WF520ABP Review


Samsung WF520ABP Samsung
WF520ABP

Front Load
Capacity: 5 cu ft
Width: 27"
Discontinued
Cleaning

Steam

Capability
Cycles

13/11

Cyc/Opt
Energy

3

Factor
Water

3.3

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$320

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


Samsung WF520ABP

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Uses an internal heater to steam-clean and sanitize clothes. Only about 35% of new washers have a steam generation capability, It is very effective in getting garments clean while being gentle on the fabrics.
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 34% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washers for BEST program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor the wash to your family's needs.
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 12% 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 WF520ABP Water Factor is 9% lower than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washing machines for BETTER water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.
Warranty This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell Samsung washers. Should provide at least the standard one-year parts and labor warranty.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 16% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new washers for FAIR affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $43 more than the average new washer.  


Samsung WF520ABP Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1300 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 16% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for BEST moisture removal. Higher spin RPM usually shortens dryer time and often saves on energy 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
Steam Cleaning - The Samsung WF520ABP generates steam that deeply penetrates clothing to achieve a cleaner wash. Gentler on fabrics than regular wash cycles with a softening affect that reduces wrinkles.
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
Foam Cleaning - PowerFoam is unique to Samsung. It mixes water, air, and detergent to create a foam that effectively pentrates fabrics. It can save time by eliminating the need for any pre-soak or extra cyles.
Allergen
Cycle
No Allergen Cycle - While the WF520ABP 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 5 cu ft - Interior capacity is 29% higher than average and ranks in the top 5% of new washers for LARGEST wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $1599 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 46% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for POOR overall price. Be sure to also check the cost per cubic foot.  
Display LCD Display - Samsung's WF520ABP has a Liquid Crystal Display that provides visual information about remaining cycle time, program status, and other washing machine functions and options.
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 1-2 Tray Dispenser - The WF520ABP has a basic dispenser that can release detergent and sometimes bleach or fabric softener at the appropriate time. About 75% of new washers have 3-4 tray dispensers.  
Settings 5/5/5 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Higher than average number of selectable settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. More settings provide added flexibility with the care of your 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 Samsung WF520ABP has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
119 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 26% lower than average and ranks in the top 30% 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 WF520ABP as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Eco Cold Wash - A special cold wash cycle is available that is not only eco-friendly, but it also employs a unique process to help get your clothes clean. Especially effective with multiple wash motions.
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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