Electrolux washers bring best-in-class cleaning and stain removal capabilities to your home. Professional testing companies regularly rank the Electrolux washer as one of the top brands in laundry care. We do, too.
That's nothing new. Since the early 1910s, Electrolux has earned its reputation as a top-notch appliance manufacturer, both in Sweden where it's based and around the globe. The company has churned out everything from vacuums and refrigerators to food processors and even allied weapon prototypes during World War II. However, in recent years, Electrolux has paid special attention to developing its washers and dryers.
Today, Electrolux exclusively focuses on front load washer technology. You can configure an Electrolux washer and dryer set in multiple ways, whether side by side or in a stackable washer and dryer format. One option we're seeing a lot more lately is two stacked sets placed next to each other for the ultimate laundry setup.
Electrolux washers also work great in second-floor laundry room setups. The company claims to offer the most balanced washers with the least vibration available on the market, and we find that they are quiet.
The Electrolux ELFW7637BT still stands as our best overall best washer and dryer set from any brand. We're impressed by its expedient, efficient 15-minute express wash cycle in particular. This Electrolux front load washer also overcomes the biggest downside of using detergent pods—not sudsing up all your clothes evenly—thanks to its optimal detergent dispersal technology.
Read on for all the details about what makes Electrolux laundry great, along with a few downsides that might mean it's not ideal for you.
Our Electrolux Washer and Dryer Pick: Electrolux ELFW7537AW
Width: 27 inches | Height: 38 inches | Depth: 32 inches | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 9/10+ | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Titanium | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
Who It's For: People who want the deep cleaning power you get with steam, especially those who suffer from allergies, and a very speedy quick wash cycle.
Why We Chose It: This washer, which we consider Electrolux's deluxe model, offers one of the most thorough cleaning cycles on the market and one of the fastest quick wash cycle speeds. It's all-around stellar.
The ELFW7537AW expands on all of the features of its predecessors by adding the Perfect Steam Washer option, plus StainSoak and a Sanitize cycle that's designed to kill 99.9 percent of all bacteria with hotter water.
This Electrolux washer also has the world’s first Adaptive Dispenser designed to accept laundry detergent pods. Electrolux knows people love the convenience of pods, so it developed a way to make them more effective at cleaning. The dispenser dissolves the pod in water before it touches your clothes, so the detergent gets distributed better.
In addition, you get a 15-minute wash cycle for normal-size loads, an LED drum light, and nine wash cycles. For the matching dryer, check out the ELFE7537AW. It's the perfect electric or gas dryer to pair with this phenomenal washing machine.
The Full Electrolux Washer and Dryer Lineup
|Series||Overview of Features|
|Value:||LuxCare Wash System. 1,100 RPM motor. 4.4 cu. ft. 20-minute fast wash program. ELFW7337AW in white. Available with an electric or gas dryer without steam.|
|Base:||StainTreat. Powerful 1,300 RPM motor. Larger drum at 4.5 cu.ft. 18-minute fast wash program. Adaptive Dispenser for detergent pods. ELFW7437AW in white. Available with an electric or gas dryer with steam. Instant Refresh removes wrinkles quickly and easily.|
|Deluxe:||LuxCare Plus Wash System, StainTreat II. 15-minute express wash program. ELFW7537AW in white and titanium colors. Fight allergies with allergen cycle. Pure Rinse to help remove detergent residue. Pairs with an electric or gas dryer with steam.|
|Premium:||SmartBoost Wash System. ELFW7637BW in Island White and Titanium. Pairs with an electric or gas dryer with Instant Refresh to smooth wrinkles with steam.|
Pro Tip: Current supply chain problems affected Electrolux in many different ways. Most recently, the company struggled to find tinted glass doors for its 6 Series washers and switched production to clear glass door models. This means if you have an order with a retailer for ELFW7637AW or xxAT models, there's a risk you might not receive your order. Make sure to switch the models to ELFW7637BW or xxBT.
- Small Washer and Dryer: Featuring the sanitizing steam cycle, the ELFW4222AW in white pairs well with an electric ventless dryer (without steam).
