Whirlpool - Cabrio 4.8 Cu. Ft. 26-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washer - White

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Whirlpool Cabrio 4.8 Cu. Ft. 26-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washer: This washer has a large capacity for washing more laundry in a single load and features a ColorLast option to help keep colors vibrant. Intuitive controls make it easier to choose the right level of care and cleaning for your clothes.

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Key Specs

  • Product Height
    37.25 inches
  • Product Width
    27.5 inches
  • Product Depth
    27 inches
  • Capacity
    4.8 cubic feet
  • High-Efficiency
    Yes
  • Steam Function
    No
  • Vibration Reduction
    Yes
  • Agitator Type
    Other
  • Washer Load Type
    Top load
  • Color Finish
    White
27"
Whirlpool - Cabrio 4.8 Cu. Ft. 26-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washer - White - Front_Standard
27.5"
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37.25"

Overview

What's Included


  • Cabrio 4.8 Cu. Ft. 26-Cycle High-Efficiency Washer
  • Drain hose with clamp
  • Power cord
  • U-form, cable tie
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (922 out of 1040)

Features


Adapts to your load

Adaptive Wash technology uses sensors to determine the fabric type and soil conditions of each load. Then it automatically adjusts the water level and washing motions to provide the right care and cleaning for your clothes.

Large 4.8 cu. ft. capacity

Do more laundry in fewer loads. Wash 25 or more bath towels or a queen-sized comforter in a single load.

26 wash cycles gives you more control

Lets you choose the best cycle for your load. Includes Normal, Presoak, ColorLast, Deep Water, Casuals, Whites, Delicates, Bulky/Sheets and more.

Help prevent colors from fading

Select the ColorLast option for a precise combination of washing actions, temperature and time that helps keep colors looking their best.

Choose the right water temperature for your clothes

Five temperature settings help you ensure the water will not be too hot for your fabrics or too cold for your detergent to work properly.

Vibration control keeps your washer quiet

Gap dampers and springs minimize movement of the wash drum during the spin cycle, so your normal household activities won't be interrupted by noise.

Top-load design

Lets you load and unload from a standing position. Plus, you can easily add forgotten items to the load once it's started.

LED display with intuitive touch controls

LED display panel stores recent settings, shows time remaining during cycles, and offers "What to Wash" and "How to Wash" options so you can tailor wash cycles to meet your needs.

Low-profile impeller provides thorough yet gentle cleaning

The impeller's seamless surface and unique vanes drive clothes from the outer rim to the center of the wash drum, where the deepest cleaning happens.

Smooth Wave stainless steel wash drum

Helps protect fabrics from fraying and snags.

Free delivery on appliance orders $399 and up

Installation is included with delivery when you also purchase the required parts. If required parts are not purchased, delivery will not include installation.

Required parts sold separately

Find essential parts for installation in the accessories section on this page.


Overall customer rating

4.4
89%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Giant capacity, QUIET, stable

    Posted
    Sammix1967
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I replaced my fancy, stinky, otherwise effective front loader with this gem. I have washed the equivalent of 2 full loads of towels, jeans, winter coats and snow pants, mixed clothing, rugs, and dog beds in this behemoth. On its WOOL cycle, I washed a boiled wool coat with years of salt stains that our dry cleaner insisted could not be remedied. Voila, it's as clean as the day I bought it 20 years ago! No kidding. The Cabrio is nearly silent, and it spins out like a dream. Sometimes the clean clothes are barely moist! It uses a unique method to gauge how much water to use. It makes a muffled whining sound, which I liken to a scanner, then the water sort of sprays down onto the clothes rather than rushing in through a big hose. This has meant a MUCH QUIETER experience even for my daughter's room upstairs, which shares a wall with the washer inlet hose wall. We used to hear the rush of water and shudder of the valves as our old front loader switched on and off to fill and rinse. I think this Whirlpool Cabrio takes a more "thoughtful" design approach. The list of cycle options seems gratuitous until you read them and start to wonder how well you've actually been taking care of your washables. There's a ColorLast cycle that actually has preserved our many red shirts (Go, Bulldogs!) among other laundry items. I am not a big fan of the theory that one can really, really know exactly how clean clothes get, unless you're talking about stain removal (which, let's face it, has a lot to do with timing and pre-treatment products anyway), BUT I think my clothes must be cleaner since there isn't even a hint of my detergent or softener scents on my clothes, etc. afterward. Not that I'm wasting softener. I can tell it's working because the familiar dry Chicago winter static cling is absent since I bought this in December. The only caveat here is that when taking advantage of a machine that can wash larger loads, you have to consider your dryer's capacity, too. Previously, we had a double capacity washer & a triple capacity dryer. Because of that difference, the drying times almost always matched the washing times. But now with the Cabrio, which functions like a triple, you'd assume I am back to the dryer taking longer. Well, the Cabrio makes up for that annoying time gap by spinning out the loads like a boss. To wit, the digital timer on the machine is ACCURATE. If it says "22", your stuff will be done in twenty-two minutes, period. I do not hate doing laundry. But if you do, you'll be enchanted by the tones the machine makes upon pressing the selection buttons, hearing the cycle end chimes, and especially the lid-open sound when you take a load out. We say it's like angels just did our laundry, so pleasing! We bought this on sale for $450 the first weekend in December, so if you wait, it might go down in price again. I hope for your sake that $450 wasn't just a pre-holiday super special deal. Everyone else in the Chicago area wanted $550 or much more (!) at that time. Budget $30 for the *required* new attachment hoses, and $15 for responsible haul-away/recycling of your old machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Whirlpool Cabrio is a keeper

