Whirlpool LTE5243DQ

by Vesna Petrova

Whirlpool LTE5243DQ

Are you short in space? Don’t worry; we have something worth considering. Okay, this stackable washer and dryer  may has a small capacity – 1.5 cu. ft. for the washer and 3.4 cu. ft. for the dryer, which is the main reason why it’s not ranked in our top 12. It’s not Energy-Star certified and lacks a moisture sensor, which means it can’t prevent overdrying. Other than that, users are generally satisfied with this appliance: it’s reliable, it fits great in a small closet, and it does its performance great.

Details:

Dimensions (WxHxD): 24″ x 71.75″ x 27.25″
Weight: 123.5 lbs
Capacity (cu.ft.): Washer Capacity: 1.5 cu. ft; Dryer Capacity: 3.4 cu. ft.
Drying System: 1-way venting
Number of Wash Programs: 5
Number of Dry Programs: 18
Features:
  • End-of-cycle signal – load your laundry and you’re free! Once the dryer cycle is finished, the end-of-cycle signal will alert you.
  • Automatic Dry-Miser™ Control – takes the guesswork out of drying. You can choose from less dry to very dry and the cycle will sense the exhaust air temperature and will shut the unit off once the selected dryness is reached.
  • Surgilator® Agitator – creates a continuous rollover action, providing a thorough cleaning.
  • DuraWhite™ Interior – moisture resistant, mildew proof finish.
  • Side-Swing Door – you can change your door swing from a left-side opening to a right-side opening.
  • 3 water level selections, 5 wash/spin speed combinations, 4 wash/rinse temperature combinations.
  • Annual energy consumption – 483 kWh
  • Easy to clean lint filter.
Spin Speed (Max): 640 rpm
Warranty: 1 Year Warranty
Wash Programs: Soak, Prewash, Permanent Press, Heavy Duty, Delicates
Dry Programs: 18 programs, including regular, delicate and tumble press.
Wash/Rinse Temps: Four temperatures: Hot/Cold, Warm/Warm, Warm/Cold, Cold/Cold.
Options: Auto Regular, Auto Permanent Press, Timed Drying, Tumble Press, Fluff Air, Push-to-Start Button, End-of-Cycle Signal.
Tray Dispenser: main detergent
Materials: Tub/Drum Material: Porcelain-coated steel
Color: White
Ratings Electrical Requirements: 1-UL Listed (240 V, 30 Amp)
Images:
Video:
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video review for this model. 
Pros and Cons:
Positives:
  • Very reliable.
  • Great space saver.
  • Washes and dries clothes pretty well.
  • Gentle wash system – your clothes will look as good as new.
  • Easy to install.
  • Variety of settings to choose from.
  • 3 water levels so that you can select the right level for the size of the load, without wasting too much water.
Negatives:
  • Small capacity.
  • It looks a little outdated when compared to today’s modern combos.
  • no bleach and no fabric softener dispenser.
Negatives common to all stackables:
  • Poor design
  • Have to manually take and transfer the clothes to the dryer to dry.
Rating:
Design: 6/10 Capacity: 5/10
Features: 7/10 Wash & Dry Programs: 8/10
Money Savings: 7/10 Quiet: 7/10
Quality of Wash: 7/10 Quality of Dry: 7/10
Affordable: 7/10 Reliability: 8/10
Total Score: 69 %
Reviews and Prices:
Here you can find and compare user comments and prices from different online stores. Just a small advice – if you find a lot of positive reviews and some negative ones, it usually means that the complaining people don’t use the machine properly, or received some defective piece.
Online Store Price Link
Amazon $1,299.00 DISCONTINUED, best alternative

Conclusion: This is a great solution for a small laundry space. It provides flexible options, but not so rich capacity. Owners like this unit’s compactness since it does a great job washing and drying clothes. It saves you everyday trips to the laundromat, but the capacity won’t let you wash large items. We read a few comments that indicate that this unit becomes unbalanced, causing several problems. If you need a large capacity unit, this Whirlpool model is not for you – some units can even hold twice as much laundry.

About 

Unlike many people, Vesna enjoys spending time in the laundry room of her house. She is not a fan of strong perfumes, which is why she has learned plenty of smelly laundry tips and became a mad scientist when it comes to removing stains from clothing. In her spare time, you can find her drinking cappuccino on her balcony, watching French movies or eating chocolate when no one’s watching.