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Whirlpool's handsome dryer runs much too slowlyThis Whirlpool front-loading dryer has classy looks but its cycles take too long.
[MUSIC] Priced at $1400 this Whirlpool dryer definitely isn't cheap. It is handsome though whether in your laundry room, bathroom corner or even tucked away inside the The kitchen. The dryer uses a front loading design and you can buy a pedestal accessory to raise the machine a little higher and make it's drum easier to reach. To save space Whirlpool also sells a stacking kit to mount the dryer vertically with a compatible washer. And I like the controls they're straight forward and simple to operate. A big dial flips through the dryer cycles while the control panel houses the- Additional options, the machine has plenty of special cycles to dry a range of fabrics and clothing types. And there are steam modes to refresh, deodorize, and smoothen wrinkles. Unfortunately, though this particular Whirlpool dryer is slow. It took close to an hour on average to complete its cycles. We've seen other dryers do the job in almost half the time. For that much money I'd expect eight or even nine cubic feet for your clothes. So you won't exactly go wrong with this Whirlpool drier but you certainly can do a lot better in terms of performance, capacity or both for the price.