Samsung’s $1,899 WV9900 FlexWash is actually two washing machines integrated into one big ol’ appliance (this model is only available in the US, but converted the price is roughly £1,480 and AU$2,550). The first washer’s a typical 5 cubic foot front loader, the other’s a mini 1 cubic foot top loader. Use them to run simultaneous or separate cleaning cycles depending on your laundry needs that day. True to its name, the FlexWash really is all about flexibility.
This beautiful appliance also cleans well and its large touch display has tons of settings that are surprisingly easy to find. If this luxury cleaner is in your budget and you think you’d put its dual washers to good use, go for it. If not, there’s really no reason to spend so much. Let’s exploce Review Samsung FlexWash Washer WV9900 below.
Review Samsung FlexWash Washer WV9900
How many times have you wanted to wash your favorite pair of jeans or sweater, but didn’t have enough dirty clothing to justify a full load in the machine? Maybe you popped the jeans into the dryer to freshen them up, or pulled them straight from the hamper no matter how ripe they smell. No one’s going to be sniffing your jeans, anyway, right?
For years, appliance manufacturers have been making washing machines with larger and larger capacities to accommodate growing family needs.
Yet those large drums can leave your favorite pair of jeans lonely in the hamper for weeks. Samsung has a solution to this conundrum with the Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900A washing machine. It’s two machines in one a one cubic foot sized small washing chamber up top for small or delicate loads, with a five cubic foot chamber on the bottom for bigger loads. The technology doesn’t come cheap, though.
Looks as well as brains
The FlexWash a 2017 Digital Trends Home Awards Winner and Smart Home Product of the Year runner-up is both beauty and beast. The “beast” comes from both its size 47 inches tall, 34 inches deep and 27 inches wide. It’s much bigger than most washing machines, including the Electrolux Perfect Steam Washer, and isn’t built for small spaces. The black stainless steel washer features chrome trim, a blue LED display, and a curved, modern look that puts old, boxy washing machines to shame. It’s an impressive appliance in beauty and stature.
Samsung also makes a slightly more affordable version, the FlexWash WV9600. It downsizes the main washing drum from 6 cubic feet to 5.5 cubic feet, ditches a few wash cycles, and is slightly less expensive but it’s not any smaller in overall height, depth, or width. The FlexWash pairs with Samsung’s FlexDry. Unlike LG’s TwinWash system, where you can add a pedestal sidekick washing machine to the bottom of an existing compatible washer, you’ll find the small washing machine on top of the FlexWash. It’s big enough for an outfit a pair of jeans, a sweater, and a T-shirt. To put clothes into the upper washer, you open the handle on the top of the machine, and then open another sealed chamber beneath. The top washer takes liquid laundry detergent only. It’s also transparent, so you can see your clothes as they’re rotated in the small drum. It has its own separate power button and cycles to choose from, including normal, delicates, active wear, and rinse+spin. You can even adjust the temperature manually.
Washing two loads at once was oddly fascinating
We don’t always have such great results with washing machines: The Whirlpool Smart Cabrio we tested out earlier this year, for example, didn’t do as great of a job removing stains on the normal setting. Both the top and bottom washers on the appliance play you a cute digital chiming tune when the cycle is finished. It continued a little longer than we wanted it to, but you can turn off or change any tunes that might annoy you.
One impressive aspect of the FlexWash is the quick wash cycle on the bottom washer. Samsung promises that your clothes will be thoroughly cleaned in just 30 minutes, which is a tall order. We found the quick wash cycle was just as good at erasing a ketchup stain off the front pocket of a collared shirt as the normal cycle. The steam feature, meanwhile, is designed to work hard on stains, and it did well with caked on, dried peanut butter. Overall, we were impressed with how clean our clothes came out, no matter the cycle or drum we used. Both the top and bottom washers were extremely quiet. You’d be hard pressed to hear them at all with a laundry room door closed. That’s probably why Samsung went with an extended chime tune, to alert you when a load is finished.