The Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry: Laundry Innovation, or Unnecessary?

The Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry: Laundry Innovation, or Unnecessary?

It’s ambitious — we’ll say that much. The fact is more space for workload does make a difference, but just making something ‘bigger’ doesn’t necessarily solve the problem. Sure, it decreases the number of loads, but it doesn’t decrease the amount of time it takes to get the laundry done. Think about — heavier loads = more water = equals more time.

In fact, one would think that the “size matters” motif would take a person longer for several loads to finish washing and drying!

That Being Said, We Now Have This New Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry Laundry System Taking the Idea and Getting, Well, ‘Creative’

Let’s forget the fact that this is a washer and dryer made by…Samsung?? You got it. The smartphone manufacturer. And now they’re getting into the whole sock-cleaning business, but they might have the idea here.

For starters, let’s go ahead and say that we’ve seen the sinks with built-in top-load washing machines and some front-load trap doors to add some of those lone socks you forgot about at the corner of the basement. We’ve also seen the smaller secondary washers at the lower storage pedestals, and while the idea makes sense, it just adds a bit more overhead into the whole idea of laundry.

We want a central location. Period. We want to get all the laundry done in one place, which is why none of these so-called innovations caught on. Yet, the Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry is something completely different.

This new laundry system might be the only washer-dryer combo with a secondary unit for each on top of the machine, top-load style. How does that work, though, when you’ve got to consider piping and hosing for the water flow? It’s rather ingenious, really.

Let’s Start With the FlexWash System, Shall We?

The specs are pretty simple: you’ve got a 5-cubic-foot front-loader, and a 1-cubic-foot top-loader. You can take one guess on which loader is for what. Should be plain to see.

Truth be told, this isn’t unlike LG’s similar “Twin Wash” system product (and, yes, you have another well-known smartphone manufacturer having launched a washer-dryer combo) except for a couple subtle differences:

For one, the FlexWash is actually one unit. LG’s managed to only incorporate the double washers as two units.

You’re confused, we see. Here’s the trick — somehow Samsung claims that the FlexWash unit doesn’t even require two separate water lines, which you can imagine may present a slight problem with the plumbing mechanics. Logically, though, you’re scratching your head. These are two compartments, in one unit, and yet the water line can supply all the H2O you need for both.

There’s got to be some sleight of hand.

The key Samsung figured out is that the FlexWash incorporates what’s called an “internal separator,” sending the front-load water in one compartment and the top-load water in the other. We get the complaint, though: what good is that?

I mean, after all, you’re still running, technically, two loads, using double the water, so in essence while you might save some time (because you’re running two loads), your water bill still racks up there. What’s the benefit here?

Think about it: what’s the one thing we wish we could do with our laundry? Separate our clothes.

We have lights, we have delicates, we have colors, we have heavy fabrics. What if we could organize our loads simultaneously, and not have to sort anything??

That’s the purpose of having the two compartments. Except the top load is more for the delicates, or socks perhaps, while the front load typically houses all your colors or heavy fabrics.

It makes for better accuracy, organization, efficiency. Just an all-around good time in the basement or wherever you store your washer-dryer system. Ultimately, too, the fact that you can do this with just one unit in such close proximity makes it even less complicated.

The Same Idea Goes for the FlexDry, and Honestly We Don’t Even Have to Go Into Detail About It!

But we will anyway. For good reason: this is a dryer system integrating what’s called MultiSteam Technology. What’s that? Come again?

Simply put, this is a dryer — unlike anything on the market at the moment — that can simultaneously dry two different loads at two different temperatures. And somehow both loaders exist within the same unit.

The benefit ultimately is the same here — you can dry at low heat your delicates in the top load, and smolder your comforters at high heat in the front load. Interestingly enough, the top-load dryer has customizable temp zones designed to optimize delicate drying better than even the DELICATE tab of traditional dryers. Snazzy.

You Know What’s Even Snazzier About the FlexWash+FlexDry Laundry System?

Here we get into the whole “Internet of Things” phenomenon. Are you surprised? This is Samsung we’re talking about. It’s true — the FlexWash+FlexDry system is a smart system like your very own smartphone. How so? You can practically control the system with your own phone from wherever you are, either with Android of iPhone.

Start or stop those cycles remotely if you need to. Saves on power. Saves on over-drying. You can even monitor the progress of a cycle, relieving you of having to check on the washer from way down there in the basement just in case you didn’t hear that annoying buzzer.

So, you see, not only is it practical — but it is, in fact, quite innovative.

Be Prepared, Most Likely, to Spend a Pretty Penny, Though

Although Samsung hasn’t yet shared the pricing or availability quite yet. There is one thing we can look forward to, in the possibility that Samsung might integrate this system with its own smart home platform called SmartThings.

We’re talking full-on connectivity. Imagine not only the FlexWash+FlexDry integrated with your wireless, but your dishwasher, your oven, your microwave — heck, even your electric fireplace??

The possibilities are literally mind-blowing.

We can’t say for certain what this would do with maintenance, although we’re sure Samsung would have the means to incorporate some standard procedure for ordering new parts when necessary and repair. This changes the game, for the most part, because you can’t exactly just go to any repair shop, find a similar component, replace it, and expect it to work.

It’s like trying to find a used carburetor cheap that originally went to a Toyota Corolla — and trying to install it in a Lamborghini. Just won’t work.

Worth Looking Into if You’re a Family of Six, Seven, or Ten, Perhaps

Then the question would be “do you have the coin capable of purchasing this thing?” Hopefully. Because it looks like it may save you time, effort, and maybe even some dollars down the road.

It’s clever. It’s efficient. It’ll definitely get the job done. But will it be marketable to the demographic?

Let me check the washer and dryer in the basement for the moment to see if my socks and PJs are done, switch out the load, while you think on that. Take five. Be right back.

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