LG Washer and Dryer: 2021 LG Top Load & Stackable Front Load Sets Reviewed

LG Washer and Dryer: 2021 LG Top Load & Stackable Front Load Sets Reviewed

Do you want some help choosing the right LG washer and dryer for your home? Will you get a better clean if you spend more? In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about LG washers and dryers, including the factors you’ll want to consider while shopping for any washing machine brand on the market. We’ll also give you our picks for the best LG washer and dryer models to help guide you through the decision making process.

LG washers and dryers are some of the best machines on the market. However, not all models are alike. For example, when shopping for an LG washer and dryer set, you’ll have options like front-load and top-load models. Some models are stackable, some are ventless and ideal for urban apartments. Steam technology is great but do you need it both in the washer as well as the dryer? You’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on modern features without splurging on the ones you don’t actually need.

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Our Top 9 LG Washer and Dryer Models

An LG Washer and Dryer Are Perfect If You…

  • Have limited space and are looking for a washer or dryer with a shallow depth
  • Are looking for a washing machine with some of the best wash quality on the market
  • Want either a compact or full-size model
  • Would like to save space and want to go vertical in a stackable configuration
  • Are on the hunt for an innovative washing solution like the LG WashTower. This all-in-one solution offers a modern upgrade to the classic laundry center and alleviates the need to search for a matching washer and dryer set.

An LG Washer and Dryer May Not Be Right If You…

  • Are looking for an old-style agitator top load washer, as LG only offers high efficiency impeller top loaders. Check out Speed Queen washer for traditional agitator options.
  • If you live in a dorm room or an apartment without laundry hookups consider getting a portable washing machine. Unfortunately, LG does not have portable solutions at this time.

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Watch our exlusive video of LG top load washers

Factors to Consider When Looking for a Washer & Dryer

Before you start shopping for an LG washer and dryer, there are several important factors you should keep in mind. This includes things like size, configuration, and wash and dry performance, amongst others. We broke down each of these factors to make the shopping process a little easier for you.

Should You Get a Front Load or Top Load Washer

When searching for new laundry, you generally have two options: front load vs top load washers. The type you choose will ultimately depend on your needs in terms of cleaning performance and laundry room configuration.

A Word About LG Top Load Washers
Top load washers are easy to load without bending down too low. They also allow you to add the last forgotten sock mid-cycle.

If you are ready to replace your old washing machine and have been uneasy about getting a front loader, you have found your match. LG top load washer models typically ace all product reviews since they overcame the age-old issue of poor fabric care associated with top load washers. The company incorporated the latest cleaning and steam technologies, usually reserved for front-load products in their top load washers.

LG makes high efficiency (HE) impeller top loaders. Which means that the washer uses drum motions to rub the clothing against each other. This is a much gentler option than using a traditional agitator. In agitator models (i.e. technology from the last century), the agitator rubs against the clothes to get them clean. This helps to loosen soiling and penetrate water and detergent into the fabrics. However, agitators are rough on clothes.

Here is an overview 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 Extra Large 5.5 cu. ft. Adds Oxi Sanitize, Pairs with a steam dryer, in White and Graphite Steel
Premium WT7900HBA Steam in both Washer and Dryer, AAFA Certified Allergine Cycle, in Black Stainless
Watch our video review – front load vs top load washers

How About LG Stackable Front Load Washers
LG stackable washer and dryer models are often considered the quietest on the market. The front-load laundry selection is budget friendly and highly rated for reliability which makes LG the best choice for most families.

Here is an overview of LG stackable washer and dryer models:

Ranking Overview of Models/Features
Entry WM3400CW 4.5 cu. ft., 1,300 RPM, in White non-steam dryer
Value WM3600HWA Steam, AAFA Certified Allergine Cycle, Tub Cleaning in White or Graphite Steel
Most Popular WM4000HWA Steam, TurboWash360 option to clean under 30 minutes, in White or Black Stainless
Deluxe WM4200HWA 5.0 cu. ft. still 27-in wide but 3-inch deeper to get the expanded volume, in White or Black Stainless
Premium WM4500HBA 5.0 cu. ft., Steam, TurboWash360 option to clean under 30 minutes, ezDispense automatic detergent and softener dispenser for 18 loads, Black Stainless
Compact WM1388HW 24-inch, 1,400 RPM with Speed Wash Cycle (35 min), Ventless Dryer in White
Wash Tower WKEX200HWA The NEW 27-inch, one-piece, stacked, washer and dryer in White, Black Stainless, and Noble Stainless
Our exclusive video review of LG Wash Tower stackable laundry

Are All Dryers the Same?

