Samsung DV457EVGSGR/AA Review
This machine showcases Smart Controls, so users can pilot their dryers remotely while complaining on Facebook about spending $1,799.
Happily, this dryer embodies more than just Derek Zoolander-like qualities, because although its app may come from the Center for Things that Don’t Work Good, its laundering skills are the tops. Find it on sale (we did, for about $1530) and enjoy the fact that the cycles do a superb job, including the Quick cycle (for once). The design and usability are mostly top notch too—even if you never connect it to your iPhone—with easy navigation and cheery musical interludes to lift the spirits of even the surliest launderer.
Design & Usability
Feel free to pet the pixels
Gangs of wild pixels on our appliances can doubtless lead to fits of blinding rage, but fear not—the 8" LCD touchscreen on this Samsung is truly easy to operate. The words are all big, bubbly, and as sparse as they can reasonably be, so the usability here is very fluid aside from an annoying lint trap and the fact that the LCD screen is difficult to read if the units are stacked.
To browse the vertical stack of 14 cycles, lightly use your finger to scroll up and down the list. Highlight a cycle by touching it directly and a big box will appear in the center of the screen, displaying the customizable options for that particular cycle. This is nice, because whereas machines with physical buttons are often trial and error when it comes to finding out what customizable option is compatible with what cycle, this LCD setup shows you every option plainly each time you highlight a choice.
The only real pests you'll find lurking around are the tinted, reversible door, which requires marked force to shut, and the lint trap, which we hate. It shuts in half and to clean it, one must remove and unfold it, which requires digging a thumb nail into a narrow groove to try to unsnap the stubborn thing. During testing, our fingers took a bit of a beating.
Performance & Features
NEWSFLASH: Smart Control does not—we repeat—does not eliminate the need for laundry robots
The DV457EVGSGR/AA has Smart Control, and it's more than mildly doofy. Unless you have teams of laundry elves and an irrational need to be the one to press "start," there is just no need for this feature, because you must load your soggy underpants into the dryer using your arms, thus necessitating physical proximity to the machine—so why on earth wouldn't you just hit the start button then and there? This app is no robot, and we are not impressed, but at least you can check the remaining time on a load from your phone instead of tromping over to the laundry room, which we admit is vaguely helpful.
Thankfully, this dryer has more to offer than witless wireless add-ons. It boasts a whopping 14 cycles, including goodies like Wool and Sanitize. A flood of customizable options are available, ranging from temperature to dryness levels, and there is even a setting that saves up to three custom cycles of your own. Samsung only gives you nine characters for the title though, so if you just snorted and slapped your knee at the name "Grime and Punishment," or "The Wool We Wore," restrain yourself.
The remarkable music deserves mention as well. Turn the musical signals up, down, or off. Some of you will feel a sense of expensive bliss wash over you as recorded guitar notes emanate from your brand new machine; others will get the uncomfortable sense that they've fallen into a commercial involving hot meatloaf, a list of side-effects, and a weird, creepy-happy family (everyone is blonde).
For this much, you could purchase a miniature horse. Is the Samsung DV457EVGSGR really worth it?
For many of us, purchasing a MSRP $1,799 dryer is as realistic as riding rocket ships to our neo-depression era jobs. Even the sale price of about $1,530 is too tall a tag for many of us. Yet if by some chance coughing up a teetering stack of money is not a hurdle, be really sure not to purchase this machine in hopes of finding yourself at a trendy bar with friends, three cocktails in, having the time of your life and thinking, "I forgot the laundry—but luckily I spent all my money on this Samsung! All I have to do is click a button on my smartphone and my damp socks will levitate into the dryer and begin their journey towards snuggly dry while I get drunk across town!" This will not happen for many reasons. The benefit of Smart Control remains in the future for now, along with robot servants.
Bottom line: if you buy this Samsung, buy it because it's beautiful and strong on the inside. Sure, its geeky app is annoying and unattractive, but it's the insides of your amazingly clean underpants that count. Regarding effectiveness, for Quick cycle enthusiasts especially, this may be the big purchase you've waited for. The 30-minute Quick cycle banishes 100% of the water from a load, unbelievably. We aren't impressed with the temperamental lint trap, and some of the cycles were too slow, but in terms of dryness and overall usability this machine gets the job done and lends an ease of use that many dryers still can't match.
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