The Whirlpool WTW4816FW is part of the Washing machine test program at Consumer Reports.
In our lab tests, Washing machine models like the WTW4816FW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Predicted reliability: Predicted reliability icons are based on estimated breakage rates for newly purchased washing machines, not under service contract, within the first five years of ownership.
Owner satisfaction: Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their washing machine to their friends and family.
Washing performance: This reflects the degree of color change to stained swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle.
(We do not use special cycle or option buttons.) This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers).
It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Front-loading washers -- With a door located on the front of the washer, one needs to stoop in order to load it.
Front-loaders get clothes clean by tumbling them into water.
Clothes are lifted to the top of the tub, then dropped into the water below.
This design reduces water and energy use and makes front-loaders gentler on clothing and more adept at handling unbalanced loads.
Be aware that front-loading washers give best results when used with high-efficiency detergent, which produces fewer suds than regular detergent. Conventional top-loading washers -- With the opening on the top of the washer, top-loaders are somewhat easier to load than a front-loading washer.