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Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW Ventless Heat Pump Dryer Review
November 27, 2016 – 11:18 pm
Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW Front

Design & Usability

Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW 7.4 Cubic Foot Electric Heat Pump Ventless Dryer

Everything you know and love... plus a few extras

The Whirlpool heat pump hybrid looks and feels like any other regular electric dryer. In fact, it’s very much akin to the … minus the Black Diamond finish, of course.

It’s a typical white dryer with reflective metal trim on the door and underneath the control panel. The easy-to-read touch controls, with the digital countdown timer and bright blue indicator lights, are just what you’d expect from a modern mid-range or high-end dryer. It does still require a 220 volt plug, though. Keep in mind that, with its 7.3-cubic-foot capacity, this is the only full-size ventless dryer on the market. Any other ventless dryer you've seen is likely a 24-inch, European-style condenser model.

Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW Primary Lint TrapComfortable familiarity aside, you might notice some unusual differences in the back: Namely, the lack of a vent and the inclusion of a hose. Since you don’t need to vent the heat pump dryer outside, you can put it as close to a wall as the l-curve in the hose will allow. The hose, which is used to drain the water that comes out of your clothes, can simply hook into whatever drainage pipe you already have installed for your washer.

The primary lint trap pops forward for cleaning. It's meant to make for easier lint removal—just flip it open over the trash—but we didn't find that it improved on the single screen design all that much.

There’s also a secondary lint trap built into the front of the dryer. Since the Duet recycles air, the double lint trap system is used to catch as many particulates as possible.Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW Controls While you'll want to wipe off the regular lint trap after each cycle, you’ll only need to clean the secondary screen every five cycles or so. Incase you forget, an indicator light on the control panel will let you know when it needs attending to.

As fast as you want it to be

Unlike the heat pump dryers that are popular in Europe, which don't use any external heating elements, Whirlpool included a 1300W heating element in the WED99HEDW to keep drying time as close to what you'd be used to as possible.

In total, there are three different settings available to use that offer different efficiency levels. Each uses a different combination of the machine's heat pump and heating element.

Whirlpool Duet WED99HEDW Efficiency Sticker The controls are easy to use, but the customizable options and extra features are actually a bit slim for a dryer this pricey.

Speed mode causes the dryer to behave more or less like a conventional model. Cycles take about as long as users might be used to, and energy savings—while still present—aren't as significant as they could be.

Eco mode keeps temperatures low and energy savings high, but also extends cycle length. That said, the new cycle times are surprisingly reasonable: On Eco, the Normal cycle only took an hour and 28 minutes, while Casual took just an hour and 9 minutes. The longest Eco cycle we tested was Delicates, which ran for an hour and 46. Compared to many 24-inch condenser dryers—which can run for over two hours on a single Normal cycle—that’s actually not that bad.

Source: laundry.reviewed.com
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