Whirlpool is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of home appliances across the globe. The company has its headquarters in Michigan and is listed in the Fortune 500. In addition to its Whirlpool range of appliances, it also markets the products of the companies it has acquired over a period of time including Maytag, Kitchen Aid, Jenn-Air, Amna and Inglis. With the acquiring of Maytag in the year 2006, Whirlpool became the world’s largest home appliance maker in the world, overtaking Electrolux in the process.
Whirlpool has a very rich history which can be traced back to 1911 when it was founded as Upton Machine Company. In 1924, Upton merged with Nineteen Hundred Washer Company and the merged entity was called as the Nineteen Hundred Corporation. In the year 1950, the Nineteen Hundred Corporation was renamed the Whirlpool Corporation. In the same year, the first Whirlpool-branded top loaded automatic washer hit the marketplace. In the year 1968, Whirlpool for the first time in its history surpassed the $1 billion sales mark. Within the next 10 years, it doubled its sales to $2 billion. In the year 1987, it began selling its washers in India. In 1988, it started a joint venture with Philips called Whirlpool International. It bought back the 47% share from Philips in the year 1991. In the year 2001, it surpassed the $10 billion mark and in 2006 with the acquisition of Maytag becomes the world’s largest home appliance company, with an annual revenue of $18 billion.
Range of Whirlpool Home Appliances
Under its Whirlpool brand name, it manufactures a wide range of home appliances including washers, dryers, kitchen appliances including refrigerators, cooking ovens and washing machines, water heaters and filters, room air conditioning systems, central heating and air conditioning systems and de-humidifiers.
Whirlpool Washers and Dryers
Whirlpool manufactures a wide variety of washers and dryers including high efficiency front load washers, high efficiency top load washers, traditional washers, traditional dryers and washer dryer combos. Traditional washers are available in capacities such as 3.4 cu.feet and 3.6 cu.feet. Traditional washers are available as top load washers. High efficiency top load washers come with Whirlpool sensing and adapting features including direct inject wash system, quiet spin technology and low wash system. Top load washers are available in capacities ranging from 3.6 cu.feet to 4.6 cu.feet.
Some of the other main features that are available include an eco-monitor, care control temperature management system and precision dispense system. High efficiency front load washing machines come with optional features such as deep clean wash system, direct inject wash system, quiet spin technology, clean care cycle and low wash system. Some of the main features that are available with the front loading high efficiency machines include different cycles and options in the form of separate allergen removal cycles, delicate cycles, eco cycles and steam sanitization cycles.
Front loading washing machines are available across different capacity categories including compact, medium, large and extra large. Washer dryer combos are available in two forms. One is in the form of combination washer and electric dryer and the other is in the form of combinational washer and gas dryer. Traditional dryers are available in three different types based on the type of fuel used to dry the clothes. The different types of fuel used include gas and natural gas. There is also a dryer that is driven by electric means.
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Whirlpool manufactures a wide range of refrigerators including French door, side-by-side, bottom freezer and top freezer. Their French door refrigerators come with outstanding features including built-in sensors, counter depth, in door ice and water, and easy to clean shelves. They also come with Whirlpool ‘6th Sense’ technologies such as adaptive defrosting and temperature management system. Side by side refrigerators come with all the features that are available in French door refrigerators and are available in larger capacities such as 25cu.feet and higher.
Whirlpool Cooking Range
The Whirlpool cooking range includes kitchen ranges, cook tops, wall ovens and microwave ovens.
Kitchen ranges come in three different models namely the fee standing model, slide-in and drop-in. With respect to the heating mechanism, ranges are available as electric-fired, gas, and natural-gas fired. Freestanding kitchen ranges come with state of the art features including convection, hidden bake elements, steam clean options and versatile gas burners.
Wall ovens are available in three basic types including single oven, double oven and microwave oven. All wall ovens come with features such as delay bake, convection, hidden bake element and Sabbath mode. Whirlpool cook tops are available in 4 burner and 5 burner models. The cook top fuel type can be either electric or gas. Some of the major features of the cook tops include a power burner, easy to clean grates, bridge elements and multi size radiant elements.
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Whirlpool Dishwashers and Cleaning
Whirlpool dishwashers are available in three different models. They are integrated console, traditional console and portable models. The portable model come with wheels and can be moved to any part of the home. In addition to dishwashers, Whirlpool has also come with a range of compactors and disposers.
Whirlpool Home Solutions
Whirlpool has also got its footprint in air conditioning, dehumidification, water heating, softening and filtration. Room air conditioners are energy star certified and have the largest digital display when compared to room air conditioners of other brands. They also come with an auto cool fan speed technology in which the fan speed increases or decreases based on the amount of cooling available in the room. When it comes to water filtration systems, Whirlpool has a whole range of filtration systems available including central filtration systems, refrigerator ice and water, whole house filtration and under the sink filtration. Under the sink filtration comes in three different forms including cold water filtering, dual stage filtration and reverse osmosis filtration.
Whirlpool Appliance Repair
Whirlpool is a mammoth company, with a huge range of products designed for the home. With so many different products on offer, they inevitably require repair or maintenance from time to time. First consult your manual, then the manufacturer, and if all else fails a repair specialist will be able to get your Whirlpool appliance back up and running quickly and efficiently.