Swedish manufacturers such as Volvo, Ericsson, and Spotify are known for reliability and innovation. Electrolux is not only part of that celebrated bastion, but they also helped to create it. The company is consistently ranked in the world’s second-largest appliance maker by units sold after Whirlpool. In fact, Electrolux front load washer and dryer sets are proving a huge hit in the tiny house/small apartment revolution.
Roots And Expansion
Founded in 1919, Electrolux is one of the oldest of the country’s big product makers The company originated as a merger of two companies – Lux AB and Svenska Elektron AB. The Electrolux name was officially branded in 1957 (it was previously known as Elektrolux). A number of mergers and acquisitions have occurred as Electrolux increased their umbrella of products to include all home appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, ranges, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, water heaters and smaller domestic appliances such and hand blenders and toasters.
Washer And Dryer
Electrolux front load washers and dryers are amongst their best sellers and the tiny house/apartment/condo movement has proved particularly successful for their compact models. This 24-inch compact washer and dryer pair are perfectly suited to a smaller space, whether in the city or out.
This Energy Star rated Electrolux front load washer has a 2.4 cu ft capacity and 6 wash cycles. Despite being compact, it has powerful cleaning capabilities using cutting edge technology with a bottom steam vent. It’s one of the compact steam washers in this price range. It achieves its remarkable removal of 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens through its steam washing technology which uses the natural rise of steam to remove stains.
Small Size, Big Capabilities
There are 14 cycles including those customarily found in quality washers such as “heavy duty” and “delicates”. There are also 5 specialty cycles which are proprietary to this model. These include “Fast Wash” can wash a lightly soiled load in 22 mins. “Whites”, which as the name suggests is best used for lightly colored clothing and is recommended with hot water for optimal bleach activation. Conversely, the “wool” cycle uses a gentle washing action with cold water to avoid shrinking. The “jeans” cycle can wash an entire load of lightly to normally soiled denim jeans or similarly colored cotton khakis. A “clean washer” mode freshens and cleans the washing machine. It uses hot water and two cold rinses to remove odor-causing residue. Keeping with its ergonomic design, there are no knobs to turn. Instead, a sleek flat panel houses the IQ-Touch Controls which allows easy operation at your fingertips.
Designed with smaller spaces in mind, even oversized washes occur with quiet efficiency, meaning installation close to bedrooms on an upper floor is not a problem. Even at its fastest spin speed of 1400 RPM, the noise remains low. This machine not only takes care of clothes but the environment as well. It is 70% more energy efficient than comparable models and uses 56% less water. The automatic water-level adjustment modifies the water level according to that in the unit. In fact, the Control Lockout feature securely locks the washer door during the cycles.
This electric front load dryer has a sizeable 4 cu ft. capacity and a stainless steel tub for long-lasting drying capabilities. Its quiet operation and compact, touch screen (IQ-Touch Controls) design make it a perfect a match for the aforementioned washer. Being ventless, it can be installed almost anywhere it fits. A condensation dryer drains directly into a drain kit, keeping the area humidity free.
Dry Cycles and Temperature Settings
A reverse tumble feature alternates directions to reduce tangling and wrinkling of clothes while a reversible door offers the maximum flexibility of space, allowing the easy transfer of clothes from the washer to the dryer.
Heat emittance is an important consideration in a small space and Gentle Dry, using advanced drying technology, helps limit the heat given off which is also helpful for the clothes. It stops over-drying, shrinking and wrinkling.
Whether heavy denim or lighter polyesters and cotton, the 3 temperature settings and 7 dry cycles plus five Specialty Cycles make for a perfect drying experience.
The 7 drying cycles include: normal, heavy-duty (jeans and overalls), delicates, casual (cotton blends with a no-iron finish) mixed load, touch up (reduces for in items which weren’t removed from the dryer at the end of the cycle and provides 10 minutes low heat tumbling followed by a 25-minute cool down period). A towels cycle caters to a heavy-duty load which can also be used for non-rubber backed bath mats.
The Five Specialty Cycles include: jeans (an entire load of denim can be washed), fast dry (for a small load), wool (for washable woolens which can be dried along with an optional drying rack to keep shape) and time dry (in which the drying time – from 20 minutes to 120 mins- can be manually set).
To further halve the footprint of this already compact set, these models are stackable. For that, you’ll need you’ll need this stacking kit to stabilize this pair as one sits atop the other.