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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is a 4-in-1 washer-dryer
The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is a 4-in-1 washer-dryer
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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is a 4-in-1 washer-dryer
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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is a 4-in-1 washer-dryer
The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry has large main compartments for washing and drying, and two smaller separate ones above them
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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry has large main compartments for washing and drying, and two smaller separate ones above them
The top-loading washing compartment of the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry adds an extra cubic foot (28 Liters) for smaller loads of socks and undies 
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The top-loading washing compartment of the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry adds an extra cubic foot (28 Liters) for smaller loads of socks and undies 
The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is IoT-enabled, allowing it to be connected to the Samsung Smart Home app and controlled remotely from a user's iOS and Android device
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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry is IoT-enabled, allowing it to be connected to the Samsung Smart Home app and controlled remotely from a user's iOS and Android device
The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry features a Delicates Rack above the main dryer, which uses a controlled flow of heated air to dry delicate items that can't withstand the heat of a conventional dryer
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The Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry features a Delicates Rack above the main dryer, which uses a controlled flow of heated air to dry delicate items that can't withstand the heat of a conventional dryer

Samsung has unveiled a new washer-dryer combo designed to help get through laundry day a little more quickly. Along with the main front-loading compartments for washing and drying, the FlexWash + FlexDry laundry system, as the company calls it, boasts smaller separate compartments on top, for washing small loads and drying your delicates simultaneously.

The main attraction on the FlexWash side of the equation is the front-loader, which can handle most of the dirty work with a capacity of five cubic feet (142 liters). Above that sits a new section that can hold an extra cubic foot (28 liters) for smaller loads like socks and undies. The two compartments are completely separate, so they can run side-by-side with different settings.

With built-in proprietary systems, Samsung claims the FlexWash can halve wash times down to 30 minutes per cycle, foam up the detergent with water and air to give garments a "deep clean," and reduce vibration and the resulting noise.

Samsung has dabbled in smaller, additional compartments in its washing machines before: a couple of years ago we saw models with a built-in sink up top for spot-scrubbing, but FlexWash sounds like a more automatic version of that. Competitor LG has its own Twin Wash system, adding an optional drawer-like compartment below an existing washer, but that requires a fair bit of setup to integrate its hoses and drainage with that of the main machine. With everything built into the one unit, FlexWash seems a little more streamlined, and only requires one water line to fill both compartments.

The top-loading washing compartment of the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry adds an extra cubic foot (28 Liters) for smaller loads of socks and undies 
The top-loading washing compartment of the Samsung FlexWash + FlexDry adds an extra cubic foot (28 Liters) for smaller loads of socks and undies 

There's also a smaller compartment for drying items too fragile for the harsh heat of a conventional dryer. Rather than hanging your frilly unmentionables around the house, they can be laid out flat in the top-loading Delicate Rack and dried with a gentle flow of warm air, adjustable from room temperature up to 95º F (35º C).

The whole unit is IoT-enabled, meaning it can be connected to the Samsung Smart Home app and controlled and monitored from a user's Android or iOS device.

Samsung is presenting the FlexWash + FlexDry at CES 2017 this week.

Source: Samsung

5 comments
Milton
I don't know why they call these 4-in-1, its simply 2 machines with 4 doors. I own a true 2-in-1, where the thing washes and drys and you never have to touch wet clothes.
Purple-Stater
This looks like a very cool system and as someone who expects to replace their current W&D in the next 1-2 years I hope it's in a reasonable price range. Though as far as the internet-of-things stuff goes, I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed that (1) nobody makes this stuff Windows accessible or (2) time & money is wasted in the first place in such useless ways. In either case, it's an added expense that I certainly don't care to pay for.
Island Architect
So much for the creativity of Whirlpool!
CliveVreeswijk
Wish they would concentrate on reliability instead of complexity, everyone I know of that has owned Samsung appliances has had nothing but problems. Yet my Electrolux made washer and dryer are entering their 10th year of use, Same can be said about Kitchenaid dishwasher. Aunts Samsung's were trouble from day one. Friend got a full refund from Home Depot after 2 years of endless repairs on Samsung fridge, I could go on with references of people I know with issues. The only thing I'd by from Samsung are their hard drives.
Augure
Awfully ugly pile of shit. Who designs these crap, as some-else say these are TWO different machines, and I can't believe anybody let alone a tech company would advertised with a machine that is not washer-dryer in 2017, but with 2 doors each which is an fucking annoying conceptual non-sense. Hope they sell zero of these.