There are actually a lot of cool home appliances from Samsung’s Digital Appliances group that we don’t get to see outside of South Korea and the U.S., though that’s slowing changing with the company’s renewed global push for its networked and smartphone-compatible home appliances. Case in point: Its latest washing machines are here in town, and one of them is the WW9000, a washer with a big door in a translucent deep blue crystal finish, metal double hinges, and something Samsung called Smart Control.
In a nutshell, this WW9000 is Samsung’s latest Wi-Fi-enabled washing machine. Because it’s able to connect to the Internet, you can control and monitor it remotely through a Smart Washer app on your Android or iOS device. You can adjust wash settings (temperature, number of spins, etc.), start or pause a cycle, as well as get status notifications.
The WW9000 also comes with a 5-inch color touchscreen, and like a smartphone, there are self explanatory ‘Most Used’ and ‘Favorites’ features where you can save your frequently used cycles and washing options.
Of course, like any high-end washer, the WW9000 is packed with sophisticated washing tech, like sensors that gather load information (size, degree of dirt and soiling, amount of water, and detergent required) to determine the optimal wash cycle, temperature, time, rinse cycle, and spin speed. There are also pre-programmed settings that tackle 12 common stains: blood, cocoa, sebum, oatmeal, tea, wine, tomato, pencil lead, mud, makeup, lipstick, and grass. Yes, washers have come a long way.
One of the most important components in a washer is the motor. The WW9000 (and the other washers in Samsung’s 2014 lineup) uses a digital inverter motor that employs strong magnets for a quieter and yet more powerful performance. No brushes are involved, and the motor is backed by a 10-year warranty. The S$2,999 WW9000 even has 14 (!) stainless steel balls spinning in the opposite direction to the laundry load to help maintain the drum balance.
Needless to say, networked home appliances open up a whole world of possibilities. It’s only remote control that we’re seeing now; who knows, maybe in the not too distant future, your washer is also able to talk to your dryer to automatically set the drying mode or your smart TV to have it pop up a notification when a wash is completed.