Although washers are typically more high-tech than dryers, you still have options in this area as well. When choosing a dryer, you need to know your fuel type and venting options: gas vs electric dryer and vented vs ventless.

Gas vs Electric
In order to install a gas dryer, you’ll need a gas hookup. Gas dryers utilize a fan and natural propane to heat and dry your laundry. Although these dryers are more difficult to install, they tend to dry your clothes faster. Gas dryers also have a longer lifespan than electric dryers.

LG WM1388HW

Electric dryers, on the other hand, are easy to install and only require an electrical outlet to run. However, you’ll need to determine whether you need a 110/120V or 220/240V connection. Electric dryers work by activating a fan that continuously pushes hot air into the machine. The electricity is also used to keep the clothes in motion as they dry. However, these dryers don’t typically last as long as gas dryers.

Vented vs Ventless
In order to determine whether you need a vented or ventless dryer, you need to find out whether or not you can vent outside from your laundry area. If you live in an apartment building, you’ll generally need a ventless dryer. Most (almost all) 27-inch or wider, full-sized dryers are vented, and most compact models (24-inch wide) are ventless. LG makes both vented and ventless dryers.


Size Matters

Before purchasing a washer or dryer, it’s incredibly important to measure the available space you have in the room. Based on the thousands of customers we’ve helped over the years, we simply can’t emphasize this point enough. We’ve seen so many people order washers and dryers, wait patiently for them to arrive, and find that they don’t fit in the space allotted in their laundry room.

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’re short on space, it might be a good idea to consider compact or stackable washers instead. Most stackable washers have a matching dryer, and these become a great solution for limited square footage. However, having your appliances side-by-side is the only option for a top-load washer and dryer.

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’s possible to find compact models that measure 24 inches 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 LG washer and dryer catalog covers all popular sizes – from small, apartment size laundry (24 inch width, 25 ¼ inch depth, 33 ½ inch height) to full size (up to 29 5/18 inch width, 33 ¾ inch depth, 41 ¼ inch height).


Configuration Options: Stackable vs Side by Side

When it comes to configuration, you have a few different options, including side-by-side, stacked, side-by-side on pedestals, and two stacked units side by side. However, the configuration you choose will also depend on whether you opt for top-load or front-load machines.

If you have a top-load washer and dryer, you can only use a side-by-side configuration. However, if you have a front-load washer and dryer, you can choose from a number of different configurations, including stacked, side-by-side on pedestals, and two stacked units side-by-side.


Cleaning and Drying Performance

More than any other factor, you’ll want to ensure your washer cleans well. It should offer enough cycles and options to cover all of your needs and potential cleaning situations. The same is true when you select the matching dryer.

For example, a steam feature is useful if you have allergies, as it helps to reduce allergens. Manufacturers suggest that this technology penetrates fabrics with powerful steam, eliminating dirt, odors and wrinkles with lower water consumption than conventional washers. This way, you’ll get a more effective cleaning experience, all while consuming less water.

Cleaning Performance
Overall, LG offers excellent cleaning performance thanks to their 6motion, Steam, and TurboWash Technology. Steam deeply penetrates fabrics to remove stains and prevent wrinkles. It’s also a great feature if you have allergies, as it works to to reduce certain allergy-causing particles. LG’s 6motion Technology uses six wash motions to maximize washing performance. And finally, TurboWash brings you a shorter cycle without compromised cleaning performance. These unique features help to bring you cleaner clothes with every wash.

Drying Performance
LG’s drying performance is just as impressive as its washing performance. In addition to powerful drying capabilities for standard loads, there are also unique drying cycles for specific situations. For example, with the TurboSteam feature, you can throw in your wrinkled shirt and have it looking perfect in less than ten minutes. This feature also helps to refresh fabrics and reduce wrinkles in half the time of other steam settings.

