Innovation

With 109 years of industry-first innovations and game-changing products, our legacy proves we are driven by intellectual curiosity and innovation. Yet without standing on our laurels, we’ve never scaled back on our investments in innovation and product development. The ability to see beyond the current needs and behaviors of our consumers to create solutions that address how they will purchase, interact with and use our products for decades to come, permeates our culture. World Class Manufacturing, IoT, leading-edge design, craftsmanship and digital technologies drive innovation to improve life at home.

World Class Manufacturing in Every Region

World Class Manufacturing in Every Region

Leveraging our global scale and advancing our journey to best-in-class levels of performance in every region. As the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, Whirlpool Corporation uses innovative methods to manufacture innovative products. That’s why...

Celebrating Global Manufacturing Day

Celebrating Global Manufacturing Day

Thank you to our global manufacturing workforce Today is “National Manufacturing Day” in the U.S. Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day gives us a chance to show people what today’s manufacturing careers are really like. This year we are...

Stay Agile in the New Normal – Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Stay Agile in the New Normal – Digital Manufacturing Transformation

2020 has been a year of unprecedented events, challenges and opportunities. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on each of us personally and professionally, and these challenges push business leaders for their entrepreneurship and creativity to drive the business...

The Advantages of A Digital Factory Amidst a Global Pandemic

The Advantages of A Digital Factory Amidst a Global Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic presented important challenges, affecting not only our private spheres, but also our working environments. It brought to light a missing test most companies in the manufacturing sector had been procrastinating about: digital transformation....

‘Patented Performance’

‘Patented Performance’

Whirlpool Corporation Highlights Two Women Patent Holders Whirlpool Corporation is home to a diverse group of innovative thinkers in the areas of design and engineering. Two of those outstanding individuals who are among the leaders in the number of patents at the...

Innovation Firsts

Many follow Whirlpool Corporation, but our purposeful innovation has launched these industry “firsts”

FIRST ELECTRIC WRINGER CLOTHES WASHER

LOUIS AND EMORY UPTON


With the help of their business partner Lowell Bassford, Louis Upton and his uncle Emory started the Upton Machine Company in Benton Harbor, MI. They pioneered electric motor-driven wringer washing machines in 1911, which laid the successful foundation of the Whirlpool Corporation.

FIRST ICON KITCHENAID® STAND MIXER

KITCHENAID BRAND


The idea started when Herbert Johnson set out to streamline the way bakers mixed dough. The stand mixers found their way on to all U.S. Navy ships before eventually being found everywhere from homes to professional kitchens. The technology and shape has transformed the way baking gets done since 1919.

FIRST BOTTOM-FREEZER REFRIGERATOR

AMANA BRAND


Amana brand wanted to modernize the way the world stored food. Their teams recognized many customers didn’t access frozen food as often as fresh food. Hence, the bottom-freezer was born in 1947, paving the way for a French door configuration.

FIRST SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR

AMANA BRAND


To appease households outgrowing the top-freezer model, Amana brand introduced the first side-by-side refrigerator in 1949. This revolutionary design made it possible for consumers to keep both fresh and frozen food at eye level. The innovation caught on rapidly and can still be found in homes all over the world.

FIRST SPACE KITCHEN DEVELOPED FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION


With a contract from the U.S. government in 1960, Whirlpool Corporation engineers took on zero gravity living. The kitchen included a miniature thermoelectric refrigerator, freezer, three-cavity oven, self-heated water system, storage space for food and disposal units. It was used in all of NASA’s GeminiApollo and Skylab missions.

FIRST SELF-VENTILATED COOKTOP

JENN-AIR BRAND


Kitchen cooktops always had to sit under a hood until Jenn-Air brand modernized the way cooktops were installed in 1961. By creating self-ventilation, the cooktop could be fitted anywhere and in any size space. This innovation liberated home chefs everywhere to design kitchens around their needs instead of the cooktop.

FIRST COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE OVEN

AMANA BRAND


Amana brand introduces the first countertop, domestic 150-volt microwave oven, which costs just under $500 and is smaller, safer and more reliable than previous models. The market expands, cooking becomes easier and the Amana Radarange becomes the dominant player in the home microwave oven business.

FIRST 24-HOUR TOLL-FREE CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPPORT PROGRAM IN THE U.S.

WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION


Our customers have always been at the center of what we do. In 1967, sales rose to a level that required us to design a customer service program to match. This decision set a trend within the industry and a benchmark for large corporations worldwide.

FIRST ENERGY/WATER-EFFICIENT TOP LOAD WASHER

WHIRLPOOL BRAND


Whirlpool brand has never shied away from consumer needs—even when it meant redesigning an entire product. In 1998, to get ahead of a market trending toward sustainability, Whirlpool brand designed the first washer to exceed expectations in performance and resource savings.

FIRST LARGE CAPACITY FRONT-LOAD WASHER IN THE U.S.

WHIRLPOOL BRAND


Consumers get better at multi-tasking every year. Whirlpool brand recognized customers’ needs to accomplish more in less time and innovated a solution in 1999. The large capacity washer design has permanently changed the industry and buyer expectations.

FIRST INDUCTION DOUBLE OVEN FREESTANDING RANGE

WHIRLPOOL BRAND


With a market trending toward finishing meals more quickly, Whirlpool brand delivered yet another industry first in 2013. Two ovens cooking at two temperatures and an induction cooktop ensure meals get done more efficiently than ever before.