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- Electrolux EWFLS70JIW
- This Electrolux is a high-end, front loading washing machine that boasts excellent cleaning abilities.
Electrolux EWFLS70JIW ReviewWasher $1,499.00
This Electrolux is a high-end, front loading washing machine that boasts excellent cleaning abilities.
It's safe to say this Swedish manufacturer had a good handle on American tastes when they designed the oddly-named Wave Touch, a machine capable of handling a massive amount of laundry. Its Normal cycle takes only 39 minutes and still cleans better than most washers, which take up to a half hour longer. The other cycles weren't too shabby, either.
In addition, all the cleaning technology that went into the EWFLS70JIW is top-notch. Unfortunately, that also explains why it's hard to find this machine on sale for less than $1400. At least it's efficient, boasting an estimated yearly operating cost that's far lower than the competition. Still, for a price that high, and with a few aggravating user interface faults, the Wave-Touch might as well be called Electroluxe.
Design & Usability
The Electrolux EWFLS70JIW has a whopping 96 easily accessible settings.
The control scheme reminds us of the front panel of a VCR: There is a jog wheel that controls cycle selection plus a start/pause button. There are also four undefined buttons that correspond to selections that appear on the ever-changing LCD screen. The LCD is a bit small and hard to read, and the endless hidden sub-menus may confuse technophobes and those with short-term memory issues. Still, there's a bunch of options squirreled away back there, including a dedicated cycle for vomit and options to customize nearly every aspect of a wash.
Once we got past the door and the labyrinthine LCD screen, though, using the the Electrolux EWFLS70JIW was simple, since there is a preset automatic wash cycle for any stain imaginable—and many that are unimaginable, as well.
Performance & Features
We were impressed with the Electrolux EWFLS70JIW's performance.
Quick and effective, there isn't much more you can ask for...at least, not from a washer. The dedicated Quick cycle was one of the fastest and most effective we’ve ever seen. From when we pushed start to when the end-of-cycle chime rang out, only 15 minutes had elapsed. Even better, the Electrolux got laundry nearly as clean as it did during the similarly rapid 39-minute Normal cycle. The difference? After checking our water gauges, we found that the Quick cycle used significantly more water and electricity. The Electrolux also did a good job keeping fragile fabrics intact on the Delicates cycle, and shouldn't wear laundry out prematurely on other washes.
In the world of washers, the Electrolux EWFLS70JIW is a strong contender, but the steep price may be a barrier.
The pricey Electrolux EWFLS70JIW wowed us with its stain removal power, speed, and efficiency, but confused us with an aggravating door and a user interface seemingly designed by Will Shortz.
For a washer that's hard to find on sale under $1400, we demand perfection. The Electrolux Wave-Touch EWFLS70JIW came tantalizingly close, but just missed the mark.