FAFW4011LW Review


Frigidaire FAFW4011LW Frigidaire
FAFW4011LW

Affinity Washer
Capacity: 3.7 cu ft
Width: 27"
Discontinued
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Cycles

7/4

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2.9

Factor
Water

3.6

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$216

Per Cu Ft

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Frigidaire FAFW4011LW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning This model does not have an internal water heater that can elevate temperatures to produce steam or sanitize. It does have a high-efficiency wash system with gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 39% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 10% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for BETTER energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy usage; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.
Water The FAFW4011LW Water Factor is about average for a new washing machine and should provide GOOD water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the higher the factor, the more water it uses.  
Warranty This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell Frigidaire washers. Should provide at least the standard one-year parts and labor warranty.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 22% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $61 less than the average new washer.


Frigidaire FAFW4011LW Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1100 RPM - Maximum spin speed is about average for a new washer. Higher spin speeds generally remove more moisture and reduce dryer cycle time. Often saves on dryer electricity and gas use.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Wash
Motions
Standard Motions - Cleans using standard front load tumbling wash motions that are effective for most wash applications. Some models have unique motions that can help improve cold wash cleaning in particular.  
Internal
Heater
No Internal Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond the input hot water supply. Heavy soil and stain removal is best achieved with high temperature water produced from an internal heater.  
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The Frigidaire FAFW4011LW does not have the capability to produce steam. Steam cycles are now available on about 40% of new washers, and they are very effective on soil removal.  
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - Clothes cannot be sanitized by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill germs and bacteria. Bleach may be an alternative depending on your tolerance for odors and fabric-wear.  
Foam
Cleaning
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
Allergen
Cycle
No Allergen Cycle - The FAFW4011LW does not have any cycles designed to eliminate many of the common household allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Only available on about 25% of new washers.  
Water
Level
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Vibration
Control
Vibration Control - Actively works to keep the washing machine drum balanced during both wash and spin cycles. System is designed to absorb vibrations, reduce noise, and help prevent out-of-balance loads.
Wash
Drum
Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a long-lasting wash tub material; it resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. Durability is why several manufacturers offer extended warranties on steel tubs.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 3.7 cu ft - Interior capacity is close to the new washer average of 3.9 cu ft. Capacity is a personal choice, but the larger the washer, the less loads you'll have to do, and the more time and money you'll likely save.  
MSRP $799 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 28% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display LED Display - Frigidaire's FAFW4011LW includes a display that provides information on remaining cycle time and sometimes program status. Just glance at the machine while you're working to see the status.
Delay
Start
Delay Start - You can program the wash cycle to start at a later, more convenient time. Allows you to fit the laundry around your schedule and to consider hot water availability or planned home arrival.
Dispenser 3-4 Tray Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the FAFW4011LW dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 5/3/4 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Average number of selectable settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. More settings allow greater flexibility with the care of your clothes and fabrics.  
Quick
Wash
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
Overnight
Wash-Dry
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
Custom
Cycle
No Custom Cycle - Cannot program a custom cycle with soil, spin, temperature and other settings that you use most often. Convenient capability - only available on about 20% of new washing machines.  
Smart
Phone
No Smartphone Connect - You can't control washer operations or troubleshoot problems through a smartphone application. About 25% of new washers now have some type of phone connectivity.  
Detergent
Reservoir
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Stackable - Like most new washers today, this model can be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and allow one unit to be accessed comfortably at shoulder level. Small laundry room? No problem.


Energy Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star Qualified - Meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR federal criteria of Modified Energy Factor >=2 and Water Factor <=6. Over 90% of new washing machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified.
Most
Efficient
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the Frigidaire FAFW4011LW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
83 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 49% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new washing machines for BEST kWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.
CEE
Tier III
CEE Tier III - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has listed the FAFW4011LW as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Standard Cold Wash - Does not employ special technologies to help get your clothes really clean on a cold wash cycle. Basic cold wash sometimes works with lightly soiled, unstained clothing.  
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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