Whirlpool WET3300XQ Washer Review
Does the trick when space is at a premium.
While the Whirlpool WET3300XQ is not as feature-packed or efficient as a standalone washer, the Whirlpool combo will still get your clothes clean without a massive footprint. Stain removal is acceptable, though the Whirlpool WET3300XQ's heavy agitation is rough on clothes and loads often emerge soaking wet. Furthermore, the Whirlpool WET3300XQ may be small, but it sure uses a lot of water and electricity. This machine can be found on sale for a hefty price point of around $1200.
Design & Usability
Easier than walking to the laundromat
If you're used to dryers with digital displays, the Whirlpool WET3300XQ may be a blast from the past. There's a single dial to choose a cycle. Turn it clockwise and align it with a wash cycle starting point, then pull the dial to start the cycle. To make room for the dryer above, the door only opens to about a 45 degree angle. That makes loading and unloading difficult, especially when clothes are soaking wet and heavy. Overall, the combination of a manual control and shallow door opening means that it's more difficult to use than a more modern, standalone washer. Still, it's easier than carrying your clothes to the laundromat.
Performance & Features
Cycles are speedy, clothes get mostly clean
It should be noted that most washers do better than the Whirlpool WET3300XQ. That said, among the cycles it offered, the Delicates and Quick cycle turned out to be the strongest. They took 28 and 31 minutes to complete respectively and both proved to have good cleaning abilities within their own categories. The Normal Heavy Warm cycle also had a fairly good showing, especially dealing with oily stains. All other cycles were below par, but almost made up for it by being very quick. No cycle lasted more than 37 minutes.
Aside from its small size this washer has few other features. Like its sister machine, the Maytag MET3800XW, this washer only has a pre-wash as a feature.
If saving space is a primary concern, the $1200 Whirlpool WET3300XQ is an acceptable unit.
Considering the performance of the Whirlpool WET3300XQ, if the space can be spared, then a stand alone washer and dryer would be a better bet. The old adage holds true, the jack of all trades is the master of none.
This machine can wash and dry, but it does neither particularly well. Nothing of real note can be said of this machine. It saves space, but that's about it.
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