Samsung WV60M9900AV FlexWash Front Load Washing Machine
The first thing that stands out about the Samsung WV60M9900AV is not its control panel or cabinet color; rather, it's the height of the thing even without adding its matching pedestal. Upon closer inspection, you'll see that the reason for the extra height is that Samsung has somehow included a second washing compartment in the same cabinet - a truly unique feature amongst its main rivals.
The front-load compartment shares many of its specs with other higher-end Samsung washing machines, including its 5.0 cubic foot capacity. The extra-large drum size means it's particuarly well-suited to handle bulky items such as comforters or a whole family's worth of winter jackets, and the Direct Drive Motor is strong enough to spin the drum easily and without making a racket. Samsung's Steam Wash feature releases hot steam into the drum to lift stains and sanitize hard-to-wash items, and it can also be integrated into different wash cycles to treat especially stubborn stains. The steam function is also found in the matching dryer (see below), though that function is designed to prevent and remove wrinkles instead.
For smaller loads, the top-mounted 1.0 cubic foot washer is more than up to the task. This washer compartment is completely separate from the front-load section - it's even equipped with its own soap dispenser and water line (don't worry, the entire washer only requires a standard hookup, so you won't need to schedule an appointment with a plumber). This is done to ensure that the two compartments never mix, meaning it's possible to wash otherwise incompatible loads at the same time.
As Samsung's flagship washing machine, the WV60M9900AV comes with just about every single feature found on the company's lesser models. Between the dozen wash cycles, there's also a PowerFoam feature that can create suds and lather out of even the most notoriously stingy HE detergent. The Super Speed mode can shorten a full wash cycle to just over half an hour, similar to how long an older agitator-equipped machine takes - all without beating up your clothes. Samsung's VRT Plus technology balances the tub and utilizes weight sensors to eliminate vibrations, making the WV60M990AV particularly well-suited for second floor installations. There are smart features as well; one optional part of initial setup is adding the WM60M9900AV to your Wi-Fi network, which allows access to the built-in Smart Home features. The free app can be used to monitor washing cycles and troubleshoot any errors, and there's also an option to send an alert to your phone once the cycle is complete.
The Samsung WV60M9900AV is a superb performer and is packed with thoughtful features and modern touches, making it easy to recommend. That said, we see two drawbacks that can restrict its appeal. First, the washer itself is noticeably larger than most other units, so you'll want to make sure there's room in your laundry room or cabinet to house this machine. The second comes down to price - at a hair under $1,500 at the time of writing, this washing machine alone costs more than some washer/dryer matched pairs. That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find another washing machine that offers this level of flexibility and performance in a single unit.
The matching dryer for the Samsung WV60M9900AV is the DVE60M9900V (electric) or the DVG60M9900V (gas).