With a motto ‘Life’s Good’ and a mission to help their customers lead better lives, LG is a brand that offers optimum solutions through consistent technological development in all their products, including top load washers and dryers.
First established in 1958 under another name, the company began manufacturing radios, refrigerators, and televisions, and extended their product range over the following decades. As well as being a popular brand for personal electronics and home appliances, LG has led the way in innovation with many world firsts to their name. Their reputation in the electronics market is unquestionable due to their ongoing developments and cutting-edge technologies, and LG boasts refrigeration and laundry appliances as market-leading product segments.
Due to the ongoing tariff wars recently we have seen supply chain issues with imported appliances. We also noticed frequent model changes by manufacturers which render many online review sites useless. We updated this article in Q4 2019 in order to bring you the latest information on current models.
Top Picks Table What We Expect From Modern Washers/Dryers
There are certain features and functions that we have come to expect when purchasing a new top-load washer and dryer, and each manufacturer uses their own technology to meet these.
Before we begin, let's explain the difference between top-loader washers with agitators and high-efficiency-top-loader washers:
Top-loaders with agitators (conventional models) are less expensive than other washer types, and it’s easy to add more clothes during a cycle. Unfortunately though, cleaning performance may not be up to standard. Additionally, they are not as efficient and won’t extract all that extra moisture from your laundry.
High-efficiency-top-loaders look like traditional models, but they don’t have an agitator. While they do have larger capacity and better water and energy efficiency, they are more expensive, have longer cycle times, and can tangle clothes.
If you are still undecided between a top-load vs front load washing machine read our in-depth comparison article.
1. Cleaning and Drying Performance
Overall, LG’s cleaning performance is excellent thanks to 6motion Tech, Steam, and TurboWash Technology. Steam deeply penetrates fabrics to remove stains and prevent wrinkles, 6motion Technology uses 6 wash motions to maximize washing performance, and TurboWash brings you a shorter cycle without cleaning performance being compromised. These unique features help to bring you cleaner clothes with every wash, and we will give more details on these features a little later.
Moisture sensors detect the laundry’s dampness and shut off the machine when clothes are dry. Clothes won’t get overdried, and you’ll save energy. This is an improvement over thermostats, which tend to make the dryer run longer. Extended Tumble helps keep your clothes wrinkle free by tumbling intermittently without heat.
Please note that having a good washing machine with high spin speeds is more efficient than a high-end top dryer due to the fact that the more water the washer extracts during a spin cycle, the less work the dryer has to do to dry your clothes.
2. Energy Efficiency
You should always check that your new washer meets the US Government Energy Star requirements. As well as this, check that the machine adapts its water level according to the load size and that it uses detergent efficiently.
To save you the trouble of checking, we can tell you that all of LG’s top loaders have high efficiency with good water and energy efficiency.
Out of your laundry appliances, it is the dryer that consumes the most energy. Even though a model is Energy Star rated and has an energy saving mode, this can mean only a $20 saving on your electric bill or half of that for a gas dryer. Clothes take longer to dry when in energy saving mode.
3. Noise and Vibration Levels
Traditional top-loaders tend to be noisy, but this problem is solved with high-efficiency top loaders. Lo Decibel Quiet Operation, TrueBalance, and TrueBalance Plus all help with keeping noise and vibration levels to a minimum, and we’ll explain more about these features below.
Before looking for a new washer, it’s essential to measure the space that you have so you can find a model that fits. Even though most washers are usually 27 inches wide, you’ll find that some brands add 3-4 inches for larger capacity. You should always allow for at least 6 inches of space behind the machine for connecting the water and power, and at least an inch on the side between the washer and dryer. If you are short on space, it might be a good idea to consider compact and stackable washers instead. Most stackable washers have a matching dryer, and these become a great solution for limited square footage. Since dryers need to be placed on top, having your appliances side-by-side is the only option for a top-load washer.
Just like with washers, most full-sized dryers are also 27 inches wide, but larger capacities can mean that some models are 2-3 inches wider than this. However, it is possible to find compact models that measure 24 inches wide or less. Measuring the height, width, and depth of the area for your dryer is critical, and you’ll also need to add on an extra inch to the side if next to a washer plus 6 inches of depth for door clearance and hookups.
The capacity of your washer or dryer comes down to how many people you have in your household, and the amount of washing that you need to do.
For a big family, you should be looking at any washer bigger than 5 cu. ft. as this allows for 25-28 pounds per load. Couples or small families may want to look at a 3-4 cubic feet washer which allows for 14-18 pounds per load, and single person households will do just fine with a washer under 3 cubic feet (8-12 pounds per load).
There are a few different types of dryers: full-sized, compact, laundry centers and combination washer/dryer. As a rule, you’ll want to make sure that your dryer has about twice the capacity of your washer.
