Whirlpool 90HE Series Dryer Review
A great dryer, but not as good a value.
About the Whirlpool WED90HEFC
The WED90HEFC features Whirlpool’s Chrome Shadow finish, which is a fancy way of saying gray. The electric model has a $1,199 MSRP, which is about $100 more than the white electric version and $100 cheaper than the gas model with Chrome Shadow finish.
About the Whirlpool WGD90HEFC
Consumers with a gas hookup can consider with WGD90HEFC, which sports Whirlpool’s special Chrome Shadow finish. (It’s gray, folks.) It’s $100 more expensive than both the gas model with a basic white finish, and the Chrome Shadow model with an electric hookup.
About the Whirlpool WED90HEFW
The electric WED90HEFW is the cheapest model in the series, featuring a standard white finish. With an $1,099 MSRP, it’s $100 cheaper than both the electric Chrome Shadow model, and the white gas version.
About the Whirlpool WGD90HEFW
The cheapest gas entry in the series is the WGD90HEFW, which has an MSRP of $1,199. It’s $100 more than the white electric version, and $100 cheaper than the gas model with Whirlpool’s fancy Chrome Shadow finish.
The Whirlpool 90HE (MSRP $1,099-$1,299) series is the newest set of dryers from the Michigan-based manufacturer. Despite its position as the new top-of-the-line Whirlpool, it’s actually a fairly run-of-the-mill dryer.
Featuring steam and a 7.4 cu. ft. drum, plus advanced moisture sensing and four baffles that Whirlpool says will untangle your clothes, it has what you'd expect for a dryer that costs around $700. Unfortunately, this machine costs between $900 to $1,075 on sale—depending on whether you choose white or Chrome Shadow, gas or electric. That's just too high for what this machine has (or doesn’t have) to offer. It feels like an unasked-for update to an older model—one that we think is a better value at just $720.
Throw in the fact that you can buy a similar-featured machine from Samsung that only costs $599, or Electrolux's new flagship for the same price, and the 90HE suddenly seems less attractive—even in Chrome Shadow.
Read our full review of this dryer's matching washer, the Whirlpool WFW90HE.
Design & Features
Whirlpool hasn’t really done anything to update the design for the 90HE. This 7.4-cu.-ft. dryer comes in either basic white (as the WED90HEFW in electric or in gas as the WGD90HEFW) or a gray tint Whirlpool calls Chrome Shadow (as the WED90HEFC in white or the WGD90HEFC in gas). Interestingly, a rust-proof stainless drum is only available on the gas version.
We thought that the dryer's curves soften its unavoidable boxiness. Blue lights highlight the cycles or features that are selected, and we found all text easy to read.
A list of eight cycles provides useful functionality without cluttering up the interface, especially since one of those cycles is Sanitize. With only four temperature settings and three dryness levels, however, this Whirlpool isn’t quite as flexible as many comparable machines. The feature list is pretty slim, too—but does include Steam and power-saving EcoBoost functionality for consumers who want them.
It does just what you’d expect
We spent three days drying test loads in this machine. On the whole, we had no major issues with this dryer’s performance: Normal was too hot for delicates, but fine for average loads. Delicates was plenty cool, and both cycles managed to remove all excess moisture from our test load.
Quick Dry is best suited to very small loads—a soccer uniform, or a shirt and skirt—and wasn’t quite able to tackle our 4-lb. test load. Bulky, too, couldn't dry our large comforter without the help of a mid-cycle flip. That said, both of these issues are common for all dryers, and didn’t come as any surprise.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
A basic warranty is pretty standard for a dryer: one year limited parts and labor coverage is what you get for this machine.
Save Your Money
Spend less money for something just as good
We don’t have anything against Whirlpool’s new 90HE series of dryers. They look good, feel good, and dry clothes well.
However, we can't understand why they cost so much. Even a $900 sale price for the white, electric version is too much compared to other models on the market today that are just as good.
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