adds a window and little else to the existing WTW8000.
Whirlpool’s Cabrio Platinum WTW8100BW (MSRP $899.99) sits near the middle of the company’s top-loader lineup, and offers a 4.5-cubic-foot drum with 11 wash cycles, automatic load sensing, and a low-profile impeller on the wash plate.
If all this sounds similar to the Whirlpool WTW8000BW, which costs $50 less, it should. The two models are nearly carbon copies of one another, except for one important distinction: The more expensive WTW8100BW features a tinted “EasyView” window on the lid, so you can actually see what’s going on inside your washer.
Design & Usability
All black, tinted up.
The 8100’s attractive control panel uses a green on glossy-black color scheme, with chrome accents for the main cycle dial. A ring of LEDs surrounds that dial, making it easy to tell which cycle you’ve selected.
For most users, the cycle dial and the Start button will be all the control you'll ever need. If you’d like to drill down even further, though, detailed options are best configured from left to right across the panel. For each cycle (except Quick Wash), you may specify soil level, spin speed, and washing temperature, as well as the additional options of extra rinsing or Whirlpool’s “EcoBoost,” delay the wash for a few hours, or toggle the chime for completed cycles.
Performance & Features
If your whites could talk, they'd thank you.
Test performance was identical to the Cabrio 8000, which makes sense because they’re basically the same machine. This washer’s Whites cycle was the most effective, even beating out the Heavy Duty cycle for top marks. The tradeoffs here were time (our Whites cycle test load clocked in at 69 minutes) and clothing wear (Whites was by far the most damaging cycle, even more than Heavy Duty). In fact, we noted the Normal cycle was nearly equivalent to Heavy Duty in both stain removal and clothing wear, making us wonder what’s so “heavy” about it.
The Quick cycle couldn’t remove sweat or dirt as well as others, but at only 34 minutes it’s a quick and efficient way to get the job done. Speaking of efficiency, this washer is somewhat cost-effective: We estimate an annual operating cost of $45.86 for this machine, decent but slightly inferior to most front-loaders.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Willing to spend $50 on a window?
The WTW8100BW offers no performance advantages over the WTW8000BW, so going with the windowless version is a great way to save fifty bucks. After all, there’s not much to see in there, just wet clothes.
Of course the window doesn’t take anything away from this washer’s overall performance. While the machine's feature set is sparse—especially for $900—stain removal is still strong, capacity is huge, and efficiency is better than most.
And yes, we’ll admit there’s something rather mesmerizing about watching your clothes slosh around inside a washer... or maybe we’re just spending too much time in the lab.
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