Electrolux EFLS617S review:

This cool, uncomplicated washer performs well under pressure

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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Electrolux EFLS617S washer excels at stain removal for just $1,099.

The Bad It doesn't have an app or any other smart features.

The Bottom Line Get the Electrolux EFLS617S for its reasonable price and top-notch performance.

8.1 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Usability 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

The $1,099 Electrolux EFLS617S Front Load Perfect Steam Washer with LuxCare Wash and SmartBoost may not have an app or any other connected home integrations, but this affordable appliance is definitely smart.

The SmartBoost performance feature the Electrolux team touted when its new 600-series washers were first announced in January really does clean clothes better. The EFLS617S, a flagship 600-series washing machine, also has intuitive controls and is easy on the eyes. If you're in the market for a reasonably priced front-load washer with impressive stain-fighting power, I'd give this Electrolux model a close look.

The basics

For a full-size washer priced at just $1,099, the Electrolux EFLS617S has a lot to offer. Available in a white or dark gray finish (gray costs an extra 100 bucks), it has a competitive 4.4-cubic-foot capacity, an unfussy display, and a variety of features.

Some of them include:

While I wouldn't expect to see a steam feature like Perfect Steam or a system designed to monitor and control water temperatures and sense load size like LuxCare for $1,099, SmartBoost is the real standout here. As Electrolux claims, SmartBoost offers "The most effective stain removal."

Here are some of its other key features:

Electrolux EFLS617S Samsung WF457ARGSWR
Price $1,099 $1,399
# of cycles 9 21
Energy consumption 85 kWh/year 148 kWh/yr
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 27 inches x 38 inches x 31.5 inches 27 inches x 39 inches x 34 inches
Warranty 1 year, parts and labor 1 year, parts and labor
Voltage rating 120V 60Hz 120V 60Hz
App No Yes, Android and iPhone

Performance

SmartBoost definitely sounds like a PR buzzword, something designed to seem fancy that might not actually improve a washer's performance -- or make doing laundry any easier. But in this particular case, it delivers.

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