FAHE4045QW Review


Frigidaire FAHE4045QW Frigidaire
FAHE4045QW

Affinity Washer
Capacity: 3.4 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $899
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Spin Rate

650

RPM
Energy

2

Factor MEF
Water

5.5

Factor WF
Cycles

17

and Options
Price

$264

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Frigidaire FAHE4045QW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Cleans with a high-efficiency (HE) wash system, but does not employ an internal heater. HE wash systems use gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing, require less water, and have more internal space without a central agitator.  
Spin Maximum washer spin rate is 43% lower than average. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water in the clothing and requires longer, more costly drying times. Ranks in the lower 1% of new washing machines for POOR moisture removal.  
Energy Energy Factor is 29% lower than average. Clothes washers with lower Energy Factors are less efficient and will cost more to operate because they use more energy. Ranks in the lower 10% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency.  
Water The FAHE4045QW Water Factor is 74% higher than the average new washer. Higher Water Factors indicate the washer is less efficient and will use more water to operate. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for POOR water efficiency.  
Cycles Cycles and options are about average for a new washing machine. The more flexibility you have with program selection, the better the chance of meeting your family's unique clothing care needs. Helps with diverse fabrics and children.  
Price Based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), the cost per cubic foot of capacity is about average for a new clothes washer and is rated GOOD for price efficiency. Washers can often be purchased on-sale 10%-20% under MSRP.  


Frigidaire FAHE4045QW Washer

Frigidaire FAHE4045QW



Performance Ratings
Steam No Steam Cleaning - Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.  
Sanitize No Sanitize Cycle - Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.  
Allergen No Allergen Certification - The FAHE4045QW is not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Heater No Internal Water Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home's hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.  
Water
Level
No Auto Water Level - Pre-set, standard water levels must be manually selected for different estimated load sizes. Does not employ load sensors that can automatically and efficiently adjust the water level for small to large loads.  
Drum Plastic Wash Drum - Polyester or nylon wash baskets can be tough, but they're not resistant to stains or odors. Stainless steel is the current standard with less than 10% of new washing machines having porcelain or plastic drums.  
Vibration Added Vibration Control - The Frigidaire FAHE4045QW is advertised to have advanced features to help control vibration and related noise. Details of these anti-vibration features are not readily available and the true effectiveness is unknown.
Wash
Type
Impeller - High efficiency top load washer that uses an impeller to lift and rotate clothing in varied wash motions. Provides for more usable drum space than the older agitator models and uses much less water to clean clothing.
MSRP $899 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 16% lower than average. You should save about $166 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 25% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Motor 10 Year Warranty - Frigidaire currently has one of the best drive motor warranties available with 10 years parts and one-year labor. The washer drive motor is one of the more expensive components to replace. Manufacturer warranties are subject to change.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 3.4 cu ft - Interior capacity is 13% lower than average. Smaller washers generally cost less up-front, but if you want to do your laundry less often, a larger washer saves time and money. Ranks in the lower 5% of new washers for SMALLER load size.  
Periodic
Tumble
No Periodic Tumble - After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.  
Time Remaining Time Display - The Frigidaire FAHE4045QW includes a digital time display at the top of the washer that shows estimated remaining cycle time. Just glance at the display while you're working and plan your time accordingly.
Delay Delay Start / End - You can program the wash cycle to start or end several hours later when you wake up or arrive home. Allows you to organize laundry chores around your schedule, or take advantage of lower, off-peak, utility rates.
Dispenser Bleach and Softener Dispenser - The Frigidaire FAHE4045QW can automatically release both bleach and fabric softener during the wash cycle. Detergent must be placed in the wash drum before the wash cycle begins.  
Settings 15 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings - 5 Temperature, 5 Soil, and 5 Spin settings. Higher than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. More settings provide added flexibility for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.
Quick
Wash
Quick Wash - In a hurry? Forget to wash a garment for today's special event? This washing machine has a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles.
Wash-Dry No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.  
Drum
Light
Drum Light - Illuminates the wash drum area when loading and unloading clothes. Helpful in poorly lit rooms or just to alleviate shadows that can hide items like socks which go missing until the next wash cycle.
ADA Not ADA Compliant - Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.  
Wi-Fi No Wi-Fi - This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.  
Detergent
Supply
No Detergent Reservoir - Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.  


Energy & Water Ratings
Energy
Star V7
Energy Star V 7.0 Unknown - Qualification status for Energy Star Version 7.0 is currently unknown. Washer IMEF and IWF test values are not yet available for new Energy Star criteria that became effective March 7, 2015.  
Energy
Star V6
Energy Star V 6.1 Qualified - Meets federal ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 test criteria for washing machines that's been in effect since February 1, 2013: Modified Energy Factor (MEF) >=2.0 and Water Factor (WF) <=6.0
Most
Efficient
No 2015 Most Efficient Award - The Frigidaire FAHE4045QW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient rating for 2015. Only 20%-25% of new washers meet Energy Star's strict criteria for superior water and energy efficiency.  
CEE
2015
CEE 2015 Status Unknown - IMEF and IWF test values are not yet available for this washing machine. The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) 2015 Tier I, II, or III classification is based on these values and is therefore currently unknown.  
CEE
2011
CEE 2011 Tier 1 - According to 2011 standards, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) lists the FAHE4045QW as a CEE Tier 1 washer. Tier I is equivalent to Energy Star, Tier II is more efficient, and Tier III is super-efficient.
Energy
Guide
171 kWh - The Energy Guide label lists an estimated annual electricity usage of 171 kilowatt-hours. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of usage are in accordance with the older Energy Star Version 6.1 procedures.  
Water
Usage
7255 Gal - Energy Star lists an estimated annual water usage of 7255 gallons. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of water are in accordance with the older Energy Star Version 6.1 procedures.  


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