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Whirlpool Thin Twin

by Lisa Randall
(Millbrae, CA, USA)

Living in a small condo, size is always an issue when it comes to appliances. I've owned the Whirlpool Thin Twin for about four years now, and had initially been fairly happy with its performance.


Its tall, sleek size fits perfectly in my laundry closet, and isn't so tall that I can't reach my laundry products on the top. Since the capacity is pretty small, the dryer dries my clothes quickly. In addition to living in a small condo, I live up three flights of stairs and had no problems getting the unit up and in place.

My problems with the washer / dryer combo began about one year ago. I noticed the washer making loud noises and banging against the wall when I put any type of medium to large load in. When the washer was stopped, it looked like the interior tub was leaning to one side, no doubt contributing to the banging against the wall.

I had a repair technician come out to look at the problem, and he said the machine was not broken, however, one of the braces was damaged. He repaired the brace and taped a kitchen sponge on the interior of the washer where it was hitting, and said to do small loads. It seemed to work for a while, but I'm still having problems with the banging if I put any jeans or other heavy items in the washer.

Overall, I am happy with the unit, but disappointed that I have to be so careful with the amount of clothing I can wash at once. The chassis is so narrow, that any leaning causes the tub to hit the wall. I end up doing far more frequent amounts of loads which can be wasteful. The dryer, however, has been wonderful. It dries quickly, has an easy to clean filter, and can take a decent sized load.




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Aug 13, 2015
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whirlpool thin twin GREATEST NEW
by: beetlemama

I've owned the Whirlpool Thin Twin since 1992, and this week had just the fourth service call in all those years. Unfortunately, the $400-500 repair estimate was too high for a 23 year old washer, so we set out to buy a new one, same model. Very happy to report that we found one at a "scratch and dent" store for $799. Retail $1199-1399. Can't wait to get my new Thin Twin.

Jul 22, 2012
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Detergent - type and amount to use?
by: Anonymous

I just got my Thin Twin to replace a similar GE unit I had for 20+ years. Is there a certain brand of detergent I should use for this machine? Does liquid work better than powder or tablet? I noticed the product is, "Energy Guide Related" but does that mean the detergent must be "high efficiency"? Thanks in advance for your response.

Jan 22, 2012
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No location for putting the detergent on this machine?
by: Anonymous

how do you use this washer-dryer combo machine? I mean where do you put the detergent/soap? any tips from anyone? It looks so simple but I'm to this type of machine.

Jan 21, 2012
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separating for moving
by: Anonymous

We need to get the thin twin out of our basement to move it to our son's house.

The problem is that it is so heavy, awkward and top heavy.

Is it possible to separate the units for moving?

Oct 23, 2011
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Best we ever bought.
by: Carol

I LOVE this machine. I've had it for NINETEEN years and this is the very first time I am looking for information on it online. The dryer is making a loud rattling noise and I am so afraid its time to retire the machine. :(
If we have to get another one, it WILL be a Whirlpool Thin Twin.

Jun 25, 2011
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Noisy on spin cycle
by: Anonymous

Has anyone else experienced a high pitched sound during the spin cycle?

Feb 09, 2011
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Same problem - fixed today
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem for the last 2 weeks. I pulled on the central agitator and it came up. There was a big build up of lint inside. Cleaned it. The cap of the central agitator also can be pulled out (use a small screwdriver). In my case there wasn't much lint there.
In addition, I cleaned the machine using a cup of vinegar and running one cycle.

Feb 06, 2011
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Lint Trap
by: Anonymous

The lint trap in the washing machine is under the center post thing - in the middle of the basin. Lift it up and there is one there. Then there is another under the cap of the center console.

Oct 13, 2010
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lint covered clothes
by: Anonymous

We only use the washer half of our Thin Twin, drying the clothes outdoors. Our clothes are covered with lint. Many washers have a lint trap in the washing machine. Not so the Thin Twin. Is there a way to remedy this situation?

