Despite a troubled past and rumors of mold and mildew issues in older Whirlpool washers, the company has blown away the competition this
year with one of the best new front-loading washing machines on the market. There really isn't anything you can complain about with this year's Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer. I guess maybe if you wanted one in a blue color then maybe it wouldn't be the perfect addition to your laundry room. But for those looking for a white, Lunar Silver or Cranberry Red addition to their laundry alcove, you will be pleased with the color selection.
But on to the serious side of this review. In terms of overall performance for getting dirt and grime out of clothes, the Duet Steam Washer does it's job very well. It's 90 minute cycle time right about in the middle of the pack, but it sure gets the work done. Unlike other washer's in this category, it'll keep your clothes looking new for years to come thanks to it outstanding gentleness. But it's gentle on more than just your clothes. This washer is one of the most quiet and vibration free in the industry. When installed properly, following all of Whirlpool's guidelines it will operate without upsetting your sleeping babies or evening dinner party. Just make sure that this beast has a well supported and level subfloor to rest on. Whirlpool recommends no more than 1" of slope under the washer. If your laundry room floor doesn't quiet live up to Whirlpool's requirements, they recommend that you add a sheet of 1/2" plywood for bracing or install an anti-vibration pad like Silent Feet from The Vibration Solution.
The Whirlpool Duet Steam is also gentle on your wallet. Besides earning the Energy Star rating, it's also already priced only $700 to $850 in most markets. And the savings will keep on coming as you'll qualify for excellent government Cash for Appliances tax credits. Not to mention that you'll quickly notice a drop in your water and electrical bills. The Duet Steam has earned CEE Tier III validation and uses 74% less water than before. Compare it to your old top loading washer and this baby is thrifty as they come using a whopping 80% less electricity.
The Whirlpool Duet Steam will keep you happy for years to come. Beyond the 1 year warranty, Whirlpool has consistently ranked as one of the most reliable manufacturers of front-loading washing machines according to Consumer Reports. And don't worry about getting left behind the technology curve. Whirpool's steam cleaning technology is forging to the front of the pack and looks to be one of the must have's in the coming decade. So rest easy, wash quietly and add the Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer to your home today.