Electrolux’s new washer premixes water and detergent for a better clean, even in cold H20

electroluxs smartboost premixes water and detergent efls617stt efme617stt 13 152
Do you add detergent to the washer before or after you load the clothes and fill the tub with water? It’s not really something you can control with front-loaders, though you get the option with top-loaders. But Electrolux wants to take the guesswork out of it and add the detergent at just the right time — namely, well before the water even comes in contact with clothes. At the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, the appliance maker showed off its SmartBoost technology, which premixes the water and detergent, making a cold-water wash just as effective as a hot one.

Select models coming in April 2016 will have a special compartment where the detergent, stain remover, and other additives get mixed together with water. It’s about a six-minute process, but Electrolux says the result is a faster, more effective clean. Digital Trends saw a demonstration of the machine at the company’s testing facility back in December, and the strips — soiled with blood, chocolate and other common stains — looked visibly cleaner than samples from a half-dozen other machines. Normally, you need a gadget called a spectrocolorimeter to see the differences, Electrolux’s engineers told me.

Because the solution works just as well with cold water as hot, Electrolux says the 4.3-cubic-foot machine will be gentler on clothes, too. Its new Perfect Steam Washer with LuxCare Wash and SmartBoost ($1,099) could save 40 gallons of water a week compared to high-efficiency top load washers, according to the company.

Also coming to KBIS is the washer’s companion dryer, Perfect Steam Dryer with Instant Refresh ($1,099, also coming in April). It has some nifty features, too, like 8.0 cubic feet of capacity and a 15-minute fast-dry cycle. While neither the Perfect Steam Washer with LuxCare Wash ($999) nor the  LuxCare Wash System ($899) comes with SmartBoost, both have the LuxCare feature, which Electrolux says is the result of improvements to its wash actions, temperature control, and smart load sensing. 

The dryer pairs, the Perfect Steam Dryer with Instant Refresh and 8 cycles($999)  and the Perfect Steam Dryer with 7 cycles ($899), have longer fast-dry times (18 minutes and 20 minutes, respectively). Both have the same 8.0-cubic-foot capacity, though. If those times are accurate, you can get a lot of clothes done in pretty short amount of time.

Smart Home

Clean up with these Presidents’ Day sales on washers and dryers

Clean up with these Presidents' Day weekend sales on washers and dryers. We picked the top washers and dryers from six major online merchants, but there are many more choices. Altogether the six sites have 920 washers and dryers on sale.
Smart Home

Samsung washing machine recall results in $6.55M class-action settlement

Samsung settled a class action lawsuit involving more than 30 top-loading washing machine models for $6.55 million. The suit alleged the machine tops could detach and explode. Original owners may qualify for refunds and cash settlements.
Smart Home

Need to dry your locks? Here are the best hairdryers in every price range

Whether your hair is straight, wavy, long, or short, a hairdryer can make life easier (and get you dry quickly). Here are some of the best hairdryers on the market, with different price points.
Smart Home

A dirty humidifier can breed mold. Here's how to clean yours

If the air you're breathing in seems a bit gross, it might be your humidifier. Don't let cleaning your humidifier freak you out. Here's how to clean your device in a few easy steps.
Smart Home

Ring adds color night vision to wired security devices and HDR to wireless ones

Ring rolled out color night vision to its wired security products with cameras such as the Spotlight Cam Wired. At the same time, Ring added HDR control to its battery-powered security devices including the Video Doorbell 2.
Mobile

These 13 gadgets walk a fine line between ingenious and insane

The annual avalanche of devices and gadgets is astounding, but how many will succeed? A few are destined to spark new trends, while the majority fade deservedly into obscurity. We look at some gadgets on the border of brilliant and bonkers.
Product Review

From tables to porches, Ring's Stick Up Cam watches wherever you want

Ring’s latest home security camera offers more versatility than ever before, with the ability to mount it, set it on a table, or put it inside or outside. We got a chance to test it out. Here’s how it went.
Smart Home

Check out the largest pools in the world - and how you can get there

From Egypt to Singapore to California, here's a pictorial breakdown of some of the biggest and largest pools in the world. Many of these pools are so big that you can even kayak and windsurf on them.
Smart Home

Consumer groups call out retailers in a bid for better IoT security

Consumer groups posted a "Dear retailer" letter on February 12 that called out Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and Target, shaming the companies for selling insecure smart home devices.
Deals

The best Presidents’ Day sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, Dell, and more

Presidents' Day sales are a great chance to score electronics, clothing, home and office stuff, and other goodies at a discount. We’ve smoked out a large handful of the best of these Presidents' Day deals, from tech to bedding, to help…
Deals

Walmart drops a killer Instant Pot deal for Presidents’ Day weekend

With the Walmart Presidents' Day sale going on right now, you can actually pick up the Instant Pot Lux60 6-quart programmable pressure cooker for just $69 -- $30 off its normal price.
Smart Home

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents’ Day sale

Walmart slashes prices on Google Home during its Presidents' Day sale. Whether you're taking your first step in configuring a smart home or expanding to every room, Walmart has excellent sale prices for all the key components.
Deals

Walmart Presidents’ Day sale: Instant Pot, Google Home, and 4K TV deals

Presidents' Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to find deep discounts on 4K TVs, laptops, Instant Pots, clothes, mattresses, and furniture. And Walmart is offering deals on all of those things and more.
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…