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Whirlpool WED96HEAW 7.4 cu. ft. Electric Dryer Review

An expensive machine that leaves something to be desired

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Introduction

The Whirlpool WED96HEAW Dryer is an efficient machine with very nice Normal and Delicate cycles. While its bells and whistles are plentiful and well chosen, some of those whistles don't whistle well at all. For example, the Quick Dry feature is indeed quick, a mere 13 minutes, but unless your plan is to quickly half-dry a load of laundry, perhaps this feature should be renamed, "Quick! Dry your clothes again because they're still damp!" The Bulky cycle is a bit of a broken bell too, necessitating the removal, fluffing, and replacement of a comforter midway through the cycle to ensure adequate drying.

Nevertheless, the desirable basic cycles that this $1449 MSRP dryer offers are enough to meet the average household need and a little more, with options like Sanitize and Steam Fresh. Although sale prices we found online lowered the cost to around $1,350, shoppers may want to opt for the little brother of this model, the WED94HEAW, which sells for about $150 less and matches almost exactly the WED96HEAW model. The difference? This WED96HEAW boasts a feature that Whirlpool calls a "SilentSteel" drum to lessen noise from metal items. Are your clothes laden with zippers, metal spikes, and hosts of giant buttons? Do your six infants sleep next to the laundry room? Well, perhaps this is for you.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Drying Speed & Performance
  4. Drying Features
  5. Controls & Usability
  6. Conclusion
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