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Frigidaire Affinity Washer - where's the small, medium, large?

When I first got the new Frigidaire affinity washer and dryer I sat down and read through the manuals. I have never had a front load and I knew things like where you put the detergent and the type of detergent (HE = High Efficiency and produce less suds) were different from my traditional washer.

Does size matter with the Frigidaire affinity?

I tossed in my very first load and started really looking at the dashboard (my word for it - very web 2.0 of me, no?) of buttons and options.

And then it struck me - where do I tell this 'smart' machine what size my load is?

How will it know how much water it needs?

What if I only need to wash a handful of items like I often do with whites that I bleach?

Frigidaire affinity washer dashboard

The Frigidaire affininity IS smart.

My friends at Mom Central arranged for a service person to call me. I had a wonderful conversation with a gentleman who explained in a non-judgemental, "I-know-I-didn't-believe-it-when-I-first-heard-it" way that the affinity 'knows' how much water to use.

The Frigidaire affinity literally feels the weight of the clothes and how much water is getting absorbed by the clothes, and knows when to shut off the water flow.

Apparently the affinity is smarter than me. I have spent a lifetime trying to guess what my old washer would consider small vs. medium vs. large - and let's not even get into the small-med or med-large or that 'basket' I tried to use once (who else had a 'basket' that came with their washer a long time ago?).

And so I can safely toss in my clothes and the only thing I really need to figure out is how much HE detergent to use. Thankfully there are measuring cups with every bottle and then I can refer to the general rule with High Efficiency washers which is use less detergent - much less than you would traditional laundry machines.

For more on my experience with the Frigidaire affinity check out:

Frigidaire affinity defeats the Ladybug

Frigidaire has arrive - bring on the laundry

How will the affinity measure up?

Feeling smarter every day,


Sponsored by and product supplied by:

Mom Central and Frigidaire

Reader Comments (5)

Sounds like an awesome washer.......can they add a thingamagig to grab the clothes and put them in the washer? That would be sweeeeet!

Rachel Ferrucci

But, it does have a light, medium and heavy which I thought would mean small medium and large, does it not mean that?

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerri An

No Jerri Ann - the light, med. heavy is for how dirty are the clothes. THese things are so smart!

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

Thank you so much for directing me to your journals about your new laundry duo! It is almost certain this is the set we are buying - Friday or Sat and it is suppose to be delivered on Wed of next week.

August 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelle

I am impressed that you read the manuals... I have the same set as you and do love it.. the only downfall I find with the front loader is the musty smell it can have if you do not leave the door open... Yes, I am cheating by asking.. anything in the manual on this? Same thing happen to you??

August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTara

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