Additionally, built-in moisture sensors help to detect the laundry’s dampness and shut off the machine when clothes are dry. This way, your clothes won’t get overdried and you’ll also save energy. This is an improvement over thermostats, which tends to make the dryer run longer. The extended tumble also helps to keep your clothes wrinkle free by tumbling intermittently without heat.


Noise and Vibration

When searching for your ideal washer and dryer, you’ll want quiet models. Thanks to LG’s TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System, these washers run quietly for a non-disruptive laundry experience. This anti-vibration technology keeps your LG unit running without running your life — you can go about your day without disruptive noise or alarming vibrations. This allows you to place your washer or dryer anywhere in your home, even near frequently used living areas or bedrooms.

Additionally, top-load washers tend to be noisier than their front-load counterparts. However, this problem was solved with LG’s TrueBalance and TrueBalance Plus technologies. These features help to balance the top-load washers, reducing both vibration and noise.


Wifi Connectivity

Nowadays, most people expect their appliances to keep up with their fast-paced lives. Wireless connectivity is a huge element of that pursuit. Fortunately, LG provides plenty of connectivity options that’ll make your laundry day a more flexible, connected experience. Let’s look at some of LG’s flagship connectivity features.

NFC-Tag – What does it mean?
NFC stands for Near Field Communication and is part of the magic behind “tap-and-go” services like Apple and Android Pay. LG’s brought this NFC-Tag On technology to their appliances to help with diagnostics. To use the technology, simply download the app on a compatible smartphone and connect it directly to your machine. Then, hold the phone near the tag-on symbol to diagnose any problems. You can even check the cycle progress or add brand new wash programs this way.

SmartThinQ
LG’s Smart ThinQ app allows you to expand the limits of your laundry room and do your laundry on-the-go. The SmartThinQ technology lets you start and stop wash cycles remotely and receive helpful reminders about scheduled maintenance. This feature also diagnoses problems without ever needing to call an LG representative.

Thanks to voice-activation technology, which works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you can manage your laundry with simple voice commands.

Smart Diagnosis
With the addition of Smart Diagnosis, problems can be solved without having to call an LG representative. The app can record and analyze the special tones emitted by Smart Diagnosis units and instantly provide the troubleshooting steps you need.

Energy and Water Efficiency

At a minimum, your washer should meet all Energy Star Requirements determined by the US government. LG washers are rated as one of the top performers in Energy Star listings and are guaranteed to save you money on utility costs. You’ll also consume less water thanks to the integrated steam technology in LG washers.


9 Notable LG Washer and Dryer Models

We’ve selected each of the picks below based on a combination of product testing and research. Although we weren’t able to personally test every model, we conducted thorough research to make sure we recommended only the very best models.

In fact, we’ll never recommend a product to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our family members, as we want you to be thrilled with your selections.

P.S. – Our articles are crafted by our team of both appliance experts and expert fact-checkers. We’re not a news outlet, but we take great pride in providing our users with the most accurate and in-depth guides on the internet.

It’s also worth noting that as a whole, washing machines are much more advanced than dryers. That’s why the following reviews focus mainly on the washer. But not to worry – we’ll also give you some suggestions on which washers and dryers pair best.

So without further ado, let’s dive into our top picks!

1) LG Top Load Washer: WT7100CW for budget

LG WT7100CW

If you’re looking for a top-performing washer at an affordable price, look no further than the 4.5 cu. ft. WT7100CW. This LG top load washer has a powerful 950 RPM motor that is strong enough to extract excess water well, which helps to speed up the drying process. It’s also super quiet, thanks to LG’s signature LoDecibel Quiet Operation.

Although budget models often don’t come with many enhanced wash cycles and options, the opposite is true with this model. Eight wash cycles and 10 options are available with this model, including the ColdWash option which helps you save up to 91% on your energy bills.

If a problem arises, the Smart ThinQ technology sends information directly from your machine to customer care. TrueBalance brings an anti-vibration system that ensures quiet performance and less disturbance to you.

This model pairs with the spacious, 7.3 cu. ft. DLE7100W Dryer

This 27-inch dryer has a convenient door for loading and unloading your laundry. The DLE7100W dryer includes enhanced programs and five temperature settings to prevent overdrying and wasted energy. Other impressive features include wrinkle care for smoother clothes, a child lock to keep little ones out, and an energy saver to help keep your electric bill low.

