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The good

  • You can take advantage of off-peak or time-of-use electricity pricing if you have the right electricity meter (smart meters). Washing overnight can cost less, especially if washing in warm or hot water. To get the most out of these longer ‘normal’ programs you ideally need a delay-start feature to start the program at the off-peak time, and/or a rinse hold option to prevent creasing or colour runs until the clothes are hung to dry.

The bad

  • Many people still prefer to do their washing on one single day, rather than overnight, so it can be a bit of a drag for impatient washers – particularly if you’re the type to forget the washing is sitting in the machine!

Crunching the numbers

Change in average cycle times

Type of washing machine 10 years ago Today
Top loading washing machines 55 min 58 min
Front loading washing machines 99 min 118 min

Interestingly, the minimum cycle time on a front loader has actually dropped – from 87 minutes a decade ago to 49 minutes today. Keep in mind that these numbers are based on smaller loads. If you put a full load into some front loaders, it doubles and sometimes triples the number (6 hours for a full load!). Luckily not many people fill their washing machines to capacity, though many think they do.

Some manufacturers are listening to consumers and making concerted efforts to keep the most-used program times as short as possible, while still offering intensive wash options for those who want it. On the other hand, some manufacturers are increasing the most-used program lengths and, although they offer fast wash programs, they’re generally not recommended for full loads. With the increase in washing machine capacity, we also suspect some manufacturers increase program time to deal with the strain of a full load – 18kg can cause quite a lot of heat in a machine, so they probably need to stop and start to cool off from those maximum loads.

Have you got all day?

In one of our washing machine tests a washer ran for a whopping three hours and 10 minutes! This was definitely not a model for those who do all their washing in one morning. It also used a lot of energy compared to other machines, so its low purchase price may have caught some people out – because it sure would cost a lot to run! One reason it used a lot of energy is that although it was set to cold, it still heated the water to 30°C for 25 minutes during its first rinse cycle – and, although it had a ‘fast’ wash cycle, it was only recommended for use with half a load.

If cycle time isn’t an issue for you or you like to wash in off-peak times, the increasingly lengthy programs shouldn’t be too much of a concern – but if you’re one of those who like to do things in one sitting, it might be worth looking at a top loading washing machine or fast-cycle front loader. Check out our washing machine buying guide for more details on what to look for.

What wash cycle should I use for my Samsung washing machine?

Water consumption and time taken for the cycle will depend on a number of factors such as the temperature set, the size of the load, water pressure, water hardness, water inlet temperature, and the degree of soiling.

For example, a cotton cycle with a small load with a temperature set of 20 will take approximately 148 minutes, but a larger load where the Intensive option is added might take 244 minutes.

The water consumption per cycle is approximately 39 to 53 litres per cycle, dependent on load, cycle and degree of soiling.

Please refer to the manual for more detailed information on water consumption and washing times.

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Max Load (kg): 9
Max Temp (c): 95

Fabric and clothing type:

Moderately or lightly soiled cottons, bed linen, table linen, underwear, towels, shirts, etc.

Quick Wash option:

Select the Cotton cycle and press the Quick Wash option to do a quick wash of lightly soiled garments under 2kg.

Quick Wash takes a minimum of 15 minutes but may take more depending on factors such as degree of soiling and water pressure.

Press the Quick Wash button repeatedly to choose the cycle time: 15min>20 min>30 min>40 min>50 min>1 hr>Off


Max Load (kg): 3.5
Max Temp (c): 60

Fabric and clothing type:

Baby Care:

Max Load (kg): 4
Max Temp (c): 95

Fabric and clothing type:

Baby clothing and other clothing for people with sensitive skin.


This high temperature wash with extra rinse cycles ensures that no powdered detergent remains on the clothes that could harm your baby’s skin.

Daily Wash

Max Load (kg): 4
Max Temp (c): 60

Fabric and clothing type:

Everyday items such as underwear and shirts

Stain Away:

Max Load (kg): 4
Max Temp (c): 60

Fabric and clothing type:

Stained clothing


The Stain Away cycle provides outstanding stain removal performance of the utmost care, avoiding the need for the pre-treatment of stains.

