Samsung's $1,399 US-only WF457ARGSWR washing machine is so simple to use that it almost makes me want to do laundry. Almost.
With an intuitive 8-inch LCD screen in lieu of a cluttered multi-dial display, good cleaning performance, nice looks, and a related app that actually adds some value, it's a washer upgrade worth consideration. Yes, $1,399 is a lot to pay for a single machine, butSamsung's WF457ARGSWR might just be the right washer for you
if you're in the market for a versatile high-end machine.
A simpler clean
The Samsung WF457ARGSWR isn't exactly revolutionary when it comes to design or features. You won't find a built-in sink a la Samsung's own $1,199 WA52J8700 Activewash or a second smaller washer hidden in the pedestal like the $1,500 LG Twin Wash. Even so, the WF457ARGSWR is a smartly designed machine with distinct appeal.
Its white finish -- also available in a dark gray, "onyx" finish for an extra 100 bucks -- is simple, but it still looks crisp. That's due in large part to the built-in 8-inch LCD screen replacing any cluttered knobs and buttons on this front load washer's display.
The LCD panel truly houses every feature and function, from selecting among Normal, Sanitize, Active Wear and the other standard cleaning cycles, to customizing the temperature, spin speed, soil level, and even adding in extras like Prewash, Steam, Extra Rise, or Extra Spin. The standalone power and start/pause buttons are the only non-touchscreen controls you'll find on this machine.
|Samsung WF457ARGSWR||Electrolux EFLS617S|
|# of cycles||21||9|
|Energy consumption||148 kWh/yr||85 kWh/year|
|Dimensions (width, height, depth)||27 x 39 x 34 inches||27 x 38 x 31.5 inches|
|Warranty||1 year, parts and labor||1 year, parts and labor|
|Voltage rating||120V 60Hz||120V 60Hz|
|App||Yes, Android and iPhone||No|
There's also an Android and iPhone Samsung Smart Washer app that looks outdated and is confusing to setup, but does allow you to start cleaning cycles either from home or away, wherever your phone has access to the Internet. It's tedious to get the app up and running because you have to configure Indoor control (on your local Wi-Fi network) and Outdoor control (outside of your local Wi-Fi network) separately.
Setting up Outdoor control is particularly frustrating because you have to register your appliance on Samsungsmartappliance.com using its MAC ID. Since I couldn't find a MAC ID displayed on my machine, I took to Google to determine how to locate a MAC ID on a Samsung washer. Apparently, the number was already in the Indoor control section of the app from that configuration -- but that wasn't clear at the outset.
After that initial confusion, I was able to start cleaning cycles remotely with relative ease when you consider the LG Twin Wash's glitchy app interface. But the Whirlpool app that accompanies Whirlpool's Smart Cabrio top load washer and dryer is still my favorite laundry-related software that I've tested so far.