What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$969.99 - $1,400.00
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
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
Very new to this machine and as someone else mentioned, I should have paid more attention to the water hammer issue. I expect the severity of this depends on your particular plumbing, but in our house quite dramatic bangs and pipe movement were apparent whenever the machine shut off water flow. Two $10 water hammer arrestors designed to be installed directly on the washing machine have eliminated the problema and we are now very happy with the performance of the machine
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from St. Louis
Beware of water hammer damage
Clean Clothes Well
Cleans clothes well
Spins Clothes Dry
This was a fairly expensive machine with a large capacity and very high ratings. I should have paid more attention to the reviewers warning about water hammer. What this means is that during the several filling cycles the valves slam shut every couple seconds causing the pipes to bang really loud, just like you had a faucet running wide open and slammed it shut as fast as you could. It also has an intermittent small leak that I consider a minor inconvenience as it is on a concrete basement floor. I have had two service calls and neither repairman could find the leak, one saying we were probably using too much soap. I don't think that is the problem as I use a little over a tablespoon of HE soap per load. Both repairmen said that all examples of this model do the water hammering and that I should install hammer preventers on the intake lines. One serviceman said he replaced the inlet valves on one of these models twice and it made no difference. I did purchase and install the hammer preventers on both hoses a couple months after I bought the machine, but they didn't seem to help at all. Now the part that all buyers and current owners need to be aware of. We returned home after a three day weekend to find water gushing out from under the kitchen sink. We found a fitting on the water supply line to the kitchen sink had cracked and had been running for several days. This was around four months after the new washing machine was purchased that started hammering the pipes. The flooring contractor has just finished replacing all of the hardwood, we still don't have a kitchen to use, and we lost countless irreplaceable items from the water that was standing in the basement. The insurance claim is still open, but the total cost to date is over $35,000. If you have one of these machines hammering your pipes, it would be a good idea to turn off your main water valve whenever you leave your house, that is what I do now!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By george washing ton
from plymouth, ma
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.