by Billie Kane
Whirlpool Estate One Speed Automatic Washer. 1/2 hp, 7 cycle, 110 volt machine. This washer is top-load machine with a double action agitator and self-cleaning filter. This machine is approximately 5 years old and has given me no problems whatsoever. It has three settings for the type of wash/rinse cycle to use - Permanent Press, Normal or Gentle. Load sizes are Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.
There are four temperature settings for each cycle. My model is white and is very solidly made. The top door hinges well and tilts back to a safe angle for easy loading of the drum. Adjustable plastic feet at the bottom insure proper leveling of the washer prior to start-up.
I have found no walking across the floor even when it has been loaded improperly. It is a very quiet machine as well. The only slightly unpleasant noise is when the machine cycles from Rinse to Spin mode. For the Spin cycle, the rotational drum speed needs to be increased substantially.
The motor is engaged to the drum after the motor has reached a pre-determined speed for the Spin cycle. An abrupt clutch clank can be heard for a second during engagement. Otherwise, a very quiet machine. Drum size is very good tho it could be a tad larger. A maximum load might be a blanket and perhaps 3 pair of slacks.
Time for completion of a load is approximately 20 minutes going from Wash to the end of the Spin cycle. Just a great machine and I would buy another just like it.
- Abrupt clutch clank at beginning of Spin cycle. - Drum size could be larger.
An overall rating for this washer with 5 being the maximum would be 4.