In a lineup of top-load washing machines, Samsung's modern $1,099 WA54M8750AW stands out. Next-gen aesthetics aside, the WA54M8750AW is highly disappointing. And even though it's currently on sale for $649, I still wouldn't buy this washer. It didn't perform well, its display is hard to read, the latch holding the washer lid and sink together is flimsy and I completely gave up on the glitchy Samsung Smart Home app mid-setup. Save your money for the high-performing $1,530 instead (it's currently on sale at Sears for $990).
Modern design isn't enough
The Samsung WA54M8750AW channeledwith its integrated display. I like the concept of moving the instrument panel to the main washer compartment (rather than having sticking up). It's similar to the difference between and range display panels. But the WA54M8750AW's design didn't do well in practice. Its panel sits so flat against the washer you can't read the display from a distance.
Like, the WA54M8750AW has a sink so you can soak or hand wash heavily stained or delicate items with ease. The sink is a useful addition, but you'll pay extra for it -- and this particular model has a significant design flaw. The tab that holds the lid and the sink together is in the center of the washer, rather than hidden on the side. Half of the times I tried to open the WA54M8750AW's lid to get to the wash compartment, I accidentally released the sink. Frustrating.
Here's how the WA54M8750AW stacks up against other top-loaders in its price range:
Comparing washing machines
||Samsung WA54M8750AW||Maytag MVWB955FC||LG WT1801HVA||Kenmore Elite 31633||Whirlpool WTW8700EC|
|Color finish||White, black stainless steel (for $1,199)||Metallic slate, white ( for $1,299)||Graphite steel, white (for $1,050)||Metallic, white (for $1,420)||Chrome shadow|
|Capacity||5.4 cubic feet||6.2 cubic feet||4.9 cubic feet||6.2 cubic feet||5.3 cubic feet|
|# of cycles||12||10||12||10||10|
|Energy consumption||180 kWh/year||240 kWh/year||135 kWh/year||290 kWh/year||196 kWh/year|
|Water consumption||14.8 gallons||15.3 gallons||15 gallons||15.6 gallons||17.4 gallons|
|Dimensions (width, height, depth)||27x42.4x29.3 inches||29.5x43.4x30 inches||27x40.2x28.4 inches||29.5x43.5x30 inches||27.5x42.3x28 inches|
|App||Yes, Android and iPhone||No||Yes, Android and iPhone||No||Yes, Android and iPhone|
At a glance, Samsung's WA54M8750AW looks like a solid contender alongside the other high-end top-load washers in the chart above. Its 5.4-cubic-foot capacity can easily hold all of your clothes, it's priced lower than its competition and it's supposed to work with the Samsung Smart Home app for Android and iOS. I unfortunately had no luck connecting the washer to the app. It closed and logged me out regularly for no apparent reason and I ultimately gave up after more than an hour of failed attempts.
Can it clean?
The Samsung WA54M8750AW did not perform well.