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Whirlpool Cabrio WTW7300DW Washing Machine Review

Taking the guess work out of laundry.

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There is a variation of the Whirlpool Cabrio WTW7300DW called the WTW7300DW. It is very similar to the Whirlpool Cabrio WTW7300DW in most respects.

Laundry's a chore. As with any laborious task, the easier you can make it, the better. That's what the 4.8-cu.-ft. Whirlpool Cabrio WTW73000DW (MSRP $899) is all about.

Like all new Whirlpool washers, it features the brand's new Intuitive Touch Controls, divided into two self-explanatory sections: "What to Wash" and "How to Wash." By streamlining your washer, Whirlpool hopes you can clean more effectively and efficiently.

True, it's not perfect: The WTW7300DW isn't as efficient as some other new washers, plus it tends to suffer from long-ish cycles during the more rigorous settings. Still, if you think that washers should do more to make your laundry interaction more sensible, the WTW7300DW is worth checking out.

To read our full review of this washer's matching dryer, the Cabrio WED7300DW, click here.

Design & Usability

You need the right mindset

When we reviewed the flagship WTW8500DC last year, we concluded its $1,299 MSRP was too high. Sure, it looked pretty and performed well, but the Intuitive Touch Controls didn't make enough of a difference to merit the expense over the competition.

With its smaller price tag—and size—the WTW7300DW is a more sensible choice, and can compete more directly with similar models. Consumers who like to have some control over their laundry cycles, but become overwhelmed by industry jargon (just what is Permanent Press, anyway?) will appreciate the interface on this mid-range washer.

What to Wash
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The WTW7300DW has a system that asks What to Wash and How to Wash it. View Larger

While the control layout looks intuitive, the actual touch-sensitive buttons can be finicky. Once you get used to the two-stage selection process and questionable responsiveness, only then will the controls become second-nature. Based on standard use patterns, the Quick and Normal options on the How to Wash side are probably what you'll gravitate toward most often.

If you've never followed the instructions on your clothing labels because they're just too difficult to translate into Washer-ese, or if your kids use your machine's complicated dial as an excuse for skipping out on chores, the controls on the WTW7300DW might be perfect. If you're accustomed to traditional dial controls, however, it may take some time to adjust.

Performance & Features

Focused on technology

Of all the washers we've tested, there are similarly priced ones that removed more stains and ones that removed fewer. Based purely on performance, the WTW7300DW is firmly in the middle of the pack.

Against specific stains, the WTW7300DW handled cocoa and blood stains most effectively. Removing protein-based stains (like blood) means a washer needs to add water that's been heated to the right temperature at just the right time. Add the hot water too early and proteins will get "cooked" onto the fabric. If a washer waits too long, the stain just won't come out.

How to Wash
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With the How to Wash options, you can quickly wash a load of whites. View Larger

We found the Mixed Cycle, set to Normal with the soil level turned all the way up, removed the most stains. The tradeoff is time: This cycle will eat up an hour and 16 minutes. When we knocked down the soil level one pip, stain removal dropped by 7%, but it also shaved 23 minutes off the cycle time.

We also tried out the Quick option paired with the Mixed setting. It brought a 53-minute cycle down to 34 minutes, and still got some stains out. As far as time-saving measures go, that's not bad.

The biggest drawback of the WTW7300DW is its water usage. It's not as thirsty as a traditional top loader, but it's not the most efficient model on the market, either. Based on national electricity cost and use patterns, we estimate this Cabrio will cost you around $51 a year to run—most of that going to the water bill.

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

Warranty

The Whirlpool Cabrio WTW7300DW is covered by a one-year limited warranty. This warranty covers parts and labor for any failures caused by damage or defects incurred prior to purchase. If your washer needs to be replaced, the warranty will not be renewed for the replacement unit.

Middle of the Road

Look beyond the tech

Design
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A smooth design with no sharp corners View Larger

Does the WTW7300DW make it easier to do your laundry? Well, this Cabrio definitely takes the guesswork out of cycle selection, and it's easier for your kids to use. But if you're buying this washer to replace another, the new system might take some getting used to.

The other question you need to ask is whether it will clean your clothes. In that regard, we can say the WTW7300DW does a fair job in relation to what you pay for it. If you've owned a mid-range top-load washing machine before, you'll know what you're getting. This is a washer that's good at removing food stains, but lacks an internal water heater to tackle heavy-duty jobs.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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