For the best stain removal performance we recommend using the hot temperature option in this cycle where the wash temperature is increased using the internal heater for the overall cleaning of a wide variety of stains.

Super Eco Wash

Max Load (kg): 4
Max Temp (c): 40

Fabric and clothing type:

Everyday items such as underwear and shirts


The low temperature Super Eco Wash cycle ensures that you achieve perfect wash results while allowing for effective energy savings.

Outdoor Care

Max Load (kg): 2
Max Temp (c): 40

Fabric and clothing type:

Water-proof items such as mountain clothing, skiwear and sportswear.

Fabrics include functional technology finishes and fibres such as spandex, stretch and micro-fibre.


Max Load (kg): 2
Max Temp (c): 40

Fabric and clothing type:

Machine-washable wool.

Always check the label of your wool clothing and laundry to make sure it is suitable for a machine wash. .


A load should be under 2.0 kg. (6kg-class model: 1.5kg).

The Wool cycle washes the laundry using a gentle cradling action. During the wash cycle, the gentle cradling and soaking actions are continued to protect the wool fibres from shrinkage/distortion and for a very gentle clean.

This stop-start operation by the washing machine during the soaking action is not a malfunction.

A neutral detergent is recommended for the Wool cycle for improved washing results and for improved care of the wool fibres.


Max Load (kg): 2
Max Temp (c): 40

Fabric and clothing type:

Bedspreads, bedsheets, bedding covers etc


Wash under 2.0 kg and only one kind of bedding to achieve the best result.

Dark Garment:

Max Load (kg): 3
Max Temp (c): 40

Fabric and clothing type:

Dark coloured garments.


This cycle provides additional rinse cycles and a reduced spin cycle speed to ensure your favourite dark clothing is washed gently and rinsed thoroughly to keep it in good condition as long as possible


Max Load (kg): 3
Max Temp (c): 60

Fabric and clothing type:

Jeans and other denim


A wash cycle with a higher water level and an extra rinse cycle that ensures that no detergent remains to mark your clothing.

Manual Selection:

You can use the Cotton Cycle to customise your cycle to your laundry’s requirements.

For example, you can manually choose a combination of low temperature and to hold the spin in order to wash delicate clothing needing a gentler wash.

Why do washing cycle times vary?

Water pressure

The mains water pressure will affect how long the machine takes to fill, and each cycle can mean the machine is filled three or four times. The washing machine can detect the water pressure while it’s filling, but before the cycle starts it shows a typical time that the cycle should take – in other words, it guesses. When it knows the water pressure, it can adjust the time remaining.

Water temperature

Most machines are cold-fill only, and the temperature of water coming into the machine depends on many factors. The can include how far the house is from the water main, the weather and season, and even the house’s plumbing. All of these factors can cause the temperature of the cold water to vary by 10C or more, and the washing machine has to guess how long it will take to heat this to the cycle temperature.

Water level

A washing machine fills to a pre-determined water level, but the amount of water required to reach this depends on the type of material being washed and the amount of it. The machine starts by assuming an average amount, but will change depending on the conditions it detects. Overloading the machine means more water is soaked up by the load, so the machine as to use more water to reach the level needed. More water means more energy is required to heat it, adding more time to the cycle.

Washing machine quick washes don’t clean, rinse or spin dry as well as longer washes, Which? research has found.

We tested the quick wash on 10 different washing machines*, comparing cleaning, rinsing and spinning with the standard wash. For all the basic tasks a washing machine needs to do, the quick wash was found lacking.

Cleaning quality on the 10 washing machines we tested dropped from an average four stars for the standard wash to two stars for the quick wash. Rinsing dropped from an average three stars to two stars, while spinning went from an average five stars on a standard (normal) wash, to three stars on the quick wash.

See the best washing machines we’ve tested.

This means that quick washes are only really suited to laundry that doesn’t have any tough stains or lingering smells, such as a few shirts that you’ve worn to the office for only a day.

