Whirlpool WFW94HEAW Review
The Whirlpool WFW94HEAW is quite the washing machine.
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW is quite the washing machine. The overwhelming majority of the cycles took over an hour to complete. However, slow and steady helped win the WFW94HEA a decent place in the cleaning performance race. All that cleaning did come at the price of efficiency, though, as this Whirlpool used a little more water and electricity than many other washers in its price range. We found it on sale for a relatively low $1079, which means the WFW94HEA will likely be Whirlpool's top-selling front-loader. All those consumers shouldn't worry, since it has the performance to back it up.
Design & Usability
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEA’s design is in the here and now.
Among our favorite features on this Whirlpool is Fan Dry, which uses internal air circulation to dry the drum and any clothes that happen to be inside, as well. It didn't get small loads completely dry, but it managed to suck out enough moisture to stave off mustiness and save the dryer from working too hard.
Also, the Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW should be simple to use. Like most other front-loading washers in its class, operating the WFW94HEA is a matter of turning the knob to the desired cycle and pushing the start button. One complaint: Whirlpool swapped out physical buttons for a big plastic touch pad, which proved both too responsive and not responsive enough. Brushing against the control panel occasionally brought the washer to life, but starting a cycle usually required holding down a selection for three seconds.
Performance & Features
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW does well as washer, but would make a terrible race car. Its cycles are slow. And it has no wheels.
Way back when, guys were dolls and washing machines washed. The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW harkens back to those days. This washer has plenty of fancy features but doesn't stray from its core purpose of getting out stains, from cocoa to sweat. It's nice to know that this appliance has a wide repertoire. Other washers marginally bested the Whirlpool at shifting stains, but we were still impressed.
In 1933, a writer in National Geographic stated that "All the water that will ever be is, right now." Heady stuff. A lot of that water may end up in the Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW, which is slightly more thirsty than most washers. Breaking it down to dollars and cents, it costs about $5 more per year to run than the competition, and total operating costs should be near $39 yearly. A lot of that water usage is due to Whirlpool including an extra rinse on its Whites cycle. It's meant to wash out remaining bleach and keep you from smelling like Ryan Lochte's hair.
There are two features of note on this washer: Fan Dry and EcoBoost. The Fan Dry option is a relaunch of a method to keep the interior from getting musty, but is now advertised as a method to dry up to two pounds of laundry in eight hours. The test load we put in was still damp after an overnight stay. At least it made the dryer's job a little easier. EcoBoost is supposed to make cycles more environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of hot water usage. It compensates for this by lengthening wash cycles that already take their sweet time.
The Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW proved itself to be a competent washing machine.
Though the Whirlpool Duet WFW94HEAW had strong cleaning performance and was packed full of features, there were a few categories where it fell short, such as efficiency and user-friendliness.
If you can find it on sale for $1079 and you don't mind its limitations, this Whirlpool is a good choice. Otherwise, you might want to sing solo rather than join a Duet.
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