FAHE4045QW Review

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Washer Pros and Cons

Cleaning

Cleans with a high-efficiency (HE) wash system, but does not employ an internal heater. HE wash systems use gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing, require less water, and have more internal space without a central agitator.

 

Spin

Maximum washer spin rate is 43% lower than average. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water in the clothing and requires longer, more costly drying times. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washing machines for POOR moisture removal.

 

Energy

Energy Factor is 29% lower than average. Clothes washers with lower Energy Factors are less efficient and will cost more to operate because they use more energy. Ranks in the lower 20% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency.

 

Water

The FAHE4045QW Water Factor is 74% higher than the average new washer. Higher Water Factors indicate the washer is less efficient and will use more water to operate. Ranks in the lower 15% of new washers for POOR water efficiency.

 

Cycles

Cycles and options are about average for a new washing machine. The more flexibility you have with program selection, the better the chance of meeting your family’s unique clothing care needs. Helps with diverse fabrics and children.

 

Price

Based on the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), the cost per cubic foot of capacity is about average for a new clothes washer and is rated GOOD for price efficiency. Washers can often be purchased on-sale 10%-20% under MSRP.

 

Performance Ratings

Steam

No Steam Cleaning – Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.

 

Sanitize

No Sanitize Cycle – Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.

 

Allergen

Not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.

 

Temp Control

Auto Temp Control – Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.

Heater

No Internal Water Heater – Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home’s hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.<

 

Water Level

No Auto Water Level – Pre-set, standard water levels must be manually selected for different estimated load sizes. Does not employ load sensors that can automatically and efficiently adjust the water level for small to large loads.

 

Drum

Plastic Wash Drum – Polyester or nylon wash baskets can be tough, but they’re not resistant to stains or odors. Stainless steel is the current standard with less than 10% of new washing machines having porcelain or plastic drums.

 

Vibration

Added Vibration Control – advertised to have advanced features to help control vibration and related noise. Details of these anti-vibration features are not readily available and the true effectiveness is unknown.

Wash Type

Impeller – High efficiency top load washer that uses an impeller to lift and rotate clothing in varied wash motions. Provides for more usable drum space than the older agitator models and uses much less water to clean clothing.

MSRP

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 16% lower than average. You should save about $166 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 40% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.

Motor

Frigidaire currently has one of the best drive motor warranties available with 10 years parts and one-year labor. The washer drive motor is one of the more expensive components to replace. Manufacturer warranties are subject to change.

Convenience Ratings

Capacity

Interior capacity is 13% lower than average. Smaller washers generally cost less up-front, but if you want to do your laundry less often, a larger washer saves time and money. Ranks in the lower 15% of new washers for SMALLER load size.

 

Periodic Tumble

No Periodic Tumble – After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.

 

Time

Remaining Time Display – Includes a digital time display at the top of the washer that shows estimated remaining cycle time. Just glance at the display while you’re working and plan your time accordingly.

Delay

Delay Start / End> – You can program the wash cycle to start or end several hours later when you wake up or arrive home. Allows you to organize laundry chores around your schedule, or take advantage of lower, off-peak, utility rates.

Dispenser

Bleach, fabric softener, or detergent can be preloaded into the dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.

Settings

15 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings – 5 Temperature, 5 Soil, and 5 Spin settings. Higher than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. More settings provide added flexibility for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.

Quick Wash

Quick Wash – In a hurry? Forget to wash a garment for today’s special event? This washing machine has a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles.

Wash-Dry

No Overnight Wash & Dry – Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.

 

Drum Light

Drum Light – Illuminates the wash drum area when loading and unloading clothes. Helpful in poorly lit rooms or just to alleviate shadows that can hide items like socks which go missing until the next wash cycle.

ADA

Not ADA Compliant – Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.

 

Wi-Fi

No Wi-Fi – This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.

 

Detergent

No Detergent Reservoir – Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.

 

Reverse Door

No Reversible Door – Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.

 

Stackable

Not Stackable – Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.