Whirlpool Top Load Washer and Dryer [REVIEW]

Whirlpool Top Load Washer and Dryer [REVIEW]

Whirlpool has made modern family life easier by countless innovations since 1911. Whirlpool top load washers and dryers are designed to handle large loads to meet any family’s needs. Whirlpool has a laundry solution for every budget and household size.

Whirlpool’s belief of ‘doing the right thing’, not only is apparent through their commitment to improving how we do things at home, but also for their contribution to the community. They are involved with a number of charity and volunteering projects, and were the first appliance manufacturer to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.


Overview of Whirlpool Top Load Washers

Choosing the best washer and dryer set can be overwhelming among many similar looking appliances. Here is a quick overview of Whirlpool top load washers:

Value Model, 3.5 cu. ft. WTW4616FW Whirlpool top load washer with Dual Action Agitator, Deep Water Wash Option in white. Available with Electric or Gas Gas dryers without Steam assistance.

Base model, 4.3 cu. ft. WTW5000DW top load washer with Quick Wash, 12 cycles in white. Available with Electric or Gas without steam dryers.

Deluxe model, 5.3 cu. ft. High-Efficiency (HE) WTW8000DW top load washer with Adaptive Wash Technology, Intuitive Touch Controls in white. Available with Electric or Gas without steam dryers.

Premium model, 5.3 cu. ft. High-Efficiency (HE) WTW8700EC top load washer with Smart Phone Controls in chrome shadow. Available with Electric wed8700ec or Gas wgd8700ec with steam dryers.

Specialty model, Commercial Grade top load washers with or without Coin Operation and Deep-Water Wash System: CAE2795FQ (non-coin) and CAE2745FQ (coin).

Agitator vs High Efficiency Top Load Washers

When deciding on top load washing machines, it’s important to note the differences between agitator and HE machines. Agitator top load washers have a familiar technology where a central post rubs against clothes to remove and rinse away dirt. High efficiency (HE) washer utilize an impeller that spins and rotates to rub clothes against each other to get them clean.

Typically, agitator top load washing machines tend to be less expensive, have shorter cycle times, use more water and can be tough on fabric. HE washing machines are the more expensive option, more efficient in terms of water and energy usage and gentle on fabric. The higher spin rates on HE washers equate to shorter drying times, which means more time savings for you.

What We Expect From Modern Top Load Washer and Dryer?

When buying a washer and dryer for the first time, or upgrading what you currently have, you’ll no doubt have certain expectations on what your new appliance will give you.

The main reasons why you must consider buying a Whirlpool top load washer and dryer are:

1) Cleaning Performance

Exceptional cleaning performance is always the number one expectation when buying a new washer. After all, if it doesn’t do its job, then it can pretty much be rendered useless.

Whirlpool understands this and ensures that all of their washers are fitted with only the best technology and features to ensure that your clothes come out clean with every wash. One feature to note is the Deep Water Wash, which adds extra water to the cycle to help break down soils and stains and easily remove them.


You’ll also be pleased to know that Whirlpool washers ensure that colors last thanks to the ColorLast™ option. Your clothes are washed at the just the right temperature for the right duration, so clothes can stay as colorful as the first day you bought them.

Most typical high-efficiency washers take around 80 minutes to complete a cycle. It’s good to know that Whirlpool washers have quick wash cycles that can effectively clean a load in less than 30 minutes, using less water and increased spin speeds. This feature can save you a lot of time when you are in a rush.

2) Energy Efficiency

WhirlpoolWhirlpool top load washers are known for low energy consumption, meaning that your washing costs are lower and you’ll save money on your bills. Their mid-high-end top load washers exceed minimum Energy Star requirements so less water and electricity are used.

3) Top Load vs Front Load Washers

Making the decision between a top load and front load washer is a personal choice, with each having their own pros and cons.

Front load washers generally have a greater capacity so are ideal for larger families. They are also a great choice for when space is at a premium and you’d prefer to have a stackable washer and dryer together. Even though they usually conserve more water and energy, front load washers do come with a higher price tag upfront.

For detailed information on front load washers, you may want to look at our best compact washer dryer guide.

Top load washers work well in homes that have the space to have a dryer and washer separate. They are easier to load and unload laundry since you don’t need to bend down to reach inside. They do cost less upfront, but due to the presence of agitators or impellers, capacity is smaller, and fewer clothes fit inside.

