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on November 10, 2006
This little wonder is as wonderful as Whirlpool ("WP") keeps insisting.
Now let me first say that every washing machine I have ever owned has been a WP - so there is some loyalty there. But bias aside, this machine delivers.
The 'space age' console that lit up like a Christmas tree was impressive enough, but WP added ease of operation. Use the pre-set wash cycles (turn the knob) or modify each to your liking (press the up and down buttons at each selection) - poetry in motion. One CAVEAT - I have not yet tried to programme a delayed wash, so I don't know how easy that is. The instructions in the manual seemed simple enough though.
LARGE TUB: The stainless steel tub is deceptively large. When I first looked in I noted the absence of the agitator but still I thought it wasn't as large as had been advertised. Then I put in what was in my old machine a "medium" load. My medium load became an extra small. What joy!
WATER SAVING: They do not lie! No more clothes swimming (pun) in water. This washer 'measures/weighs' the clothing (ain't technology wonderful?) and adds just enough water to the clothes to clean them. I was counting the savings (and apparently saving a tree in the Amazon) as I sat in fascination and watched my clothes wash. (Love the see through lid by the way).
CLEANING RESULTS: Clean the clothes it did. My whites were clean and fresh.
LOTS OF CYCLES: To suit every need. The BULKY ITEMS cycle is a gem.
LID LOCK: The lid locks as soon as you press the Start button. You can pause during any cycle by pressing the Pause/Cancel button once (twice will cancel the wash), then pressing Start to continue.
FEATURES: Too many to adequately expound on here. I love the THREE DISPENSERS - detergent (only high efficiency liquid or powder), liquid bleach and fabric softener. The end-of-cycle ALERT is indispensable and can be turned off, soft or loud. The machine is QUIET. Capital QUIET. Amazingly QUIET! (which is why you really need the end-of-cycle alert). The DRAIN AND SPIN cycle is great for those times when you start a wash and can't finish. The CLEAN MACHINE cycle - also a keeper.
The machine has a pleasing design and despite greater capacity and features, seems to take up less floor space than my older model washer.
I personally suggest using a surge suppressor with this washer simply because so many of the features are computerised and it is a large investment (would be a shame to watch it go down in flames).
I haven't had it long enough to comment on energy savings, but for every other reason cited above (and more), I fully recommend this washer.