Energy and water use

The good news about the quick wash is that our tests found you’re using less water per wash – an average of 2.1 litres per kilo of clothes for the washing machines we tested.

Average energy cost per wash is less, but as quick washes are generally for smaller loads, you might not end up saving there. And as quick washes don’t spin your clothes as thoroughly as a full wash, it will take longer for them to dry. If you use a tumble dryer to do this, it will consume more energy – which will cost you more.

Find out how much your washing machine will cost you over its lifetime, as well as which machines work out to be the cheapest in the long run, by using our energy-efficient washing machines interactive tool.

Do you use your washing machine’s quick wash?

Our survey of 1,199 washing machine owners in January 2018 found that 55% use their quick wash ‘sometimes’ or ‘always’.

We reckon that the large numbers of people using the quick wash is because standard wash times are increasing. In 2011, the average standard wash time was just over two hours, but now it’s more than three hours.

Why are standard wash times getting longer?

The reason that standard washing cycles are getting longer relates to a theory from back in the 1960s called the ‘Sinner’s Circle’ and the need to cut down on energy consumption – as consumers look to save money on their utility bills and manufacturers fight to achieve an A+++ energy label.

The idea is that the overall cleaning power is made up of five elements – temperature, detergent, spinning, water and time – and that if you decrease one part, you can increase another part of the circle to attain the same quality of wash.

When we did our own research into wash temperatures in 2013, we found that a lot of washing machines don’t actually reach 60°C on their 60°C programs. As heating the water is the most energy-intensive part of the process, this suggests that washing machine manufacturers are decreasing the temperature to cut down on energy consumption, but increasing the duration of the wash to get the same cleaning results. And longer cycles can improve efficiency by using less water.

How we find the best and worst washing machines

We test more than 100 washing machines a year to help you find you the very best, and weed out the very worst.

But we don’t just rely on the human eye to tell us how well each machine removes a stain. We use a spectrophotometer to measure the reflectance (amount of light reflected) off of the stained fabric we add to each wash.

By shining a light on the samples, each one stained with synthetic blood, grease, ink, milk, oil and rust, we can determine how much of the stain is still present after washing. This is done by analysing the different wavelengths present and their respective intensities.

*Tests carried out March 2018.

Everything You Need to Know About Dishwasher Cycles

Have you ever stared at your dishwasher’s control panel in confusion, wondering what all those cycles mean and whether you should use them? From “SaniWash” and “Speed 60” to “Sensor” and the maddeningly vague “Normal,” it’s tough to know which option to use.

The simplest way to find out is to peruse your user manual. If you lost it, manufacturers usually put PDF copies on their websites. But if your dishwasher is more than a few years old, or if you moved into a new home with a nondescript model, you might be out of luck.

Below we break down all of the most common cycles and their intended use cases. Specific cycle names will vary, but they tend to fall into the following groups.


This article was originally published in 2015 and it has since been updated.

Normal Cycle

If you’re like me, you probably use this cycle all the time, since you long ago gave up on trying to decipher the other options. And for your average load of dirty dishes, it’s really all you need.

According to multiple manufacturers, you should be fine using this setting for “normally soiled dishes”—in other words, dishes and cookware that don’t have any tough, baked-on food matter. This cycle will get the job done without using exorbitant amounts of water and heat, saving you money on your utility bill.

Auto/Sensor/Smart Wash

This cycle is becoming more and more common, and will probably make this guide obsolete in a few years. But for now, at least, there are plenty of dishwashers that don’t offer it. If you’re lucky enough to own a model that includes it, here’s the deal: The Auto or Sensor cycle detects how dirty your dishes are and adjust the heat, intensity, and cycle duration to get them clean.


This cycle goes by many names. KitchenAid calls it “ProWash,” Kenmore calls it “SmartWash,” Ikea calls it “Sensor.” Bottom line? They’re all the same, and will help you get your dishes clean the first time without worrying about what cycle to use.

