But Yale Appliance says that in 2017 it made 295 service visits for the 1,549 Electrolux washers it had sold. As you likely know by now, both LG and Samsung invest heavily in technology. You might just need to be more diligent with wipe-downs and drum-cleaning cycles. Leave the door open between cycles. In addition, you can access the drain trap clean-out right from the front of the washer without having to disassemble any part of the cabinet, so if something is blocking the drain pump you can pull it out yourself without moving the washer. We read loads of emails, comments, message board posts, and tweets from our readers and pretty much anyone else who cared enough to weigh in on washing machines over the past few years. If you regularly need to clean stubborn stains, such as grass or child effluvia, the EFLS627U will do a better job of removing them without pretreatment than any other washer. Olefin, a synthetic sometimes used in athleticwear, is the most heat-sensitive among common fibers, and is heat-resistant to 165 °F.). “Overloading is what really wears the machine out,” said Kevin Harner, technician and owner of an appliance repair service in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, area. The Electrolux EFME627U was better at drying our mixed load on its Normal setting than our other front-loading dryer picks, taking 68 minutes (about eight minutes longer than what was specified by the control panel) to complete, and getting even the thickest, heaviest item in the load dry to the touch. Pick one day each year to clean your vent—Labor Day, the first day of spring, the beginning or the end of Daylight Savings, whatever. And it won’t fit a king-size comforter. This is one of the latest portable washing machines in the industry with a spin dryer. This is the matching electric dryer for the EFLS627U washer, though some lower-end Electrolux models will stack, too. The Electrolux EFLS627U front-loader is the best stain remover we’ve tested by a wide margin, and other reviewers have found the same thing. But it was rougher on our fabrics, it has fewer settings to customize the cycles, it uses a little more water than the Speed Queen on its deepest-water settings, and has a slower spin speed, so your clothes will need more time in the dryer. These roughness tests are exaggerated, measuring damage to a flimsy piece of fabric that’s meant to fall apart—nothing like most real-life clothes. Sort your laundry. If gentleness is a priority for you, consider looking at a different front-loader, such as the LG WM3900H. We had it as a budget pick in this guide several years ago, but we removed the recommendation after a spate of bad publicity about Samsung appliances, including some instances of exploding top-loaders and reports of terrible customer service. Capacity: 7kg (wash); 4kg (dry)Spin speed: 1400rpmEnergy rating: B. Although the Miele W1 holds only half as much laundry as most front-loaders, you can expect it to last at least twice as long. It removed more of the cocoa, pig’s blood, and collar grime from our stain strips than anything besides the Electrolux EFLS627U, and about the same amount as the Miele W1. This is crucial! A drum-cleaning cycle will dissolve that residue. In the meantime, all of our current picks are still great. Washer-dryers can usually wash more clothing in one go than they can dry. The matching LG DLEX3900 dryer runs with an ineffective energy saver mode on by default, but that option is easily switched off. Washing machines were more likely than washer-dryers to earn good spin-drying ratings in our recent tests. If you plan on always using a dedicated drying program on your washer-dryer after cleaning, this is potentially not that important. The 4kg dry capacity is at the smaller end of the scale but will suffice to wash and dry the equivalent of about 20 T-shirts in one go. It lets the drum and gasket dry out between uses, which helps prevent mildew and mold from growing in the dark, damp crevices. We don’t see that as a dealbreaker because it has no effect on how the washer does your laundry, but if you’re a smart-home nut and you love getting notifications and experimenting with if-then triggers and that sort of thing, we can understand why this would be a hang-up. If you buy it from a local dealer, you’re good, but if you plan to order it online, you might want to check to make sure that there are qualified technicians in your area. A handful of other front-loaders have similar high-temperature features, though the LG can reach higher temps than some of them. But the evidence that’s available paints a favorable short-term and longer-term picture for LG compared with that of other brands you can buy at a big-box store. For the most part, the results of the fraying-fabric test were consistent with those of the Poka-Dot test. After each cycle, gently pull back the seal at the bottom of the entrance to the drum and use a piece of kitchen roll to mop up any water you find there. Those figures are just for the first year that the washer is in service, but it’s a good start. She joined the Wirecutter staff in 2019 after spending three years testing appliances and home goods (including detergents) at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Washing machines better for spin drying. But the WM3900H has a lot in common with the WM3700H and WM3500C models, which have been available for longer. Photo: Michael Murtaugh, We tested cleaning performance and fabric handling using pre-prepared, industry-standard test materials. We haven’t tested the Electrolux EFLW317T, and it’s missing a lot of the features that make the top-of-the-line EFLS627U so special: no StainBoost detergent-mixing feature, no reversible door, no detergent-pod dispenser, no drum-flooding Solid Soil setting. Electrolux representatives, for their part, told us that the company designs its products to last for a minimum of 10 years “with zero failure” under average use (as defined by the Department of Energy), which translates to at least 4,000 cycles for washing machines. In our tests, the Electrolux EFLS627U stood out as the best cleaner, removing far more of all types of stains than any other washer we tested.