Whirlpool Cabrio WTW5000DW Washing Machine Review
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By the Numbers
In order to compare the Whirlpool WTW5000DW to other washers, we put it through our battery of controlled tests. The most important ones are the stain removal and efficiency tests, and you can read more about all the tests we do by clicking right here.
Cleaning performance is measured using a photospectrometer. This device can decipher how much of a stain has been lifted by comparing the color to a clean, pure white linen. The stains we use come on mechanically coated on cloth swatches, with substances like blood, sweat, and cocoa powder pre-stained in. These strips are placed in test loads with ballast made up of towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases. Test loads are then washed in a variety of cycles.
The Heavy Duty cycle was the most powerful one we tested, and required 1 hour 40 minutes to complete. This cycle had a 1% stain removal edge over Normal on the hottest setting, which probably isn't worth the extra time. The gap started to widen when we lowered the temperature on the Normal cycle to Medium. Stain removal fell 6% as a result. Delicates was the weakest, and lagged 12% behind the Heavy Duty cycle.
The WTW5000DW did best against blood and cocoa stains, and we noticed this washer has a good temperature profile. This means the WTW5000DW added water of the appropriate temperature at the correct time–too much hot water early can "bake" on stains. Across all cycles, blood and cocoa stains came out 20% cleaner than sweat or oil stains. Although high water usage can help wash away stains, it can also dilute detergent concentrations. Washers that do well against oil and sweat usually have an internal water heater, but the WTW5000DW lacks this high-end feature.
The absence of a pole agitator, in favor of an impeller wash plate, means clothing wear wasn't as bad. Test results were in line with average top-loaders.
Utility consumption is measured by simply hooking up the WTW5000DW to electricity and water meters. Using national average cost and typical use patterns, we estimate a yearly operating cost of around $97 per year for this model.
On the other side of things, the wetter a pile of laundry is, the more work your energy-hogging dryer will have to do. In this regard, the WTW5000DW stumbled a little bit. We like to see washers spin out around 50% of excess water, however this Whirlpool only removed 38% on average.
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