Express/Quick/1-Hour Wash

Like the sensor-based Automatic cycle, the one-hour wash cycle also comes in a variety of names. (The most creative I’ve seen is Bosch’s Speed60.)

Again, they all mean the same thing: A cycle that uses extra water and/or heat to get your dishes clean in just an hour (or less for Ikea). It’s your go-to when you’ve forgotten to run the wash and need clean plates quick.

Pots & Pans

This cycle is pretty self-explanatory, but here, we’ll erase any doubt: Choose this option to clean heavily soiled cookware with baked-on grime. This cycle often uses the most water of any cycle (it varies by machine), but that’s what’s necessary to get rid of nasty, baked-on food.


Like all of these cycles, Pots & Pans also has other names, such as KitchenAid’s “Heavy Duty” or Ikea’s “Intensive.”

China Cycle

This cycle’s purpose is also pretty obvious. It’s used for cleaning delicate items like fine china and crystal.

According to Kenmore, it uses a “light wash” with gentler spray, with the goal of avoiding knocking your priceless dishes around and causing damage. It also has other names, like the rather simple “Light.”

SaniWash/Anti-Bacterial Cycle

If you use dishwashers often, you might have noticed a cycle called SaniWash or an option called SaniRinse. This cycle is actually based on a standard from NSF International, formerly known as the National Sanitation Foundation.

This standard requires dishwashers that have a SaniWash or Anti-Bacterial cycle to remove 99.999 percent of bacteria from your dishes with a 150 degree Fahrenheit rinse temperature. Miele says it’s good for sterilizing things like cutting boards and baby bottles.


So if you’re worried about getting your germ-laden cookware or raw chicken–covered cutting board truly clean, give SaniWash a try.

Rinse Cycle

The Rinse cycle won’t actually get your dishes clean. It’s just for washing off the leftover foodstuff.

According to Ikea, the Rinse cycle is good for preventing food residue from bonding to your dishes, and the company suggests you give it a spin if you’re loading a few dishes but won’t be running a full cleaning cycle any time soon. That’s why some manufacturers say not to use any detergent when doing a quick rinse.

Washing Machine Cycles Explained

As I discussed last week, I had the same washer and dryer set for 19 years until I was “upgraded” to a new Samsung Washer & Dryer set from Nebraska Furniture Mart.

Well, with the new washer and dryer set came a cornucopia of choices on how to wash my clothes – Permanent Press, Brightening Whites, Bedding, Heavy Duty, Normal…

And frankly, I didn’t know the difference between any of them. Seriously, has anyone ever had washing machine cycles explained to them?

So here it goes, I dived in, did the the research and am going to explain what each washing machine cycle means and how they can help you take better care of your clothes.

Washing Cycle Defined: A washing cycle has a speed at which it agitates or tumbles the clothes and then another speed that it spins the water out of the clothes. In addition, if your washing machine has pre-set cycles, it will automatically determine what temperature of water and rinse to use.

Normal Cycle.

Definition: For most fabrics including cottons, linens, and normally soiled garments.
When To Use It: It’s the good all-around best option for everyday fabrics and clothing. Perfect for whites, sheets, towels, underwear and heavily soiled items.

Heavy Duty.

Definition: For sturdy, colorfast fabrics and heavily soiled garments. The purpose of this function is when you are washing a TON of heavily soiled clothes and not for every day use.
When To Use It: When normal isn’t going to cut it because of the level of dirt.


Definition: For sheer fabrics, bras, lingerie, silks, and other handwash-only items.
When To Use It: Silk, gym clothing, your favorite sweater and anything that says “gentle wash” on the tag.


Definition: For brightly colored or dark colored casual garments.
When To Use It: For colored garments that might bleed (think deep reds and blues) or fade. Also a good option when “normal” might be too harsh and “delicate” too light.

Super Speed.

Definition: Normal soiled loads, but done super quick.
When To Use It: When the blouse and pants you want to wear to dinner are dirty and you only have an hour before you need to leave.


Definition: For bulky and large items, such as comforters, blankets, rugs and sheets.
When To Use It: For all your bedding, all of it. Anything that is heavy, big and bulky…this is your cycle.

