Samsung WA5471ABP 4.7 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Stainless Steel Washing Macine Review
The Samsung WA5471ABP ($1299 MSRP) is a pricey dryer with good looks and average performance.
Normal/Permanent Press Cycle
The WA5471ABP’s normal cycle was relatively weak, and specifically struggled to remove oil-based stains. Debris removal was good for a top loader, though, and the cycle took under an hour.
This was the WA5471ABP’s most impressive cycle, which did almost as well removing oil-based stains as it did getting out blood, wine and cocoa. The laundry emerging from the cotton test cycles did remain pretty water logged, so it might take a bit longer to dry.
Our test load got fairly clean on the WA5471ABP’s Delicates cycle. Though other washers have done this cycle better, the Samsung still impressed with good stain removal and light clothes wear. Our only gripe was that clothes retained more than their own weight in excess water, which could lead to damage during a long dry cycle.
Heavy Duty Cycle
The WA5471ABP’s Heavy Duty cycle worked about as well as Whitest Whites, getting out stains and removing a fair bit of debris
Quick Wash Cycle
We had the most trouble with unbalanced loads on the Quick cycle testing. When we finally got test loads to complete without interruption, we found items subjected to the 34 minute cycle remained pretty soiled and full of the debris we’d added. Even though it’s quick, we’d skip this cycle unless a few already clean items just needed to be lightly refreshed.
While it utterly failed to get debris out on the quick or normal cycles, the WA5471ABP did pretty well in our debris tests when we set the dial to Heavy Duty. In fact, it outperformed most top loaders we’ve tested so far in that regard.
Again, there’s some uneven performance here. On most cycles, the WA5471ABP gave clothes a fairly rough ride, but on the Delicates cycle it excelled, leaving our fragile fabric test strips nearly intact.
When clothes come out of the dryer still wet, there’s a greater chance they’ll end up smelling musty. Wet clothes also make a dryer work harder, which wastes time and energy. The WA5471ABP did a good job getting water out on most cycles, but — as expected for a gentle cycle — had some trouble with delicates.
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