Pros / A built-in water faucet makes it easier to pre-treat stains.
Cons / It ties for the most expensive unit in our comparison.
Verdict / The Whirlpool WTW7500GW has some innovative and unexpected cycle types and a large capacity for handling all different sorts of laundry loads.
The Whirlpool WTW7500GW is a little pricey, but it offers some innovative features that will make it feel like an upgrade rather than just a replacement for your old washing machine. One example is the built-in water faucet feature, which makes pre-treating easier. You can rinse soiled clothing under the stream of water inside the wash tub so the mess is contained.
The WTW7500GW also has a feature that helps sense the size of each load and then adapts water levels and wash actions based on that information.
Additionally, the controls are sleek and digital, and the interior features an impeller rather than an old-fashioned agitator, which leaves more room for larger loads. It offers almost 5 cubic feet of drum space so it can handle a large amount of laundry. For a lower-priced large-capacity machine, consider the LG WT7200CV.
This is one of the larger machines we compared, but it still manages to be pretty competitive as far as energy efficiency. It is Energy Star certified, which means it uses 25 percent less energy and 33 percent less water than traditional models. There are machines that are more energy efficient though, which is worth considering.
The WTW7500GW has a good selection of wash cycles. Some of the more unique and useful cycles include ColorLast, which uses a gentle wash action and a specific combination of temperature and time to keep clothes looking newer for longer. There is also a deep wash option that adds more water to any load and a quick washing cycle that can be done in 34 minutes.
This machine is pretty compact, considering its large capacity. It's only 27.5 inches wide, which is below average among the machines we compared.
The warranty is just one year on everything. Other machines offered more on motors and wash drums, which is disappointing considering its price.