The Pros and Cons of Electrolux Washer and Dryer in 2022
- Conservative changes and upgrades
- More streamlined look
- Bigger capacity in the same footprint
- Improved sensors for faster cycles
- Optic Whites cycle for innovative no-bleach whitening
- Compatible with older generation stacking kits
- Still no Wi-Fi; we expected the company to add it with this release
- Electrolux’s competitors have introduced ways to make dryer controls more accessible when stacked
- The competition, such as LG and Samsung, still has larger capacity washers
- No convenient automatic laundry detergent dispenser you can preload, like you’d find on Whirlpool, GE, and Miele washers
Electrolux's newest washers and dryers have features that make them better at removing stains efficiently. The company also rolled out some slight design changes, including a redesigned detergent dispenser that can take detergent pods.
Compared with tossing the pods directly into the drum with your dirty clothes, the Electrolux dispenser dissolves the pods before they hit your laundry. That way, the detergent dissolves completely in the water and can mix more evenly with your clothes—so they get cleaner. But Electrolux has got even more cleaning tricks up its sleeve.
In addition to SmartBoost, a preexisting feature that mixes water with liquid detergent before adding them to your clothes, Electrolux's best washers now have an interesting Optic Whites cycle for better whitening.
It’s essentially a super-powered rinse cycle that Electrolux says gets your clothes whiter than bleach by using water alone. Leftover detergent can leave your whites looking dingy; this extra rinse ensures every last bit of residue gets washed out.
And all Electrolux washers now have Extended Refresh, a wash option that lightly rinses and spins clothes when you can't take them out right away, to ensure they stay fresh and don't get that musty smell.
In its dryers, Electrolux has improved on its LuxCare Dry technology with something called Balanced Dry. According to the company, these sensors are even better at detecting moisture and applying the right amount of heat for the right amount of time.
For example, its higher-end models can discern how damp the outside of a jacket or comforter is compared with the inside, and adjust the cycle time and temperature to get both dry and keep them fluffy. This also helps your clothes dry faster and saves you time.
In terms of their appearance, these washers and dryers look slightly more streamlined than the previous generation and are able to hold slightly more clothing, even though they have the same exterior dimensions. And here’s the best part: If you have an older Electrolux washer and dryer, your existing stacking kit or pedestals will work perfectly with those.
Overall, we’re excited to see how the latest Electrolux washers and dryers perform, especially the Optic Whites cycle. Here’s our top-line assessment:
How to Shop for a Modern Washer Dryer
You don't want to miss out on the features of new washers and clothes dryers that can make your life a lot easier. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to consider when shopping for an Electrolux washer—or any other brand, for that matter:
More than any other factor, you’ll want to ensure your washer cleans well. How can you tell? Check out the list of cycles and wash options. It should offer enough to cover all of your needs. Features such as steam help a ton when you have family members with allergies.
In addition to killing allergens, steam also increases the temperature of the water in the wash tub, boosting cleaning power and dissolving detergent more effectively.
Electrolux's Perfect Steam technology vents steam from the bottom, which helps it target tough stains better. According to manufacturers, machines that feature steam can use less power and consume less water than conventional models.
We also mentioned how much we like the under 20-minute wash cycles that Electrolux washers offer. It's super convenient to be able to adjust the duration of your laundry: quick action when you're in a rush, deep cleaning when you have the need and the time. Electrolux offers models with quick wash cycles that can finish in as little as 15 minutes.
At a minimum, your washer should meet all Energy Star requirements set forth by the U.S. government. Beyond that, you should also seek out features like adaptive water and detergent levels based on the size of the load.
Electrolux washers are rated as some of the top performers in Energy Star listings.
Front Load vs Top Load
You’ll find both front load and top load washers on the market. Currently, front load washers are significantly more popular. They also allow for stacking if you want to place the dryer on top of the washer.
Agitator top load washers use more water and energy and aren't as gentle on clothes. However, many die-hards like their cleaning performance—which is more thorough—but comes at the expense of extra wear and tear on fabric.
Electrolux makes front load washers exclusively, using the latest technology.
