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.
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Summary:This LG Unconventional top-loader washing machine has • Auto temp. control • Auto detergent dispenser • Auto fabric softener dispenser • End of cycle signal • Stainless-steel tub • Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent. • Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The LG WT4801C[W] is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine
models like the WT4801C[W] 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.
No complaints, drys in no time thanks to the spin.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I'm really confused by comments. If you want an energy-efficient washer, why do you wash in hot water? Won't warm water do? If your whites need extra cleaning, why don't you use bleach?<br /><br />The only time that I was dissatisfied with the cleanliness of a load of laundry was on the Casual cycle. I don't use that one anymore unless the clothes aren't stained. If I have a lot of pet hair or need to clean something well, I use the Bulky cycle. I can fit a lot more into this washer than my old extra-capacity washer. I haven't had any issues with small loads. Once in a great while the load will go off balance but it is a lot less than when I had a conventional washer. I do wash undies with towels and have no problem. One of the reasons that things get tangled in this washer is the High spin cycle. Just bump that down when you are doing loads that have a tendency to tangle, like sheets. I appreciate that my water and electricity bills have decreased since I bought it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Raleigh NC
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
How can it clean without water?
Can't Adjust Water Level
Clothes Don't Move Around
Doesn't Clean At All
Doesn't Clean Effectively
I based my decision upon CR rating but wow, I should've based it upon the reviews. How can CR get it so wrong? My clothes do not come out clean, and I cannot get my whites white like I used to with a used, 25-yr old machine. I thought I was treating myself to new technology and all I have is an expensive washing machine that does not clean. <br /><br />NOTE TO ALL: you can trick & increase the water level by using the bedding/bulky cycle.