We recently took a couple new Samsung appliances — a washer and a dryer — out for a spin. We thoroughly tested their 5.0 cu-ft AddWash Front-Load Washer and 7.5 cu-ft Electric Front-Load Dryer. The latter is a steam dryer, but with the extra benefits of connectivity and a drying rack for shoes that sits inside the machine. The washer is even more intriguing, since it solves the longest-running problem with front-load washers — you can finally add that sock you dropped on the way to the machine thanks to a small second door that can still be opened once the machine has started.
Both units have a modern look — sleek stainless steel with clean lines and knobs and buttons that are clearly marked. Better yet, these cleaning machines are designed to be easy to clean themselves. But, we’re looking for a good reason to jump from old washers and dryers to the new. Are Samsung’s new extras enough?
AddWash Front-Load Washer
The most obvious feature to comment on is AddWash. We’re busy and forgetful, so we love this feature. The AddWash door is a second smaller door that can be used to add laundry to the machine, even mid-cycle. If you’ve forgotten some clothes or had something fall out of your armload while you were walking over to the machine, you can pause the wash cycle, open the second door, and throw in any forgotten garments. This is a great little feature — we wouldn’t call it life-changing, but it’s a brilliant little addition and a no-brainer if you’re in the market for a new washing machine. It’s the perfect example of a why not feature.
Even besides the second door, the washing machine is much more fully featured than most. No guesswork! For example, there is a steam cycle sanitize option that heats the water to 150 degrees Fahrenheit to eliminate bacteria, as well as a steam cycle allergen option that removes dust mites, pet dander, and other allergy-causing substances. Parents with young children will use this setting over and over and over, and be happy they have it. Families love their furry friends, but allergies can vary and change over time. Among our team, there are some dust allergies, and this feature allowed for more sound, restful sleep. There are also soil level options, which are programmed for different wash times for heavily soiled, normal, or lightly soiled loads. Tweaking settings is possible, and you can save your preferred wash settings and use them again by simply pushing a button.
A third feature that we like — and that parents will once again appreciate — is a child lock option that locks all buttons except the power button. Once again, it’s a great why not feature — after all, it only takes one curious kid jamming on buttons do wreck all of your wool garments for good.
Turns out, the machine is as good at cleaning itself as it is cleaning clothes. The machine has a self-clean option that removes dirt and mold from the drum. Using it is as easy as a button press, which beats cleaning the thing manually by far. If the point of new washing machines is to save us as much time as possible, the AddWash does an awfully good job of it.
And, like pretty much all appliances in the 2010s, you know this thing is connected. The machine is compatible with the the Samsung Smart Washer app. As you might guess, there’s not a whole lot you can do from the app, but there are options to diagnose errors when something goes wrong.
Did we find areas for improvement? While we mostly have positive things to say about this machine, we would like to see a light be added that turns on when the washer door is opened, to help see the load inside. After all, the opposite of the AddWash door problem happens, too — sometimes, a stray sock can end up forgotten in the washer once the cycle is done. This kind of light is in the Samsung dryer we also reviewed, so hopefully it can find its way into the washer in future models.
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