Electrolux EFLS617SIW Washing Machine Review
Better cleaning with better technology
By the Numbers
In order to score high in our rankings, a washer needs to remove stains well, not damage delicate clothes, and clean efficiently. Our tests show that the Electrolux EFLS617SIW had no problems getting those jobs done—and for a surprisingly affordable price.
For cleaning performance, we use stain strips–mechanically coated rectangles of cloth covered in common and representative household stains like cocoa and red wine. We place these strips in standardized loads of laundry consisting of 8 lbs. of towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases. After a load is washed with a standardized detergent, we use a photospectrometer to analyze how much of each stain has been lifted.
The Electrolux EFLS617SIW followed a pretty standard path. The Heavy Duty cycle proved to be the most powerful cycle. It removed 12% more stains than the next highest performing cycle–Whitest Whites—and beat other washers we've tested. This result is not surprising considering the Heavy Duty cycle finished after two hours and seventeen minutes. The Normal cycle came in third, finishing 14% behind Heavy Duty.
When we delve into individual stains, we saw that the 617 had a pretty even performance against all types of stains. Its ability to raise water temperatures to over 125°F means it can deal with grease stains. But if we had to give a special commendation and condemnation, the 617 did best against cocoa stains and the worst against sweat stains.
Efficiency is more complicated than you think. It's not just a measure of how much water and electricity a washer uses, but also how much water it spins out. Making laundry ready for use is as much about drying as it is about washing.
Using water and watt meters, we determined the resource usage for the most used cycles on the 617. We then applied an algorithm that took into account average national use and cost patterns. After all that, we calculated that the 617 cost around $29 a year to run.
When a cycle finishes, you still have to dry the laundry. The time and energy it takes to that laundry into a usable state is dependent on how well the washer spun out the excess water. On average, the 617's 1300 RPM final spin spun out about 47% of excess water. Any number near 50% gets a gold star in our book.
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