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. \t \t \t \tThe $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. \t \t \t \tThe 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 \t \t \t \tFor 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. \t \t \t \tSome of them include: \t Front-load design \t SmartBoost \t LuxCare wash system\t 15-minute Fast Wash cycle\t Sanitize option\t StainSoak option\t Perfect Steam option\t Extended Refresh option\t Fresh water rinse \t \t \t \tWhile 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:Performance \t \t \t \tSmartBoost 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.