WF361BVBEWR Review


Samsung WF361BVBEWR Samsung
WF361BVBEWR

Front Load
Capacity: 3.6 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $846
Cleaning

Sanitize

Capability
Cycles

8/6

Cyc/Opt
Energy

3.1

Factor
Water

3

Factor
Warranty

10/3

Motor/Tub
Price

$235

Per Cu Ft

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Samsung WF361BVBEWR

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning An internal heater sanitizes clothes by raising the water temperature to the 150-160 degree range. High temperatures are the key to really getting clothes clean, removing stains, and killing hidden bacteria.
Cycles Number of available cycles and options is about average for a new washing machine. Generally the more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of meeting your clothing care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 19% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washers for BEST energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy usage; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.
Water The WF361BVBEWR Water Factor is 17% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.
Warranty Samsung's above average warranty provides 10 years parts only on the drive motor, 3 years parts only on the drum, and one year parts and labor on the entire washer. Warranties are subject to change.
Price Price per cubic foot is 16% lower than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $42 less than the average new washer.


Samsung WF361BVBEWR 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
Internal Heater - Uses an internal heater to achieve higher temps beyond your home's hot water supply. Hot water is the best way to remove stubborn stains. Key feature that makes a difference.
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The Samsung WF361BVBEWR 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
Sanitize Cycle - Water is heated to the 160-degree range where it kills most or all germs and bacteria. Helps ensure that your laundry is truly fresh-smelling by destroying odor-causing bacteria. NSF Certified.
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 - While the WF361BVBEWR does not have an allergen cycle, it does have an internal heater with high temperature cycles that can reduce dust mites, pet hair, and other common allergens.  
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 3.6 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 $846 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 24% lower than average and ranks in the top 25% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display LED Display - Samsung's WF361BVBEWR 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 WF361BVBEWR dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 4/3/4 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Lower than average number of settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. Fewer settings may provide less flexibility with cleaning or fabric care.  
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 Samsung WF361BVBEWR has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
94 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 42% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% 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 WF361BVBEWR 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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