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3.7 | 240 Reviews

Frigidaire Affinity 3.26 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer

Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3801LW

Features

  • ENERGY STAR
  • Vibration Control System: Advanced vibration control keeps even oversized loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation. Ideal for second floor installation.
  • Express-Select® Controls: Easily select options and cycles with the touch of a button.
  • Fresh Water Rinse Option: An additional rinse cycle uses advanced rinse technology to effectively reduce detergents and additives.

Quick Specs

  • Type: Washer
  • Style: Front Loading
  • Fuel: Electric
  • Width: 27"
  • Height: 36"
  • Depth: 31"
  • Energy Star Rated: Yes
  • Laundry Capacity: 3.8 cu. ft.
  • Steam Cycle: No

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Vibration Control System Advanced vibration control keeps even oversized loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation. Ideal for second floor installation.

Express-Select® Controls Easily select options and cycles with the touch of a button.

Fresh Water Rinse Option An additional rinse cycle uses advanced rinse technology to effectively reduce detergents and additives.

SilentDesign Designed for quiet operation.

TimeWise® Technology TimeWise® Technology ensures wash time equals dry time - so you don't wait for clothes to dry.

Features

  • ENERGY STAR
  • Vibration Control System: Advanced vibration control keeps even oversized loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation. Ideal for second floor installation.
  • Express-Select® Controls: Easily select options and cycles with the touch of a button.
  • Fresh Water Rinse Option: An additional rinse cycle uses advanced rinse technology to effectively reduce detergents and additives.
  • SilentDesign : Designed for quiet operation.
  • Stay-Fresh Door Seal
  • Optional Pedestal Drawer
  • Most Installation Options in its Class
  • TimeWise® Technology: TimeWise® Technology ensures wash time equals dry time - so you don't wait for clothes to dry.
  • Multiple Wash Cycles
General Specifications
Adjustable Leveling Legs Yes
Product Weight (lbs) 235
Power Type Electric
Size N/A
Installation Type Free-Standing
Collection Frigidaire Affinity
Options
Add Steam No
Allergy No
Clean Washer Yes Key Combination
Delay Start (Hours) 10
Energy Saver No
Extended Spin Yes
Freshwater Rinse Yes
Light No
Max Fill No
Prewash No
Stain Clean Yes
Stain Pretreat No
Washer: Specifications
Bleach Dispenser Yes
Detergent Dispenser Yes
Drum Light No
Drum Material Stainless Steel
Fabric Softener Dispenser Yes
Internal Water Heater No
Maximum Spin Speed (RPM) 1100
Prewash Detergent Dispenser No
Stay Fresh Antimicrobial Seal Yes
Stay Fresh Door Seal Yes
Energy Data
CEE Tier Level 3
kWh/year 99
Modified Energy Factor 3
Water Factor 3.3
Water Usage/Year 4217
Certifications & Approvals
ENERGY STAR® Certified Yes
ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient No
NSF® Certified No
Washer: Soil Level Selections
Extra Light Soil No
Heavy Soil Yes
Light Soil Yes
Max Soil No
Normal Soil Yes
Exterior Dimensions
Depth 29-3/4"
Depth (with Door 90° Open) 50-4/5"
Height 36"
Width 27"
Accessories
Drain Hose Extension Kit Optional order item no. 137098000
Dryer Stacking Kit Optional order item no. STACKIT4X
Mobile Home Installation Kit Optional order item no. 137067200
Pedestal Optional order item no. CFPWD15
Washer: Specialty Cycles
Active Wear No
Jeans No
Kids Wear No
Pet Beds No
Quick Sanitize No
Stuffed Animals No
Temperature Settings
Automatic Temperature Control Yes
Cold Yes
Cold Water Clean Yes
Cool Yes
Hot Yes
Sanitize No
Warm Yes
Electrical Specifications
Amps @ 120 Volts 9.0
Connected Load (kW Rating) @ 120V 1.0
Minimum Circuit Required (Amps) 15A
Power Supply Connection Location Rear
Voltage Rating 115V 60Hz
Washer: Cycles
Allergen No
Casual Yes
Delicates Yes
Hand Wash No
Heavy No
Heavy/Bulky No
Normal Yes
Quick Cycle No
Rinse & Spin Yes
Spin Only No
Whitest Whites No
Controls
Control Lock Yes
Cycle Status Lights 4 - Door Lock / Sensing / Wash / Touch Pause to add a Garment
Time Remaining Indicator Yes LED Segment
Start/Pause/Cancel Function Push 'Start/Pause' button to Start / Push 'Start/Pause' button to Pause / Push 'Cancel' button to Cancel
Exterior Specifications
Cabinet Color White
Console Color White
Door Lock Light Yes
Door Style Old Affinity
Knob Button Switch Color White
Lens Ring White