Noise & Vibration
Front load washers and dryers tend to be quieter than their top load cousins. If you're planning to place your laundry on an upper floor, Electrolux might be the perfect choice. Its machines come with easy-to-adjust legs and a perfectly balanced drum.
With a tub that can spin as fast as 1,4000 RPMs, which is equivalent to a Ford Mustang going as fast as 130 MPH, a balanced load is imperative. Most of the vibration issues in front load washers stem from an imbalanced load. Electrolux's motion technology shifts the clothes inside the tub as the recirculation technology distributes soap and water to help maintain the weight balance of each and every load.
Size, Configuration & Ergonomics
This might sound obvious, but choose a washer and dryer that fit into your existing space or your floorplan. It's super important to measure carefully before you buy. We can't emphasize this point enough based on feedback from the thousands of customers we've helped over the years.
Stackable washers and dryers are perfect if you’re looking to save precious floor space. All Electrolux washer and dryers are stackable; just make sure to get a stacking kit to secure the dryer on top of the washer.
If you don't want to bend down to get to your clothes, Electrolux offers pedestals in matching colors that elevate the washer and dryer about 15 inches off the ground. Pedestals come in handy with their push-to-open storage drawers.
If you want to fit your laundry in a closet, consider getting a compact washer and dryer. As opposed to 27 inch wide front loaders, a compact laundry unit is 24 inches wide and much shallower than a full-size unit.
The last point in this category is knowing the direction of the washer and dryer door swing. Most front load washers don't allow you to reverse the door swing, and lower-tier Electrolux washers are no exception. However, higher-end Electrolux washers and dryers have reversible doors.
More and more, we're see Wi-Fi connectivity included on modern appliances to facilitate service calls, timing, and basic alerts. This remains a gaping hole in the Electrolux washer and dryer lineup. Luckily, its competitors haven't necessarily developed an app that meets' users expectations.
Electrolux Jargon Buster
If you’re shopping for an Electrolux washer and dryer, you’ll need to know a little bit about what the company calls its various features and how they benefit you. Otherwise, it's easy to get lost in the terminology. (What's Smart Boost again?) Here’s a quick rundown of common terms you'll see.
LuxCare Wash/Dry System
This is what Electrolux calls its complete wash system. LuxCare features improved wash action with extremely well-programmed rotation movements. This system continually measures and controls wash temperature, ensuring it’s never so hot that it damages your clothes or so cold that it doesn’t clean effectively.
Additional features include smart load sensing to calculate water use (if you're washing only a small load, your washer'll know to use less water and shorten the wash time), improved cleaning, and better fabric care.
In terms of drying, the LuxCare system comes with a precise sensor to prevent overdrying without leaving any damp spots. LuxCare drying also keeps lint off fabric.
Optic Whites Cycle
This is a cycle Electrolux introduced in 2021 that's designed to get your clothes whiter with no bleach or added ingredients. It's essentially an extra-thorough rinse cycle.
Perfect Balance Vibration Control
Inspired by the very same technology that keeps skyscrapers stable, Electrolux has created the Perfect Balance system. The company claims that it gives its washers less vibration than any other products on the market.
It's an excellent feature, particularly when it comes to stacked washers and dryers, since the washer is placed on the bottom. It also ensures silent operation with what Elextrolux calls its Second Floor Guarantee.
The Adaptive Dispenser is designed to accept pods (prepackaged detergent tablets sold in most supermarkets) as well as traditional liquid or powder detergents. This unique design ensures that you don’t have to toss the pods directly onto your clothes but can place them in the dispenser where they'll get more evenly mixed with the wash water.
Electrolux washers with adaptive dispensers dissolve the pods at just the right time while mixing them with the right amount of water.
SmartBoost technology blends detergent and water in a special chamber before releasing the detergent onto the laundry. It can also do the same with fabric softener and bleach. Not only does this provide deeper, faster, and more effective cleaning results, it also avoids buildup on certain clothes that could damage them or leave spots.
