If you are on the hunt for a front loading steam washer, this Electrolux Perfect Steam Washer EFLS617STT review will help you decide where to start. As far as front loaders go, it is a highly intuitive and intelligent design. The user-friendly ‘nest’ control system is easy to grasp and makes washing fast and simple. The question is, is it the right appliance for you?
It is highly efficient when it comes to removing stains.
The control system is easy to use and understand.
The shape, size, and design make the washer aesthetically pleasing.
It has a super speedy 15-minute cycle.
Some of the cycles can be too lengthy.
What Makes the Electrolux EFLS617S Steam Washer Special?
One of the things that make this device stand out is its innovative SmartBoost technology. I create a super thorough clean, by combining detergent and water in a separate compartment, before the cycle begins.
It might sound like a minor detail, but it has a big impact. It has the potential to make even very short (15 minutes) spin cycles very effective. This is one of the reasons why it would make a great addition to a busy household. If you’ve got young children, for example, you don’t necessarily want to be spending hours cleaning clothes.
Getting to Grips with the LED Display
The Electrolux stands out among rival products for another reason. It has the conventional control dial, as usual, but it enhances this with a sleek LED display. It tells the user how long the cycle has left until completion.
Before a wash is started, it provides the cycle time for each setting. So, for instance, if you were to point the dial to ‘Mixed Load,’ the screen would light up with ’45 mins’ or ‘1hr 15’ for an intense clean.
There are a number of other settings, some of which are standard on all washers and some which have been specially designed for this machine. You’ll find a temperature button, a button to change the soil settings (for stains and heavy dirt), and another for the various spin speeds.
If you want a special treatment (like a stain soak or a steam cycle), it is a good idea to consult the manual first, so that you hit the right buttons. There’s a cancel button for those times when you change your mind about a wash (or you’ve remembered that you left your wallet in your jeans).
The stainless steel drum inside this washer has a volume of 4.4 cubic feet. This isn’t huge, but it isn’t unusually or frustratingly small either – it is probably somewhere in between. It emits a bright light for around three minutes after a cycle, as a way to help you chase those stray socks and make sure that nothing is left behind.
The detergent compartment is located on the left-hand side. There are also smaller sections for fabric softener and bleach. Pay attention to the little ‘maximum’ and ‘minimum markings on the inside if you want to avoid spills.
Intense Stain Removing Power
As already mentioned, the detergent (or fabric softener) and the water aren’t simply tipped into the drum after the cycle is started. This is the case with traditional washing machines, but more devices are starting to add a ‘combination’ process. It is a valuable addition because it prevents some areas of the wash from being unintentionally treated with a very weak cleaning solution.
The Electrolux Steam Washer is very good at removing stains. The 47-minute cycle is particularly impressive, but even the super speedy spin provides great results. Plus, the innovative stain soak feature actually allows you to pick the best cleaning method for your clothes. For instance, if you’ve got grass stains on a T-shirt, they’ll be treated slightly differently to blood or wine stains.
In the case of stains like blood, this is very important. You don’t want to add hot water to blood because it will only impress it further into the fabric. An exclusively cold cycle is needed and the machine knows this. The Perfect Steam function should be used when you really need some hefty cleaning power to lift out stubborn stains.
Lengthy Cycles Can Make A Frustrating Clean
For some households, everything but the super-efficient 15-minute cycle is going to feel a little bit too long. In fact, several of the spin settings clocked in at longer than was promised. This is a consequence all of those settings. When you start adding settings on top of other settings (for example, a chocolate stain remover plus a steam clean), you’re also stacking up time.
You can end up pushing close to three hours in some cases, but this is easy to avoid if you’re careful with how you program the washer. The upside is that clothes emerge looking impeccable. If you’re willing to wait it out, you will be rewarded.