Frigidaire promised me more “me-time”.
And you know what?
As a part of the Frigidaire Test Drive in conjunction with Mom Central, I received a brand new Frigidaire Affinity Washer and Dryer to try out and review.
Here are “Lucy and Ethel” right after they were installed in my laundry room:
Now I admit I was skeptical. Laundry is laundry no matter how you do it. The laundry isn’t going to magically do itself, so how could a washer and dryer save time?
The Affinity machines boast a 28-minute Quick Wash Cycle, “Fits-More” 7.0 cu. ft. large capacity dryer, DrySense Technology to prevent wrinkles to eliminate ironing, and Time-Wise Technology where wash time equals dry time.
But still I didn’t believe that using these machines would change the amount of time I spend doing laundry. As I began using the machines regularly I still didn’t believe it, even though I began to see signs of it. I thought that maybe I was just excited to have a new washer and dryer and I was changing the way I did things. Maybe I was paying more attention to the laundry and being more efficient. Maybe the pressure of having to provide my opinion about the machines was causing me to work harder at making sure they fulfilled their promise.
Over two months later, let me tell you that there are no maybes about it.
Below is a shot of the “typical” laundry I do twice a week:
Basket A is Abby’s laundry. I do it separately because it is just easier for me to sort and fold that way. I do her laundry twice a week.
Basket B is our towels and bathroom rugs. The rugs only get washed roughly every other week.
Basket C is our socks and underwear. I do these twice a week although I could probably get away with once.
Basket D is our general casual laundry, my husband’s, son’s and mine.
I also do a delicates load and a dress clothes load once a week.
Bedding is washed weekly as well but never really on a schedule.
Since my son started football and seems to wear three sets of clothing a day and takes more showers I’ve noticed an increase in the quantity of our laundry. So how then can I say that I actually seem to spend LESS time doing laundry?
Here is a breakdown of how many loads the same amount of laundry would take in my old machines vs the Frigidaire Affinity machines:
|Old Machines (Maytag Atlantis 2002)||New Machines (Frigidaire Affinity 2009)|
|Load A:||1 load||1 load|
|Load B:||4 loads with bath rugs, 3 without||3 loads with bath rugs, 2 without|
|Load C:||1 load||1 load|
|Load D:||3 loads||2 loads|
|Delicates:||1 load||1 load|
|Dress Clothes:||1 load||1 load|
With my Frigidaire Affinity machines I am doing fewer loads in general. I can fit more laundry into the machine because of the absence of the center agitator so it saves me at least 2 loads each time I do laundry. I could probably save more if I combined some of my smaller loads, but I prefer to balance with the time I save sorting and folding too.
Another time-saving aspect of the Frigidaire Affinity machines is the fact that it takes me about half as long to dry a king-sized comforter in my Affinity Dryer than it did it my old machine. The larger capacity keeps the comforter from getting all bunched up and allows the entire thing to get dry quicker. I was easily running three dry cycles with my comforter in the old machine and even then I was finding wet spots. The new machine takes about 1-1/2 cycles to dry the comforter completely. It no longer takes 2 full days for me to do an entire house full of laundry and bedding, in fact as long as I keep up with it, I can get it done in almost a day, with one last load to do the next morning.
The final thing that I noticed because of the Frigidaire Affinity machines is that unfolded laundry no longer builds up and sits all week at the foot of our bed waiting to be folded. We no longer live out of laundry baskets! I think a big part of the reason this is happening is that I have the pedestals under the machines. This raises them up to a more natural height so instead of just pulling the laundry out and putting it in a basket to fold from a more comfortable position, I fold it as I am pulling it out of the dryer. This has been a HUGE time-saver and stress reliever for me. The unfolded laundry would taunt me and often would never make it into drawers so we would walk around the baskets for 4 days until I did laundry again.
Laundry used to feel like a never-ending job for me. I was either always doing it or always avoiding it. Now, while I still spend an entire day every 4th day doing laundry, I have three full days in between where I don’t even have to think about it. The Frigidiare Affinity Washer and Dryer has literally transformed how I do laundry and has delivered on their promise of more “me-time” and then some!
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