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Whirlpool WTW4815EW Washing Machine Review

This $400 washer is affordable and readily available

Credit: Reviewed.com / Jonathan Chan
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If the Whirlpool WTW4815EW (MSRP $599) looks familiar, we know how you feel. We've already tested multiple Whirlpool and Maytag models that rely on a similar design, like last year's Maytag MVWC415EW.

After weeks of testing those models and all their competitors, we think the 4815 is an acceptable choice if you need to replace a broken washer in a pinch. It's available at many stores, and sells for as low as $359. If it's between a trip to the laundromat or putting this washer in the back of your truck to bring it home, buy the washer.

It'll do an adequate job washing your clothes and it won't cost much up front, but be forewarned: It will slowly drain your wallet over time.

Our tests showed that owners of this washer will have to put up with premature clothing wear. Although its wash system—a combination of an old-school corkscrew agitator and a modern, high-efficiency wash plate—promises better cleaning with less wear than what the absolute cheapest machines offer, it still can't hold a candle to a front loader. You can see our exact findings on how this technology performed on the Test Results Page.

The 4815 also uses a lot of water, which has consequences across all you utility bills. That's because your dryer is also going to have to put in some overtime, as this washer doesn't do a good job spinning excess water out of laundry. Even the Normal cycle left our test laundry sopping wet.

We expect the 4815 to have double the operating cost of an efficient front-loader.

This is an acceptable washer for now, but if your household ever grows or you feel like your clothes are wearing out too soon, just about any other washer will be an upgrade.

Warranty information is available on Whirlpool's website.
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