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.
Approximately four weeks ago, I became the proud owner of a Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer. I said then that these machines are more like computers than washing machines; they still do.
I said then that I sometimes sit and watch them working; I still do. They are completely amazing.
I love my washer and dryer so much that I should add laundry to my 100 Things I Enjoy list.
I can’t help but quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
10 Reasons I Love my Whirlpool Duet Washer & Dryer
- When it’s done, it plays a little tune. My old washer had no signal at all. I had to stand at the top of the stairs, demand quiet in the room, and hold my breath to listen closely for its whoosh-whoosh-whooshing, and sometimes, it fooled me by pausing in between filling and spinning. My old dryer had a signal so loud and obnoxious that I’d rather my car’s horn sounded to signal the end of the drying. It was loud enough to wake my kids from slumber.
My fancy new Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer play a charming and happy ditty of four notes. I love that they sing to me to tell me that they’re finished. The song is loud enough to hear in most of the house, but quiet enough not to rouse my sleeping baby.
- It’s awesomely technical and wonderfully simple at the same time. These machines would please even the geekiest of geeks. I love all of the choices that allow me to customize the washing and drying to whatever I’ve thrown in – water temperature, spin speed, deep clean, presoak, steam or no steam, type of fabric, type of items, do you want fries with that?, how about a lemonade?.
Okay, there are no fries and no drinks, but it has just about every other option a laundry nerd could ever want. At the same time, it’s simple to use. The on-screen menu guides you through each and every decision, and offers More Info at every step. Even someone like me who prefers to stuff the machine with whatever is dirty can get great results just by telling it what’s inside.
- The washer and dryer match. I have a long history of being uptight when things don’t match. Of course the outside of the washer and dryer match, but even better, the cycles match. Precisely. If you use the kidswear cycle on the washer, you use the kidswear cycle on the dryer. Synthetic linens cycle on the washer? Synthetic linens cycle on the dryer. It couldn’t be easier.
- It measures the detergent for you. I suspect Joe uses too much soap. He uses too much soap in the shower (Seriously. There’s not that much of him to wash; I don’t get the soap usage.), and I think he uses too much detergent in the laundry. My new washer has a Precision Dispense well that gets filled to the top once and then measures exactly how much liquid detergent it needs for each of the next twenty cycles. Is that amazing or what? I don’t have to worry about Joe going overboard on the bottle any more!
- I can put a lot of stuff in there. The drum of the washer is so big that I can stuff the entire contents of my laundry chute in with room to spare. Score! I thought my old machine had a big capacity, but my new one is bigger.
- No more air drying the diaper covers. The spin cycle on my new washer is phenomenal. It gets more water out of the clothes than I ever thought possible, and our cloth diaper covers come out of the washer dry enough to use. I just can’t get over that. I no longer have to wait for diaper covers to dry or shorten their lifespan by drying them in the dryer.
- It sounds like an airplane. If you’ve ever flown, you probably know the sound that the engines make when they begin to spin, just as the plane is picking up speed to take flight. I like that sound. My washing machine makes it during the spin cycle. It starts slow, just like an airplane, and it gets faster and faster and I think it’s so cool. I smile every time I hear it. Being a stay-at-home-mom is thrilling.
- They are quiet. Aside from the airplane noise that I love so much, my Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer are astonishingly quiet. There’s no bang-bang-banging noise when Joe puts too many pairs of blue jeans on one side of the drum. There’s no whoosh-banging when it spins, not even a water running noise when it fills. It’s just quiet, leaving me to listen to the cats fighting or cartoons wailing.
- Warning: Your washing machine needs to be cleaned. Last week, my washer told me to clean it. Seriously! I never, ever cleaned my old washing machine. I didn’t know I was supposed to. It makes sense, though, because I have a kid who plays intensely, a baby who spits up, crawls on the floor, and desires to feed herself, and a husband who works with dirt. Our washing machine sees a lot of gunk, and now I know that it needs to be cleaned.
I wonder if it can teach my refrigerator and toilet to speak up when they need a freshening.
- They are pretty. Made from sparkly stainless steel, my new washer and dryer fancy up my otherwise icky laundry room. Using them makes me feel cool, even though that is most decidedly not true.
Can you say that you love your washer and dryer?
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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