    Posted
    chaslp
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This Whirpool Cabrio is my first high efficiency (HE) washer. I was a little apprehensive about buying it, mainly because of the not-so-good reviews others have written about HE washers. I've always owned basic agitator-type machines that let me be in total control. I thought no way could I ever get a good wash without me being in charge of the water level, or being able to open the lid to poke around and check on how things were moving, tweaking this or that as I saw fit. I didn't want to give that up. So basically, my reluctance about owning a HE washer was that it uses new engineering and a philosophy that says: "Look, you put in the clothes and go away. We're gonna' lock the lid, adjust the water automatically, and wash your clothes in a way that we've vetted to be best, despite what you think you know. By the way, we'll beep when we're done. Trust us!" I didn't know if I was ready to put such blind faith into the concepts of some faraway washing machine engineers, but I pondered this: These engineers have scrutinized laundry in their labs and they are experts! They use computers, math, science, maybe even algebra! This is what they do for a living. They have wash-water in the veins! With all this know-how, they've figured out better ways to wash clothes, like how to do a better job with less water. They know what they're doing. In my little laundry room with not one computer, how could I possibly think I know more than they know? I decided to go for it. Well, despite my pre-purchase apprehension, I have to say I'm totally happy with my new HE Whirlpool Cabrio washer. I've ceded total control to the engineers and to the logic they've built into this magic white box. The Cabrio really "knows what it's doing" and the clothes come out clean and fresh! The electronic controls are not nearly as intimidating as they might look initially. In fact, the controls and the machine itself are a joy to operate. I actually look forward to using my washer! Go figure! A word about noise: I now know that high-efficiency washers work differently and make sounds that are noticeably different than older style washers. It's really unfair that some (possibly confused) reviewers characterize these "different" sounds as noise. To me, noise is a high decibel, annoying sound that makes a person want to cover his/her ears. The Cabrio is no way like that. It's very quiet. If I'm close to it when it's in a wash or rinse cycle, yes, I can hear its subdued grunting. But this low-level sound is hardly noticeable when I walk away. It's incredibly quiet when spinning to extract water, even though when I put my hand on the lid I can sense that the drum is really flying! It extracts a lot of water! And it's solid as a rock on the floor thru all cycles, including the super-fast spinning. I never mind spending money on well-built things. To me, the Cabrio feels solid and well-built. Compared to other washers that I checked, I feel I got an outstanding value. It's a solid, technically advanced washer that does a great job for a decent price. I bought the matching Cabrio dryer. I'm very happy and I would recommend these machines to anyone. After writing this, I almost wish it were wash day! Good luck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good machine with quirks

