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Whirlpool Duet WED72HEDW Dryer Review

Good at the basics, but this Duet's song falls flat if you choose a specialty cycle.

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By the Numbers

Like many budget-friendly dryers, the Whirlpool Duet WED72HEDW (MSRP $899) is at its best when using basic, workhorse cycles. Based on our tests, if you stray too far from Normal, performance begins to suffer.

Normal & Delicate

Very few dryers drop the ball on the Normal cycle, and this Whirlpool is no exception. After only 48 minutes, with peak temperatures of 150.8°F, this cycle got our 8 lb. tests loads 100% dry.

Delicates came in at a close second with commendable performance. Cycles averaged 1 hour and 8 minutes, with peak temperatures of 114.1°F. At the end, our test loads were 99% dry. A little extra moisture never hurts if you want to finish off your laundry with a warm iron, making this another excellent cycle.

Quick Dry & Bulky

Whirlpool Duet WED72HEDW Controls
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Quick Dry, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as stellar. A manual cycle that allows you to adjust its duration, Quick Dry defaults to 26 minutes in length. At the end of that time, our test load had only dried by 70%, which is still far too damp to be wearable. That was in spite of the high peak temperature of 159°F, which is hot enough to risk over-drying on a longer cycle.

Bulky was no better. This test, which uses a large comforter, is more or less designed to fail. Almost no dryer can tumble something that large and expose all areas of moisture without the consumer manually shifting it around mid-cycle. Even with that in mind, this Whirlpool still performed below average. After an average cycle time of 52 minutes, our comforter was only 55% dry despite a high peak temperature of 155.4°F.

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