Whirpool WFW97HEXL Front-Loading Washing Machine 4.3 cu ft
Sixth Sense Technology, Energy Star
This is a 4.3 cu ft cubic feet front-loading washing machine that is Energy Star-rated and CEE Tier III-qualified. It is programmed with the Sixth Sense Technology and has a total of 26 wash cycles. The washer’s water temperature is regulated by the Care Control Temperature Management.
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Its 26 total wash cycles include the Whitest Whites, Delicates, Normal and Bulky Items cycles. The washer itself can be cleaned and sanitized with Affresh washer cleaner by using the Clean Washer program. An optional Extra Rinse is also an added feature.
The washer’s Direct Inject Wash System helps in eliminating stain by pre-treating the garments before the wash cycle starts. By rocking the drum instead of spinning it, hand-washing is simulated for extra-care cycles. The washer’s Care Control Temperature Management adjusts the water temperature accordingly.
Sixth Sense Technology assesses the size of the load and decides the amount of water needed for it. The water level is regulated, thus water wastage is minimal. The sensor also keeps the detergent’s efficacy by slowly increasing the water temperature.
It's control panel is equipped with digital buttons and knobs for easy cycle programming. It has a wide LCD display which allows monitoring of the cycle’s estimated remaining time.
It's Stackable and can be placed on top of an optional pedestal. Its compact 27-inch wide body allows easy installation in tiny laundry areas. It is compatible with the Laundry 1-2-3 Worksurface, which is ideal for sorting dirty laundry or folding freshly-washed garments.
The Lunar Silver drawer pedestal is available to elevate the washing machine unit for a more relaxed height. It also provides extra storage space for clothes washing necessities.
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How does this washer stand out? »
Whirlpool has discontinued manufacturing this model but some are still left in circulation to buy due to terrible consumer biteback. Some premium features which come on its replacements, the WFW96HEAU / WFW94HEAC & WFW88HEAC, can’t be identified in this model.
These are the active spray technology and adaptive wash system. The beautiful color LCD display was taken out of the three replacement models. This washer also has 4 hour more in the fan fresh option, for a total of 16 hours, and also a feature called “cradle clean technology” which starts to rock the drum instead of spinning it. Because of the absence of this technology it this washers replacements, I think this could have had something to do with withdrawing it from the market.
Cradle clean technology is supposed to have the same effect as gentle hand-washing. It also has an extra temperature setting, and a huge delay start option of 18 hours (compared with 12 hours on the WFW96HEAU). It still has the same amount of cycles, and is the same size.
Clothes are pre-treated before the actual washing by the unit’s Direct Inject Wash System.
The stainless steel drum prevents odor and rust build-up.
Water temperature is adjusted to reach the desired level needed to dissolve detergents.
Comforters, pillows and down jackets fit easily inside the washer’s 5.0 cubic feet drum.
The Quick Wash cycle cleans and spins clothes in less time.
The Add-A-Garment Indicator Light reminds the user to add any forgotten articles.
Rated with Energy Star and CEE Tier III Qualification, this unit features more savings in both energy and water consumption.
Because the washer is not fitted with a reversible door, laundry room add-ons are limited.
Cleaning is more difficult since the washer does not have a self-cleaning lint filter.
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Pros "heavy soiled clothes come out great" "spins out most of the water" "totaly dry clothes after leaving in washer for a few hours" "softest sheets i ever had"