Whirlpool is one of the chief producers of a complete line of household appliances today. The company is a significant manufacturer of laundry equipment, dishwashers, and ovens globally. The company’s humble journey began with a clothes washer made by the Uptons in 1911. Lou Upton lost his investment in a failed appliance dealership, with the dealer compensating him with the patent for a manually operated clothes washer. Lou’s uncle, Emory Upton, made a machine from the clothes washer with an electric motor to create electric wringer washers. Soon, they had their first client: Federal Electric. However, the association lasted only three years when Federal Electric started to manufacture its own washers. After losing its first major client, the company ventured into other products such as camping equipment, car accessories, and even toys. By 1916, it closed a deal with Sears, Roebuck, and Company to produce two types of wringer washers. Although sales increased, the Uptons decided to initiate a washer under their brand name to avoid dependence. To answer the demand of being the sole supplier of washing machines for Sears, the Uptons partnered with the Nineteen Hundred Corporation. In 1949, post-war recovery, the company made a complete line of home laundry appliances, including wringer and automatic clothes washers, electric and automatic clothes dryers, and irons. The company officially changed its name to Whirlpool Corporation by 1950. To diversify its product lines and deal with competition, Whirlpool amalgamated with Seeger Refrigerator Company in 1955 and Chicago’s Birtman Electric Company in 1957. It’s continuously expanding by acquiring other brands such as Jenn-Air, Maytag, Amana, Roper, and KitchenAid. Whirlpool Corporation’s stocks have been publicly trading since 1955 under the symbol “WHR.”
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the company has so many products out there, from new to used. Finding the right documentation can be difficult, especially in the English language. This is the reason why we opened up a section dedicated to Whirlpool User Manuals, where you can view or download each PDF.