Frigidaire Affinity FASE7074NW Dryer Review
Micromanaging laundry on a budget.
By the Numbers
While the Frigidaire Affinity FASE7074NW (MSRP $1,049) turned up the heat most with its broad range of cycles and features, the drying performance was only lukewarm. The Frigidaire did wind up producing perfectly dry clothes more often than not, but at the expense of higher-than-ideal temperatures that may prematurely wear on some fabrics.
Normal & Delicate
Bringing the heat. Too much heat…
Our workhorse test cycles—Normal and Delicates—both produced perfectly dry clothes, but ran about 15ºF warmer than we would want to see. Normal cycles averaged one hour even, which is fine, but peak temperatures were as high as 152.7ºF. Ideally, this cycle would top out at about 145ºF or less; fragile fabrics should be saved for another cycle…
Like Delicates, for instance! This cycle averaged a length of 55 minutes—much shorter than the average hour and a half—and heated up to a balmy 138.3ºF. We’d prefer temperatures at that level on the Normal cycle; really delicate clothing may require you to manually adjust some settings on the Frigidaire before you can get optimally gentle performance.
Quick Dry & Bulky
Lackluster all around.
Just because a cycle is labeled a certain way doesn’t mean it’ll actually do a good job drying those items. Take the Frigidaire’s Quick Dry cycle, for instance: just 25 minutes, with peak temperatures of 131.6ºF. Sounds great, but in the end our test load still retained 25 percent of the added moisture. That may not sound like much, but only 75 percent dry is essentially unwearable.
Despite the lengthy cycle list, this Frigidaire didn’t have a specific setting for bulky items. As such, we opted to use the Heavy Duty cycle, our go-to alternative. After 54 minutes and getting up to 143.4ºF, our test comforter came out 74 percent dry. While it’s still too wet to be usable, that’s more or less on par with most other dryers.
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