Whirlpool WED4915EW Dryer Review
Hampered by poor performance
The Whirlpool WED4915EW (MSRP $649) is an exceptionally affordable dryer with familiar features. It's a nostalgia trip, an anachronism. The reality isn't as kind as your memory, though: In our tests, most cycles got too hot, failed to remove enough moisture, or both.
Consumers looking for their mother's (or grandmother's) dryer will find it in the WED4915EW. If you're just searching for the cheapest dryer that still works, however, consider checking out the Hotpoint alternative.
Design & Usability
This Whirlpool's design could have time traveled from the 1960s. We saw only two splashes of color on this big, white box: the gray-tinted control panel and the gold halo around the Whirlpool logo.
We like the hamper-style door, which folds down to open. Users can simply dump wet laundry onto the open door and slide it into the drum. The overall design is similar to the pricier WED5000DW.
The WED4915EW's crank timers mean that manual Timed Dry cycles will usually run a littler longer or shorter than you might anticipate. Plus, without an estimated countdown clock, it's anyone's guess when a sensor-based cycle finishes.
The pullout lint trap is easy to clean, but the action of yanking it out of the top of the dryer often results in loose lint particles floating off into the air.
Performance & Features
High heat left us cold
Like the older WED5000DW, we found this new dryer erred on the hotter side, which is bad for clothes over time. Most cycles we tested peaked above 152°F—even the Delicate cycle set to the Low temperature setting. By comparison, the Delicate cycle on better machines rarely tops 110ºF.
Unfortunately, the added heat did not reduce cycle times, and that extra heat and tumbling could lead to premature clothes wear. What’s more, only the Normal test using the Energy Preferred cycle actually got our clothes 100% dry. That's fine for hardy fabrics, but not for delicates. Unless you dress like Jack Hanna, this dryer may not be for you.
Consumers looking for refined temperature control will not find it on the WED4915EW. Our tests didn’t reveal any substantial difference between high, medium, or low temp settings.
The only extra feature to speak of doesn’t even impact the actual drying cycle: When active, Wrinkle Shield will continue to tumble clothes periodically for up to 90 minutes after a cycle has concluded to prevent wrinkles from setting in.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Whirlpool provides a standard one-year parts and labor warranty. If the product should fail, or be damaged out of the box, the manufacturer will send a technician to repair or replace your unit.
An Underwhelming Entry
Low cost, and performance to match
If you're on a $500 budget and just need a big hot box to dry your clothes in, the Whirlpool WED4915EW is certainly worth a look. Even so, we'd recommend you keep shopping.
If you don’t mind the 4915's high heat and lack of features, you can find a machine that’s cheaper—like the Whirlpool-built, Home Depot exclusive Admiral AED4675YQ, which sells for $449. On the other hand, the Kenmore 81182 has an accessible interface and better drying performance for just $200 more.
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