CNET First Look
Swash machine built to refresh up clothes at homeFor $400, the Whirlpool Swash uses Keurig-style pods to freshen up and remove the funk from delicates to postpone trips to the dry cleaner.
[MUSIC] We're taking an up-close look at the Whirlpool Swash. So what exactly is this large appliance I have in front of me supposed to do? Essentially, it's supposed to save you time, expense, and effort by cutting down your trips to the dry cleaners. This Swash appliance is big, it's heavy, it weighs 80 pounds and it's almost 4 1/2 feet tall. The Swash is also not the most elegant looking product. It's made out of plastic and it looks like some sort of retro radiator type of device. Except it has LED lights on the front which basically clues you into its 21st century origins. To use the Swash, you basically pull this big knob here and you open up the drawer, put in any kind of item that you want to refresh. After you put in a pod and put it right in there, close it up, there are some definite drawbacks To the Swash. First off at $400, it´s still expensive. I also don´t like how the Swash requires you to use propriety pods almost like it´s some sort of Keurig coffee machine. At $7 a 12 pack That can definitely add up. One thing to definitely be aware of, the swash doesn´t actually clean your clothes. It may refresh them and make them smell a little better, but it doesn´t remove stains, or grime, or dirt So if you're into the pressed sharp clean looks that you get from dry cleaning or even ironing the Swash is not gonna make you happy. It tends to leave some wrinkles behind. Until the Swash delivers the same sort of wrinkle-free pressed look that you get from dry cleaning or even just ironing, I don't think this guy is really worth your money. I'm Brian Bennett for CNet appliances. Be sure to check out our other laundry coverage at cnet.com. [NOISE]