Most full-size dryers have a capacity of about 7-9 cubic feet and can accommodate 14-28 pounds of laundry. A dryer larger than 9 cu. ft. is useful for big households who have lots of laundry, or for those who need to dry bulky items. They hold more, dry faster, and some can even be stacked when space is an issue.
Some can be stacked on top of compact front-loading washers to save precious floor space. With half the capacity of regular sized dryers, some can take longer than full sized models to dry your clothes.
Washer and dryer centers are expensive and lack the capacity of a full-size dryer.
Wi-Fi is no longer just a feature that we associate with our mobile phones and tablets. As a highly-effective cutting-edge technology producer, LG has included useful smart features in their modern home appliances to make life that little bit easier for you.
Washers are no exception, and you’ll find the ability to facilitate service calls, start and stop cycles, track usage of energy consumption, and even download special cycles all from an app on your smartphone. And this doesn’t just apply to high-end models, as some base models also include this incredibly useful feature.
LG’s top-load washers start at around $500 during promotional periods. Their high-end top-load machines are more expensive than the traditional top-load washers with agitators, but also tend to cost around $200 less than their high-end front-load counterparts. Front-load washers are always more expensive than other washers.
As you can expect, LG's top-load dryer prices vary significantly. You’ll find prices from $350 right through to $2,000, and these depend on the type, capacity, and the number of features included.
While electric dryers tend to be less expensive, they do cost more to operate due to needing a 220V outlet. Make sure to check this before purchasing.
On the other hand, buying a gas dryer will cost you an extra $50-$150 upfront, but the ongoing costs will be less.
Key Features of LG Washers
The key features of LG washers and dryers are worth looking at, as they are why you can rely on this brand for powerful cleaning and drying performance. You can also have greater confidence when purchasing any of the LG models, as the manufacturer gives a 10-year warranty on the motors of all of their laundry items.
Enhanced Washing and Drying Programs and Options:
LG uses a variety of programs and options from their base models through to their high-end models, and the number of programs and options increases when you move up to the top of the product chain. While base models include core programs and options, the high-end models have more qualified ones.
Some of the programs of LG washers: Pre Wash+ Normal, Cotton/Normal, Tub Clean, Bulky/Bedding, Heavy Duty, Perm. Press, Speed Wash, Delicates, Bright Whites, Towels, Sanitary, Allergiene, Waterproof, Downloaded, Tub Clean
Some of the options of LG washers: Soak, Extra Rinse, Fabric Softener, Delay Wash, Child Lock, Custom Program PGM Save, Signal, Rinse+Spin, Spin Only, ColdWash™, StainCare™, Water Plus, Add Garment
LG dryers have enhanced drying programs and options from their base models through to the high-end models. High-end models have more programs and options than base models such as SteamFresh, Steam Sanitary, or Small Load.
The electronic display gives more options and flexibility in control by including status indicators and an end of cycle signal.
For better wash performance and a revolutionary cleaning experience, each wash cycle combines up to 6 different wash motions. This gives you less noise, less vibration, and increased durability when comparing to conventional top-load washers.
TrueBalance and TrueBalance Plus
Since top-load washers can often be unbalanced when compared to front loaders, LG has introduced TrueBalance and TrueBalance Plus. Because these features mean no more vibrations, having your washer near the bedroom isn’t an issue.
LoDecibel Quiet Operation
Top loaders and some dryers can be noisy enough to be annoying, but this feature means quiet operation. You can do your laundry and go about your daily activities without being disturbed.
LG uses a variety of smart features on their washer/dryers right from the base models through to the high-end models including Smart ThinQ Technology, NFC Tag ON, and Smart Diagnosis.
The SmartDiagnosis feature helps the service center diagnose problems, and enables you to get assistance right from your smartphone app. Not only does this save you time, but it also saves you money on what could be expensive service calls to the customer care center.
SmartThinQ Technology and NFC Tag On can do the same thing, plus you can track your cycle status while away from the laundry room. You can also download new specified cycles via an app as you need them.
Thanks to these features, you can also use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to manage your laundry with simple voice commands.
Top-load machines are known to have longer cycle times, but thanks to LG’s TurboWash, you can cut 20 minutes off each cycle. This makes LG to have one of the fastest cycles on the market.
By using powerful, real steam that penetrates fabrics, you’ll find that dirt, odors, and even wrinkles are eliminated. All by using lower water consumption than other conventional washers.
The SenseClean System is an excellent solution for those that want to save time and energy. Based on the weight of your clothes, the machine automatically sets the water level and wash time for more efficient cleaning.
This is an ideal cycle if you have allergy sufferers in your family. It removes 95% of household allergens.
