Washing machines have been around for decades, and manufacturers have regularly added features to them so they do a better job of cleaning clothes while making things more convenient for users. One of the best technological advances in washers in a long time has been the advent of smart washing machines. Smart technology makes chores easier for people by using technology to assist them in performing tasks remotely. Smart features are becoming more common on washing machines, which means you have a lot of options if you're in the market for one. Here are three of the best smart washing machines currently available.
This 27-in. smart washer from LG is a front-loader that gives you 4.5-cu. ft. capacity in a compact footprint that gives you more options for where you can put it in your house. This machine's Wi-Fi connection works in conjunction with LG's ThinQ® app to provide you with convenient smart features. The app works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, making voice control possible regardless of which technological ecosystem you use in your home. The app allows you to control your laundry remotely and proactively sends maintenance alerts. The AI Fabric Sensor/ Smart Pairing™ feature uses AI technology to select the optimal wash setting for your load of the 10 wash cycles that are available. ColdWash™ technology gets fabrics deep-cleaned, giving you warm water performance at cold water savings. The Allergiene™ cycle uses steam to remove more than 95% of household allergens from your clothes.
Miele has packed 20 wash programs into this 24-in. compact washer with a capacity of 2.6 cu. ft. This washing machine is equipped with Miele's WiFiConn@ct which, when combined with the Miele@mobile app, allows you to take advantage of the machine's smart features. Using your smart device, you can call up the appliance's status or read notifications, such as if you need to replenish the detergent. This model uses a TwinDos automatic detergent dispensing system, integrating two detergent containers into the machine, which at the touch of a button dispenses the optimum quantity for your load. It also uses CapDosing, which utilizes Miele's portioned capsules in the fabric conditioner compartment, to be dispensed at the perfect time during the washing process. You can easily operate the washer via DirectSensor controls and a clear text display.
The 28-in. GFW550SSNWW from GE is another one of the best smart washing machines on the market. The built-in Wi-Fi connection lets you control and monitor your laundry from anywhere, as well as receive real-time notifications. The machine can connect with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control, as well as being compatible with IFTTT so you can automate tasks. Other features you get with this model include the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™, which eliminates excess moisture to prevent odors from forming and making sure your washer remains fresh and clean. You also have Microban® antimicrobial technology built into components such as the gasket, dispenser, and draining system. GE's patented Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) senses and re-balances uneven loads during the spin cycle, providing a quiet wash and saving you time. The Quick Wash cycle gets lightly soiled items clean in just 20 minutes, while the Time Saver option reduces overall wash time on most of the 10 available wash cycles by at least 20% without sacrificing performance.
What does NFC mean on a washing machine?
NFC, or near-field communication, allows you to communicate with your washer by scanning an NFC tag with your smart device. Doing so gives you additional options or features, which can include downloading additional drying programs.
How long should I expect a smart washer to last?
A typical smart washer should last you 10-13 years under regular use and with proper maintenance.