Electrolux EIFLW50LIW Washer Review
Speed, affordability, and performance all rolled into one
Appliances generally do things cheaply, quickly, or well. But the Electrolux EIFLW50LIW (MSRP $1,099) did a little of each. With an $1,099 MSRP, it's not exactly the cheapest machine around, but it's not the priciest high end front-loader out there. In terms of quickness, the Normal cycle on this machine is about 42 minutes long, which is blazingly fast—the quickest Normal we've ever seen was 38 minutes. And best of all, this Electrolux does clean your clothes well. Of course, it lags behind the flagship EIFLS70JIW, but the 50LIW is $500 cheaper.
Design & Usability
Electrolux keeps it in the family
When it comes to usability, Electroluxese is quite easy to speak after you learn the basic rules. There's a unified design language amongst the company’s front loaders: They all have the Touch-2-Open door and the Sure-2-Fit drum. Touch-2-Open is more like push-to-open, and if you don't push the door on the designated area, it won't close at all. Sure-2-Fit on the other hand, means that this washer possesses a large drum for all your laundry.
Usability-wise, this machine will be Sure-2-Please.
All options light up with blue LEDs, and additional information is displayed the LCD screen. Opening the door turns on a drum light. Sadly, there's no button to turn it on manually to watch the clothes go 'round and 'round. You may also notice a distinct floral odor emanating from this machine, like it's the Queen of England or something. That's because Electrolux uses a patented rubber gasket that's impregnated with a scented, antimicrobial substance to prevent nasty odors. Most of the people in the appliance lab found it pleasant, but this reviewer wasn't thrilled by the smell.
Performance & Features
No sacrifices when it comes to performance or value
The Electrolux EIFLW50LIW is an adequate cleaner: The Whites cycle performed the best, followed by Normal, then Heavy-Duty. Compared to other machines, it was a bit above average. The EIFLW50LIW struggled most with sweat stains. However, it bested our dirt and cocoa tests.
Where this washer really showed promise was with our efficiency readings. We estimate the yearly running cost at around $25. If you bought a front loader, like the similarly priced Maytag Bravos XL MVWB880BW instead, it'd cost you an additional $290 more than the Electrolux over a period of ten years.
On the features front, the EIFLW50LIW won't leave you wanting. It has all the standard features found on competitors' machines at this price point—like an energy-saving wash and Extra Rinse, just to name a few. What we liked the most was the 18 minute Fast Wash cycle, which proved great for small loads.
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An attractive middle ground
The Electrolux EIFLW50LIW is designed to balance price and performance, and in our tests it managed this juggling act with grace. To get to a $1,099 MSRP, Electrolux trimmed the fat. A little gristle can be great to pad out a machine's features, but the EIFLW50LIW sticks to the essentials: Cleaning performance was slightly above average, and efficiency was superb. If you're looking for a front loader and don't want to spend $1,500 for the best ones out there, the EIFL50LIW is worth checking out.
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