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LG WM3470H[W]A
 
Price range:
$899.00 - $1,400.00
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Summary: This LG Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - LG WM3470H[W]A

The LG WM3470H[W]A is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the WM3470H[W]A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand

South Korean company LG was the first to market with steam washers; the company claims its machines provide real steam (created by a steam generator). The latest wrinkle from LG is what it calls the Allergiene cycle. That cycle, says LG, reduces and removes 95 percent of dust mites and pet dander from a load. LG washers range in price from $900 to $1,600.

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Features & Specs - LG WM3470H[W]A
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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User Reviews - LG WM3470H[W]A
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1.0
not happy
8/2/2014
Pros
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Comment:
I have had very long wash cycles, predicts 28 minutes, finished 1hr 18min later. One load took nearly 2 hours. Gets stuck at 5 or 6 minutes left, can't seem to drain the water, then may or may not eventually say that load is uneven. Clothes are soaking wet sometimes when it finishes whether it took the expected or much longer time.<br /> Had technician come out told me I can't do a load less than 1/2 full or more than 2/3 full. Can't mix heavy items such as towels with lighter clothing, otherwise will sense uneven load and continually repeat spin or eventually indicate uneven load or just stop, with clothes soaking wet.Very sensitive machine as far as balance goes, Regret buying this machine.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Water Hammer is a serious problem
6/30/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Water hammer
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
Because LG did not properly engineer the water shutoff valve, it closes too quickly, creating a problem called water hammer. Water hammer is created by rapidly shutting down a water flow. This creates a major spike in water pressurein the supply pipes. Left untreated, it will result in leaks in the pipes affected. google on WM3470 water hammer and you will get over 400 hits. Reviews for devices which treat water hammer frequently mention this model specifically. There is even an online video of this model with the water arrestor installed. A good water arrestor costs about $50. You will need two. LG service does nothing to help with this issue. We have a Bosch dishwasher which does not create water hammer. Our previous Amana washer also never produced water hammer. The source of the problem is the LG design, not your plumbing system. So buyer beware. LG has known about this problem for a long time, since early 2012. But they did not change their design. Like the GM ignition problem, which cost a few cents to correct, they instead decided that profit, not proper performance, was paramount. In the case of GM, lives were lost. In the case of LG, water pipes are being destroyed because many people do not realize the problem they are creating by running the washer without a water hammer arrestor installed. I am thinking of starting a class action lawsuit to force them to make a retroactive repair or to pay for the parts and installation of the hammer arrestor. To deal with the water hammer, you will need to purchase this part (or one of similar design and quality): Watts LF150A, Water Hammer Arrestor, Lead Free and this coupling: Watts LF150HA, 3/4 Lead Free Thread for 1/2 Water Hammer Arrestor. These work much better than the el cheapo ones at Home Depot which we tried only to return since they did nothing to arrest the water hammer problem.<br /><br />All of that said, the washer is quiet once the water hammer arrestor is in place. It does an excellent job of cleaning clothes. If you take care to dry the rubber ring which seals the door, you will have no issues with mold or mildew. Hence, two stars instead of one.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Lost its recommend from CR
6/13/2014
Pros
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Bedding
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
I bought this machine based on the recommendation from CR (which is has now lost because other, larger machines have entered the market). While some of the cycles are long, I've been very happy with the machine. I do about 8 loads of laundry a week, and my clothes get nice and clean and are spun pretty dry, which helps cut down on drying time and the energy cost there. I like the Allergiene cycle for sheets, and the turbowash feature, which cuts about 20 minutes off the wash time (depending on the load).<br /><br />As for energy efficiency, replacing my 14-year old Maytag top-loader has resulted in my water bill going from $80/month to $24 (sewer is crazy expensive here in Atlanta). Also, my power bill went down by about $20 a month, which I think is due to less drying time since the washer spins the clothes so dry.<br /><br />Although CR no longer recommends this machine, I would buy it again in a second.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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