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Whirlpool WTW4800XQ 3.4 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Top-Load Washer Prices, Specifications and Reviews


 
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  The Whirlpool WTW4800XQ is a traditional top-load washer for those who want a basic, conventional center-agitator machine without a lot of extras. It should handle moderate laundry needs for an average family, but items like a thick king-size comforter could mean a trip to a Laundromat. The WTW4800XQ has electronic dial controls and allows the user to choose the desired water level (rather than having it automatically set by sensors). Because of its relatively high spin speeds for a traditional top-load washer (700 rpm), this unit has a locking lid. Its agitation methods have been modified slightly to decrease the total amount of water used, so wash times vary from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the settings chosen.

Models: WTW4800XQ (White)

Prices

(Prices as of 06/27/2012)
White      Source
$549MSRP
$450Best Buy (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70+)
$500Sears (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$449Lowe's (Delivery start at $80; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$424Abt Electronics (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$78)
$450AJ Madison (Shipping/delivery typically $99-$198)

Prices For Matching Dryers

(Prices as of 06/27/2012)
Starting From Item
$4187 cu. ft. x-Cycle Whirlpool WED4800XQ Electric Dryer
$4997 cu. ft. x-Cycle Whirlpool WGD4800XQ Gas Dryer

Additional Costs:

$10-$50Power cord, hook-up parts/kit
$0-$100+Shipping & Handling (It can cost $0-$25+ to haul away the old appliance)
$60-$260+Extended Warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms
$0-$2,000Washer-dryer hookups, with electric/water lines

Specifications:

DimensionsHeight: 43"
Width: 27.5"
Depth: 27"
Weight132 lbs.
Height (lid open)53"
PowerElectric, 110/120V, 15 amps.
StyleTop load, high efficiency (no tall center agitator)
Energy Star QualifiedNo (does not meet EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency)
Estimated Cost Per Year$50 with electric water heater, $29 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $10-$71
ColorsWhite
Capacity3.4 Cu. Ft.
DrumPorcelain
CabinetPowder-coated Steel
ControlsElectronic dials
Wash Cycles8: light wash, delicate, permanent press, casual, normal, heavy duty, rinse & spin, second rinse
Water Temperatures4: hot/cold, warm/cold, cool/cold
End-of-cycle SignalNo
DispensersAutomatic bleach and fabric softener dispensers
DetergentStandard detergent
Spin Speed700 rpm maximum
StackableNo
Other FeaturesCycle status lights
Lid locks shortly after a wash cycle begins
Delay wash option
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at Whirlpool.com.

What People Are Saying:

Although Consumer Reports did not put the Whirlpool WTW4800XQ on its 2012 Recommended list, the review does say "Overall, this washer was good" with ratings of excellent for vibration, very good for capacity and gentleness, and good for washing performance, water efficiency and noise. Online user reviews are mixed, with about 50%-60% recommending this machine. Positive reviews typically call it a good, basic machine for the price and cite its quiet operation, easy-to-use controls and choice of available cycles. Negative reviews report loud noises from the agitator, repeated repairs and poor customer service from Whirlpool, and complain about the long wash cycles that last more than an hour.