    Posted
    Dadio

    After many years of faithful service to a family with several kids, our washer’s life cycle came to an end. My wife entrusted me, the husband, with researching then replacing the washer. Since our mis-matched dryer also was ancient, we decided to buy new, matching appliances. Online research on several sites revealed opinions “all over the place” for all makes and models. Unlike buying a new car, one cannot “test drive” these appliances, as is true for buying a lawnmower, snow blower, or kitchen appliances. Customer reviews and recommendations are as much information as one can get. Our old washer and dryer were “ancient technology”: the washer had an agitator and simple knob controls. The gas dryer similarly was arrayed. I was in for a shock when I discovered that the newer appliances had microprocessors and corresponding multi-page instruction manuals, joining that cadre of appliances with a study requirement. First, the washer. (Also see my critique of the matching dryer on this site.) Having been advised by a sales person that the “government” is making water usage requirements, and would phase-out older-style agitator models, the two available options were high-efficiency top or front loading models. A top loading model was the only option in our laundry room space. Having visited several appliance stores, and in discussion with sales people, along with online research, I decided on the Whirlpool Cabrio line. After a month of usage, here are my impressions (for what they are worth). The washer and control panel look sleek. The flat panel controls beep for everything. Programming the washer (as opposed to turning a few knobs) elicits “beeping sounds” much like playing a video game. The instruction book mentions a way to silence these amusing (annoying) sounds. The installation requires a 4” clearance from the back wall, which is different from the 6” required for the dryer installation. An inch clearance on the sides also is recommended. This washer needs room for the “shake and bake” during its washing cycles. The tops of both the washer and dryer slightly slope toward the front. Objects placed on the washer and dryer (an iron) could slide off when the machine is in operation. The leveling legs do not allow for installation on a moderately sloped floor; shims may be necessary. There is no traditional agitator in this washer. If the correct spin cycle is not chosen, clothes can become tangled and wrinkled. There is no designated “permanent press” cycle. Consult the manual for advice. A dedicated “permanent press” control panel option would have been helpful. The plastic detergent slide-out tray, located in the rear, under the lid seems flimsy. At the beginning of the wash cycle, the lid locks. One cannot “peek” inside to check water level during the cycle, unless you press the “pause” button and wait for a while. Water filling seems to be on and off many times during the cycle. The machine makes some rather strange noises, but is not overly loud during the washing cycle. I haven’t noticed any improvement in cleaning over the ancient “agitator” model. Although I have my criticisms of this machine, I really cannot compare it to other similar machines. A friend in a similar need for a new machine purchased a Speed Queen washer with traditional agitator and controls. She says that there are no plastic parts, and that laundry marts use this brand for its reliability. One wonders how reliable these new high efficiency machines with complicated controls and sensors will be. Repairing so many complicated controls and systems could be costly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Jury's Out...

    Posted
    Catherine
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The jury is still out as we just got this washer today due to our old Cabrio washer leaking from the bottom with water flowing all over our hallway upstairs and seeping down into our living room the other day. Our smoke detector was not happy...drip, drip! Ugh. But the washer was about 10 years old, so we figured we'd be better off just investing in a new one. I loved that Cabrio otherwise. This is the newer version of that one, I guess. This one has a completely new panel, etc., but it's attractive and seems nice and easy to understand. It has some delicate, melodic tones that I'm sure you can turn off, but I do like a tone alerting me that the washer is done (to prevent clothes from sitting in it and getting moldy-smelling). And I've learned to always keep the washer lid open after every wash. There was a button on our old one that actually said "Pause" if you wanted to throw something else in, but with this one you have to hit a 'Hold to Start' button (which should say pause) instead. It works, but it's not very user friendly. Also, you cannot just hit spin without 'rinsing AND spinning.' Not sure why they would remove the spin-only button. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Unfortunately, they installed it but didn't balance it. After the installation, the installer told us to run an empty load first, saying this should be done 'to get it to balance itself,' and then he left. Seemed okay, but when I washed my first load of laundry, the machine shook all over during the spin cycle, and it was obviously unbalanced. We could attempt to balance it ourselves, but I don't think we should have to with a new washer. So we have to have a tech come out and, in their defense, they escalated the call. Going on the fourth day without doing laundry, though....eek! I do like the large drum. It's the same cubic feet as our old one, but this one seems much larger for some reason. I also like the white top. We had a see-through top on the old one, but who really needs to 'watch' their laundry being done? Also, the glass was constantly spotted. Although the load of wash I did was unbalanced, the clothes came out very clean, and that was in cold water. There were a lot of strange noises (which they do mention in the guide). The clicks and whirls, I'm used to. But I heard an unfamiliar one - almost like metal hitting the drum, followed by a rubber scraping sound during one cycle. It wasn't a loose coin or anything but sounded internal. It was a short, quick sound, but it didn't sound right. But even without that sound, though, I wouldn't say this is a quiet washer. The agitator seems pretty loud to me. All in all, I'm going to hold my final opinion and wait until the tech comes out and balances it. Perhaps all of these unusual sounds are due to the fact that it's unbalanced. So if you're interested, stay tuned for my yay or nay on this recommendation. I'll say yes for now, and remain cautiously optimistic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 4 1/2 yrs doing laundry for 2 people

