A separate handle opens and closes each lid, so you can use just the sink to wash your hands, or just the washer without the sink. “It’s almost so simple, why hasn’t someone done this before?” says Dean Brindle, Director of Samsung’s Laundry Product Management.
When it comes to laundry, Samsung is big on speed and simplicity. Two of the three models that come with activewash, the WA8700J and the WA7700J, will have another feature, Super Speed, a first for Samsung’s top-loaders. They boast a 36-minute clean time. A fast wash cycle is nothing new, but when combined with a Power Foam feature, the result is a 40-percent-faster clean time that won’t result in still-dirty clothes, according to Samsung. The company also boasts the largest capacity washers on the market, which means fewer loads of laundry all around.
The company hasn’t made the Super Speed and Activewash features universal, but Brindle predicts consumers will be clamoring for both options, and one day, there could be sinks on all of Samsung’s washers.
Updated 5/6/2015: Samsung’s Activewash Top Load Washer is now available for $1,200.