I am so excited to be one of fifty Whirlpool Moms featured in featured in a test-drive program. During the next four months, IÃ¢â‚¬™ll be testing the Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer and sharing my experiences with you.
Ten days ago, I got a new washer and dryer. To call them a washer and dryer is a flat understatement. I got new Jetsons-style computers that magically clean my clothes.
The Whirlpool Duet washer senses how full the drum is and adjusts the amount of water needed accordingly. It’s got seventy bajillion different specialty cycles, allowing me to choose allergen-friendly, heavy duty, kidswear, pillows, and more.
The dryer senses how wet the clothes are, allowing me to choose more dry, normal dry, or less dry, and it turns itself off when the clothes have reached the appropriate level. It also has specialty cycles that match those on the washer.
Using these super fancy appliances is not at all like doing laundry. It’s like throwing my clothes into a computer.
And I. love. every. minute.
The evening after our new washer and dryer were installed, Joe, Grace, Allie, and I sat on the floor of our laundry room, watching clothes tumble around and around in the washer and dryer.
I’m still perplexed and amazed.
For example, the washer doesn’t fill up. There’s no visible water pooling in the bottom of the drum. I don’t understand how how the Whirlpool Duet gets my diapers – cloth diapers, diapers smelling foul from dried ammonia, diapers still caked with baby poop – cleaner than my old top-loading washing machine that used a drum full of water. The fabric isn’t sticky or stained when the washer is finished, either; the diapers are cleaner than I’ve ever seen.
I have used some of the specialty features on my diapers, and I think that contributes to the extra cleaning power. There is a sanitize feature that heats the water to a level that kills 99.9% of the bacteria present, so I use that. I also use the deep cleaning feature on the heavy duty cycle.
Ready for another example?
A few weeks ago, one of the cats peed on Grace’s pink piggy. She was really upset, and I put pink piggy with the laundry, hoping to find a solution that did not involved throwing pink piggy away. I felt guilty every time I saw pink piggy sitting beside my ever-present pile o’ laundry in the basement (though I’m not sure why because I did not pee on the stuffed animal), but I avoided doing anything about it.
The second load of laundry that I did with my new washer and dryer involved pink piggy and her cousin, pink puppy (who also smelled of cat pee). I put them in the washer with some soap and turned it on the pillow cycle.
After washing and drying, pink piggy and pink puppy smelled great, looked clean, and were back in business, sleeping with Grace every night.
I was afraid the washing machine would rip pink piggy limb from limb.
The only drawback of my new washer is that it takes a long time to wash. Because it uses so little water, the machine needs to agitate (or whatever the magic is called). The heavy duty, deep cleaning, sanitize cycle I use for my diapers takes 2 hours and 38 minutes, according to the computerized display. It’s not a huge deal since I do only one or two loads of laundry per day, but it is something to note.
I wrote this review while participating in a test-drive campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool and received a complimentary Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer to facilitate my review.
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