Laundry

Whirlpool WFW94HEX Washing Machine Review

Strong washing performance and good economy from this washer, but the controls are awkward

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Introduction

The is a high-end front loading washing machine that offers excellent washing performance and easy to use controls. It is priced at about $1045, making it an expensive, but strong performer. The accompanying dryer for this washer is the Whirlpool WED94HEXW

Front

The features a standard layout: detergent drawer and controls along the top, door underneath. The door has a slightly interesting design in that the window is slightly offset, creating a wider bezel on the bottom and a thinner one on the top.

Front Image

Controls

The main control dial is flanked with a power button and a start/pause button. The dial will let you select a few different preset options: Rinse/Drain & Spin, hand wash, delicate, quick wash, normal/casual, bulky items, heavy duty, Whitest Whites, Allergen, and clean washer.

Controls 1 Photo

The has a fairly large display to the right of its control dial. Here you can customize your wash cycle by adjusting the delay, temperature, spin speed, soil level, and end chime. There are also controls for EcoBoost, presoak, deep clean, extra rinse, fan fresh, and a control lock.

Controls 2 Photo

Interior

The interior of the device is dotted with holes to allow water flow. There are a few agitators around the inside edge.

Interior Photo

Sides

The sides of the device aren't very interesting.

Sides Photo

Back

The back of the keeps its cord neatly coiled at the top. To its right you'll find the water hookups.

Back Photo

The clear tube on the left is where you connect the waste water hose. The plug is next, and coils up inside the body. After that are the hot and cold water hookups. Both are blue, which is slightly confusing, and they're only labeled with a large H and C to tell them apart. While it's not necessarily complex to figure out, other washers have much better differentiation.

Back Detail Photo

Electricity Use

We found that the used a little more electricity than many other washers, costing about 65 cents over a year for a typical user. However, the electricity use of a washer is only a small part of the cost, so it doesn't overly skew the results.

Related content

Water Use

The used a fairly average amount of water overall, ranging from just over 8 gallons for the quick wash to just over 17 gallons for the Whitest Whites cycle. Most of this was cold water, but the Whitest Whites and Heavy Duty modes did use a lot of hot water, with both using over 3 gallons. The Allergen mode was the biggest hot water user, though, using just over 4.5 gallons of hot water in its quest to rinse allergy-causing contaminants from the wash.

Cost Per Wash

The had a wide range of costs for the individual washes, ranging from 4.8 cents for the hand wash and delicate cycles to the 12.23 cents cost of the Allergen cycle, which uses a lot of hot water.

Yearly Running Cost

The is a very economical washer, using only a moderate amount of water (both hot and cold) and electricity. We calculated the cost per year for a typical user at $25.38, which is a little lower than average. This cost is based on an average of 392 loads a year, with a mix of washing cycles.

Washing Speed

Washing Cycles

The offers 9 washing cycles, ranging from a 22 minute quick wash to an allergen reducing mode.

Customization

A group of buttons below the screen allow you to customize the wash settings, including changing the temperature, spin speed, soil level and the noises that the washer makes.

Controls 2 Photo

Additional Wash Options

Another row of buttons below the screen allow you to add in various wash options.

Controls 1 Photo

Washing Options

Detergent Dispenser

The detergent dispenser of is a fairly standard arrangement, with sections for bleach, fabric softener and main wash. There is no pre-wash compartment: this machine only offers a presoak, not a pre-wash. One unusual touch is the level for liquid or powder detergent, which lifts and lowers a small door to hold in or allow the detergent to flow through. This is perhaps a more effective approach than a removable compartment that could easily get lost when not installed.

Washer Door

The door of this washer has a recessed handle that gives it a clean, simple look, but it is hard to open and close. It requires a lot of force to wrench it open, and a lot of pressure to close. This might be an issue for some users, especially those with limited strength. These users may want to look elsewhere.

Interior Photo

Ease of Use

The is a fairly easy to use washer, with a simple rotary knob that makes selecting the appropriate wash cycle easy to select. The main control panel might be off-putting for some users, though: the number of buttons and lights on it could be somewhat bewildering for those who are more used to an older style washer with simple rotary controls.

Controls

The The washer mode is selected by rotating the wash control knob, with the current mode indicated by the light. This is easy to rotate and select the wash mode. Beside this knob, there are two buttons for power and to start the cycle.

Controls 1 Photo
Controls 2 Photo

Comparison

Both clothes washers offer strong washing performance, but the Whirlpool has the edge. However, this is at least partly due to its longer wash cycles, which give the detergent more time to work. The LG offers a wider range of cycles, including a steam fresh feature that can freshen stale clothes without washing.

Normal Stain Performance

Comparison

The LG is the cheapest of the two washers, priced at $740 against the $899of the Whirlpool. But you do get more for your money with the Whirlpool: better washing performance, more wash cycles and several extra features. So, if your budget can stretch to it, the Whirlpool is the better pick

Normal Stain Performance

Comparison

The Kenmore is the cheaper of these two washers by $120 (priced at $779, against the $899 of the Whirlpool). But the Whirlpool was slightly better in our washing performance tests, so it could be worth the extra. Both washers offer a decent selection of cycles and other features, but the Whirlpool offers a couple of features that are not present on the Kenmore, such as the EcoBoost mode.

Normal Stain Performance

Efficiency

We found that the had good overall efficiency, using less electricity and water than many comparable washers. The typical cost to run this washer over a year would be about $25.38

Performance

The washing performance was extremely good overall, with the Whitest Whites cycle in particular doing an effective job in our tests. The quick wash cycle was a little disappointing, though, doing little to shift the stains.

Features

The offers a good range of washing cycles and the ability to customize these to a good degree. The controls could be a little confusing for users who aren't comfortable with high-tech devices, though, and the door requires a significant amount of force to close.

Up next