What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$629.10 - $699.00
Summary:This Frigidaire Front-loader washing machine has • Auto temp. control • Auto detergent dispenser • Auto fabric softener dispenser • End of cycle signal • Rotary dial • Push button • Stainless-steel tub • Stackable • Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent. • Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801L[W] is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine
models like the Affinity FAFW3801L[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand
Frigidaire washing machines generally cost $700 to $900, and the machines have capacity ranging from 3.5 to 3.7 cubic feet. Frigidaire is known for its generally good value for the price.
Features & Specs - Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801L[W]
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
Great at everyday laundry tasks - particularly good for bulky items like sleeping bags or comforters that top-loaders would have difficulty with. Like other frontloaders, it's watertight seal means you must crack the door after use to throroughly dry it out and avoid odors forming from a terrarium effect. This is a quality product with great controls and display.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Patagonia AZ
What an expensive piece of junk
This washer has been in use at my house for 1 year and 3 months. It now doesn't spin or drain....it just casually slooshes the laundry around and that's it. Mine is a single person household, so there hasn't been frequent use of this machine, it's never been overloaded, very little low sudsing detergent is always used, so what's it's excuse?
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Alfred, Maine
Nice and quiet (when it works)
Spins Clothes Dry
The biggest upside of owning the Affinity is that I have become much more adept at repairing major appliances. I Also have active accounts at two online parts vendors. One other upside of always breaking is that there is a lot of online videos for repairing this model.