Older cleaning technology with a standard agitator and no internal heater. Most new washers now employ tumblers, infusors, impellers, and plates that are gentler on fabrics, use less water, and provide more internal space.
Maximum washer spin rate is 30% lower than average. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water in the clothing and requires longer, more costly drying times. Ranks in the lower 15% of new washing machines for FAIR moisture removal.
Energy Factor is 30% lower than average. Clothes washers with lower Energy Factors are less efficient and will cost more to operate because they use more energy. Ranks in the lower 10% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency.
The WTW4900AW Water Factor is 90% higher than the average new washer. Higher Water Factors indicate the washer is less efficient and will use more water to operate. Ranks in the lower 10% of new washers for POOR water efficiency.
Cycles and options are about average for a new washing machine. The more flexibility you have with program selection, the better the chance of meeting your family’s unique clothing care needs. Helps with diverse fabrics and children.
Price per cubic foot is 29% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $70 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 15% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.
No Steam Cleaning – Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.
No Sanitize Cycle – Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.
Not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.
Auto Temp Control – Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
No Internal Water Heater – Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home’s hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.<
Automatic Water Level – Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that eliminates guessing and saves water costs.
Plastic Wash Drum – Polyester or nylon wash baskets can be tough, but they’re not resistant to stains or odors. Stainless steel is the current standard with less than 10% of new washing machines having porcelain or plastic drums.
Standard Vibration Control – designed with a standard spring suspension to help reduce vibrations. Effectiveness of this system compared to other washers with advanced anti-vibration is unknown.
Agitator – Top load washer with older agitator technology. Agitators can be effective, but they take up valuable drum space and are harder on clothing and fabrics. Uses significantly more water than newer tumble or impeller designs.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 40% lower than average. You should save about $416 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 15% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell Whirlpool washers. Most appliance stores will provide at least the standard one-year part and labor warranty on the drive motor.
Interior capacity is about average for a new washing wachine. Smaller washers generally cost less, but if you want to minimize the time you spend in the laundry room, a larger washer will likely save both time and money in the long-run.
No Periodic Tumble – After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.
No Time Display – One of the few new washing machines that doesn’t have an estimated cycle time remaining display. Time displays make multi-tasking around the home a little easier.
No Delay Start / End – Cannot be programmed to start or end at a later time. Over 80% of new washing machines produced today have a delay feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.
Bleach, fabric softener, or detergent can be preloaded into the dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
6 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings – 4 Temperature, 2 Soil, and 0 Spin settings. Lower than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. Fewer settings limit your flexibility in caring for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.
No Quick Wash – This washing machine does not have a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles. Some washers can have a small load ready in just 15 minutes.
No Overnight Wash & Dry – Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.
No Drum Light – There is no internal lighting of the wash drum area when loading or unloading clothes. Sometimes shadows or an unlit laundry room can hide a stray sock that remains missing until the next wash cycle.
Not ADA Compliant – Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.
No Wi-Fi – This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.
No Detergent Reservoir – Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.
No Reversible Door – Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.
Not Stackable – Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.