4) Noise

There’s nothing worse than a noisy washing machine that you can only put on when you leave the house. Whirlpool washers include sound absorbing material and a compact motor that runs around the wash drum. Thanks to the Quiet Wash Ultra Noise Reduction System, you can place your washer anywhere you want in the house and put on a load at any time of day without disturbance.

5) Size, Configuration & Ergonomics

One of the most important features of top load washers is that they are ergonomic so you do not have to bend down close to the ground as you load or unload clothes. You can easily reach your clothes at the very bottom of the machine while standing.

You can place the Whirlpool top load washer and dryer side by side in your laundry room. Width of each washer and dryer generally vary between 27″ and 27 1/2″ each. What we notice is that manufacturer are going bigger in size each year. Budget about 28″ for depth and between 40 1/4″ and 44″ for height of the back controls (keep in mind the lid is approximately 21″ high in open position).

For space planning purposes it is a good idea to reserve 4″ to 6″ in the back for hoses and vent kit. Also, manufacturers usually recommend leaving about 1″ space between the washer and the dryer on side by side installations.

6) Connectivity

As we rely more on more on Wi-Fi and technological advancements to help us in our every day lives, connectivity in our appliances is an important feature. Whirlpool gives us flexibility thanks to a mobile application that acts as a remote control for your washer. You can use the app to start and stop cycles, as well as choosing your preferred cycle even if you are away from the house.

Amazon Replenishment is another great feature that relies on Wi-Fi connectivity in Whirlpool washers. By synching the Whirlpool app with your Amazon account, an order will automatically be placed for you when you are running low on laundry supplies. This gives you one less thing to think about and ensures that you always have detergent on hand.

Energy costs differ over the course of a day, so wouldn’t it be great to know when the right times to minimize energy consumption costs are? Thanks to Nest Learning Thermostat™ Integration, you’ll know when energy costs are below average so you can decrease your electricity bill.

Whirlpool offers customized cycles for anything you need, ensuring the best care and wash performance of your clothes. As new cycles are released, you can download these through your mobile app. Or, you can create your own unique cycle.

Whirlpool Terminology Explained

We’ve already mentioned some terms that give you an idea about the features of Whirlpool washers, so let’s have a closer look at what those terms mean and the benefits of each feature.

Adaptive Wash Technology: This is a core technology shared across all Whirlpool washers since 2014. It senses the needs of each load and adapts water levels and wash actions for improved cleaning and gentle care. Your clothes will always look their best and colors will stay vibrant even after many washes.

This technology has been used across all Whirlpool washers since 2014 to ensure that clothes look their best and colors stay vibrant even after numerous washers. The feature improves cleaning and gentle care by sensing the needs of each load and adapting water levels and wash actions accordingly.

Precision Dispense: Shared across Whirlpool washers, this important feature ensures that detergent and fabric softener are released only at the correct time during a cycle for optimal fabric care.

ColorLast™ Option: By washing with gentle temperatures at just the right timing, your vividly colored clothes will always look fresh and new – no need to worry about colors fading.

Deep Water Wash Cycle: By filling the washer to the maximum water level, extra water helps to break down and rinse away loose soils. This feature fights stubborn stains for cleaner looking clothes.

Steam Clean Option: Steam Clean is a brilliant stain-fighting feature as it penetrates fabrics to soften and break down stains and deep soils. With increased wash action, rinsing, and heat, even the most difficult of stains will have a better chance of coming out.

Quick Wash Cycle: By using a small amount of water and increased spin speeds, you can have clean clothes in less than 30 minutes. This saves you a lot of time when you’d prefer not to wait for a typical 80-minute cycle time.

Time Saving Active Spray: This technology ensures better cleaning and helps to remove even those tough stains that you didn’t think you could get out. The Active Spray evening sprays your load with water and detergent and removes the need to pretreat your clothes before a cycle.

Oxi Dispense Option: This releases oxygenated additives to improve cleaning performance.

Quiet Wash Ultra Noise Reduction System: You no longer need to be concerned about the noise of your washer. Thanks to this feature you can place it anywhere you want in the house, without worrying about how the sound is going to affect your family’s activities. Sound absorbing material and a motor running around the wash drum eliminate rotational washer sounds.

