Whirlpool WTW4915EW Washing Machine Review
The landlord's choice
The Whirlpool WTW4915EW top-load washer might have an MSRP of $649, but it retails for under $500.
A 3.7-cu.-ft. drum can handle one or two people's laundry; however, large families will find the lack of capacity a drag. To help compensate for this lower cubic footage, the WTW4915EW has a Deep Water Wash which will more thoroughly submerge your clothes in water.
With its limited abilities and low up-front cost, this washer is perfect for those who need to replace a broken machine on a shoestring budget, for a person who appreciates traditional technology, or for a landlord who doesn't care about performance. Other buyers should keep looking for a machine that might cost a little bit more, but will undoubtedly be a better value in the long run.
To read our full review of this washer's matching dryer, the Whirlpool WED4915EW, click here.
How Does it Work?
The WTW4915EW has a clean design. Look at the control panel and you'll see five knobs, each one dedicated to a single category, with easy-to-read print. If you're used to choosing your own soil, temperature, and rinse options, this Whirlpool will make you feel right at home. A series of green LCDs lets you know how far along your laundry is.
Whirlpool reserved its engineering talent for what's going on inside the WTW4915EW. It combines an impeller and a pole agitator. That means you'll be able to use more of the already moderate 3.7-cu.-ft. capacity, since the setup does a better job circulating clothes throughout the drum.
But don't let this newfangled impeller scare you off: The WTW4915EW still has some old-fashioned features, like the ability to presoak or use tap cold water. Many consumers feel that new washers don't get their laundry wet enough, and this Whirlpool has an answer for that. The Deep Water Wash cycle nearly fills the drum to the brim to release debris. Just keep in mind, more water means your detergent won't work as well at removing stains.
How Well Does it Clean?
Cleans up to its weight class
Few sub-$500 washers do a good job cleaning clothes. But that's not to say this Whirlpool is bad at removing stains—it's just on par with other washers in its price range. It neither surprised nor disappointed us.
Although the WTW4915EW is time efficient, it uses water liberally–a blessing and a curse. Based on national average and use patterns, we estimate that this washer will cost around $60 a year to run. That's on the high side, considering that after eight years your water bill will be larger than the original purchase price. Buying a more expensive, more efficient machine may save you money in the long run.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Test Results Page.
What's the Warranty?
For one year from the date of purchase, when the WTW4915EW is installed, Whirlpool will cover the cost of parts and labor. This warranty only applies for defects in materials and workmanship that exist at the time of purchase. Whirlpool put the WTW4915EW's owner's manual online, too.
Should I Buy It?
An affordable, entry-level washer
Only one or two washing machines are more affordable than the perfectly adequate Whirlpool WTW4915EW. For most consumers, that's enough of a recommendation: It's cheap and it works.
Delving a little deeper you'll find a Deep Water Wash, a few features, and simple controls. If you don't like the new controls on Whirlpool's higher-end machines, check it out. And if you're a landlord or need a washer right away, this machine is worthy of your attention.
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