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Whirlpool Cabrio WED7300XW Dryer Review

The Whirlpool Cabrio WED7300XW failed to impress, taking too long to get clothes not dry enough.

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Introduction

Despite its $899 MSRP and impressive title, the is a completely average dryer. It fails to distinguish itself with stellar performance or impressive features, and is outdone by models that are hundreds of dollars cheaper.

Front

The is a top-loading dryer that isn't stackable. Though the design is sleek, the exposed hinges and solid metal door cast the shadow of cost-cutting over the whole unit.

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Interior

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The 's lint trap slides out easily from behind the door.

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Speed & Performance Overview

Aside from the normal cycle, most of the 's cycles took longer than average and didn't do the best job getting clothes dry.

Normal Cycle Performance

While the 's normal cycle was a quick 50 minutes, our test loads still emerged a little damp.

Delicates Cycle Performance

In cycles that varied between an low of one hour and a high of 82 minutes, the 's delicate cycle got 99 percent of the moisture out of test loads.

Bulky Cycle Performance

Though the bulky cycle got the test load entirely dry, it took over an hour and a half to get there.

Quick Dry Cycle Performance

The quick dry was the 's only standout: In 23 minutes, the dryer removed 71 percent of the moisture from our test loads.

Dry Cycles

The has 9 drying cycles. Most of them depend on the drying sensor to determine how long they run, but the timed drying cycles run for as long as the user selects.

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Customization

Automatic dry cycles can be customized for temperature and dryness level, while the timed cycles can be set to run for longer or shorter amounts of time.

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Additional Drying Options

An "Eco Monitor" lets the user know how energy efficient a cycle is, rated on an optimistic scale from "good" to "best." The only problem is that none of the main cycles even get close to "best."

Controls

With a knob for cycle selection and buttons for cycle customization, the 's controls are straightforward. An optimistic timer displays how many minutes are left before a cycle completes.

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One annoyance is the 's damp dry signal. It can start sounding halfway through a wash and is louder than some smoke alarms.

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Door

If you like to watch clothes dry, you're out of luck: the has a solid metal door. It opens easily enough, but it doesn't feel very substantial.

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Lint Trap

The 's lint trap slides out easily from behind the door.

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Comparison Overview

The bested the stackable WED94HEXW on performance, though the pricier dryer is more stylish and had a few more features.

Performance

On every single cycle, the WED94HEXW took longer and left clothes more damp than the .

Customization & Features

Aside from an "Eco Boost" setting that uses less electricity, the WED94HEXW offers the same drying cycles as the less expensive Whirlpool.

Design

The stackable WED94HEXW looks more substantial than the . It also offers the benefit of a glass door, if you're into watching clothes dry.

Comparison Overview

Though it retails for hundreds less, the GE GFDN110ELWW outperformed the on nearly every measure.

Performance

Customization & Features

The GE only has six cycles compared to the Whirlpool's nine.

Design

The stackable GE has a glass door and a more sleek design than the Whirlpool.

Comparison Overview

Though they're made by the same corporate parent, the less expensive Maytag MEDE200XW outperforms the on every measure.

Performance

Customization & Features

Neither dryer has a plethora of drying options to choose from, but both have the ones that count.

Design

If you want to watch your clothes dry, pick the Maytag. The Whirlpool had a better display.

Conclusion

Though it can be found online for around $700, the is still a pricey washer for such average performance. Washes take a long time and the clothes often emerge a little damp. Design-wise, the dryer isn't stackable, beeps like a fire alarm and lacks a window to the drying process within.

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