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Whirlpool Frontloading Washer Spin Out!

Reviewing: Whirlpool Duet Sport  |  Rating:
circusmama By circusmama on
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We finally gave in and bought a new washer and dryer after old Shredder/Scorcher started threatening to burn down our house. After doing a lot of research, we decided to get the Whirlpool Duet Sport. It is rated Energy efficient and uses a lot less water than the traditional top-loaders. However, we have run into a few nagging issues.

Our basement floor slopes a good deal, and the adjustable feet unfortunately do not adjust enough for us to make the washer anywhere close to level. Instead, we've had to settle for shimmying the front legs up with blocks of wood. The problem with this arises during the spin cycle. The washer is set to spin at a very high speed in order to drain the water completely (which in itself is a nice feature). Unfortunately, it vibrates the washer to the point that within one or two loads, it has worked its way off the blocks. If you set the spin speed lower, it does not do this, but the water does not drain completely. Currently we are trying blocks covered with strips of rubber to see if that will keep it in place.

The other problem that I've run across is the accumulation of water in the front seal. There is a deep crevice that water remains in after the load is finished (it also has the tendency to catch baby socks). I've read that others have had problems with mildew building up because of this, so I'm careful to wipe it out after I'm done with laundry for the day. This particular washing machine does have a self-cleaning cycle to address the mildew issue.

This was the smallest size of the Whirlpool series, but I've found it to be fine in our day to day usage. Our queen size comforter does fit in the washer, which is the biggest thing I would wash.

If I could go back in time, I'm not sure I would buy this again. If we had a laundry room with level floors, it would probably be okay, but as of now, it's been more of a hassle than anything else. I'm waiting to receive my next water bill to see if the savings in water and electricity has been all that was promised.