Permanent Press.

Definition: For wash-and-wear, synthetic fabrics, and lightly to normally soiled garments.
When To Use It: When you want to minimize wrinkles in dress shirts and pants or preserve the finish on wrinkle-free items. Also a good option for items that wrinkle easily (silk, linen, loosely woven cotton).

Brilliant Whites.

Definition: For white fabrics with or without bleach.
When To Use It: For whites that need to stay white, like t-shirts, underwear, white jeans, or table linens.

Quick Wash.

Definition: For light soiled garments needed quickly.
When To Use It: If you have forgotten and left your wet clothes in the washing machine for a period of time and they need a refresh. Tip: Use less detergent, because the clothes aren’t dirty, they just need a little help.


Definition: For waterproof or water-resistant items.
When To Use It: For any item that has “water-resistant” as a description. Water-resistant clothes are treated with a chemical to keep them water-resistant, wash in the wrong cycle and they can lose the special coating.

Rinse + Spin.

Definition: Use for loads that need rinsing only or to add rinse-added fabric softener to a load.
When To Use It: When an item just needs to be rinsed out, but not washed…like swim suits or beach towels.


Definition: Drains water and spins at high speed.
When To Use It: If washing bulky items and the first spin didn’t do it’s job. Clothes should be damp, not wet, when they come out of the washer.

Steam Sanitize.

Definition: To kill off any bacteria in your clothing.
When To Use It: The more you wear (and sweat in) your clothes, the more they become a breeding ground for bacteria. The sanitize cycle kills off the bacteria with high heat, but can wear out fabrics and shorten their lifespan, so use sparingly.

Here is the kicker…

Did you know the right washing cycle and water temperature can help you keep your clothes looking newer longer?

I didn’t. I thought “normal” was the cycle for everything. No wonder I would experience pilling on sweaters or shrinkage on cotton shirts. The right agitation, couple with speed of spin and water temperature can make a cocoon environment for your favorite jeans, sweater or shirt. It gets it clean, but it doesn’t wear the item out.

My new Samsung Washer & Dryer set has really helped me start doing “adult laundry”. No more just throwing everything in, picking warm water and the normal cycle and hoping for the best.

Because these machines are so intuitive – it makes it almost fool-proof.

(Which is good for ME – because I’m still learning about the right cycle and water temperature for the right clothes.)

Thank you Nebraska Furniture Mart for continuing to help me “adult”. It seems like so many of my “adult” moments have happened at your store -upgrading couch from college futon, bedroom furniture with wedding gift money, cribs and rockers for new baby, high-end kitchen appliances because I love to cook, and now washer and dryer. Your delivery, customer service and pricing are the reason I keep coming back.

Connect with Nebraska Furniture Mart all over social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Samsung and Nebraska Furniture Mart. I was provided with a new Samsung washer and dryer in exchange for two articles, but did not receive additional compensation. The words and opinions (and my OCD laundry tendencies) are entirely my own. Want more information – check out my full disclosure statement.

Do you own a washing machine or are you shopping for a brand new one this year? We are going to cover all the exciting features and understand how to use Samsung washing machine properly. The goal is to wash and care for your capsule wardrobe essentials effectively so that they last a long time.

Out of all the brands in the washing machine category, Samsung has the most economical and energy-saving features for every household.

When it comes to finding out which washing machine is environmentally friendly, using less water is an important factor. Another feature to consider is energy efficiency. Finding the right Samsung washing machine for your needs will be easy to do with this simple guide.

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How To Use Samsung Washing Machine

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It’s important to know how to use Samsung washing machine properly. One of the key factors is understanding the right way to wash various different types of clothing fabrication.

With the best washing machine tips, do laundry at home more efficiently:

  • Iron clothes without an iron
  • Make clothes smell good
  • Remove pet hair
  • Remove static from clothes naturally
  • Shrink leggings
  • Shrink sweaters

How much water does my Samsung washing machine use?