Sep 07, 2010
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Problem whirlpool thin twin combo
by: Anonymous

I have problems with my whirlpool thin twin combo the dryer tends to run a bit hotter than others but it was stop by self every 10-15 minute and i have to wait for cool down dryer my cloths are not dry and after cool down i can start - even when "low" is selected.this is the problem i have if any one can help plz email me ditayl@hotmail.com

Thank you

Jun 05, 2010
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lint trap
by: Anonymous

where is the lint trao?

Feb 10, 2010
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Great space saver
by: RJ

Currently I own a Whirlpool Thin Twin washer & dryer combo set and I truly have enjoyed owning this product. It has made my life much easier and is a big space saver which is a huge plus.

I bought this washer dryer combo unit at a Sears store a few years back, somewhere around the year 2000 when my old washer and dryer finally gave out.

What is really nice about this unit is that it's a all in one stand up unit where the dryer is mounted right above the washer unit.

It's really does save on space. It only measures six feet tall, two feet wide and about two feet in depth. It can be placed anywhere in a room because it has no gas hook ups.

All you need is an outlet and a supply of water to run your washer. It has run great since I have owned it. I did have to replace a motor belt once for the washer but was easier to do as I did it myself.

The downside of this unit is you can only run one or the other at a time. For instance you can not wash and dry your clothes at the same time.

It also is not made for large loads of laundry as well. It's great for someone living on there own and space is an issue and I would not recommend this unit for a large family but I'm sure there are other models made for such the case.

Overall this product runs great and I would recommend this Whirlpool product to anyone looking for some extra space in their home or apartment or even a condo.

It also uses very little water than a larger unit would which is another plus.

Apr 18, 2009
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RE: Thin Twin
by: Anonymous

I have a Thin Twin from 1986 which has led a mostly trouble free life up to the last 6 months. The timer has recently gotten flaky (I fixed one of the contacts, but keep my fingers crossed); since the timer is out of production, I'll have to send it out for a rebuild if I want to keep the pair. I've been happy with it, but the dryer is a little scary; the heating elements are closer to the clothes than they would be on a more modern machine. And yes, it is sensitive to off-balance loads, though I can usually stop the banging by re-shuffling the load a few times. The one thing I'll likely miss, if I have to replace it, is the spin cutoff lid switch. I've noticed that with newer versions of the same thing, raising the lid stops all functions, not just spin. This makes it impossible to was items which will survive the agitation portions of the cycle, but not the spin. Do any versions of the Thin Twin have a separate "spin cutoff" swich? Thanks.

Apr 03, 2009
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Fairly industrial machine
by: Matt

My roommate and I have been using this washer/dryer combo for about six months, and I have very few complaints. It has all of the features one would expect from a run-of-the-mill w/d (temperature, load size, 4 wash cycle types, and 4 drying cycle types). For the most part, it will do multiple college-level laundry tasks weekly without any problems - I've done loads consisting of a number of heavy cotton sweatshirts and it handle them like a pro.

It's a fairly industrial machine (owned by our landlord), and it hasn't broken down or required any major maintenance yet. It almost never has those "violent vibrations" that some unbalances w/d's do.

The one main annoyance is the lint trap. It's shape is large and really irregular (a sort of 3-D "teardrop" with flat sides all around), making it slightly difficult to clean. It also has an odd seating clasp so without some practice, you won't know how to get it into the dryer wall in exactly the right way. I've noticed that it tends to miss some lint, thus the drier sometimes has a collection of lint behind the trap that could be a serious fire hazard. This necessitates occasional cleaning every few weeks.

The next few problems are minor, but worth noting. First, the dryer tends to run a bit hotter than others - even when "low" is selected. I have to compensate for this by selecting a shorter time period for drying. Next, the washing mechanism has a slightly weak central rotating thing that chugs a bit too much when you give it heavier loads. This could be a problem caused by the sorta small wash basin (the diameter-to-rotator ratio seems a bit small when compared to some others).

Overall, I'd recommend this w/d combo even with its minor flaws.

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