WA52J8700AW Review

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Washer Pros and Cons

Cleaning

Steam-cleans and sanitizes clothes. Steam is very effective in gently removing tough stains, sanitizing garments, reducing allergens, and getting clothes really clean. Helps soften clothes and prevent wrinkles during high speed spin cycle.

Spin

Maximum spin rate is about average for a new washing machine. Higher spin RPM removes more moisture from clothing and reduces dryer cycle time. Can significantly save on energy costs, especially when coupled with an electric dryer.

 

Energy

Energy Factor is about average for a new clothes washer and should provide GOOD energy efficiency. Energy Factor is defined as the washer capacity divided by energy consumption; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.

 

Water

The WA52J8700AW Water Factor is about average for a new washing machine and should provide GOOD water efficiency. Water Factor is defined as water consumption divided by capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.

 

Cycles

Cycles and options are 30% higher than average. Operating flexibility can be important if you have diverse fabrics and soil conditions within your family. Ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST program variability and selection.

Price

Price per cubic foot is 16% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $39 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.

Performance Ratings

Steam

Steam Cleaning – Generates steam that deeply penetrates clothing to remove grime and achieve a cleaner wash. Gentler on fabrics than other stain-removing wash cycles. Produces a softening affect that reduces wrinkles from high spin rates.

Sanitize

NSF Sanitize Cycle – Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) P172 Protocol to effectively sanitize clothes. Reduces 99.9% of microorganisms and ensures there is no significant carryover of bacteria into future loads.

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

Internal Water Heater – Includes an internal water heater that can boost water temperature beyond your home’s hot water tank. Helps maintain optimum temperatures throughout each cycle. Hot water is the key to really getting your clothes clean.

Water Level

Automatic Water Level – Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that eliminates guessing and saves water costs.

Drum

Stainless Steel Wash Drum – Stainless steel is a durable wash basket material that resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. It is superior to porcelain or plastic. Over 90% of new washers produced today have stainless steel 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

Pulsator – High efficiency top load washer that uses an pulsator 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 about average for a new washing machine and is rated GOOD for overall price. In addition to the MSRP, it’s also beneficial to evaluate cost efficiency by comparing price per cubic foot.

 

Motor

Samsung 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 35% higher than average. Larger washers generally cost more, but if you have a big family, or want to do your wash less often, they can save you time and money. Ranks in the top 10% of new washers for LARGEST 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

16 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings – 6 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

No Drum Light – There is no internal lighting of the wash drum area when loading or unloading clothes. Sometimes shadows or an unlit laundry room can hide a stray sock that remains 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.