Need to add a sock to the washer? Samsung’s AddWash lets you throw clothes in mid-cycle

Somewhere, on some planet, there may be someone who always puts everything in the washing machine before starting it. Here on planet Earth, however, that just doesn’t happen. Maybe someday robots will flawlessly do our laundry for us, but right now, it’s just us busy humans. And we inevitably find an extra sock, decide we want to add the t-shirt we’re wearing right now, or remember our workout clothes are still in the bag after we already started a wash. That’s why Samsung added the AddWash feature to its high-end front load clothes washers.

Introduced at CES 2016 this past January and finally available now, AddWash makes it easy to pop the odd sock, t-shirt, gym clothes, or even an extra towel to your front load washer without having to stop the whole cycle, drain the water, and take a chance of spraying yourself and the room when you open a front loader mid-cycle. AddWash is a door-within-a-door. With this feature, you can add what you forgot to the wash at any time during the cycle.

The AddWash feature is available with six Samsung front load washing machine models, including two 5.0 cubic foot capacity washers and four 4.5 cubic foot models. The 5.0 cubic foot WF50K7500 lists for $1,500 in black stainless steel and $1,400 in white. The 4.5 cubic foot WF45K6500 is $1300 in black stainless steel and $1,200 in white. Those four are the top-of-the-line, fully-featured models. Also at 4.5 cubic feet, but with a lesser feature set are an azure blue front-loader for $1,100 and $1,000 in white.

The huge 5.- cubic-foot-capacity, fully-tricked out WF50K7500 washer has some time-saving features. First off, the washer’s capacity is the largest available for 27-inch front-load washers, according to Samsung, plus the SuperSpeed setting, a new faster and more thorough wash cycle, can save up to half the time of a normal cycle.There’s also a feature called PowerFoam that mixes high efficiency detergent with water and air to create a foam that penetrates bulky items more deeply.

Samsung also introduced a newer version of its Activewash washer with integrated touch controls. This version’s built-in sink is deeper, which might help with some of the backsplash we got when testing the last model.


Best deals on smart locks so you’ll never have to worry about unlocked doors

Is your front door locked? We found the best deals on smart home door locks that take the worry out of wondering if your home is secure. You can lock or unlock your doors remotely and some models let you control locks with voice commands.

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.

The best iPad deals for December 2018

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for December 2018.

These Amazon kitchen deals are perfect for Christmas gifts and healthy eating

Today is day 10 of Amazon’s “12 Days of Deals,” and it’s all about kitchen. From blenders to Instant Pots to KitchenAid mixers and more, practical yet highly coveted small appliances are available for up to 50 percent off.
Product Review

The Brava Oven takes all the thinking out of cooking

Using bulbs to cook food at different light frequencies, the Brava Oven lets even the clueless cook a tasty meal. But your own smart chef doesn’t come cheap.
Smart Home

Ring Alarm vs. Nest Secure: Which one is right for you?

Thanks to the advance of technology, it's become really easy nowadays to secure your home and protect it from thieves, intruders, and unwanted guests. Which one of these two top contenders is right for you?
Smart Home

The Apple HomePod gets a whole lot cheaper today at Target

Apple's HomePod hasn't been the most popular smart speaker on the market but for users who are all in on Apple's heavily policed ecosystem of devices, this smart speaker is on serious sale at Target this week.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Smart Home

Uber Eats is testing a system for cheaper meal delivery

You know how Uber Pool offers cheaper trips if riders share a car? Well, Uber Eats is currently testing the same idea for meal delivery, and it could mean cheaper orders for customers.
Smart Home

Dear Instant Pot Smart: I love you. Thank you for changing my life

After taking the Instant Pot Smart WiFi Programmable Pressure Cooker for a spin, one long-time product reviewer finds much to love about the device she long coveted, despite that it’s not really that smart.

Brew, drip, or press a fresh cup of joe with today’s best deals on coffee makers

To kick off the day with a fresh cup or upgrade your home coffee machine to accommodate the preferences of dinner guests, check these hot deals for drip coffee makers, espresso machines, and single-serving devices on Walmart and Amazon.
Smart Home

People are stealing Ring doorbells (and it’s no knock-knock joke)

Ring Video Doorbell thefts in a Denver neighborhood raise questions about how much security the smart home devices actually provide. One homeowner and the police have a video of the theft. Here's what to do if your Ring device is stolen.