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Samsung WF45M5500AZ review: Samsung's washing machine makes laundry day less stressful

Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ front-load washing machine cleans well -- and looks good doing it.

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Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ got the second best stain removal score of any front-load washing machine we've tested. I recommend it if you're looking for a midrange model with excellent performance. You can stack it under (or install it next to) the corresponding dryer.

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Samsung WF45M5500AZ

The Good

Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ earned one of the best stain removal scores of all of the washing machines we've tested.

The Bad

Its display is a little convoluted and the Samsung Smart Washer app is outdated and overly complicated.

The Bottom Line

The Samsung WF45M5500AZ is a top-performing washer sold at a reasonable price.

A random combination of buttons, touch controls and a knob make the washer's display a bit chaotic, but its digital screen is easy to read from a distance. The Samsung Smart Washer app is supposed to help you troubleshoot potential problems with your washer, but it's outdated and glitchy. I'd suggest calling customer service instead. 

Even with its slightly cluttered display and annoying app, the WF45M5500AZ is a strong contender alongside other washers in the $1,000 range. 

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The washer 'blues'

I like the look of the WF45M5500AZ. The blue finish manages to be different without being too much. You can also opt for the same washer in either platinum (also $999) or white ($899). You'll find all of the settings you need on the display panel, but its assorted buttons and touch controls are a little messy.  The Samsung Smart Washer app is glitchy, too. It's supposed to help you diagnose washer issues, but I'd skip the app altogether and just contact customer service or a repair person instead. 

Here's how this Samsung model compares to the $1,099 Electrolux EFLS617S and the $1,199 Whirlpool WFW87HEDW:

Comparing washing machines


Samsung WF45M5500AZElectrolux EFLS617SWhirlpool WFW87HEDW
Price $999$1,099$1,199
Color finish Azure blue, platinum, white (for $899)White, titanium (for $1,199)Chrome shadow, white (for $1,099)
Capacity 4.5 cubic feet4.4 cubic feet4.3 cubic feet
# of cycles 10910
Energy consumption 105 kWh/year85 kWh/year109 kWh/year
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 27 x 38.7 x 33.8 inches27 x 38 x 31.5 inches27 x 38.75 x 33.13 inches
App Samsung Smart WasherNoNo

Performance 

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We score a washer's performance based on how well it removes stains and how gentle it is on clothes. To do this, we run new stain strips and "mechanical action" strips through three identical 'normal' cleaning cycles (see our how we test washers article for more details). 

Stain strips are long strips of fabric covered in skin oil (sebum), mineral oil (carbon), pig's blood, cocoa and aged red wine. Mechanical action strips are thin pieces of fabric with five holes punched in the shape of an X across the width of the square. After each cleaning cycle, we calculate the percentage of original stains left on each fabric strip. We also count the number of attached, frayed threads on each mechanical action strip. 

The lower the stain score percentage and the frayed fiber count, the better the washer performed. 

Samsung's WF45M5500AZ got an excellent stain removal score; just 44 percent of its original stains were left on average after each cleaning cycle. Even though Samsung did extremely well, the EFLS617S had just 40 percent of its original stains remaining. Check out the graphic to see how its stain removal compares to Electrolux's EFLS617S and Whirlpool's WFW87HEDW by stain. 

The WF45M5500AZ was fairly tough on clothes, though. It had an average of 294 attached, frayed threads. The Electrolux EFLS617S had a similar wear and tear score with a 295-count; Whirlpool's WFW87HEDW had a 263-count, making it more gentle than the other two models. 

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Conclusion

Samsung's $999 WF45M5500AZ front-load washing machine does a great job removing stains. I wish its display was more streamlined and that the Samsung Smart Washer app worked better. But even so, the Samsung WF45M5500AZ is well worth your consideration -- especially if you're in the market for a stackable midrange front-loader with excellent performance. 

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Samsung WF45M5500AZ

Score Breakdown

Design 7Usability 7.5Features 7Performance 8.5