Samsung WF457ARGSGR/AA Review
The WF457ARGSGR/AA may seem like something Jane Jetson would buy at her local Mooning Dales, but don’t get too excited.
This high-end Samsung has some big perks and some big let downs, too. In terms of stain removal, the WF457ARGSGR/AA did a nice job across the board, but we test everything—from water retention, to cycle duration; from cost to run, to ease of handling. This machine's performance on those tests had both ups and downs. Below, we outline some of the highlights for you.
Lower water retention rates mean less work for a dryer, and gentle handling means better care for your belongings.
Water retention tests are very important because the more water a washing machine leaves in a load of laundry, the more energy and time it will take for a dryer to get the next job done. With this in mind, we typically want to see no more than 50% water retention in a test load, and this very expensive machine did not hit that mark once. Every single test load came out with upwards of 50% retention, which we hoped would mean less spinning and therefore better clothes wear score, but that wasn't the case.
Normally, we could say that the kind of clothes wear we saw on this Samsung was fairly average, but given this machine's enormous price tag, and given the poor water retention test scores, we couldn't help but feel disappointed when our mechanical test strips came out looking so exhausted. The Heavy Duty, Whites, and Normal cycles in particular were very tough on threads, so launderers will want to be very cautious as to what they toss into one of these cycles.
Sometimes, spending more up front saves you money in the end, but is that the case here?
Often we hear that spending the big money up front will save you even bigger money down the road, but in terms of estimated annual cost that just isn't the case here. A big fat price tag like this one should be accompanied by a slim annual cost, but even some top-loaders beat this machine's yearly estimated rate, which is $37.05.
We mention top-loaders because they are vertically situated. In order to wash clothes effectively, top-loaders must fill the entire drum so that the contents are fully submerged and also suspended. Front-loaders like this Samsung, on the other hand, require less water because their sideways drums use gravity to tumble clothes around, wetting them thoroughly. They do not need an entire drum full of water and thus tend to cost a lot less to run, which is why it's inexcusable that any top-loader would cost less than this high-end front-loading machine.
In terms of cycle duration, the WF457ARGSGR/AA jumps all over the map. The Quick cycle is in fact slow, the Delicate cycle is quick, and so it goes. While Willy Wonka may want to consider buying this Samsung for his chocolate factory, owing to the fact that the Heavy Duty cycle dominates cocoa stains, he will want to make sure that there are plenty of Oompa Loompas on hand to entertain him while he waits on his purple coat—it takes a ludicrous 103 minutes to do the job. Since we're on the topic of fictitious figures, perhaps Sonic the Hedgehog will express some interest in this washer too; the Normal cycle flies by in 44 minutes—truly a great time.
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