Samsung Washing Machine Cycles Explained in Detail

Your Samsung washer features several washing cycles for different types of clothing and materials. The washing cycle refers to two speeds. The first is the speed at which the washing machine tumbles the clothes and then another speed that spins the water out of the clothes.

There are a lot of cycles to choose from which might require a learning curve to get used to. In addition, your washing machine might have pre-set cycle and will automatically determine what temperature of the water and rinse to use.

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Below, we have listed and explained Samsung Washing Machine Cycle and the best material to use for. You will also find the temperature at which they operate to ensure you get things right.

Samsung Washing Machine Cycles Explained in Detail

Cotton – Suitable for cotton, bed linens, table linens, underwear, towels, or shirts. The washing time and the rinse count will automatically adjust according to the load. Typically, a 20 degrees Celsius wash in a 9 kg machine will last 3 hours 19 mins. A 60 degrees Celsius wash in a 9 kg machine will last 2 hours 25 mins. Actual timing will depend on the appliance.

E Cotton – Provides optimal performance with lower energy for cotton fabrics, bed linens, table linens, towels or shires. To save energy, the actual temperature may be lower than specified.

Synthetics – Suitable for blouses or shirts made of polyester (diolen, trevira), polyamide (perlon, nylon), or similar materials. This cycle (4kg) typically runs at up to 40 degrees Celsius and lasts for about 2 hours 25 minutes

Wool – Suitable for machine-washable wool for loads less than 2.0kg. The WOOL cycle will gently cradle and soak the material to protect the wool fibers from shrinkage/distortion. This cycle uses up to 40 degrees Celsius wash. A neutral detergent is recommended.

Spin – The spin cycle adds an additional spin process to effectively remove moisture from laundry

Denim – This cycle features a higher water level in the main wash and an extra rinse cycle to ensure that no powder detergent remains. This wash cycle usually operates up to 40 degrees Celsius.

Rinse + Spin – This wash cycle features an additional rinse process after applying fabric softener to the laundry.

Eco Drum Clean – This cycle cleans the drum by removing dirt and bacteria from the drum. It should be performed once every 40 washes with no detergent or bleach applied. Make sure the drum is empty when using this wash cycle and avoid using any cleaning agents for cleaning the drum.

Super Eco Wash – This low-temperature Ecobubble cycle helps reduce power consumption

15′ Quickwash – For lightly soiled garments in less than 2.0kg that you want to wash quickly. This cycle usually lasts approximately 15 minutes and uses up to 40 °C. When using this cycle, use less than 20g of detergent. Using more than 20g of detergent may leave a detergent residue. For liquid detergent, go for a max of 20ml.

Daily Wash – This cycle is for everyday items such as underwear and shirts

Delicates – This cycle is designed for fabrics, lingerie (silk), bras, and other handwash-only fabrics. This cycle gives the best performance when liquid detergent is used.

Dark Garment – For additional rinses and reduced spinning, this cycle will ensure that laundry is washed gently and rinsed thoroughly.

Bedding – This cycle works best for bedspreads, bed sheets, bedding covers, etc. To get the best results, wash only 1 type of bedding at keeping the load weight at a maximum of 2.0kg

Baby Care – This cycle features a high-temperature wash and will extra rinse to help remove the remaining detergent effectively. This wash can reach up to 90 °C

Outdoor Care – This cycle is intended for outdoor clothes, sportswear, and skiwear made of functional materials such as spandex, micro-fiber, and stretch. This wash can use up to 40 °C.

Super Speed – Improves completion time up to 1 hour for everyday items such as underwear and shirts. The timing of the cycle will depend on the water supply conditions and the load and type of laundry.

Drain / Spin – Select this cycle to drain the water and spin the drum of the washing machine.

Eco Drum Clean+ This cycle will clean the drum by removing dirt and bacteria from it. This cycle will also clean the rubber door gasket by removing dirt from the gasket. Users should run this cycle once every 40 washes with no detergent or bleach applied. You will receive a notification to run this cycle after every 40 washes. When using this cycle, ensure the drum is empty and avoid using any cleaning agents for cleaning the drum.

AI Wash – The AI Wash cycle adjusts the amount of detergent and the cycle according to the load and the soil severity. This cycle should be used alongside the Auto Dispense function. In some washing machines, this AI Wash will be named Auto Optimal Wash.

Troubleshooting Washing Cycles

If you’re experiencing problems with the length of a wash cycle on your washing machine, you could try performing a factory reset. The factory reset will clear the settings on the washing machine so you can start the washing cycle again or switch to another cycle.

To perform a reset, follow the steps below;

  • Tap and hold the functions button for 3 to 5 seconds
  • Select O or OK to confirm
  • Turn the dial to the left 2 times, until you get to the Factory Reset option.
  • Tap the O button to confirm.
  • Turn the dial to select OK.
  • Once you’ve performed the factory reset, the washing machine will automatically turn off.

Wrapping Up

It is essential to read through the user manual when using a washing cycle. Some washing cycles have a max load limit that might be half or less than the maximum capacity your washer can take. Going over the load limit might lead to an uneven wash, the washer being imbalanced, or stains on clothing.


  • Keith Rowland

    Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.