November 21, 2013
Here is my review for Model WT4870CW:
Our 13 year old Kenmore top of the line machine had a problem. Not worth fixing. So we needed to get a new machine. Went to Sears, bought a S.., read product reviews and found that that brand had problems after about 6 months with water leakage. – Cancelled the order, went to Home Depot, they were having a sale, 10% off. Purchased this LG washer and am very impressed with it.
We have had this machine just over 1 month. Never had an off balance occurrence or any error messages. This machine uses about 5% of the water than our old machine used. (We drain into a laundry tub, so it is easy to measure the difference.) This should result in a saving on our water bill and our gas bill from not using so much hot water. Another change I have noticed is that there is almost no lint. (I have had to catch lint by placing a nylon stocking on the end of the drain tube to keep it from clogging up the laundry tub drain, now there is very little lint in the stocking after a month’s use.) Clothes seem to be cleaner, brighter and have more body after a wash. This is very subjective and is just my impression. Loads are now a little larger than before because it easier without the center spindle. I use the same brand and amount of soap. Cannot use my old brand of bleach because it is not “he” rated. My only complaint is that clothes are more wrinkled than in our old machine. However, this is reduced a little by adjusting the spin cycle but is still annoying. Clothes do come out less damp, so less energy is used by the dryer. (Did not get a new dryer, ours is very old, repaired once, and now is not having to work so hard in it’s old age! – saving more energy.) Another nice feature of the new machine is the digital display of the time left in the wash cycle. I can check that to see what other work I can do before the cycle is complete. Controls are easy to use but the standard settings are fine for most conditions. (Except for the spin cycle sometimes.) The only specification that is not provided by LG is the height of the washer not including the back control panel. That is approximately 37.5”.
After several months use, I may update this with what I think is the approximate energy savings experienced. I am a retired statistician and keep track of such mundane things out of habit.
I wish this washer had the glass top, so I could see what is going on during the cycle, but would not pay extra for that option. Considered a model with the controls on the front edge instead of the back panel but CR said that might not be a good idea since items placed on the top might fall off the back since that panel is not there.
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