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Whirlpool WET3300XQ Dryer Review Archive

For half that cost, you could get twice the dryer than the Whirlpool WET3300XQ.

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Introduction

The Whirlpool WET3300XQ washer/dryer combo sells for a little over $1100. For half that cost, you could get twice the dryer if you're willing to shop for washers and dryers separately.

Front

As part of a washer/dryer combo, the WET3300XQ dryer sits on top of a washer. The controls are all at the top of the entire unit, and the whole setup runs off a 240v outlet.

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Controls

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Interior

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A lint trap sits behind the door and must be cleaned after each use.

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Speed & Performance Overview

The WET3300XQ took quite a while to finish drying clothes, and on many cycles, clothes emerged still wet. At least the quick cycle did a good job in our tests.

Normal Cycle Performance

After nearly an hour and a half, the WET3300XQ managed to wring all the dampness out of a standard test load of laundry. That's quite a bit longer than most dryers.

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Delicates Cycle Performance

The WET3300XQ's owners manual claims that the "Fluff Air" cycle can be used for drying delicates, but 20 minutes of cool air does very little to dry clothes. Our test load was more than three quarters still wet. You're better off hanging your delicate items on a clothesline in the shower.

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Bulky Cycle Performance

It took 82 minutes, but on high heat the WET3300XQ got bulky clothes entirely dry.

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Quick Dry Cycle Performance

In 32 minutes, the WET3300XQ got up to 135 degrees and brought our test load of laundry almost 90 percent of the way to dry. Other dryers take less time, but don't dry clothes as thoroughly.

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Dry Cycles

The WET3300XQ has an awkward complement of dry cycles, including timed dry, automatic high heat and automatic low heat. Though the owner's manual claims the "Fluff Air" cycle is acceptable for delicate laundry, we found it to be wholly inadequate.

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Customization

There's absolutely no way to customize cycles. Temperature is selected when a cycle is chosen, and that's that.

Additional Drying Options

The WET3300XQ has no additional drying options.

Controls

There are exactly two knobs for controlling the dryer: a cycle selector, and a knob that both starts/stops the dryer and turns the end of cycle buzzer on or off. The buzzer itself is loud enough for use in the NBA.

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Door

The door is easy to open and close, but it's located pretty high up. Wet clothes can get heavy, so putting clothes in the dryer can be a bit of a chore.

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Lint Trap

A lint trap sits behind the door and must be cleaned after each use.

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Conclusion

If you've got a small space where only a combination washer/dryer can fit, the still might not be your best choice. It takes a long time to get clothes dry and lacks a usable delicates cycle -- but what did you expect from a dryer whose model number includes the word "WET"? For what it's worth, Maytag sells a nearly identical unit that does a much better job drying clothes.

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