Samsung WF457ARGSGR/AA (4.5 Cu. Ft. / Front Load / Electric) Washing Machine with Smart Control ReviewWasher $1,358.00
If you have an empty space in your heart that only a Sonic Hedgehog-like Normal cycle can fill, this Samsung is a viable, if expensive, option.
Let's say that later today, as you are roasting meatballs, a baby vomits on your vest and a toddler attacks your ascot with a crayon, knocking over a mini herb garden, which simultaneously slings soil onto your socks and flips the skillet, sending meatballs whizzing through the air and onto your white windbreaker (causing you to sweat profusely in your weird outfit). The Samsung WF457ARGSGR/AA offers a specialized cycle for each of these unhappy occurrences: Baby Care, Gardening, Cooking and more! It also features a handy stain removal guide, an array of customizable options, easy-to-navigate touchscreen controls, and cheery music for every time you touch a button. Does any of this ease the eye twitch you develop after spotting the $1799 price tag? Well, not exactly.
This model, like its counterpart dryer, offers Smart Control to allow users to pilot and monitor their machine from a phone, but other than peeking at the time left on a cycle from another room, there really isn't any use for this feature -- in fact, it adds time to the overall process because it necessitates the press of a button on the machine in order to connect to the app in the first place.
The WF457ARGSGR/AA may seem like something Jane Jetson would buy at her local Mooning Dales, but don't get too excited. Mrs. Jetson has a house in the sky to run -- food pills to buy. We've seen less expensive machines perform just as well or better than this one in terms of stain removal, water retention, and annual cost, so if you've had your eye on this washer and you're truly searching for the best, you may want to eye a few others while you're at it, or at least search for online sales (which mark this model down to about $1530).