Whirlpool Front Loader Review

* This is not sponsored content; it is simply a personal review of something I use in my everyday life.*

So a while back I posted a review about the Whirlpool Cabrio washer and dryer we had. I still have the dryer and the dryer works great! (Knock on wood) and I told you all that Whirlpool did step up to the plate and she shipped me not only a NEW washing machine but a new washing machine of my choice. You can read all about that here and the review.


We picked the Whirlpool 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with Load & Go™ Bulk Dispenser

A review of the 4.5 cu. ft. Front Load Washer with Load & Go™ Bulk Dispenser www.simplymoms.net

Let me tell you this machine did not disappoint it is everything I wanted and things I didn’t even know I wanted.

How well does it wash clothing?

Right from the first load I did, there was a clear and noticeable difference in the smell and brightness of the clothing I washed. Finally, things were coming out smelling fresh and without the dingy look, they had obtained with the other machine. Towels were no longer scratchy,  they softened back up because they were actually coming clean. I seriously do not think things were getting cleaned properly with the other machine.

What is your favorite feature on this machine?

Surprisingly it is something I did not think I would like. It is the load and go bulk dispenser. Basically, you pour in twelve loads worth of detergent and for the next twelve loads you can just toss in the clothing and click start. It is really handy since I buy my laundry detergent in huge bottles and not having to lift and handle them every single time is a blessing. The machine gives a warning light when it is low and another color warning light when it is empty. You can also just remove the bulk dispenser and use it like normal. adding detergent each time.

Detergent dispenser on whirlpool front loader closed


Detergent dispenser on whirlpool front loader opened

Are there any other nifty features?

You bet! Fan fresh is a huge feature I missed when I got the other machine. After the wash is done a fresh air fan starts up and it tumbles the clothing here and there until you pull it out to dry the load. I love this here in Maine during the summer because normally the load will start to smell mildewed pretty fast. This keeps everything clean and fresh even if you do not get to it for hours!

Whirlpool front loader panel

Tell me more.

Overall this machine is just beautiful and quiet running. I do not have it on a pedestal because I am rather short so it does not bother me that it is sort of low. It holds huge loads of laundry and has settings from very very delicate to pretty aggressive for dirtier loads.

Front loader washing machine

When I was out of bleach I ran my towels through the sanitize cycle and everything came out fresh and clean. This cycle would be great for Mamas who cloth diaper as it is not recommended to use bleach. I also ran my Little Miss Toddler’s holiday dress through the delicate cycle. The dress is made of velvet, ribbons, tulle with spots of glitter.I was impressed there was zero damage to what is a pretty fragile looking dress.

As for stains, it has powered out stains the other machine did not touch, finger paint, chocolate milk, pet urine, blood some of them being old stains and with the SAME detergent so it was clearly a case of the machine not doing well. This one is BOSS!

One more thing I really like is the cycle signal can be turned off, up or even down. I love that because it was rather loud at night with the little one sleeping.

Inside of washer

Are there any cons?

Only one… The panel is at the front so a small child can access the buttons. Though the buttons can be locked out.


Whirlpool Cabrio Washer Dead in Three Months

I am really not one to post a negative review and I will say some good will come out it from Whirlpool themselves. However, this “top of the line”  washing machine became a huge waste of not only money but time as well.


Whirlpool Cabrio Review


The little things I did not like.

This machine is a non-agitator top loading machine. I seriously wanted one and drooled over this machine for the longest time. I got it home and realized  I am 5’2″ tall I can not reach the inside bottom of this machine without leaning half in and having to hyperextend my arm.If there is a sock or something very flat at the bottom I struggle to fish it out. It makes doing laundry for this short lady a task.

Whirlpool Cabrio Drum

You can not just toss laundry in. It needs to be loaded around the tiny “agitator” plate and not cover it. Otherwise, things will become unbalanced and not wash properly.

Speaking of not washing properly sheets, comforters and other large items tend to get stretched out across the load and the middle does not get wet or wash at all sometimes. That one spot on the stretched item will just remain dry and unwashed because the water jets spray around the edges.

The tinted glass makes it hard to see in the machines. It is not a big deal for the dryer but because of the issues with the washer, it would be nice to make sure the load is washing properly so if you had to you could readjust it.


The positive things.

I love the color of the machines they are a shiny gray they refer to as chrome.

The dryer seems to work well it has a ton of settings including steam (However I do not have the water hooked up to it so no idea how well that works.)

The tinted glass does look nice.

The dryer’s lint screen is super easy to clean out.

