Samsung WF56H9100AG/A2 review

The Samsung 9100 Series washer offers useful features, a quiet run cycle and a beautiful design – and enough capacity for the entire family’s dirty laundry.
The Samsung 9100 Series washer offers useful features, a quiet run cycle and a beautiful design – and enough capacity for the entire family’s dirty laundry.
The Samsung 9100 Series washer offers useful features, a quiet run cycle and a beautiful design – and enough capacity for the entire family’s dirty laundry.

Highs

  • Gorgeous modern design
  • Automatic dispenser with four compartments
  • Handy wash delay and self-cleaning features
  • Massive capacity
  • Impressively quiet spin cycle

Lows

  • No true integrated smart features
  • No way to adjust or shut off the cycle-end alert

Technological innovations are heating up in the home appliance space, and one of the places that’s getting some love at last is the laundry room. We’re just starting to see washing machines that can talk to your phone, letting you control and monitor cycles from the far reaches of your home. The Samsung 9100 Series washer won’t do that, but it’s packed with enough techy goodness to make your washroom the envy of the block. Plus, it’s really, really ridiculously good looking.

The envy of washers everywhere

The great thing about washers and dryers is that they don’t necessarily need to be beautiful: They’re almost always concealed behind closed doors. Yet you may find yourself wishing you had hookups in the foyer when you lay eyes on the 9100 series washer, the partner to Samsung’s DV56H9100GG/A2 dryer. This stunning front-loader features a shimmery, dark-gray finish (Samsung calls it “onyx”) with chrome-colored accents and sleek lines, with a nice flat work surface as a top. A tinted convex door lends to the stylish and futuristic look.

Above the door you have a soap drawer, which is split into three useful compartments: pre-wash, detergent, and bleach / softener. The machine automatically releases each soap at the appropriate time in the cycle.

In the center of the top front panel is a sizable control knob, which features a flashing blue LED to indicate the chosen function. As for cycles, there are 15 presets from which to choose, from normal and quick wash to towels, deep steam, and even “sanitize.”

Finally, there’s a four-inch LED display surrounded by additional feature buttons, with the power and start/pause keys located to the right. The latter are slightly bubbled out and give nice tactile feedback when pressed.

Family-friendly features galore

The Samsung 9100 is a sturdy washer, with a massive, 5.6 cubic foot capacity that can handle an entire family’s laundry. It provides nearly every feature a bustling family could hope for too, including deep steam for removing stains, eco cold for energy-saving everyday washing, and an allergen cycle that’s optimized to remove dust mites, pet dander and more.

You may find yourself wishing you had hookups in the foyer when you lay eyes on the 9100 series.

In addition to the presets, you can adjust each load to your specific needs with buttons for adjusting temperature, spin and soil level. You can also add steam, extra rinse and extra spin, as well as press a “Super Speed” button to shorten washing time. The only thing missing that we’d like to see is a steam-only option that doesn’t use any water, which could come in handy for certain garments.

There’s also a My Cycle feature that lets you save a custom one-button wash setting, and you can program the washer to start at a later time with the Delay End feature. Here, you set a countdown timer of up to 24 hours to specify when a load should start. Plus, there’s a Child Lock function that automatically locks the door and prevents the washer from being activated on accident.

And of course, you’ve got to love the Self Clean+ feature, which removes any mold or bacteria that may occur inside the machine. The 9100 washer reminds you to activate this feature after every 40 loads.

Samsung WF56H9100AG/A2

Although the Samsung 9100 doesn’t include Wi-Fi or any integrated app, there is a bit of “smart” functionality with the Smart Care app. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, uses your phone’s camera to analyze an error code from the machine’s display, and then provides you with countermeasures for troubleshooting any problems. We didn’t have any errors with our test unit, but can see how this app could be a nice time saver.

The sound of silence

If you install this washer yourself — and we don’t recommend that you do — make sure to follow the instructions to the letter. We didn’t and were rewarded with a spin cycle that sounded like a helicopter taking off inside the office. Once we corrected our error (shipping bolts, a common mistake), the 9100 washer rewarded us with one of the quietest spin cycles we’ve ever heard. It’s not silent, but the sound isn’t bothersome one room over with the door shut. In fact, we found the white noise rather soothing.

A load of towels came out spot free and smelling as fresh as a spring morning.

As for the wash cycle, it’s inaudible from the next room, and the soft swishing sound is barely noticeable even while sitting 10 feet away. However, the “buzzer” (if you can call it that) is loud enough to hear from the next room or down the hall, and the melody plays for 15 to 20 seconds, which gives you a chance to catch it if you’re wandering around the house. Although there’s a Sound option on the controls, there doesn’t appear to be a way to change the tune or volume of the alert, or even toggle it to silent. This instruction is notably absent in the manual.

When it comes to the dirty work, the 9100 washer is up to the task. A load of towels came out spot free and smelling as fresh as a spring morning after about an hour-long cycle. Similarly, the unit treated our delicates delicately, and actually beat its own estimated 43 minute cycle time by a few minutes. A mixed load that included shirts, workout gear, and other assorted clothes came out clean as a whistle, including ground-in grime that seemed sure to doom a pair of work pants.

Conclusion

Sick of doing laundry for hours on end? The Samsung 9100 series washer can help. The extra large capacity rivals some commercial washing machines — and you won’t have to cart your clothes to a laundromat to take advantage. Plus, this unit comes packed with family-friendly features designed to make one little part of life easier. And we daresay you won’t get sick of looking at it, either.

But all this convenience and functionality comes at a price. The 9100 lists for $1,699, but you won’t pay that. You’ll pay double, roughly $3,400 because you’re going to want that matching steam dryer, too. What does a washer have in common with Lay’s potato chips? It seems no one can buy just one.

Highs

  • Gorgeous modern design
  • Automatic dispenser with four compartments
  • Handy wash delay and self-cleaning features
  • Massive capacity
  • Impressively quiet spin cycle

Lows

  • No true integrated smart features
  • No way to adjust or shut off the cycle-end alert
Product Review

Tovala cooks delicious, idiotproof meals healthier than takeout. For a price

The Tovala Steam Oven is a countertop appliance that can serve up dinner in about 20 minutes with zero prep. The drawback is that the ready-to-heat meals, while tasty, are $12 each.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.
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.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Smart Home

Hello Fresh vs. Blue Apron: Which meal-delivery service is better?

To save time in the kitchen, some busy people order takeout, some look to devices like slow cookers and pressure cookers, and others try home-delivery meal services. These days, you have several meal-delivery services to choose from if you…
Smart Home

Smart speakers used primarily for music and information — and shopping

A survey of Alexa and Google Home users shows most people use their devices for core functions and had issues discovering third-party apps. A significant number of people use their device for shopping.
Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.
Deals

All the best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Deals

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Smart Home

Abode System’s Iota DIY home security kit is now available

Abode Systems has an all-in-one security kit called Iota, and it's on sale now. It features a 1080p camera, motion sensor, and on-board Wi-Fi and ethernet so it can stay connected no matter where you put it.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Deals

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Smart Home

Amazon will bring a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree to your doorstep starting today

If you have fond memories of going out with your family and searching for the perfect Christmas tree, well, Amazon wants to create its own holiday tradition. Starting today, you can order a real, 7-foot tree from Amazon.
Smart Home

Pandora Premium joins Alexa’s Amazon dance party today

There are quite a few streaming services that work with Amazon's Alexa but a big one just got added when the company integrated access to Pandora Premium into its smart assistant and smart speakers.