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Technical Details

Brand Name Whirlpool
Model Info WTW4800XQ
Item Weight 132 pounds
Product Dimensions 26.3 x 27.2 x 43 inches
Item model number WTW4800XQ
Water Consumption 2 GPF
Noise 8 Sones
Installation Type Nail
Part Number WTW4800XQ
Form Factor top_loading
Special Features Removable
Color White
Standard Cycles 8
Access Location top_load
Voltage 2 volts
Wattage 45 watts
Fuel type electric
Capacity Name 3.4
Material Type Iron
Included Components Case
Batteries Included? Yes
Batteries Required? Yes
Battery Cell Type NiCAD
Description Pile AAA Rechargable
Average Battery Life 15 hours
Battery Capacity 25 milliamp_hours
Assembled Diameter 10 inches
Thickness 9 millimeters

Additional Information

ASIN B00471OP0E
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1.8 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

1.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,112 in Appliances (See top 100)
#365 in Appliances > Washers & Dryers > Washers
Shipping Weight 170.3 pounds
Date First Available August 27, 2010

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Product Description

Help protect your clothes with the Care Control temperature management system which helps to make sure the water is warm enough to dissolve detergent, but not hot enough to damage your clothes. Quiet Spin technology and unique suspension system also makes it great for upper-floor installation. Get excellent cleaning with the unique design of the Xtra Roll Action Plus agitator and know what portion of the cycle the washer is operating with the cycle status lights. Operating System Batteries Included Batteries Required Number of Batteries Battery Type Language Assembly Required

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Whirlpool WTW4800XQ Top-Loader Washer

I spent some time reviewing both Consumers Reports and customer reviews from Amazon and the like before purchasing a washer.

I noted a number of complaints about the new, "efficient" washers in general (not specifically Whirlpool):

1. They don't wash as clean
2. They don't rinse properly, leaving detergent residue on clothes
3. They wrinkle clothing during the new (much faster) spin cycle
4. They are noisy and take more time to do a load.

The main problem is that they all use less water than the old "Inefficient" washers, and the water they do use is cooler. Also, they often only "spin rinse" where they spin out the washing water and then spray in some fresh water while still spinning. (This is in place of a proper, old-fashioned rinse, where the clothes are agitated in a tub of fresh water.) All these changes (I won't call them improvements) are in order to save water and, more specifically, to save the energy used to heat the water. In addition, they spin much faster to get out more water so that you subsequently use less energy in the dryer.

Nice in theory, but the washing results often aren't as good.

My solution to this was to look for a washer with the most manual adjustments on it; and I chose to purchase the Whirlpool WTW4800XQ, having first READ THE MANUAL online. I discovered that, for lightly soiled clothes, I can (and do) use the "Casual Regular" cycle, which has a proper rinse instead of the spin rinse. This option also spins at a lower speed, causing less wrinkling. I can also choose my own water level. Thus, I'm basically back to how our old washer worked, with good results.
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WHIRLPOOL WTW4800XQ

Here is the breakdown.

THE' PROS:
Large capacity
Gets Clothes clean

THE' CONS:
*The overly sensitive computer
*The lid lock failure
*Tendency to go out of balance easily
*Holes in clothes
*Hot water valve may melt in time
*Chewed up several items in just a week.
*No hot water. (The machine will automatically add cold water to hot so you get cold or tepid water, not even warm). My hot water in July was 100 degrees. This is barely warm.My water temp is 148 degrees but machine will not allow you to use hot water or even warm water.
*No soak feature
*Not very quiet, makes strong computer noises. Some reviewers say it is like a hack saw. I don't think it is that bad but it is not quiet in a condo environment.
*USLESS 'Technical Dept. (Whirlpool tech dept seems to have no training. You might as well pull a girl off the register at your local market for help.)

I had read there were a few people who had trouble with the lid lock not working correctly. I thought it was just an oddball. I had to return the unit because the lid lock would not allow water into the machine as it kept locking and unlocking. (yes! the water was on!). The first load was fine. The second wash load the lid lock would not stop locking and unlocking after one hour. I'made sure the clothes were evenly balanced in the machine. So'I unplugged the machine and let it rest for 15 minutes. The same process happened again--I let the machine lock and unlock for an hour. I'unplugged it again and let it rest. Tried this several times over 24 hours to no avail. The store I bought the machine from sent a repairman. He did not fix it--the machine just happened to work.
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I combed through all the reviews I could find as to what type of washing machine to buy. I finally settled on this basic top-loader with an agitator as I had found too many complaints with the HE impellers and the front-loaders. I had had excellent results with my last 20 year-old Whirlpool and wanted to stick with this brand. I talked to my washer repair man when my old washer finally broke and he recommended a basic top-loader Whirlpool or Kenmore as his favorites because they have less repairs and are easy to repair if needed and last longer. He definitely didn't like the front-loaders and didn't like the HE top-loaders either. He stated they had more problems with them and they were expensive to fix. The mildew smell was also a problem. A trusted friend who sells appliances in Lowes stated that he has a Whirlpool and would recommend it also. Another sales person I trust also picked Whirlpool as his favorite brand. The machine is simple to operate and my clothes consistently come out clean, untangled and spin drier than my old washer. The lock was a little irritating to me at first because I have a habit of wanting to check to see whether the water level is okay and if I have enough detergent in the machine, but since the clothes are coming out clean, I will trust my new machine. The only drawback is that this machine does not have a soak cycle and you can't just stop the machine in midcycle to let the clothes soak. After 20 minutes, the machine will drain the water - even if you have the lid open. I have overcome this problem buy using a short cycle with my stain remover powder and then putting my whites through a regular cycle afterwards.

I find the machine relatively quiet and has a moderate wash time for a top-loader. I would definitely pick this washer again!
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