"How did it get to market? It fails in so many ways."0.5 starson by Lugozi
Pros: None that I can see.
Cons: Fails to meet the first requirement of an automatic washing machine: to clean clothes. It fails to meet the second requirement of an automatic washer: automatic functioning. Manual re-starts are required to rinse and spin, then drain and spin.
Summary: Residue is left on clothes and inside the drum. Clothes have to be washed and/or rinsed a second time. Monthly cleaning of the machine itself is recommended in the instructions because of this residue and because the detergent dispenser does not drain the water that collects in it during a wash which in turn leads to mold and mildew issues. Whirlpool saw an opportunity to turn these design flaws into a plus and came up with a Whirlpool cleaning product for this very purpose!
This machine fails in so many ways. It does not save water and it does not save energy because loads have to be put through several times. It is not automatic. And it certainly does not save time. It takes more time than any other machine I have owned in the past 25 years because you cannot walk away from it - it has to be monitored constantly.