Built-In Water Faucet: This faucet positioned in the interior of the washer helps you to prewash your clothes and remove easy stains before starting a cycle.


Laundry Alerts and Diagnostic Tool: The Whirlpool app comes with the Laundry Alerts function to let you know if there is something wrong with your machine such as an unbalanced load or a detergent overfill. These issues can alert you on your phone so you can attend to the problem. The diagnostic tool helps you understand and use your washer more effectively by providing step-by-step instructions and ‘how to’ videos.


EasyView™ Frameless Glass Lid with Slow-Close Technology: Don’t risk waking the kids up by closing the washer lid. This technology closes the lid slowly and quietly, and also allows you to see inside the washer in case you forget what you are washing.

Intuitive Touch Controls with Memory: This function helps you come up customized cycles and remembers your previous preferences.

Let’s also look at some of the features found only in Whirlpool dryers:


Wrinkle Shield™ Option with Steam: This feature uses steam to ensure the absence of wrinkles. A great option for those who hate ironing.

Sanitize cycle: 99.9% of common household bacteria is eliminated, so your family can stay healthy.

Our 3 Best Top Load Whirlpool Washer Models

1) Best Value Top Load Whirlpool Washer: Whirlpool WTW4855HW

Whirlpool WTW4855HW

The WTW4855HW is a superb value model that gives you 3.5 cu. ft. capacity and 12 wash cycles. It includes Deep Water Wash to break down loose soils by using more water, and Water Level Selection to ensure the right amount of water is used for your load size. If you forget an item of clothing after you turn the washer on, the Add-a-Garment feature gives you extra time before the spin cycle starts to throw it in.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the 7.0 cu ft WED4850HW (electric) or WGD4850HW (gas) dryer.


2) Best Entry-Level Whirlpool Washer: Whirlpool WTW5000DW

Whirlpool WTW4855HW

The 4.3 cu. ft. capacity WTW5000DW washer gives you all the features of the WTW4616FW listed above plus more useful features to make doing laundry even easier. As well as 12 wash cycles, you have the Presoak option which helps remove even the toughest of stains through a 30-minute soaking period before the cycle starts. Load Sensing determines exactly how much water is needed to clean your load efficiently while conserving water and money. Need a short cycle? The Quick Wash Cycle takes less than 30 minutes and is ideal for little soiled clothes that you need in a hurry.

Check out the 7.0 cu ft WED5000DW (electric) or WGD5000DW (Gas) for a perfect dryer partner for this washing machine.


3) Best Smart Wifi Whirlpool Washer: Whirlpool WTW8120HW

Whirlpool WTW8120HW

Our favorite in the deluxe model range from Whirlpool is the WTW8120HW, which has all features of the model above plus plenty more to get excited about. This 5.3 cu. ft. capacity washer is great for families who need to do a lot of washing, and with 26 cycles, there is one for every laundry situation that might arise.

Extra features not found in the lower end models include Adaptive Wash Technology with Active Bloom™ Wash Action and ColorLast™ Option. These two combined ensure that your clothes look newer for longer by caring for fabrics and vibrant colors. This washer can be placed anywhere in your home and used at any time thanks to the Quiet Wash Ultra Noise Reduction System because operational sounds are kept to a minimum and disturbance to your family is eliminated. You can also save money on your energy bills since this is an ENERGY STAR Certified product.


We understand Whirlpool’s motto of ‘getting it right’, as they certainly do. Whirlpool washers and dryers are designed to appeal to a wide range of customers who know the value of energy saving machines and perfectly clean clothes. No matter if you are looking at a base model or a deluxe model, you know that you are going to be getting a quality machine with high performance that will care for your clothes with each and every wash. And, it is reassuring that this all-American brand manufactures their products right here at home.

If you are interested in learning more about any of Whirlpool’s laundry appliances, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Designer Appliances. We are happy to assist you by phone or online, or we welcome you to drop by our showroom if you are in the New Jersey area.

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SIDENOTE. This post was last modified on December 17, 2020. However, we regularly update our content as we test more products and new models are released. We also listen to the feedback of our customers and make changes to our product recommendations based on their experiences. So don’t be surprised if you see some old comments below! Since reader comments contribute to the topic, we have decided not to delete them.

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