Happy Three Months The Washer Is Dead

Yup, you read that right the washer is dead. One night it started flashing error codes and whirlpool said to unplug it for five minutes, plug it back in and it would be fine. WRONG, so wrong. I plugged it back in thinking I would get back to washing clothes. It would not power back on. Dead as a doornail. That was well over a month ago. The story gets even better. You ready for this?

We got online and contacted Whirlpool that night and set up warranty service for the next day. Awesome! Just a little hick up. Or so we thought.

The repair man came out. Surprise, it is broken. (You don’t say?)It needed a panel and board.He ordered the parts assuring us it would take a week to ten days. It’s been a month plus. We have put in call after call to the repair place. Nope, no part. Nope, they can’t track it? (The repair place is a whole other nightmare)

So with it being over the month mark we are frustrated and decide to figure out ourselves where the part is. Interestingly they do not know. How can they not know? They sent it. So they tell my husband they will send another and expedite it. A week later still no part. So My husband calls Whirlpool AGAIN. He gets a supervisor on the phone guess what? That part is on back order.

Whirlpool’s Resolution

This supervisor did take the time to listen to the whole situation and she did admit that these washers are an issue.(Hence the reason the parts are on back order) In fact, they are redesigned now or in the process of it. After listening she told him to pick a new washer and they would ship it. So now we are waiting on a new front loader to show up. So I am unhappy that they made such a horrible machine that seems to be failing for a lot of people. With that said I am happy my husband really pressed the issue with them and they found a way to resolve it. I am praying the new machine is far better and last like my other Whirlpool front loader did.

Come check out my new Whirlpool front loader review here.

As for the repair man, the place they warranted through is a complete joke and he seems to be collecting warranty work money and never finishing it. he has complaints through the BBB, and tons of bad reviews online for horrible treatment of customers. Much of the same issues we had with him. I tend to think he got the first part and used it elsewhere. He promised us a loner machine over a week ago and never brought it he was a no call no show day after day. Shaking my head.


As Pa Ingalls said, “Alls well that ends well.”


I dislike posting negative reviews but, I also feel with the priceyness of this item buyers should be forewarned. I wish I was.

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Love Jennifer


This blog is part of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week I chose this prompt “1. Write about a time you wasted your money.”
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Review of My Pets Friend Pet Stain and Odor Remover

If you have pets that pee on the floor you are going to want to read about this pet stain and odor remover from the Dollar Tree.

We have these Poodles. Two of them and they are demon spawns naughty, crazy and sweet all in one. Lucky and Levi. They are from the same litter and have the same issue and they have had this little issue for all the eight years we have owned them.

Poodle wall of shame

Yes, they like to pee inside. On my chair, on the floor, on my trash can. We have scolded, attempted to retrain, ignored, taken them out more and more piled on praise for outside potty time and just cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. Still, they continue to do their business as they please inside.


I was talking to my someday daughter in law about the issue. We both just thought that even though I scrub, steam clean and scrub some more their little poodle noses can still smell their pee. I mentioned that I saw a cheap version of enzyme cleaner at the Dollar Tree. Well, her sweet Zoey had an accident the other night so she stopped at the Dollar Tree and grabbed two bottles. One for her and one for little  me. Bless her heart! Little did I know this stuff was going to instantly change my life! Well, not really but, at the very least stop me from asking company if they can smell dog pee odors. LOL

Pet Stain Remover From The Dollar Tree

No, of course I didn’t spray the doggie. 😉

I went right to his favorite spot that had been steam cleaned but, still had faint traces of dog urine and I let that chair have it. Then I went around and sprayed every other favorite pee spot. I let it sit and dry. This morning, I got down and smelled that chair and the smell is gone! Not even a trace of the nasty dog urine smell. Get this… it smells pleasant now!

Something else I noticed the dog has stopped sniffing around it like he did before.  So far today no accidents. I am not holding my breath on being so Lucky it cured the issue but personally I think it is helping.

My Pets Friend Pet Stain and Oder Remover

This product is sold at the Dollar Tree. I am not affiliated with the Dollar Tree nor this product. I am simply reviewing it because it works.


The Directions on the bottle are simple.

  1. You need to soak up all the pee.
  2. Then you must spray the cleaner very generously on the stain insuring if it is on a carpet it gets well into the pad.
  3. You need to rub the product into any stains on your carpet or upholstery.
  4. Then let everything  air dry.

This is just what I did on an OLD stain and it worked. I will tell you on the chairs I had steam cleaned before hand but those smells were well set in. The smell of urine is now completely gone..


If you have pets this is a must buy at the Dollar Tree.


And Lucky Ole boy we still love you even with all your imperfections you are still family.