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Electrolux EIFLS20QSW 24-Inch Compact Washing Machine Review

There's a new compact washer in town.

June 08, 2015
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By the Numbers

The Electrolux EIFLS20QSW may not have much internal capacity, but our test data shows it's excellent pretty much everywhere else. With effective stain removal across the board and excellent energy efficiency, this is a great choice for consumers in the market for a compact washer.

Cleaning Performance

We measure stain removal using precisely coated stain strips. These strips are covered with common household substances like cocoa, red wine, sweat, and blood. After we incorporate these strips into eight-pound loads of test laundry, we run them through a multitude of cycles. For more on how we test, click here.

Stains
Before and after test stain results using the Normal cycle. From left to right: control, sweat, dirt, blood, cocoa, and red wine. View Larger

The EIFLS20QSW's Heavy Duty cycle proved to be the best, scoring well against all stains. Overall, it performed 9% better than the Whites cycle, the next best cycle we tested. The Normal cycle lagged somewhat, finishing third. It was 20% less effective than the Whites cycle.

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Efficiency

Our efficiency test measures both water consumption and electricity usage. Our water and wattage meters showed that, based on national average price and use patterns, the EIFLS20QWS will cost you about $30.26 a year.

However, there's more to a washer's efficiency than the consumption of utilities. After a wash is finished, your laundry has to go through a drying cycle. The more water a washer spins out, the less time a load of laundry needs to spend drying—and that matters a lot if you've paired this compact washer with a slow, ventless condenser dryer.

In this regard, the EIFLS20QSW gets a gold star. It spun out, on average, 53% of excess moisture. Anything better than the 50% mark is considered excellent.

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