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Samsung WF42H5000AW Washing Machine Review

It's all average—except for the Heavy Duty cycle.

September 18, 2014
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By the Numbers

We base our reviews on empirical data. On this page, we'll discuss the tests and results that our review of the Samsung WF42H5000AW draws from.

Cleaning Performance

Cleaning performance is the most important element of a washing machine. We test this using stained cloth swatches coated with common substances like wine and cocoa powder. After these strips go through a wash buried within a load of test laundry, we scan them with a photo-spectrometer to see how much of the stains have been lifted.

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

All the cycles performed at or below average across the board. Only the Heavy Duty cycle bucked the trend by giving a better performance. However, every cycle had the most success when removing protein-based stains, while dirt was each cycle's Achilles heel. All cycles had middling performances when dealing with sweat and red wine stains.

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Efficiency

Testing efficiency is a two-step process. First, we measure what goes into a washer. We hooked the Samsung WF42H5000AW to water and wattage meters to determine resource usage.

In this regard, the WF42H5000AW had superb scores. Based on national averages, we estimate the yearly running cost to be on the order of $28. That's less than half the cost of the average top-loader.

The second step of efficiency testing is all about what comes out of a washer. The more water the washer spins out of your laundry, the less work your dryer will have to do. This saves you time and money.

We were slightly disappointed with the results of this step of the resting process. On average, test loads emerged from the washer with a 64% increase in weight, indicating that they still held excess water. Numbers over 50% tend to make drying cycles longer.

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