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Whirlpool WET3300XQ Dryer Review

You could get twice the dryer for half the cost of the Whirlpool WET3300XQ.

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Science Introduction

Clearly, this Whirlpool WET3300XQ Dryer did not do well on tests. Results show which of the cycles were best and worst, with water retention, cycle duration, and temperature in mind.

Drying Performance: Normal & Fluff Air

How did this machine handle the cycles you rely on the most?

After nearly an hour and a half, the WET3300XQ managed to wring all the dampness out of a standard test load of laundry. That's quite a bit longer than most dryers by a full half hour, and temperatures were far from gentle, at a sizzling 156.7ºF. This is upwards of ten degrees higher than what we like to see for a temperature high.

Perhaps high heats are why the WET3300XQ's manual claims that the "Fluff Air" cycle can be used for drying delicates, but 20 minutes of cool air does very little to dry clothes. Our test load was more than three quarters wet at the conclusion of this silly cycle. You're better off hanging your delicate items on a clothesline in the shower.

Drying Performance: Quick & Bulky

What about quick work and bulky laundry?

On our quick test, in 32 minutes, the WET3300XQ got up to 135ºF and brought our test load of laundry almost 90 percent of the way back to dry. Other dryers take less time, but don't dry clothes as thoroughly, so this was actually a very positive outcome.

The bulky test results were mixed. We used the Automatic Dry High Heat setting to run this test. It took 82 minutes, but on high heat, the WET3300XQ got bulky clothes entirely dry. The only trouble was that the heat was just too hot—a scorching 175.1ºF. High heat will damage soft, bright fabrics after continual exposure, so temperatures like this one just need to cool it.

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