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.