Perfect Steam Option
Steam is a powerful way to soften tough stains or dirt and help remove them from fibers without causing damage. Electrolux washers are designed to release steam from the bottom of the tub, so that it passes through fabrics and loosening up dirt and grime.
Automatic Water-Level Adjustment
Electrolux washers can identify how much laundry is present and adjust the water level accordingly. With this feature, water never gets wasted, and the wash cycle finishes more efficiently and effectively.
Automatic Temperature Control
Electrolux allows you to adjust the water temperature throughout the cycle and keep it steady to avoid overheating your clothes or letting water get too cold to be effective.
Used in tandem with SmartBoost, this lets the washer premix water, detergent, and stain remover before the cycle starts for more efficient and effective cleaning.
This cycle adds only water and spins for a short time to keep your laundry fresh until you unload it.
Want to choose which direction the washer door will open based on your space? Electrolux lets you do exactly that on some models, so you have more flexibility in where you install it.
After 90 seconds, the dryer automatically determines the load amount and adjusts the cycle time to prevent overdrying or wasted energy. That means no more guessing when the cycle will be over.
This is an enhanced sensor drying technology that Electrolux introduced in 2021. The company claims that it eliminates temperature spikes and keeps garments cooler throughout the cycle without adding additional time.
If you're looking for a dependable brand that blends modern design with advanced features and power, Electrolux might be your best bet. It offers patented features that few other companies can match.
For over a century, Electrolux has led the charge with international industry-shaking innovations in the appliance technology market, pioneering a multitude of them through the years. You've probably heard the old adage "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and that formula has offered Electrolux considerable success throughout the years. Even if (big if) your Electrolux appliance needs fixing, the company's got you covered.
Electrolux takes quality very seriously and backs that quality standard with an industry-leading comprehensive warranty. This plan includes a 10-year motor and lifetime tub warranty, a Second-Floor Guarantee to ensure peace of mind from vibration concerns, a platinum star limited warranty covering service for one-year parts, and a labor warranty covering three years for select parts.
Does Electrolux make top load washers?
In the U.S., Electrolux makes only energy-efficient front-load washers.
Are Electrolux washers good?
We think so, but if you're still on the fence, you can read more of our product reviews to help make up your mind!
Are Electrolux washers easy to repair?
Most Electrolux appliance errors are relatively easy to troubleshoot and fix. But if you think the cause of a malfunction is more complicated than something that could fixed in a simple DIY day's work, don't be afraid to ask for help and take advantage of the generous warranty offers provided by Electrolux.
Are Electrolux washers quiet?
Electrolux washers are so exceptionally quiet, that the company backs the quietness of it's products with a "Second Floor Guarantee", meaning that you can get a full refund (your money back guaranteed) if your Electrolux washer vibrates more than one inch off center.
Is Electrolux Frigidaire?
The parent company of Electrolux bought Frigidaire in 1986. Because Electrolux and Frigidaire are owned by the same company, they share components. Think of them like Toyota and Lexus. Electrolux products are packed with more features and emphasize top quality, whereas Frigidaire emphasizes efficiency and affordability.
Where are Electrolux washers made?
Electrolux washers are predominantly made in Kinston, North Carolina. However, Electrolux has many facilities around the world, including in Arizona and Mexico, which feed products into the United States market.
How do you clean Electrolux washers?
Many Electrolux washing machine models feature a System Clean Cycle or Clean Washer Cycle and will automatically remind you to run it every 50 wash cycles. Beyond using these self-cleaning features, you should wipe the top and sides of the washer with a damp cloth; you can use mild dishsoap for a deeper clean if you like. Also, be sure to leave the washer door and detergent tray open to allow air to circulate and evaporate excess moisture in between washes.
For more details, see our full guide on how to clean a front load washer.
How long will Electrolux washers last? Are Electrolux washers and dryers reliable?
Appliance manufacturers strive to make reliable products. However, they have to contend with a ton of market pressure on them. In general, you can expect brands such as Electrolux (i.e., those in the price range of an Electrolux) to last from five to eight years.
Electrolux washers and dryers come with nationwide service coverage and a longer-than-average three-year warranty.