Every Samsung washing machine does not use the same amount of water for every load. The Samsung front loader washers use about 13 gallons of water per cycle, while the top loaders use between 18-23 gallons per cycle.

How does Samsung Ecobubble work?

Samsung Ecobubble or “PowerFoam” allows detergent mixing more easily into a powerful foam. As a result, it cleans up the fabrics much better by reducing the surface tension of water.

The Ecobubble technology washing machine is more economical to run. Compared to Bosch, it is much quieter and features 1400 spins. Clothes smell fresher than from any other washing machine.

The best part of this Samsung washing machine model is that it uses a small amount of water pushing through the laundry. This process requires much less water than other types that submerge clothing into a full basin.

How do I get my Samsung washer to only spin?

If you have any delicate clothing that require the Samsung washer to only spin, then easily adjust the setting.

There are 2 different ways to get your Samsung washer to only spin: electronic models with knobs or electronic models with the touchpad.

For electronic models with knobs, press “Start” or raise the lid while the washer is operating. Next, select the “Spin Only” or “Drain and Spin” cycle and then press “Start.”

For electronic models with touchpad, simply select the “Drain and Spin” option and then press “Start.”

Samsung Washing Machine Cycles Explained

Every washing machine brand has different cycles for each fabrication. And if you have been throwing all clothes into one washing cycle, you need to change your laundry methods.

In order to adjust a cycle on the Samsung washing machine, there are a couple of ways to wash your clothes properly. Separating by fabric types is important if you want to make your capsule wardrobe pieces last a long time.


To wash cotton in a Samsung washing machine, the max load is 9kg or 19lbs with a max temperature of 95 Celsius or 203 Fahrenheit. Any cotton fabrication including bed linen, table linen, delicate lingerie, towels, and cotton poplin shirts are used in Quick Wash option settings.


To wash synthetics in a Samsung washing machine, the max load is 3.5kg or 7.7lbs with a max temperature of 60 Celsius or 140 Fahrenheit. Any synthetic fabrication includes blouses or shirts made of polyester or nylon blend.

Delicate Fabrications

To wash delicate fabrications in a Samsung washing machine, the max load is 4kg or 8.8 lbs with a max temperature of 95 Celsius or 203 Fahrenheit. Delicate fabrics include fragile materials that need extra special care when you use a Samsung washer machine.

Here are specific cleaning instructions for different delicate fabrications:

  • Lace and crochet
  • Sequin dress
  • Silk blouse
  • Velvet dress


To wash wool in a Samsung washing machine, the max load is 2kg or 4.4lbs with a max temperature of 40 Celsius or 104 Fahrenheit. It only works for machine-washable wool, make sure to read the care label before using the washing machine. For the wool cycle, a neutral detergent is recommended for better washing results.


To wash denim in a Samsung washing machine, the max load is 3kg or 6.6lbs with a max temperature of 60 Celsius or 140 Fahrenheit. This includes any types of denim from jeans to dresses and jackets. This wash cycle uses a higher water level and extra rinse cycle so there are no detergent stains left behind.

How To Use Samsung Washing Machine Top Loader

To use a Samsung washing machine top loader properly, make sure to sort by color and similar fabrications to get best results. This model is more convenient to use rather than squatting down to fill up a front loader.

Always fill the tub with dry and unfolded clothes. Place them around the outer edges in order to prevent wrinkling.

When washing clothing, everyone tends to fill the tub completely. But you don’t want to stuff it full. Instead, add only a few towels to improve the spin performance.

Pro tip: If you are washing delicate items like underwear or lingerie, make sure to use the delicate cycle with similar lightweight undergarments.

Samsung Top Load Washing Machine Problems

The more you use the Samsung top load washing machine, the more problems you will potentially experience.

If you spot any bleach stains happening, don’t overfill the dispenser and never exceed the MAX line in the cup. Be sure to check the level in the washer. After using the dispenser, rinse it well and dry it with a clean paper towel to prevent any future bleach spotting.

If your washer does not start even though the touchpad says, “Ready to begin the cycle,” check if the washer machine is receiving electrical power. If that’s not the problem, clean the door latch connection with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to lock the door sensor completely.

