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Whirlpool's Wi-Fi washing machine is actually smartThe $1,399 Whirlpool Smart Cabrio top-load washer cleans well and sends you alerts when your clothes are ready.
[MUSIC] The Whirlpool Smart Cabrio is a $1,399 top [UNKNOWN] washing machine. While that's an awful lot to spend on one laundry appliance, it has the features and performance to back it up for the most part. The first thing you will notice is it's glassy grey finish transparent lid and inaugurated control panel. Unlike models that rely entirely on knobs and buttons, this is more like using a smartphone touchscreen. I like that but it's sometimes hard to tell the machine has registered your selection since there's no haptic feedback or other tactile response. It's 5.3 cubic foot capacity holds plenty of clothes and removes. Stains incredibly well. So far, only two other top loading washers have earned a better stain removal score. An added bonus is that it's particularly gentle on clothes. The smart Cabriole also works with a related Android and iPhone Whirlpool app. Here you can download specialty cycles, check on the status of your washer, receive alerts when it's done And even start and stop cycles remotely. The main caveat here is that you have to select the remote start button on the washer before you can control it from the app. There is even an integration with Nef that links your thermostat's home or away status with the washer to try to optimize the cleaning cycle while saving you Energy. The smart cabrio is worth the closer look if you want a premium smart appliance. If you don't you can definitely find top performing models for less.