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Offline dbbyleo

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About to Buy Whirlpool...
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:05:48 PM »
Speak now or forever hold your peace...

I don't know if this appropriate in this forum, but I just wanted to get some advice.  I've done some research and looks like the winner is:

Whirlpool WTW5600XW ("Cabrio" Washer) - $550
Whirlpool WED5600XW ("Cabrio" Dryer)  - $550

Both seem to have good efficiency and price per cu. ft. and relatively good number of features compared to the competition.

Consumerreports.org ("CR") puts Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag all at the same exact rating for reliability.  I had a Kenmore Series 80 for over 8 years before the timer when bad.  It still works, just that sometimes it doesn't do spin cycle (but I just have to turn the timer again to get it to go).  Other than that, it works well and no problem.  So I figured if Kenmore and Whirlpool are all the same, I should be alright.  

CR actually had Roper rated very well compared to these three big names!  But CR had the Cabrio washer as a top pick.

Anyway... may be you guys can tell me differently.  For the same money, which would you go with?


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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 02:41:00 PM »
All of them are made by the same company....  Might be a couple of feature differences (cycles), but pretty much the same guts.

PS - Unless it is a new model I'm not familiar with, the Roper is not energy star, should just be the old style top load washer.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2011, 02:43:34 PM by PARTech »
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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2011, 04:44:05 PM »
I would go with the Roper and you could not give me the Cabrio.
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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2011, 07:24:46 PM »
This WTW5600XW is the NEW "Cabrio" it is the replacement for the direct drive. simple machine I have not see many problems with it .... not like the older Cabrio with drain pump, drive motor, control boards,lid lock problems....Have anyone seen problem with them?
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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2011, 08:26:41 PM »
I bought one,have had it about 5 or 6 months.Unit works great. Of the ones I have worked on other than normal issues from shipping and delivery,not really many issues.They do sound different. Wash's great.

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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2011, 09:35:47 PM »
I've had to condemn 2 cabrios in the last 2 weeks. The one I had today was less than 2 years old and threw an F50 code. You have to replace both the control board and motor. Not economical to repair.

Offline dbbyleo

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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2011, 10:09:36 PM »
I've had to condemn 2 cabrios in the last 2 weeks. The one I had today was less than 2 years old and threw an F50 code. You have to replace both the control board and motor. Not economical to repair.

What about what krazytech said... were these you had to condemn the "new" cabrios or the "old" cabrios??

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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011, 10:28:51 PM »
2-3 year old machine center seal and bearings went, water on the motor burned it up. WTW6700TW1 looks like old style. Not worth repairing. F54 then F50 code

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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2011, 10:49:57 PM »
motor is 137.50 control is 135.50

New Cabrios have been out for less then 2yrs...
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Re: About to Buy Whirlpool...
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2011, 11:04:13 PM »
the f50 code seems pretty common control board bad, just did one last month. sensors also, the repairs seem to be pricey, would not buy one myself.

 

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