The Samsung WF448AAW is among the most highly rated front-loading washers in professional tests. It has a very large 4.5-cubic-foot capacity and includes features including steam washing, vibration-reduction technology and sound dampening. It also includes Samsung's SilverCare technology, which kills 99.9 percent of odor-causing bacteria. Samsung is currently conducting tests in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency to determine whether the technology poses any risks. If you want a front-loader but don't want to spend so much, consider the Amana NFW7200TW (*est. $650), a smaller, less expensive washer.
the only dryer that i know that the control can be inverted over is fisher and paykel.
Unfortunately the dryer dimensions is slightly smaller that the standard 60 x 60 width of typical front load washer and hence no stacking kit will fit the dryer. The only solution is to buy the rubber friction round thingy and stick it on the underneath of the dryer to prevent it from "dancing" above the dryer. but it does not guarantee it from not falling off the top of the washer.
Actually i shouldt think that it should pose any problem with the normal dryer. stacking height is not that high that you canot reach the controls.
depends on how you look at it. If you are looking to expand the family then i would think its okay. But in the beginning have to contend with living that you might probably be washing with maybe say half to 3/4 load most of the time? cos if not the clothes will be in the laundry basket for way too long for your comfort.
king sized quilt? hmm.... i have my reservations for those though. i know electrolux have recommended for those machines to wash comforter etc.
but if you are seriously juyst looking for buying bigger capacity simply to accomodate the quilt then i would think its a little too big.
But with my earlier statement if its an initial investment in preparation for expansion then i think its okay. just have to bear in mind that you might not get full load very very often.
And because front load washer if you get the mid to high range ones they will adjust the time and the water consumption according to the load so i still think its okay.
- hopefully not exceed $1.1 - $1.2k.
- only for the 2 of us initially, but kids may come in the next 1-2 yrs.
- can wash king-size bedsheets and curtains (no more quilt as I suddenly remembered I have a new silk quilt and that doesn't require washing).
- saves water and energy
The extended warranty part, I understand. Neighbourhood stores doesn't offer that.
We don't really have silk items to wash, maybe only 1-2 such items once in a while. But I need a gentle cycle coz I handwash some of my clothes at the moment. Hopefully with the new washer, I can throw in my bras... haha.
but do you have qualms with having just a 1 year warranty? because if you are okay with 1 year warranty it can mean a difference between getting a higher end model with more features but within your budget.
Whereas if extended warranty is an option. then with the budget something like a mid range washer will be within reach while the higher ones just slightly out of reach.
In fact you would not go wrong with bosch or electrolux.
both are relatively reliable, and both has arguable points.
I personally like the full stainless steel drum (inclding omega beaters) in the bosch machines. electrolux uses plastic omega beaters.
Bosch door catch is a plastic one while the electrolux are metal catch. durability between the two questionable. because it really depends on usage.
as for door hinge both are okay to me.
Both outer drum are plastic tub material, stainless steel drum preferred though the only one in the market to have it is miele now.
other than that its just looking at the Spin speed - a cost to washer price. higher spin speed means higher price. but higher spin speed means better if you have dryer, cos clothes comes out with less residual moisture and hence will consume lesser electricity and time in the dryer.
and also looking at the wash options like quick wash, etc. and of course type fo wash programme.
i would say that the diamond drum isnt one of the smoothest drum in the market. in fact the standard microhole drums are better. also the construction for the drum isnt good.. though the door hinge is okay.
I have yet to see it in action to evaluate its agitation and machine programming.
Overall if you are paying 769 for samsung.
No doubt if you are looking at the specs its better.
But i would think that a 7kg bosch machine 12060 wth 800rpm at 879 would be a better deal.
Hi ridz, thank you for the reply. Actually, what is the diff between 800 rpm to 1000rpm or even higher rpm? If I'm not wrong, it means how dry your clothes will be after washing right? But the salesperson told me that higher rpm means clothes will be more messy & crumpled. Is that true? What is the min. rpm for S'pore usage?
the difference being in like what you said. how much drier your clothes will be. as in the residual moisture on the clothes.
Well not exactly true that the higher the rpm the more messier n crumpled though there are some truth in it. but it should affect that much.
It is more pertinent if you are going to use a dryer. Because. the higher the spin speed. the lesser water that is left. the shorter the time spent in the dryer hence the lesser the cost of you to operate the dryer.
E.g. If you spin clothes at say just 6kg of cltohes
Spun at 800 rpm.. your residual moisture could be about 70% time : 100 mins electricity abt 3.7kwh thats about 86cents to dry that load.
Spun at 1000rpm residual 60% time 89 mins electricity 3.3kwh costs 77cents
In the long run using a washer with a higher rpm will cost you less in the dryer.
I would reckon go as high as possible. the standard seem to point at 1000rpm. but well mine spins at 1400 pretty happy but of course if can the higher the better.
but do take note that not all fabrics can take high spin speeds. usually cottons are okay to as high as possible, but delicates like silk is between 600 -900... denim i think also up to 900 and delicates typically up to 600 so depends.
ridz, really appreciate your informative reply!
Btw, for machines designated rpm for different fabric material for eg, delicate, cotton & etc. Can I adjust the rpm manually to lower? Or the designated rpm for different fabric material are fixed & there cannot be any manual changes on my part?
usually for most washers. the spin speed is automatically capped at the highest that the fabric can tolerate. e.g. if you your machine is 1000rpm machine.
you select cotton, by default it will select the final spin speed as 1000rpm. But if you select delicate, it will select prob 600 or 900 rpm depending on machines.
of course if you wash cotton and want to spin say 600 you can choose just that the max it will allow you to choose is 1000.
if you select delicate and the limit is 900 you can choose to spin at 300 or 500 or 600 but you cant select 1000 it will be disallowed.
usually the higher end models of each product line will allow for more customisation.
like eletrolux for example. the low end range of machines can spion at max 850. but there is only a spin reduction button which means if you press that it will spin at 550 that is the only selection.
but if you buy the higher end machines you can choose variable spin speed meaning ranging from 100 to 1000rpm.
so this is another thing to consider with continental style washers. more choices more costs.
Top load I'm presuming That you are referring to Asian top load. Well yes I must say wash wise it's cleaner and of course less stress on the fabric due to nature of clothes agitation methods. Water wise front load uses much less and electricity wise it's both comparable on cold wash modes.
Thanks Ridz.. me and my hubby still arguing.. He wants a front load and I wanted a top load.. Can add on clothes before wash u see.. haha.. I am looking at a Samsung Top Load... Is the diamond drum good?
i would go for fisher and paykel. personal preference. it has as central agitator and a bit more cleaner. And of course the spin speed of 1000 is pretty okay. and 2 years warranty by fisher paykel and 5 years for rust i think. GWC12