Whirlpool Duet WED97HEDC
Features - 95%
Performance - 93%
Ease of Use - 89%
Energy Efficiency - 94%
Nevertheless, the Whirlpool Duet WED97HEDC is a cutting-edge unit that offers all the necessary features and options for the best clothes-drying results. The only drawback we could find is the short warranty that only covers the unit for 1 year.
Laundry dryers are an excellent addition to any household and the Whirlpool Duet WED97HEDC model is one of the best options available, with a spacious interior and a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to operate. Combined with a stylish design available in tree finishes to match the other appliances and the affordable $1,500 price, this electric steam dryer is an option that is worth your attention.
The Whirlpool Duet WED97HEDC is a 7.3 cu. ft. model and it has been designed using the latest technologies that provide the highest performance. The interior drum is a patented SilentSteel model made of a unique sound-absorbing material that eliminates the noise made by zippers and buttons. Moreover, there is a Quiet Dry Ultra noise reduction feature that locks the drying noise inside the dryer and keeps them from disturbing the outside environment.
There are 5 temperature settings available with this dryer so you can adjust the drying conditions according to the type and specifications of each fabric. Features like the Wrinkle Shield, the Static Reduce or the Steam Refresh have been designed to keep your garments in perfect shape during the drying cycle and after it is done, so you will be able to wear the clothes right out of the dryer.
The advanced Moisture Sensing System includes three built-in sensors that detect the incoming and outgoing air temperatures while measuring the moisture level inside the dryer. This way, the dryer will know to stop the drying cycle when the clothes are perfectly dried, thus saving time and energy and preventing over-drying. You will know when each cycle is over due to the end-of-cycle signal so there will be no guessing in removing the clothes in time. What this dryer lacks are the smartphone compatibility that would allow you to access it using a smart device.
Cycles and programs
When it comes to versatility and freedom of choice, the Whirlpool WED97HEDC is a top leader, with 10 drying cycle to cover all your needs. There is the Bulky Items one that handles thick items like denim, the Casual and Delicates cycles that are perfect for the most delicate fabrics, the Heavy Duty cycle that can handle large amounts of clothes and the Normal cycle that works in regular temperature conditions and on normal clothes. You can also opt for a Quick Dry cycle that takes less time to dry urgent clothing or the Sanitize cycle that takes good care of your clothes while killing 99% of the bacteria existing on fabrics. There is also a Steam Refresh Cycle that uses steam to eliminate bad odors from clothes you don’t want to rewash in order to refresh. The Timed Dry cycle lets you select a certain amount of time for the clothes to spend in the dryer and it automatically adjusts the temperature so the clothes will come out dry, and the Towels cycle is perfect for the thick and fluffy towels.
For added convenience, it comes with some drying options that extend its benefits, like the Wrinkle Shield Plus option, uses steam to prevent wrinkles from forming on your clothes while they sit in the dryer after the cycle is over. This option can last for up to 140 minutes or until you open the door to get the clothes out. Also, there is a Static Reduce option that reduces static by adding a spray mist when the drying cycle is over, so the clothes won’t stick to your skin due to static energy.
The EcoBoost option increases the energy efficiency by using less heat so you will enjoy the same excellent drying results while minimizing the energy consumption.
Size and Design
You will find it extremely stylish and it will be the final touch of elegance with its versatile design available in three versions, namely White, Chrome Shadow, and Diamond Steel. The unit measures 39” high x 27” wide x 31” deep and it weighs 150 pounds, being not larger than an average washing machine, so you can easily fit it in your kitchen or laundry room. The unit is both freestanding and stackable and you can choose to place it on a pedestal that is sold separately.
The elegant aspect is completed by the ultimate Tap Touch control panel that allows you to easily operate the dryer. The Memory feature of the interface enables you to directly access the dryer’s functions and can even memorize your last cycle and settings.
An excellent design hack is the four staggered quad baffles that are shorter so they allow the larger clothes to dry more evenly while the shorter ones don’t keep getting stuck on them. However, a drying rack would have also come in handy if this dryer had one.
The Whirlpool Duet dryer is an Energy Star qualified item that exceeds the government’s standards in preserving natural resources and helping you save money on the electricity bill. Moreover, thanks to the EcoBoost option, you will manage to save even more energy as the machine will use less power to offer the same excellent results.
Warranty and support
This aspect is not as impressive as the others since you will only receive a limited 1-year warranty that covers the parts and the labor of replacing the faulty parts. You can receive additional assistance through the customer support provided by the manufacturer through email and phone. However, Whirlpool is known as a reliable appliance supplier that guarantees excellent performance in most of their products, something that is stated by many customers worldwide.