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.
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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 FAFW3921N[W] is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine
models like the Affinity FAFW3921N[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 FAFW3921N[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.
THe mold is everywhere, and in places that you can't clean. Even when you use that front washer cleaner product you run through the washer on hot water settings...still mold. And when it's in the rubber gusset you can get it out, even with beach at full streanth. <br />It leaks from the door & from the dispenser. The dispenser's fabric softener fills up with water after the cycle and you have to empty it after every wash. Not to mention the mold.. and when you take the dispenser out to clean. Take it totally apart and scrub it with a tooth brush with hot water and bleach, you cant get all the mold out.<br />THe signal to let you know the wash is done can only be heard by super heros. The rest of us better set an alarm.<br />I have teen agers, I dont always catch the stuff they leave in their pockets. If somethis is able to find the space in the gusset it will stop the machine from working...service call. If the clothes are accidently left in the washer more than 60 minutes they start to smell like mold and have to be rewashed.If you see the timer on 5 minutes left...it lies.. it's really more like 20 minutes so dont burn the meatloaf waiting in the laundry room.<br />I can tell you have sorry I am to have purchased this washer. DONT BUY THIS MACHINE
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Engineer Dave
from Indianapolis, IN
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Nice Bargain Front Loader
Spins Clothes Dry
Have had this about a year, and haven't had any serious problems. No service calls have been necessary, but I did buy the 5 year extended warranty from the store. I have found that if you do not keep the door seal clean, it will sometimes drip water at the bottom of the door; I wipe it clean when I notice anything on or in the seal pocket and the problem goes away. We probably average almost a load a day, and I like the fact that I can do up to a queen size comforter. I feel better that it has a Sanitize cycle for towels. Most of my loads use the Cold Water Clean option, and I buy the cold water clean detergent, the combination seems to work pretty well. On some stains I do pre-treat.<br />I got it because my laundry room requires a Washer/Dryer Stack, and the stack with the matching dryer fits in my space. Also the pair was less than $1500 total and delivery/installation were included.<br />It does shake and make noise when it gets unbalanced, but not so much that it bothers me. It doesn't do really small loads very well (1 or 2 shirts).<br />I have read some reviews of people having problems, but so far I haven't had anything to complain about.<br />I haven't noticed the bad smell so many people complain about with front loaders, but I do have to clean the soap dispenser about once every couple of months because of the build up of what looks like mold on the bottom. The soap dispenser comes out pretty easily and I have even put it in the dishwasher to clean it.