Reviewers recommend the 24-inch-wide Whirlpool LTE5243DQ as a good laundry center for those who have a space that's too narrow to accommodate a standard 27-inch unit. Performance, for a laundry center, is well liked. However there are few extra features and the capacity is very limited.
As long as you can live with the capacity, it's a competent clothes cleaner. Reviews for the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ mostly come from owners, and most are reasonably pleased with how well it works, granting it a 4.3-star rating at Lowes.com, for example, which is quite high for this class of appliance. Complaints follow a pattern, with the small capacity, slow operation, and a tendency for the washer to become unbalanced being the shortfalls that are voiced most often. Still, nearly 90 percent of reviews at Lowes.com (which also includes reviews posted at Whirlpool's own site) say they would recommend the LTE5243DQ to a friend.
A good fit for tight spaces. Measuring just under 24-inches across, the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ is a good choice for those who don't have a space wide enough to accommodate a full size laundry center, washer-dryer combo, or a stackable washer-dryer pair. Its 1.5-cubic-foot top-loading washer sits below the 3.4-cubic-foot dryer. You will need standard washer-dryer connections for water (both a supply and drainage), a 240-volt electrical outlet, and a vent to the outside. A gas version, the Whirlpool LTG5243DQ (Est. $1,200) also requires a gas hookup for the dryer, but only 120-volt electricity. The electric-only model requires connections for water, electricity (240 volts) and a venting system. The small size can be an issue if you are cleaning clothes for more than one or two people, or need to wash bulky items.
Bare bones. The selling point for laundry centers is convenience, not features, and the LTG5243DQ is no exception. The Whirlpool laundry center has a porcelain-coated washtub, dial controls, three water levels, three temperature settings and five wash cycles. There's no moisture sensor, but a Dry-Miser sensor monitors the dryer's exhaust to automatically shut off the dryer when it reaches a preset temperature.
We found nearly 110 reviews for the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ at Lowes.com, though that includes a number that were first posted at Whirlpool.com. It earns an overall rating of 43 stars out of 5. Users say this laundry center is a space saver with good performance and convenient features, but they say its small capacity makes it a poor choice for a family.
Review: Whirlpool Electric Stacked Laundry Center with 1.5-cu ft Washer and 3.4-cu ft Dryer (White) Model #: LTE5243DQ, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of August 2014
BestBuy.com has fewer than 20 reviews for the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ, but all are unique to the site -- a growing rarity among retail user review destinations. Feedback is mixed. Most owners are happy, but we see complaints over frequent unbalanced loads and excessive noise mixed in with a few laundry centers with reliability issues.
Review: Whirlpool - 1.5 Cu. Ft. 5-Cycle Washer and 3.4 Cu. Ft. 4-Cycle Dryer Electric Combo - White-on-White Model: LTE5243DQ, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of August 2014
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We see about 90 user reviews for the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ's, but most are pulled from Whirlpool's site. As is the case with Lowes.com, the overall rating is solid, with nearly 90 percent saying that they would recommend the laundry center to a friend.
Review: Whirlpool 24" Stack Washer with Electric Dryer - LTE5243DQ, Contributors to ABT.com, As of August 2014
About seven users review the Whirlpool LTE5243DQ at Viewpoints.com, where it receives an overall rating of 75 points out of 100. Users like the laundry center's compactness and its cleaning and drying performance. The most common complaint is a tendency to go out of balance.
Review: Whirlpool 24-Inch Thin-Twin Stacked Washer/Dryer Electric Laundry Center LTE5243DQ Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of August 2014