Electrolux EWFLS70JTS0 Short Term Review
So i recieved the washer yesterday and have done 5 loads so far. I have washed, oversized towels, a puffy oversized queen sized comforter, jeans and some odd stuff. The machine is solid, very heavy, much more than the WM3885HCCA that a friend of mine has. I do not find the push dispener drawer or the door to feel cheap as many say, i guess its just a new feeling that some have to get use to. The drum is huge, fits my oversized queen comforter, very nice, washes it nicley too. At the end of the cycle, after washing my comforter, all the detergent was rinsed out and it was nearly dry and only took 45 minutes to dry in the dryer. This washer has cut my drying time from around 110 minutes, to 45 minutes a full load. I imagine with all t shirt the time will be cut in half from that. So lets get to the performance.
I load the washer, select, heavy duty and add my options, i like to add steam, freshwater rinse, warm rinse and extra spin.. The washer starts to fill up, then it sprays water all over the clothes with force, (from the recirculation pump) mixed with detergent, from the jet near the LED light, then fills and then sprays the clothes again, to make sure that the clothes are Soaked and that the washer has filled completly. The wash is very silent, also the drain pump is also silet, much quieter than the Kenmore Elite 4219 i had and the Kenmore Elite top load, 29472, like the Wave force many of you have. I also like the way the clothes are washed in this wave touch vs the waveforce/kenmor elite tl. Just my opinion though.
When the main wash starts to drain, the machine then spins most of the water out of the clothes and then on the display i see "adding steam" around 40 minutes remaining. I heard the machine add some water, but not a lot, i can only guess that it works like, if you were to put a cup or two of water in a covered pan to steam brocolli or green beans. This cycle tumbles the clothes back and forth for 20 minutes. Then it drains the little bit of water and starts on the rinse. I know the LG has a true steam generator that adds the steam to the main wash, since the electrolux has no stand alone steam generator, i can only guess that it adds the steam after the main wash, as the clothes are still damp and have some detergent on them still as the clothes were not rinsed, they were just spun for a few seconds to get most of the water out and then the "adding steam" came on and it added new, fresh water, but only like a few cups.
Starts out by adding fresh water, after the steam cycle and it seems to wash them in this new water for a few minutes, then it drains the water and then it adds new water, mixed with the fabric softner. This is different than any other machine i've had as the rinse cycle always adds the fabric softner. This rinse was like it was a second rinse, but no second rinse was selected. I can only guess that it washes away the steam and the detergent left from the main cycle and then drains that and adds fresh water for the rinse with the fabric softner.
I used the maximum spin every load and so far this machine has handled and balanced every load correctly. There was a little vibration during the spin cycle, but nothing to bad, this machine is installed in the garage on a concrete floor. The most i hear is noise from the motor, and drain pump at the same time during full spin, so maybe this noise is what people are confusing for "vibration noise?"
The spin starts around 13 minutes remaining and by 10 minutes remaining its at full spin, and it doesnt increase in speed, or that i can hear from the motor, from the 10 minutes on until the cycle is complete, so i honestly believe that the 1400 rpms hit right at 10 minutes and maintain that speed all the way through the spin, each spin was like this. My Kenmore Elite FL 4219 would spin around 15 minutes and it would increase the speed as the cycle went on, at about 3 minutes left i could hear from the motor that it was revving up and hiting the final, maximum spin speed.
There was hardly any water left in the door seal and there was no water left in the tub. I am very impressed with the performance and the quality, so far, of the machine. I did notice with jeans that the machine sounded louder, but i had them on maximum spin, in the book it says to wash jeans in the heavy duty cycle, which the spin speed is Maximun spin as default, or in the jeans cycle, where the spin speed is medium by default. But it didnt "walk around" or bang the sides when washing the jeans and there were no creaking noises or anything coming from the machine during the spin....
I hope i've made this understandable for you all, if you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask...
On another note, i bought a Monster Cable, Appliance Surger Protector 200, From best buy for 69.99, its for appliances only to save the control boards and so on from frying up during power outtages. I live in california so i'm use to power outtages here and there. I heard from sears, where i got the electrolux to not use it, then from a different employee there at the same sears, they suggest i use it. So to use or not to use, that is the question?! Thoughts?