Quick Specs


  • Appearance

  • Type: Washer
  • Style: Front Loading
  • Fuel: Electric

  • Dimensions

  • Width: 27"
  • Height: 36"
  • Depth: 31"

  • Features

  • Energy Star Rated: Yes
  • Laundry Capacity: 3.8 cu. ft.
  • Steam Cycle: No

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3.7 out of 5

65% of reviewers recommend this product.

2 Stars

Very Poor Repair Service

JoBautti 8/15/2020

I am a new home owner and had to call Frigidaire for service on my Frigidaire washer machine. The I was charged $99 for someone to come out and he didn't fix it. He said it was probably a glitch with the electricity going on and off with storms. This was a Friday. I tried to use my washer that weekend and it still didn't work. He assured me that I could call back and he would come back out and I would not be charged again. This was August 7. When I called back on August 10, I was told no one could come back out until September 1. And this was after being on several phone calls and several long holds with Frigidaire and your service company. September 1 is weeks away. I called the company where the appliance was purchased and they came out the next day. I will never call your company again.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

4 Stars

Decent Enough

Jim Hjo 7/28/2020

I got this unit with the dryer. I do wish it had more water but it washes well, is super quiet, and has a great spin cycle! Protip: I got this used and it has a cycle that would not run. If you select the cycle that doesn't work, hold the Spin Speed and Options buttons for a few seconds it will enter the clean mode. Now press cancel. Oddly enough this acts as a reset and it may help some of you with your issues.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

5 Stars

18 years and counting

Affinity_fan 6/17/2020

I am shopping for a new washer and dryer, and came here to check my Affinity specs. This washer has been working in my family for 18 years, two houses, three boys raised, a lot of washing. Unfortunately, the dryer stopped working, so we are looking for a new pair. Nothing wrong with the washer though. Great machine!
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

5 Stars

I'll miss you

K_Texas 5/28/2020

I reluctantly bought a Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer in 2011 and now I have to give it to my son to use for his first home. I dont want to let it go, it's been so good and faithful to me. I dont know what I'll purchase next but thank you Frigidaire.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

1 Stars

Pure garbage

Brick79 2/25/2020

Garbage, can not complete a cycle. Installed in new house, lasted only 4 yrs with close to a year of issues. Sometimes it takes 4-5 attempts to complete a load.Garbage do not buy
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

3 Stars

love features but not enough water

ToniJean 11/3/2019

We have had this washer for 6 years now. we purchased to conserve water and that we did ! Our water dropped in half ! It is surprising how well it works given the little water, but when you really need to get something extra dirty clean like whiten whites that have yellowed it does not perform. And I think its from lack of enough water. and no way to djust for it, the bulky setting doesnt even seem to add extra water. Maybe this is why it was discontinued otherwise adjust. otherwise we love the 20 minute quick wash, and spins great that our drying time was reduced saving energy. They should reintroduce this exact machine with more water.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Only 5 years of use!

Dan Rezac 8/21/2019

the washer selector dial went out years ago. Only the normal wash cycle works. The dry's main drive motor just seized up. they are only 5 years old. I tore the dryer apart to find the cheapest electric motor I have ever seen. (exposed coild and brushes) I am not even going to fix the dryer I just buy a new set. After only 5 years of use. WOW they just don't make thing in America like they used to.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Not a good machine

Christi11 3/29/2019

My washer is only 4 years old and will not spin out wash cycle.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

