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Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8900BW Washing Machine Review

The WTW8900 is at the top of the Cabrio Platinum food chain

$1,099.00
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6.9 score Tested by Experts
# of washing machines Product Score This graph shows the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8900BW’s score compared to other washing machines we tested.
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Were the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8900BW (MSRP $1,099) an animal, it'd be the leader of the Cabrio Platinum pack. This washer shared admirable cleaning performance with its siblings. However, where the WTW8000BW banked on being simplicity itself, the 8900 wants you to have it all. This model comes loaded for bear with features. Most notably, it has a drum light and additional cycles like Sanitize and Allergen, and can be found for less than its $1,099 MSRP. If you want a feature-laden top loader that doesn't clean out your wallet, this machine is worth your attention.

To read our full review of this washer's matching dryer, the Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WED8900BW, click here.

Design & Usability

A Cabrio through and through

The WTW8900BW shares a lot of positive traits with its brethren, the WTW8540BW, WTW8500BW, WTW8100BW, and WTW8000BW. Its no-slam lid will save your fingers plenty of pain, the controls are easy to read, and the selector knob was a breeze to use. Overall, this machine is incredibly simple and that works in its favor. Design-wise, the 8900 is only differentiated from other Cabrio models by a handle that's coated in silver plastic and a sleeker bezel on the lid.

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Performance & Features

Paying for the Features

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Newer generation top loaders are not designed to fill up to the top

The WTW8900BW had a strong Whites cycle. Heavy-Duty took a close second. Both these cycles took about an hour and in the overall world of washers did about average. The 38 minute Quick Wash cycle did the poorest and it struggled with sweat stains, but it's designed more for refreshing clothes than removing stains.

The thing about the Whirlpool WTW8900BW is that it has the same cleaning performance as the WTW8000BW. In fact, almost exactly the same. That means you're paying extra for features, which the 8900 has in spades. It's got a drum light which is useful in dark basement laundry rooms. It also comes with a super-hot Sanitary cycle and a special dispenser for the OxiClean stain remover. If you use cloth diapers or just have curious kids, the Sanitize cycle can be a tipping point.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Conclusion

A solid machine with a good set of features

The Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum WTW8900BW has everything we liked about the WTW8000BW, but adds more features. It showed a solid cleaning performance in our lab tests, with an emphasis on getting out dirt. However, what you're paying extra for is additional features. For example, there's the Sanitary cycle and the drum light. Where the 8000 was a generalist, the 8900 is niche. If you're planning on putting a washer/dryer set in the basement or want your clothes sanitized, the WTW8900BW is worth checking out.

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