How To Use Samsung Washing Machine Diamond Drum

The diamond drum has holes that are 25% smaller and located deep within each diamond-shaped depression. This helps to prevent the fabrics from sticking out and getting damaged during the spin cycle.

According to the test results, it reduces the textile damage 34% compared to using conventional washing machine drums.

The diamond-shaped drum creates high water pressure to help remove dirt from the clothing much more effectively. The diamond-shaped drum is a recommended feature to add if you are looking to wash and care for your capsule wardrobe pieces to extend the lifetime of quality fabrics.

Samsung Washing Machine Wobble Technology

Understanding the right way for how to use Samsung washing machine wobble technology helps to protect delicate fabrics. The horizontal rotation and vertical water movement created by the innovative Wobble pulsator helps reduces tangles and damage from garment friction.

Wobble technology is a recommended feature to add because it uses less water and also increases the cleaning power.

Which Samsung Washers Have WiFi

With a busy work week and a weekend full of fun activities, laundry becomes a repetitive chore. The last thing you want to do is stand over your washer machine all day long. Controlling your washer machine with a smartphone sounds makes doing laundry much easier and more convenient.

Unfortunately, not all models of Samsung washers have wifi and are compatible with SmartThings. Here are 5 US Samsung washer models that have wifi:

  • WF45K6200AZ
  • WF45K6500AV
  • WF50K7500AV

With the simple to use SmartThings app, you can easily control and monitor a Samsung washer machine.

First, connect the washer to the SmartThings app. Go to the dashboard and tap “Add Device” and then select “Washer.” Follow the instructions to turn on AP mode for the water. The app will confirm when your smartphone and the washer are successfully connected.

Easily adjust washing modes, temperature, rinse, and spin cycle with the app anytime from anywhere.

A well-built capsule wardrobe does not solve everything. Giving the proper clothing care does extend the lifetime of every high quality essential piece.

Know how to use Samsung washing machine for maximum results. Use the different wash cycles to ensure that you enjoy your basic essential items more than ever.

Do you know how to use a Samsung washing machine?

Share your washer machine tips with us!


Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

There’s no doubt about it, the super-speedy quick wash setting on your washing machine is incredibly useful and the temptation is to use it frequently just to get through the laundry mountain a little more quickly. However, it can leave you feeling that your clothes haven’t had a proper clean.

‘For refreshing clothes without stains, a quick wash is fine,’ says Head of Testing, Verity Mann. ‘But when it comes to anything stained, a full wash is a must, as speed washes run at too low a temperature.’

Our testing team, headed up by Verity Mann, puts new washing machines and washer-dryers through their paces using a range of common stains expertly applied to items. Here’s their advice.

To be sure of killing germs and dust mites, clothes need to be washed at 60°C. Always read the care label, as some items specify a maximum temperature of 40°C, but for bedding and towels, it is better to stick to a higher-temperature wash and use a powder detergent that contains bleach, to kill any lurking bacteria. This is particularly important if you have family members with reduced immunity, such as the elderly or young children.

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Detergent plays a big part, too – biological detergent contains enzymes and is the best choice for stain removal. Non-biological detergent does not contain bleach or enzymes, and tends to be less effective at stain removal, although it is the better choice for sensitive skin.

If you do use a speed wash, be warned: it will have a shorter rinse than a regular wash, so it’s best to half fill the machine and use a half dose of detergent, too, to make sure the washing doesn’t come out soapy.

‘If you regularly wash using a low-temperature wash, you may notice your machine develops musty smells due to the build-up of mould and bacteria,’ says Verity. ‘To eliminate this, run an empty wash on a very hot setting without detergent every few weeks, and scrub out the detergent drawer and rubber ring around the drum.’

One big plus of a speed wash is that it’s often an energy and money-saver. For example, the Samsung WW10M86DQOO (our top scorer) uses only 0.01KW of energy on its Quick Wash setting, whereas a cotton 40°C wash uses 1.33KW based on the recommended capacities.

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