1 Stars

Cost us more to repair as it did to buy

RSHRYH 3/28/2019

Initially it washed 'ok', but rinsing was insufficient and always left visible detergent residue on clothes. We had to resort to always doing two rinse cycles thus negating any efficiency benefit. After a few months it stopped rinsing entirely. Discovered a drain trap was clogged, which required a service call and they had to take the entire front off the washer to access this "normal maintenance part". I learned how to do it and have since had to perform this laborious (two-hours) procedure three additional times myself to get it running. The rubber door gasket has required three replacements, due to tearing; and the replacement parts sometimes come with the improved design to stop the leaking, and sometimes they come with the old type. Each of those was $150, (plus over an hour labor each time to replace, with many gouged fingers) added to the initial service repair cost, and we've spent more just fixing this thing than we did buying it in the first place. On top of all this, the door gasket constantly gets covered in black mold, a known problem of this washer; and the recommended 'fix' is to just leave the door open, and do several monthly sterilization washes (there goes that efficiency out the window again). I recommend avoiding this washer entirely, I will now be shopping other brands for a replacement.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Never again

Jim 3/28/2019

Bought this unit 9 months ago, and it worked great for 7 of those months. The washer has now been broken for almost 2 months and the service people have been to my house 5 times just replacing parts. Still broken and still waiting for more parts. Never again will I buy a Frigidaire product again.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Horrible reliability

KenC110 1/29/2019

Got this washer in July 2015. Now 3.5 years later, the machine stopped working. Called a technician in (one of 3 that were recommended by Frigidaire/Electrolux) and they said that the motor and motor control unit (MCU) were completely shorted and needed to be replaced. The parts alone cost about $650, add in labor and it would not make sense to even get it repaired.I'm now out about $150 for the service fee and labor for inspection. These machines are not built to last. I called Frigidaire about anything they can help with, and the service representatives offered no help at all whatsoever. They do not stand behind their products, so I don't expect to be buying ANY of their products in the future. Very disappointed.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

1 Stars

I don't recommend due do mold!

Brookejeffries 1/9/2019

I've had my washer for several years now. Model # FAFW2801LW3. The only problem I have had with it, is mold, which is a HUGE problem. I leave the door open to allow it to air out, but it doesn't help. I've used cleaners to clean it out, but it just comes back.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

Awesome

mjones8181 12/5/2018

Had this washer about 4 years and the plastic lock broke. $5 fix and 2 days for part to come via mail. Easy Peasy. After 8 years, I put it stopped spinning out water and not draining right. A little more complicated fix because of where the hose clamps are placed to access the coin trap, but 2 hours of time and the washer is fixed.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

2 Stars

Need help

Missy mel 8/23/2018

Ugh why won't it spin the water out??? And door latch seems off.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

tired of fixing this thing.

Rather disgusted 8/8/2018

Our front load is beautiful and does a decent job of cleaning clothes. But the door hangs unevenly. Even with great care closing the door eventually the door latch breaks. It is a $5 part but such a hassle to continually replace it. Plus all markings have worn off - just have to guess at load type.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Problems from day 1

Fire Marshal 11/11/2017

First and probably last Frigidaire appliance, Washer easily clogs, door seal leaks, and now the door lock is malfunctioning. I refuse to spend anymore money on this product. I called Frigidaire and they are having "high call volume" I bet!
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

1 Stars

This is the worst washer EVER

Mesolucie 9/19/2017

I have kids and the trap keeps getting clogged. To clear it, you have to TIP THIS THING AT A 45 degree angle, slide your body under it precariously, then reach your arms in to maneuver. The last adventure left my forearms bruised and bleeding - and the gasket failed TWICE after re-attaching the hose to the trap leaving me with a puddle of water. The Dryer that goes with this unit consistently leaves our clothes wet, and half the options on the control panel stopped working within months of buying. Piece of crud. I'll never buy Frigidaire again.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Worst Washer Ever - Stopped working after 14 month

DOnotBUYfrigidaire 6/30/2017

Worst Washer Ever - Do not buy!We have been using our washer for 1 year 2x a week and the drum stopped working. We called Frigidaire and they recommended 3 specialists to come and diagnose the problem (which we already told them the problem). The Technician came for 10 min and said they do not fix this kind of problem. Paid him $87 and again called Frigidaire and had to pay additional $223 to get an extended warranty (mine expired last month). I feel like I got a lemon and it's ridiculous they recommended a company that cannot fix the machine. It cost me $400 to fix the washing machine! I will never buy anything from this company! Too bad I purchased an Oven, Dryer, and Frig. Oh and when we received the Frig we had missing parts that I had to order again and pay.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Worst Washer and Dryer Set

Nels14 6/20/2017

I have had nothing but problems since I purchased the set about 4 years ago. Both my washer and dryer have broke multiple times leaving me with the inability to keep up with a busy families laundry needs. If I did purchase the extended warranty, I would have paid over the amount of original purchase price in repairs. Will never buy Frigidaire product again.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

3 Stars

Control Panel failing?

