Samsung vs. Frigidaire Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  January 27, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Frigidaire  |  Samsung

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Frigidaire and Samsung are two of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world. But even with all the information you have on the internet, it can be very difficult to compare the brands accurately.

Samsung has leveraged its electronics division with Best Buy and is the brand of choice in the Big Box retailers. Frigidaire, on the other hand, has been mostly perceived as an entry level/value brand.

Both are very good machines manufactured by two very different companies. At the end of the day, the better machine may be determined when you are considering the purchase.

In this article, we'll look at both brands, their products and compare at the end. 

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Samsung

Samsung began as a small trading company with forty employees located in Su-dong in 1938. They had sold groceries produced in and around the city and even produced their own noodles. After the company prospered, Samsung moved its head office to Seoul in 1947.

It is comprised of numerous subsidiaries and affiliated businesses. The majority of them being united under the Samsung label have become the largest South Korean conglomerate. Samsung produces approximately 1/5th of South Korea's total exports.

The company has been shown to be a powerful influence on South Korea's economic development, politics, media and culture. Appliances are a very small part of this giants overall portfolio.

Here is a tip for buying Samsung: They always promote deals around holidays. (Chances are we’ll have amazing specials out of season as well). You can usually buy it cheaper on President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 4th and Black Friday.

Frigidaire

Frigidaire FFFS5115PW front load laundry room

Frigidaire is among the least repaired brands that we currently offer. This brand has been in operation since 1918. From the early years to the late 70’s, they were owned by General Motors and has been under ownership by Electrolux since the early 1990's.

Frigidaire claims to be the first manufacturer of the room air conditioner and the 30” electric range. They currently manufacture in the U.S and Northern Mexico.

The Products

Frigidaire FFFS5115PW - $849

Frigidaire FFFS5115PW front load washer

Features:

  • 3.9 Cu.Ft. Capacity
  • ENERGY STAR
  • Advance Rinse Technology: Final rinse uses fresh water to ensure whiter whites and reduce allergens.
  • Ready Steam: Improves stain removal by adding steam to the cycle during the wash to help lift stains
  • TimeWise(R) Technology: Wash time equals dry time 

 

Samsung WF45H6300AW - $937

Samsung WF45H6300AW Front load washer

Features:

  • 4.5 cu. ft. Capacity
  • ENERGY STAR
  • VRT Plus(R) Technology
  • PowerFoam
  • Smart Care

Comparison

Both have great capacity and offer a steam clean option. When you really compare these machines, both will perform well and will probably have more features than anyone would need.

Size

Samsung's washer is at 4.5 cubic feet. This is a little above average in size when compared to most models.

The Frigidaire is easier to stack and fit in tighter spaces because the dryer vents within the machine with no extra depth needed for the vent pipe. Its width is a standard 27", height is at 36" which may be a more comfortable height to read and reach controls for anyone who is shorter.

Frigidaire FFFS5115PW  front load washer open latch

Notice the stay open hinge latch on the Frigidaire model above. The latch helps the door stay slightly open to prevent odor buildup and mildew between washes. More brands should consider this feature.

Second Floor Installations

On second floor installations, Samsung have been known to do better than most of their completion with their “VRT” technology. Samsung's VRT technology claims to be quieter than any washer in its class. Frigidaire also has their own "Vibration Control System".

Service

Neither of these large companies directly controls their own service. That should be a huge part of your decision in considering these machines.

Conclusion

Both machines are great but since most laundry has only grown in size over recent years, measurements may dictate which one is right for you.

The Frigidaire is a great value, but is a relatively smaller washer than the Samsung at 3.9 cubic feet. I'm also a big fan of the Frigidaire stay open hinge place holder. Although, I like the sleek design of the Samsung better.

While Frigidaire's package is aggressively priced alone at $1,599 (electric dryer, after rebates), Samsung’s current package price for the pair cannot go unnoticed. The Samsung package will end up being only $1,399 (electric dryer, after rebates). The laundry set is usually priced closer to $2,000.

Samsung has recently solved their long standing parts availability issue (at least in our area) by making them just as accessible as their local competition.

So, which one should you buy? The answer depends on your space first. You also have to wait for the right time for your purchase with Samsung, because it can vary between $1,399 to $1,999.

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