The Samsung Active Wash is a one cubic-foot, ribbed glass basin that sits inside a top loader. It has an attached water jet that you can turn on and off with the touch of a button, which makes it easy to mix in cleaning agents. When you open the lid, you'll see something that looks like it's part washboard and part sink—ideal for scrubbing clothes. The whole package is like having a built-in sink right there in your washing machine. This feature could appeal to people who want a utility sink but can't spare the money or the space.
The majority of people pretreat their laundry. That's why some laundry rooms have a utility sink. People who don't have one often pretreat on top of their washers. But this isn't always optimum if you have multiple items or are using a cleaner–like Oxiclean–that works best with water.
That's where the Active Wash's water jet comes in handy. You can turn it off and on with a button on the front of the machine. A slit in the back keeps the basin from overflowing. When you're done, you tilt the basin back so the water, and any cleaning agents, drain into your washer's tub.
The basin is a little on the small side at just one cubic foot. However, if it was much deeper, it'd become difficult to tilt back when it was full of water.
At the end of the day, Active Wash gets great props for adding value without increasing cost. The washer with Active Wash will cost just $699. That's on the lower end of high-efficiency top loader prices. And any feature on a washing machine that gets your clothes cleaner gets a gold star in our book.