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Steam Washing Machines - Awesome Cleaning Power!

Posted by Bob Allaire on Jul 29, 2020 11:00 AM
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If you are in the market for a new washer, you are probably trying to learn about every style and option available to you. One option worth exploring is a washing machine with steam - and you can find more features to consider in our washing machine buying guide, too. These cutting-edge washing machines feature a steam cycle in addition to traditional water cycles.

Steam in a washer provides improved stain removal and can help eliminate odors and prevent wrinkles. It works similarly to a garment steamer. Steam powerfully penetrates the fabrics, and the heat can help sanitize items as well. If you love cleaning with steam, there are also steam dryer models so you can purchase a steam-cleaning pair.





You Should Consider a Steam Washing Machine If...

  • You want to sanitize your fabrics - ideal for households with children

  • You want to reduce allergens such as dust mites and pet dander

  • You want to reduce wrinkles before you transfer clothes to the dryer or air-dry

  • You want to fight stains without using rough wash actions that could prematurely wear out more delicate fabrics

  • Your budget allows for a mid- to high-end washer model (pricing for steam cycle washers starts at around $899)

Different washing machines offer different types of steam cycles and options - they may release the steam early on in the cycle to help detergents and prewash additives penetrate fabrics, during the cycle to soften the clothes and improve the detergent's dissolving process, or at the cycle's end to sanitize or reduce wrinkles. They may also incorporate additional wash actions, soak time, or higher water temperatures, which may extend the time of the cycle. 

Steam cycle washers have been around for long enough that this technology is no longer "new" to the market, so choosing a steam cycle washer doesn't mean you're taking on the extra risk of an untested technology.

Here are a few examples of what different brands have to offer in steam cycle washers:

  • Samsung: Samsung releases steam from the bottom of the washer in their Steam Wash cycle rather than misting it down from above. You can add it as an option to a cycle. It is used in the sanitize and allergen cycles by default.

  • Whirlpool: Whirlpool's Steam Clean option comes in during the wash cycle to boost stain removal. 

  • Maytag: Maytag's Steam For Stains option comes in after the wash but before the rinse. It combines extra soak time and higher water temperatures to tackle tough stains. 

  • Electrolux: Perfect Steam from Electrolux also rises from the bottom of the washer, like Samsung's system, and can assist with deep cleaning and stain removal as an option. It is also incorporated into their sanitization cycles.


Steam Cycle Washers_Electrolux EFLS210TIS Control Panel


Let's take a look at two of the best selling top load and front load washers that feature steam cycle washer technology from Whirlpool and Electrolux!



Whirlpool Top Load Washer with Steam

If you are interested in a top loading washer with a steam option, the Whirlpool WTW8120HW is one to consider. At $1,199, it prices above some entry level models but has the feature package to back it up. It is also Energy Star rated and features an extra-large 5.3 cubic foot capacity tub. It's replacing the popular WTW8500DW. This impeller model has a direct drive motor with spin speeds of up to 850 RPM. 

The low-profile impeller agitator helps boost the capacity without sacrificing cleaning power. The advanced wash actions adapt to the type of load being washed and helps clothes wash against each other for gentler fabric care. This model comes with a pretreat station: a built-in dual temperature faucet and included brush. This model uses Whirlpool's intuitive touch controls with "What to Wash" and "How to Wash" sections to customize cycles to fabric type, soil level, and more. The Load & Go bulk detergent dispenser allows you to fill up the washer with enough detergent for 20 loads, and let the washer dispense the right amount automatically.

Options include Deep Water Wash, PreSoak, and more. Last but not least, this model comes with smart connectivity. Start your washer remotely and get a notification when the cycle is complete!


Cycles & Options

  • What to Wash: Regular, Delicates, Bulky Items, Whites, Colors, Towels

  • How to Wash: Normal, Quick, Cold, Wrinkle Control, Heavy Duty, Sanitize w/ Oxi

  • 6 Options: Fabric Softener, Load & Go, Deep Water Wash, Delay Start, PreSoak, Extra Rinse

  • Pretreat Station Plus - built-in water faucet and pretreat brush included

  • EasyView slow-close glass lid

  • Smart capable - wifi connectivity

  • Load & Go bulk detergent dispenser


Whirlpool WTW8120HW - $1,199

Whirlpool WTW8120HW Top Load Washer



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Electrolux Front Load Washer with Steam

Electrolux offers a best-selling line of front load washers that were updated in 2018. The Electrolux EFLS527UIW 4.3 cubic foot front load washer comes with a range of great cycles and options plus an Adaptive Dispenser designed to accept detergent pods as well as liquid or powder detergents. 

This richly featured model includes nine cycles, including an 18-minute Fast Wash option. Electrolux's Perfect Steam option boosts stain-fighting power with steam that rises from the bottom of the washer to thoroughly penetrate fabrics. You'll also have the Stain Treat II option designed to target set-in stains. The Sanitize water temperature option handles bacteria and allergens for those times when you really want to "erase" what happened to a garment! Use Extended Refresh if you can't quickly switch clothes from the washer to the dryer: the washer will rinse and spin your clothes periodically to keep them fresh. 

Electrolux's Platinum Star Limited Warranty really "shines" with one year of labor and three years on parts. The standard 27" platform and reversible door makes installation convenient no matter where your laundry area is. This model is available in white at $999 or Titanium for $1,099.


Cycles & Options:

  • 9 Cycles: Heavy Duty, Whitest Whites, Normal, Delicates, Rinse & Spin, Clean Washer, Fast Wash (18 minutes), Activewear, Colors

  • 9 Options: Extra Rinse, Wrinkle Release, Delay Time, Control Lock, Perfect Steam, StainTreat II, Extended Refresh, PODS 

  • Adaptive dispenser for PODS

  • Perfect Balance System/Second Floor Guarantee


Click here to read over 1,000 real customer reviews of this product!


Electrolux EFLS527UIW - $999

Electrolux EFLS527UIW



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Thanks for reading this blog about steam cycle washer technology. Both of the models we compared above have hundreds of customer reviews, so be sure to check them out on our website! We hope it was helpful and informative. We've also written about steam cycle dryers.

Steam cycle washers are available from a variety of brands in addition to LG, including Whirlpool, Electrolux, GE Appliances, and Samsung. You can find washers with steam cycles starting at around $900 in both top and front load models, including compact washers

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Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in February of 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Washing Machines


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