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Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW Washing Machine Review

One of the least expensive front loading washers on the market.

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Science Introduction

The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW performed like Ike and Tina: Nice and rough. We were most impressed with this Frigidaire's ability to deal with red wine and cocoa. When we dialed up the temperature settings to hot, this budget front-loader performed as well as its more expensive counterparts.

Cleaning Performance

Getting it done.

In order to determine cleaning performance, we use stain strips. These standardized pieces of cloth have six squares. One is a control patch; the rest are common enemies of clean clothes like cocoa, blood, and red wine. We place these test strips in an eight pound load of test laundry with a pre-measured amount of industry standard detergent and run the cycle. When a cycle is complete we analyze the stains with a light spectrometer to determine how much muck has been lifted. We noticed that the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW had very strong performance in all categories, with particular success against red wine and cocoa.

Efficiency

Running against the meter.

Whenever we run a test cycle, we keep a close eye on both water and electric meters. The thirstiest cycle the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW possessed was the Bulky, which used about 12.97 gallons. Then we asked the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW, “Watts up, doc?” It didn’t reply because it’s a washing machine, and only talks when alone. Regardless, the most power hungry was the tyrannical Normal cycle coupled with the hottest temperature setting. Those parameters led to a power consumption of about 180 kWh, which translates to about two cents. Overall, based on national averages, we estimate the yearly operating cost to be in the vicinity of $26.58.

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