Whirlpool WET3300XQ Dryer Review
You could get twice the dryer for half the cost of the Whirlpool WET3300XQ.
The Whirlpool WET3300XQ is an MSRP $1139 washer/dryer combo. Bargains tempt the best of us, but how well does this unit's dryer really perform?
For half the cost, you could get twice the dryer if you're willing to shop for your appliances separately. This combo may be low cost, but it's also low on features, low on looks, and low on performance too.
Design & Usability
Heavy lifting and blaring buzzers
As part of a washer/dryer combo, the WET3300XQ dryer sits on top of a washer. The controls are all at the very top of the unit, and the whole setup runs off a 240v outlet.
Get ready to lift wet blankets! Transferring damp laundry from the washer to the dryer requires a bit of muscle, given the dryer's upper location.
There are two knobs for controlling the dryer: a cycle selector, and a knob that both starts/stops the dryer and turns the end of cycle buzzer on or off. The buzzer is loud enough for the NBA. The door is easy to open and close, but it's located pretty high up.
Performance & Features
The WET3300XQ's extra features do not exist
The WET3300XQ is missing both a Delicates cycle and custom features. Instead, you will find a limited and awkward number of dry cycles, including Timed Dry, Automatic High Heat and Automatic Low Heat. Though the owner's manual claims the "Fluff Air" cycle is acceptable for delicate laundry, we found it to be wholly inadequate.
There's absolutely no way to customize cycles. Temperature is selected when a cycle is chosen, and that's that. As for extra features and options—there are none.
Furthermore, the WET3300XQ took quite a while to finish drying clothes, and on many cycles, clothes emerged wet. At least the Quick cycle did a decent job.
We get it, it stinks, but what about with comparison to other combo units?
If you've got a small space where only a combination washer/dryer can fit, this MSRP $1139 Whirlpool WET3300XQ Dryer still might not be your best choice.
This Whirlpool WET3300XQ takes a long time to get clothes dry, heats excessively, and lacks a usable Delicates cycle—but what did we expect from a dryer whose model number includes the word "WET?" For what it's worth, Maytag sells a nearly identical unit that does a much better job drying clothes—the MET3800XW.
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