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?
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.
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