    Posted
    Margie
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have purchased Whirlpool washing machines throughout my 41 yrs of marriage. Between myself, my husband, & 3 daughters, I used to laundry daily. All my machines, except this Cabrio, lasted well over 10 yrs. I purchased this in 10/13 after my kids had moved out. I am very easy on it. The Cabrio I purchased doesn't have an agitator. I can't tell you how often soiled clothes came out still dirty. So, I'd work on the stain & rewash. These were stains or dirt that my previous washing machines would have easily cleaned. Without the agitator, the clothes don't get cleaned well. I have never overloaded this machine. Iit only gets used for 1 towel load, 1 load of sheets, 1 load of hubby's work jeans & tshirts, & 1 - 2 loads of regular clothing (usually on delicate) weekly. The machine didn't drain & spin a couple of loads last week & it suddenly got really loud when it does spin. I could see that the drum was moving too much. So, I had a repairman come in to check it. The machine is leaking oil & water underneath. The motor is shot. Also, parts that hold the drum in place are broken. I spent $855 on this piece of junk 4 1/2 yrs ago. The repairman told me to avoid this brand as he sees this all the time with Whirlpool washers. He also stressed that I should look for a machine w/ an agitator. Having no agitator puts more stress on the drum. Lastly, the model I purchased had no drain & spin cycle. I hadn't noticed when I was looking at machines. It never occurred to me that a machine wouldn't have a separate drain or spin cycle. I used to hand wash some of my sweaters or delicates & spin them before drying flat. I can't do that in my Cabrio. I have to do the entire wash on delicate cycle. I have no faith in Whirlpool after this. I'm looking at other brands. This machine should easily have lasted me for 15 yrs w/ how little use it gets.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Read the Book

    Posted
    RonO
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Held back one star only because I cannot speak to its reliability yet. This washer cleans very well using so little water you will wonder how it does it. But less water means concentrated cleaning, It has more than ample options and a Huge capacity. It is also fairly attractive and made in the US where parts are immediately available. But read the book, because if you are used to an old style washer you have a few things to learn. 1. Load washer with "loose heaps" of clothes and especially no folded items. This is repeated a dozen times in the book, yet I have read reviews that say a "folded item comes out still folded, so how can it get anything clean?" 2. Use HE detergent, NOT half as much regular detergent. HE detergent is similar to dish washing detergent- low sudsing. If you over suds the washer it may rinse twice, extending the cycle and flushing away your fabric softener in the first rinse. 3. Ignore the strange sounds. They are not loud but are certainly different- relays etc. 4. This washer is a computer. I used a surge protector on the plug. There is one item in the installation guide that most people do not read that looks important to me. It says to keep the packing material under the drum in place until the washer is within FOUR FEET of where it is going. So meet the delivery people in the parking lot and insist they follow those instructions. Download and print the installation guide if you want proof. I read one or two reviews stating the washer leaked. Makes me wonder if they removed the packing material then jostled the machine up 3 flights of stairs. So far, so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Happy i spent the time researching washers

    Posted
    Odoyle

    Our old washer ate a bag and then the motor went out on the agitator, so i had to get a new washer. I knew we would not buy a front loader due to the mold issues, and did not understand why we would want a HE washer after reading all the reviews and rants on the product. I ended up buying a consumer reports membership i was so worried about buying a good washer that would last and the selection of the old models are so few and many people comment how the quality has just gone down hill. This washer locks the lid, and the lid is not see through, at first i thought it would be great to have a glass top, but really after maybe one load would i ever care to sit and watch the laundry. I think the glass lid leads to a lot of people freaking out over the lack of water used. This washer has done a great job of washing clothes and the fact i can not wash sheets and a comforter at the same time is fantastic, granted my family does not roll in the mud and no one is a full time mechanic we have been very happy with the washing performance and this is rated really highly at CR. The two draw backs, i tend to leave the spin on the highest setting and on occasion i have to run it through a rinse and spin again because clothes are not dry but 95% of the time the spin cycle has the clothes coming out of the washer nearly dry and has cut down my dryer time. The second draw back is you can't just run a second spin, you have to rinse and spin. I have no regrets not getting an old fashion agitator washer, and have owned this product now for 4 months and have washed everything from hand wash items to comforter to a dog bed with no issues other then 1/20 times i may need a second spin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Washer

    Posted
    lambda
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My clothes washer broke down after nine years. When I visited my local Best Buy to shop for a new washer, I was not used to seeing the high efficiency washers without the center agitator pole. I researched several different brands, read the online reviews including the reviews from a popular consumer magazine. I narrowed my selection down to this Whirlpool Cabrio 4.8 cu.ft washer since it offered the best value. The touchscreen is very intuitive. It's got more functions than I will ever use. Buttons light up in blue when selected. Wash times will vary depending on the functions you choose, but expect significant wash times in excess of one hour. Sensors automatically detect the load size. Gone are the days of manually selecting small, medium, and large. So how does it perform? I was able to place my king size comforter in the 4.8 cu. ft. tub with no problem. Clothes come out clean. At its highest spin setting, clothes will be wrinkly but very dry, thus decreasing dry times in the dryer. The washer is not loud at all. In fact it is very quiet compared to the old washer I had. The label on the washer proudly bears the 'Designed, Engineered, and Assembled in the USA' label. I've had the washer for two months now, so far so good, but time will tell how durable it is. Overall, I would recommend the washer.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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