MandyP 5/28/2017

I've had this set for 4 years. The Normal cycle does not work. I have never loved the set. If that cycle doesn't work -- is that truly a control panel issue?
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

out of balance

Unhappy1234 5/21/2017

The washer started out working great. A few years later it began to get out of balance and walk out from the wall. The repairman installed new shocks and it was good for 1 year and three months then the shocks were bad again. Very disappointed!
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

2 Stars

Weebs 3/6/2017

Worked for about 2 years then started having problems. Bulky cycle will not shut off and smells like something is melting. LOUD.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

2 Stars

Constant Repairs

Dave 1 1/10/2017

I bought this washing machine in August of 2013. Luckily I bought the extended warranty because the control panel went out after the first year. This was covered by the extended warranty. I am now 4 months after the warranty ended and have to replace the valves because the machine does not shut off and water runs into the washing machine when it is off and then runs into the pedestal!! This is almost a $300.00 repair. I have also had issues with the matching dryer. My parents always bragged on Frigidaire but I belivev they have gone down hill regarding quality. My repairman said that there are many problems with Frigidaire and Electrolux.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Diane150 9/29/2016

We have had nothing but trouble! spin cycle stopped, leaks, front door piece, etc...Don't buy! I have paid sooo much in service fees.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

 Incentivized Review

1 Stars

Breaks all the time...

C2013 7/27/2016

We have had this washer almost2 years now and have had to have it repaired three times already. All the cycles quit working except the spin cycle.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

WORST Washer EVER

nobuyfrigidaire 6/28/2016

We bought our Frigidaire Affinity washer about 18 months ago and have had nothing but constant problems. It continually seems to eat socks that in turn plug up the drain causing us to have to have servicemen come get it unclogged. The servicemen tell us this is a problem with the Frigidaire brand in particular. We have had the servicemen hear at least five times in 18 months. We paid a lot of money for a new washer and ended up purchasing a lemon instead. Save your money and frustration and buy something else.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

4 Stars

Great Washer

Kinma 12/1/2015

I have owned mine since Feb. 2013. I really like the 4 load settings it has plus the spin and rinse cycle. I have had a couple of issues with it. 1) not spinning out all the water. 2) not unlocking the door. I found that with 1) it was due to setting of spin cycle plus putting too many bulky items (covers) and with 2) I found it was due to over loading it with too many clothes (shirts, several pairs blue jeans) by my daughter & why I had to look for the site to get the manual for it. I did resolve my door issue before getting the manual by doing the rinse & spin cycle.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

1 Stars

3/29/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

3/26/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

Very happy with my Fridgidaire.

Cheryl 3/13/2015

Easy to use control panel and most important it doesn't shake as it spins.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

3 Stars

3/13/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

Good product but not perfect.

oseichan 3/13/2015

The point I don't like this product is that too much water remains in softener chamber after every cycle.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

Great product

Fancyface 3/13/2015

I highly reccommend this washer. It works great and very sufficient.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

1 Stars

3/13/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

3/12/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

4 Stars

3/12/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

3 Stars

Low features

Jq 3/1/2015

The features are not the best. I wanted more features such as amount of load or to be able to leave it longer soaking in water.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

2/23/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

2/23/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

3 Stars

Not bad

waihonua 2/21/2015

Not bad washer but bit noisy and water does not drain completely after wash.
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

1 Stars

Sagging door

cal 2/21/2015

Door on unit sags and now is off alignment by 1" when its closed
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

its great

bill 2/21/2015

it is great, just needed the upgrade kit
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

Appliance Warranty

Ray 2/21/2015

Great warranty. Covers full parts and repairs. On-time and fast service. Highly recommended
Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

4 Stars

2/19/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

4 Stars

2/19/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

2/19/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

2/19/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

5 Stars

2/19/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product

3 Stars

2/17/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

No, I do not recommend this product

5 Stars

2/15/2015

Originally posted on frigidaire.com

Yes, I recommend this product