Frigidaire Affinity FASE7073LW Review
Frigidaire's FASE7073LW packs in a lot of features for a mid-range dryer.
Frigidaire's FASE7073LW packs in a lot of features for a mid-range dryer. Depending on which one of the many colors you choose from (we tested it in white—the model number's last two letters reflect that accordingly), it'll set you back at the most around $1000, though you'll likely find it on sale for about $750.
The FASE7073 series are some of the least expensive dryers to feature a steam dry option plus plenty of customizable cycles. All of the cycles we tested did a fine job getting clothes dry at a reasonable temperature, though they sometimes took awhile to complete. While it's easy to load, the large number of tiny buttons on the glittery control panel may be confusing for some folks.
Design & Usability
A narcoleptic dryer?
There's nothing unique about the design of this dryer, except for the glitter-covered control panel. It can be ordered in colors other than white, but those come at a higher cost.
More notably though, the control panel can be a bit frustrating to use. It's comprised of a big cycle selector knob and a glitter-covered swath of plastic membrane keys, all identical in size and shape. A backlit LCD screen shows the remaining time on a cycle, though it's rarely correct. One particularly frustrating aspect of the controls is that the dryer doesn't have an on/off switch, and simply goes to "sleep" after it's not used. It only comes back to life a few seconds after pushing any button on the panel—a short delay, but a noticeable one.
Though we usually don't comment on installation, it's important to note that this dryer was extremely difficult to install due to tight tolerances inside of its electrical panel and vent. Fitting a screwdriver to tighten the plug terminals was a frustrating task. On the plus side, it's unlikely that you'll have to install this machine more than once, so this shouldn't necessarily affect your purchase decision.
Performance & Features
High-end goodies decorate this mid-range machine.
The Frigidaire Affinity FASE7073LW offers nine cycles, each of which is calibrated for a particular kind of fabric or purpose. All the usual suspects are here, including Normal, Quick, Delicates, and Heavy/Bulky.
Conveniently, cycles can be customized for temperature and dry level, and there's also a dry time option for the Timed cycle. Not all options are available on all cycles, but there is a fine array of extras to choose from. The most notable is a Steam Dry function, which uses a cold water input to moisten the load during tumbling to reduce wrinkles. Such a feature is usually only found on dryers costing hundreds more.
Effective cycles took a little long to complete, with the exception of the Quick cycle. Annoyingly, the estimated remaining times on the display frequently strayed drastically from the actual cycle times. Finally, it is worth mentioning that this dryer's Bulky cycle dried contents completely—a rare feat for low and high-end models alike.
An Affinity with an affinity for fine work
If you're looking to buy a dryer with a steam cycle, plenty of features and good drying performance, the Frigidaire Affinity FASE7073LW should definitely be on your list. Found on sale for about $750, depending on color, it dried admirably and has some features that are surprising for a product with this price point.
We weren't fans of the Frigidaire Affinity's cluttered control panel, and we felt that it could benefit from an on/off button. The cycles took a little longer than some higher-end dryers we've tested, too. Still, you could do a lot worse for the money than this fine Frigidaire.
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