Samsung WA5471ABP Review
The WA5471ABP is Samsung’s top-of-the-line top loader.
Editor's Note: On November 4, 2016 Samsung announced a voluntary recall to address consumer complaints about washers experiencing catastrophic failure during spin cycles. You can learn more about that recall here.
Certain serial numbers of this model may be affected by this issue. As such, we have chosen to rescind our Editors’ Choice award for this product until we have more information on Samsung’s plans to remedy the situation.
This appliance is big, feature-filled and handsome. With an MSRP of $1299, it’s also pretty pricey—though we were able to find one for sale online for under $1000. It did a decent job getting clothes clean in our tests, but was still outperformed by smaller, homelier units that cost hundreds less.
This Samsung may be a good washer, but it’s certainly not the best value.
Design & Usability
Easy to use and easy to load
The WA5471ABP has movie star good looks, with a stainless exterior that impresses on the cover of product catalogs and showroom floors. Samsung offers a similar washer—the WA5471ABW—in plain white, for $100 less. Although it has an extravagant exterior, the Samsung WA5471ABP has a simple heart. It has a user-friendly control panel that's dominated by a large cycle selector knob, and each wash option has its own button. Since the panel is so large, it’s not cluttered and text is large and easy to read.
Due to its big door and large drum, the Samsung WA5471ABP is extremely easy to load too. As its a top loader, folks who have shoulder problems or who are lacking in height may find it hard to reach in and pull out heavy, wet clothes, though.
Performance & Features
Specialty cycles take a long time, and the washer has some balancing issues.
After all of our tests, none of the Samsung WA5471ABP's cycles stood out. The Cotton/Whites setting was the most impressive, which did almost as well removing oil-based stains as it did getting out blood, wine, and cocoa. However, the laundry emerging from the cotton test cycles did remain pretty water logged, so it might take a bit longer to dry.
There is a My Cycle setting, though, which allows a user to create their own cycle by setting spin speed, temperature, and soil level. Most higher end washing machines have this option, and that says a lot about this washer.
Efficiency ratings are where things get dicey. Run a normal wash cycle and it'll use about 26 gallons of water. That definitely won't get any awards from Greenpeace, but it's still nothing compared to some of the specialty cycles, which use a whopping 81 gallons of water to get clothes clean. If you drink the recommended 64 ounces a day, getting through 81 gallons would take you over a month, to put it in perspective.
The Samsung WA5471ABP (MSRP $1299) is not a cheap washer.
This appliance looks and feel expensives, but it costs a lot to purchase and operate. If you need a washer with a large capacity and lots of custom wash cycles, and if you have cash to spare, the WA5471ABP is a fine washer. But if you're pinching pennies or even moderately cost conscious, you can get a washer with equal or better performance for hundreds less.
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