Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WED8900BW Dryer Review
All the features, all the performance, all of the steam
If a watch doesn't tell time, it doesn't matter that it's waterproof or has a 21 jewel movement. Similarly, if a dryer doesn't get clothes dry, none of the extras matter.
Luckily, in addition to having a steam cycle and a fancy handle, the upscale Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WED8900BW (MSRP $1,099) is a competent dryer. The Normal and Delicate cycles got our test laundry loads into a wearable state. The Bulky cycle impressed us even more. Our only complaints were how long cycles took, and how hot they got. Other dryers in this price range offer similar features, but save time and aren't as harsh on fragile fabrics.
To read our full review of this dryer's matching watching, the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8900BW click here
Design & Usability
The Cabrio Platinum fruit does not fall far from the tree
The dryers in Whirlpool's Cabrio line share many of the same attributes, so if you want to know more about the design and usability of the WED8900BW please see our review of the WED8100BW. Save for a few cosmetic changes, the two dryers are essentially identical. The door sticks a little, but is functional. The dark control panel makes the text pop, and easy to read. Also, yellow indicator lights make it easy to identify what selects and features are active.
We're glad that Whirlpool hasn't changed a lot on the WED8900BW. The biggest difference is cosmetic: a silvery plastic coats the door handle. On other models, it's white.
Performance & Features
Brings the heat, and then some
On the Normal cycle, this dryer got an eight pound load 100 percent dry. That's a good thing. But it took an hour and five minutes and got as warm as 153.1°F. Other dryers can do the same thing in less time at a lower temperature, which is a better bet for delicate fabrics.
This story continues on with the Delicates cycle. That took an hour—not bad, but the control panel said only 28 minutes. Internal temperatures reached 131ºF.
Overall, this machine performed exactly like the cheaper Whirlpool WED8000BW. So why pay more? Features. The WED8900BW has a plethora of them. The biggest is the ability to add steam to selected drying cycles. There's also a dozen additional cycles tailored towards specific clothing types, like Active Wear.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
More features, more money
The Whirlpool WED8900BW performs admirably and has a lot of features. The Whirlpool WED8000BW performed just as well, but has fewer features and costs $200 less. If you want steam cycles that refresh laundry and reduce static, plus a dozen or so specialty programs, get the pricier WED8900BW. Otherwise, you can move down the Cabrio lineup and still feel comfortable that you're getting a competent dryer.
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