This system ensures effective and efficient drying performance by detecting moisture in your laundry and adjusting the drying time accordingly.
One of the most important features that you’ll find in LG dryers, this fast and efficient technology ensures that your clothes come out in the best shape possible in just 10 minutes. Fabrics are refreshed, and wrinkles reduced in just half the time used by other steam settings.
No more struggling with trying to get your laundry out of the machine with this feature. You can open the dual-opening door either horizontally or vertically depending on the load type and size.
You’ll also appreciate the Elevated Angled Door which is a lot kinder on your back, as well as the Intuitive on Door Control Panel found on some front loaders.
Upgrade Path of LG Top Load Washers Ranking Main Features Good WT7100CW 4.5 cu. ft., 950 RPM, SmartDiagnosis with Wifi, Pairs with a non-steam dryer, in White Better WT7300CW 5.0 cu. ft., Adds option to clean under 30 minutes, Pairs with a non-steam dryer, in White and Graphite Steel Best WT7800CW 5.5 cu. ft. Adds Oxi Sanitize, Pairs with a steam dryer, in White and Graphite Steel Premium WT7900HBA Steam, AAFA Certified Allergine Cycle, Pair with a steam dryer, in Black Stainless Our 2 Best LG Top Load Washer Picks 1) Budget Friendly LG WT7100CW Top Loader
Width: 27-inch | Height: 44 1/2-inch | Depth: 28 3/8-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 8 | RPM: 950 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Energy Star: Yes
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If you’re looking for top performance at an affordable price, then look no further than the 4.5 cu. ft. WT7100CW. As a solid LG top loader, this machine has a powerful 950 RPM motor that is strong enough to extract excess water well, plus it is super quiet thanks to LoDecibel Quiet Operation.
Budget models often don’t come with many enhanced wash cycles and options, but the opposite is true with this model. Eight wash cycles and 10 options are included, and you even get the ColdWash option which helps you save up to 91% on your energy bills. If a problem arises, Smart ThinQ technology information is sent directly from your machine to customer care through Smart Diagnosis units and evaluated. TrueBalance brings an anti-vibration system that ensures quiet performance and less disturbance to you.
Pairs with DLE7100W 7.3 cu. ft. spacious Electric Dryer
This is a 7.3 cu. ft. capacity 27-inch width dryer that has the highly convenient door for loading and removal of laundry. Enhanced drying programs are included with 5 temperature settings to prevent overdrying and energy wasting. You’ll find many beneficial options such as wrinkle care for smoother clothes, a child lock to keep the young ones out, and energy saver to help with the electric bills.
The inclusion of Sensor Dry means that the dryer won’t be running if it doesn’t need to be, and Smart ThinQ ensures that troubleshooting any issues don’t become a stressful time. This model comes in either electric or gas.
2) Large Capacity LG WT7800CW Top Load Washer
Width: 27-inch | Height: 44 1/2-inch | Depth: 28 3/8-inch | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12/14 | RPM: 950 | Color: White or Graphite Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: No/Yes | Energy Star: Yes
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Moving up to the deluxe range of LG washers, the 5.0 cu. ft. capacity WT7600HKA is definitely one of the most solid top loaders from this brand. For the number of features and benefits that you get, the price certainly is justified by its performance. This is a quite machine thanks to LoDecibel Quiet Operation and you can put on a wash at any time of day without disturbance to your family.
As you’d expect, this model has more enhanced wash cycles and options than found in the base models, and the one in particular worth mentioning is the OxiClean sanitize. The extra wash actions programmed help with the addition of bleach and optional OxiClean makes this machine ideal for those who have allergies. Also for those who often need their washing done faster than usual there is an express cycle that wraps up cleaning under 30-minutes.
The smart features included make laundry experience so much easier for people on the go. You can simply control and monitor your machine from your smartphone app, even if you are away from the house. LG makes WT7800CV if you would prefer graphite steel color.
Pairs with DLEX7800WE 7.3 cu. ft. TurboSteam Dryer
Simply said, you can’t go wrong when choosing LG washers and dryers. This brand simply outdoes itself time and time again, and they really do keep their customers in mind when producing these kinds of products. Not only do they make affordable models for all budgets, but the number of useful features that you get is also outstanding.
All washers and dryers that we have mentioned above make great pairs, for example, the WT7200CW White Washer and the DLE7200WE White Electric Dryer, or the WT7600HKA Black Stainless Steel Washer and the DLEX7600KE Black Stainless Steel Electric Dryer.
Although we have presented you with a ton of information that will help you in making a buying decision when it comes to LG washers and dryers, we understand that you may need some extra advice. Our expert team are on hand to help you with any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact us online or by phone, or come in and see us at our New Jersey showroom.
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