Samsung shares new high-capacity washers and dryers at CES

Samsung announces a front-load washer/dryer pair and a top-load washer/dryer pair at CES.

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The Samsung front-load washer (DF9000) and its companion unit, the DF9000 front-load dryer Samsung

LAS VEGAS -- In addition to the SmartCam HD and SmartCam HD Outdoor that were announced yesterday, Samsung is also unveiling new washer and dryer pairs at CES -- two 5.6-cubic-foot washers, one front-load (WF9000) and the other top-load (WA9000) and two 9.5-cubic-foot dryers, a front-load (DF9000) and a top-load model (DA9000). The front-load laundry sets will be available in either white or onyx and the top-load washer and dryer will be offered in white or stainless platinum.

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The most notable thing about these washers (and dryers) is their size. According to Samsung, these 5.6-cubic-foot capacity washers are large enough to tackle two king-size comforters in one cycle. Not only that, but Samsung made the washing machine drum larger and created something called SuperSpeed technology that cuts the wash cycle time down to 30 minutes.

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I would be concerned about sacrificing thoroughness for speed, but Samsung seems to have that covered. The front-load washer has a PowerFoam feature that dissolves detergent in advance of the cleaning cycle to wash your clothes better and faster. And the top-load washer relies on AquaJet technology to release detergent and water simultaneously. That should allow the detergent to spread out evenly and quickly among the clothes.

The front-load models are 4 inches taller, so you don't have to bend over as far to add or remove your clothes. This washer and dryer comes with another interesting design feature, too; LEDs in the drums (presumably so you can see what you're doing better). The top-load model is also designed with you in mind -- it's wider and lower so you don't have to lean as far over to reach the clothing at the bottom of the drum. No word on pricing yet, but both the front-load and top-load pairs will be available in spring 2014.

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