For many people, doing laundry is one of the most dreaded and tedious household chores. Samsung’s FlexWash and FlexDry machines, now available for purchase, can reduce the amount of time you have to spend doing laundry by allowing you to complete two laundry loads — a large load and a small one — at the same time.
“FlexWash and FlexDry provide a new level of flexibility for people to customize the way they care for their clothes, no matter if they’re doing large or small loads, darks or lights, delicates or regulars, even hot washes or cold,” said John Herrington, senior vice president, general manager of home appliances, Samsung Electronics America.
The FlexWash machine features a lower washer with a 5.0 cubic foot capacity, as well as an additional top load compartment with a 1.0 cubic foot capacity. This allows you to place a large load full of your dark clothing in the main compartment, while you wash a few light-colored tops or infant clothing items in the top compartment. The FlexDry machine has a large (7.5 cubic foot) bottom compartment for your everyday loads. The top compartment lets you gently dry delicate items, like your favorite silk top.
You don’t need to hire a contractor or take on additional construction or plumbing to set up the FlexWash machine. Samsung reports that installation is similar to most standard washers. Both the FlexWash and FlexDry are “smart,” and allow you to do things like monitor and schedule washer and dryer cycles from your smartphone.
You can get the FlexWash and FlexDry machines in black, white, or stainless steel for a starting price of $1,599 each. The dryer also comes in a gas or electric version. The price of these machines is higher than many other smart laundry machines, which typically range from around $700 to $1,500 depending on the brand and features. Typical smart washing machines do not, however, offer the ability to complete more than one laundry load at the same time.