The Whirlpool WFW90HEFW seems a little overpriced when comparing it to the other popular products we looked at, but it does have a few good features, including large capacity, an impressive variety of wash cycles and decent energy efficiency.
This unit was generally expensive for some important energy efficiency indicators, including estimated yearly operation, water and power costs. It also is above average on the average water used per wash, which is not great, either. The WFW90HEFW has an Energy Star, so you can rest assured it is at least more efficient than previous generations of washing machines.
The WFW90HEFW is above average is in its cycle selection and size. This 4.5-cubic-foot front washer is capable of taking on big loads and offers a feature that will help busy people: the 12-Hour FanFresh option. If you are too busy to take the wet clothes out and put them in the dryer, this machine includes a fan that can operate for up to 12 hours, tumbling your laundry so the clothes stay fresh and do not take on a mildew-like smell as they remain in the washer. You also get a color-protecting wash cycle that adjusts the washing actions and time so your clothes are less likely to fade, while a presoak function loosens ground-in dirt and stains.
The Presoak setting will soak and then automatically start the cycle so you do not have to babysit the load. We also like the steam clean option, which provides extra soak and wash times enhanced with steam to get out really bad stains. This machine's matching dryer, the WED92HEFC, also employs steam to remove wrinkles and reduce odors.
The warranty is pretty short, especially when you consider the high price of this machine. There is just the one year of coverage for everything. That's not a lot. If you prefer a machine with a better warranty, check out the Electrolux EFLW317TIW.
The WFW90HEFW is a little high in terms of initial investment and for estimated ongoing operation costs – that's not a good combination. There are some good features; the cycle selection is impressive, and the large capacity means running fewer loads.