**This giveaway has ended.
**Winners will be announced on Twitter March 1st.
One of the most popular reasons for not exercising is the feeling that there’s not enough hours in the day. So much to get done. And laundry duty is one of the biggest time suckers. It has to be done but it’s never ending.
I, as you might have already guessed, do not have ambitions of being a domestic goddess. I know it all has to be done, but I just want an easier, quicker, better way to do it all.
When Sears offered the most kind opportunity to review the Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer, I asked “Can I use them for a whole month before I actually do the review so I really know what they’re like?” They said “Yes”!
Will I get to put them through my load-after-load-lots-of-yucky-work-clothes-giant- stacks-of-towels-a-gazillion-socks-and-sweaty-workout-clothes test? I got a “yes” again.
Oh, and are they a magic washer and dryer that will transform my children into cheerful helpers and cause them to joyfully volunteer
to help with the laundry? *crickets*
My Washer Story!
I wish I could say I have lots of washer and dryer experience but that’s not the case. I’ve had one washer in my lifetime, and funny thing is it’s also a Whirlpool. I bought it on Maui in 1992, kept it outside in an alley way that connected the health food store I co-owned and a surf shop. I then moved “upcountry” as it’s called, at an elevation of about 2,200 ft and kept it outside under a partial overhang. When it would rain we’d cover it with a tarp (if we remembered). Then about 3 years later we shipped it across the Pacific and trucked it across the U.S to New Orleans. And so up until 2011 I’ve had the same Whirlpool washer. And it still works. That’s awesome.
The Duet Review
Since I try to be as eco-friendly and organic-like as I can be, the fact that they are Energy Star qualified was a big plus. Energy star products save you money and use less energy. I’m all for conserving natural resources. I researched and they are considered a CEE Tier III (the highest rating) which means it may qualify for a rebate from your local utility company.
AND they are pretty. No denying that! The drum light is helpful and the LCD display is really cool. I know, this is about how they work, but they get 5 stars for looks.
Some of my pros of the washer were:
- Love the front loading and the fact that my clothes weren’t washing in the dirty muck. Is there anything scarier than opening the washer lid and looking at that water? It’s like the difference between taking a shower and taking a bath.
- It holds up to 36 loads’ worth of detergent and knows how much is needed according to the cycle you choose. You have to use high efficiency detergent, but I already was, so no problem. There’s a compartment for fabric softener and bleach and you can use powder.
- Has a steam option so you don’t have to pre-treat stuff like grass stains and grease.
- Lots of specialty cycles for items like sportswear, sweaters, blankets, comforters, pillows and more.
- Custom cycles you can set up to use easily.
- The allergen cycle. It reduces tested allergens by 95% and kills dust mites. I researched it and it’s certified by an independent third party called NSF International.
- They call them Laundry Apps. It’s basically a help section that displays on the LCD screen all kinds of helpful laundry hints and trouble shooting. Love the select-a-stain section that tells you how to deal with each stain.
- FanFresh feature tumbles clothes for up to 16 hours after the cycle is done so in the morning my load of workout clothes are ready for another session.
My favorite dryer pros:
- Quick refresh feature. In 15 minutes it gets rid of wrinkles in up to 12 items. There’s also a touch-up cycle to use for a whole load that’s good for clothes that have been left in the dryer overnight or packed in a suitcase. I especially loved these features. It means I don’t have to iron. I might not even own an iron. And I’ll never review an iron.
- It’s has what they call 6th Sense technology. Translated it means that if, for example, the load is dry even before the cycle ends it will shut off. Saves energy, time, and money.
- Again more Laundry Apps. 14 specialty cycles, hints and tips and before-you-call trouble shooting info.
*Note~ I’m reviewing the electric dryer but it there is a gas dryer too.
I didn’t experience any performance issues. Like anything else I own that’s techy, I’m sure there are things I just don’t know the Duet can do. If you’re online, the cool and helpful @SearsBlueCrewHA on twitter can answer any questions or concerns, and the appliance Blue Crew is on Facebook too. These machines are what I would think every geek would want in their laundry room. With that being said, there’s a learning curve. There are lots of options and buttons and pretty colors and to some that can be overwhelming at first. Knowing what I know now, if I was thinking of getting a Duet, I’d make sure to go to Sears and have them show the basics. Once you know what all the buttons do, it’s much easier. You also can check out the color options.
**And now the fun part ~ the @SearsFitness giveaway!**
makes us all happy!
It’s easy to enter. Just leave a comment about your laundry thoughts and musings. And of course fun and snark is encouraged.
Please include your @twitter handle if you have one so we can give you a shout-out on twitter if you win!
Here are the 5 goodies in the giveaway:
Winners will be chosen by random number generator.
Giveaway ends Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:59 CST.
Open to the US only.
**FTC: Reviews on FreakingFitness.com reflect the personal opinion of me, Joyce Cherrier and no dollars were paid to me write this review. The product was kindly given to me by Sears to keep.