FTW3011KW Review

Frigidaire FTW3011KW Frigidaire

Top Load
Capacity: 3 cu ft
Width: 27"












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Frigidaire FTW3011KW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Older design that uses an agitator to wash clothes. Newer technology washers employ tumbling, infusors, impellers, or plates that are gentler on fabrics. Does not have an internal water heater.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 84% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new washers for POOR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 25% lower than the average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy use; the lower the factor, the more electricity it uses.  
Water The FTW3011KW Water Factor is 82% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washing machines for POOR 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 40% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $110 less than the average new washer.

Frigidaire FTW3011KW Washer

Performance Ratings
600 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 47% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new washers for POOR moisture removal. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water and requires longer dryer times.  
No Auto Temp Control - Preset hot and cold water mixture options are manually selected. Water temperature may not remain at optimum levels for detergents on cold winter days without automatic adjustments.  
Standard Wash Motions - Cleans using standard agitator wash motions that may be satisfactory for some wash applications. Agitators are old technology and substantially harder on fabric wear.  
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.  
No Steam Cleaning - The Frigidaire FTW3011KW 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.  
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.  
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.  
No Allergen Cycle - The FTW3011KW 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.  
No Auto Water Level - Pre-set, standard water levels must be manually selected for different load sizes. Does not employ load sensors that can automatically and efficiently adjust the water level.  
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.
Non-Metallic Wash Drum - One of the 10% of new washing machines that does not have a stainless steel tub. The tub is made of nylon, porcelain, or other lower-cost materials that are not as durable.  

Convenience Ratings
Capacity 3 cu ft - Interior capacity is 23% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for SMALLEST wash-load size. Smaller washers are cheaper, but you tend to spend more time doing laundry.  
MSRP $499 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 55% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display No Display - Frigidaire's FTW3011KW is in the small (15%) group of new washers that do not provide visual information on wash program status and cycle time. Makes home multi-tasking more complicated.  
No Delay Start - Cannot be programmed to start at a later time. About 85% of new washing machines have a convenient delay start feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.  
Dispenser 1-2 Tray Dispenser - The FTW3011KW 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 4/0/1 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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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 Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space in your laundry room. About 75% of new washers are stackable with their companion dryer. Need extra space in your laundry area?  

Energy Ratings
Not Energy Star Qualified - Does not meet federal ENERGY STAR standards. An inefficient washer can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted electricity and water over its average life of 10-12 years.  
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the Frigidaire FTW3011KW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
337 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 111% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washing machines for POOR KWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.  
Tier III
Not CEE Tier III Rated - The FTW3011KW has not earned the highest Consortium for Energy Efficiency rating for super-efficiency. CEE Tier III criteria is significantly greater than Energy Star.  
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.  
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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