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Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW Washing Machine Review

One of the least expensive front loading washers on the market.

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Introduction

With an MSRP of just $749, the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW is one of the least expensive front loading washers on the market. In addition to its low purchase price and cost of ownership, this washer’s greatest asset is its simplicity. For the most part, it’s a matter of turning the dial to the desired cycle and pushing start. However, this simplicity also brought with it a few issues, notably the lack of a dedicated quick wash or cottons cycle. Still, it’s a good value. Over five years of running this Frigidaire could save you up to $150 in water and energy costs when compared to a traditional top loader.

Design & Usability

The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW has a very plain design language.

Everything about the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW is geared towards ease of use. Tweet It

The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW’s controls consist of a knob that you turn and buttons that you push. It’s all very simplistic. There isn’t even a power button. Instead, turning the knob activates the machine. Everything about the Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW is geared towards ease of use. All the compartments in the drawer are labeled, so there's no confusion. One small annoyance we did have with the FAFW3801LW's design was that opening the door did not stop the chime. The chime, like the postman, always rang twice.

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Performance & Features

For its price point, this washer had excellent cleaning abilities.

When we dialed up the heat on this machine, it tore through stains. Tweet It

The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW proved itself to be a very efficient machine. Based on national average prices for water and electricity, we estimate that the yearly running cost of the machine will be around $28. That sure beats the laundromat. When we dialed up the heat on this machine, it tore through stains. It also frayed our clothing a little, but that's to be expected.

Conclusion

The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW gets our recommendation for a consumer on a budget.

Frigidaire claims they are the world’s largest producer of front loading washers, which is quite plausible considering the FAFW3801LW’s low purchase price. However, quantity doesn’t always mean quality. Though its wash performance was acceptable, this Affinity lacked some key features, such as a Whites or Quick cycle. Clad completely in plastic, it's also not the most attractive looking washing machine. However, if you value simplicity and prefer a front loading washer, this may be a good choice for you.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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