The intuitive sensor dry technology ensures that the dryer doesn’t run unnecessarily, and the Smart ThinQ ensures that troubleshooting any issues is quick and easy. This model comes in either electric or gas.

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


2) LG Front Load Washer: WM3400CW for budget

LG WM3400CW

The LG WM3400CW is one of the best entry-level models on the market. This 4.5 cu. ft. front load washer has eight wash cycles and six options to tackle all levels of soiling.

Like some of LG’s other models, this washer uses the 6Motion technology to tackle stains from several different angles. This feature uses up to six different wash motions to provide a smart cleaning experience that is gentle on clothes and maximizes washing performance. The only downfall of this model is that it doesn’t come with a steam cycle.

This washer can be paired with either a gas or electric dryer. The associated vented gas dryer is the 7.4 cu. ft. LG DLG3401W. The associated electric dryer is the LG DLE3400W.

Width: 27-inch | Height: 39-inch | Depth: 30 1/4-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles: 8 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes


3) Large Capacity LG Top Load Washer: WT7800CW

LG WT7800CW

Moving up to the deluxe range of LG top load washers, the 5.5 cu. ft. capacity WT7800CW is one of the brand’s best. One of its highlights is the LoDecibel Quiet Operation technology, which ensures that your washer runs without disturbing your family.

As you’d expect, this model has more enhanced wash cycles and options than found in the base models. One particular cycle worth mentioning is OxiClean sanitize, which is known to eliminate 99% of allergy-causing germs and bacteria. If you’re constantly on-the-go and need a super fast cycle, the express wash wraps up cleaning in under 30 minutes.

And speaking of on-the-go, this model comes equipped with smart features that allow you to control and monitor your laundry remotely with the help of a smartphone app.

Width: 27-inch | Height: 44 1/2-inch (57 1/4-inch with lid open) | Depth: 28 3/8-inch | Capacity: 5.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 12/14 | RPM: 950 | Color: White or Graphite Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: No/Yes | Energy Star: Yes


4) Large Capacity LG Front Load Washer: WM9000HVA

LG WM9000HVA

This masterclass in washing machine design is packed with a ton of great features and a 5.2 cu. ft. capacity. The WiFi connectivity and SmartThinq technology allow you to control your machine remotely.

You’ll also enjoy the innovative TurboWash technology, which sprays a concentrated detergent solution directly onto clothes, resulting in faster soaking time. This saves you up to 30 minutes per load without sacrificing on cleaning performance.

The elevated, angled door even makes loading and unloading laundry easier on your back. The WM9000HVA is also Twin Wash compatible with an LG SideKick (not included.)

This model pairs with the 9.0 cu. ft DLGX9001V gas dryer or the DLEX9000V electric dryer. Both models boast 14 drying cycles and five temperature settings, plus a large tinted glass door with on-door controls. A matching drawer pedestal is sold separately for additional customization.

Width: 29-inch | Height: 41 1/4-inch | Depth: 33 3/4-inch | Capacity: 5.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: Black Stainless Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: No | Energy Star: Most Efficient CEE Tier 3


5) LG Washer and Dryer with Steam: WM3600HWA

LG WM3600HWA

The WM3600HWA boasts 4.5 cubic feet of capacity, ten wash cycles, and steam technology to penetrate fabrics gently while eliminating dirt, odors, and wrinkles. This washer also has no shortage of smart features, including Wi-Fi connectivity to control your laundry remotely and voice activation that works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It also includes a child lock to keep your laundry out of the hands of little ones.

If you suffer from allergies, you’ll love the Allergiene Cycle, which effectively eliminates allergens from your clothes. In fact, it’s an NSF certified sanitization cycle and is also certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

The TubClean cycle offers easy, periodic maintenance to keep your washer fresh, while LoDecibel Quiet Operation keeps things nice and quiet. You can even add an LG SideKick bonus washer (sold separately) for even more cleaning power and flexibility.

This model pairs with the 7.4 cu. ft. DLG3601W gas dryer or the DLE3600W electric dryer. Both models offer sensor dry options to prevent overheating.

Width: 27-inch | Height: 39-inch | Depth: 30 1/4-inch | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 10/6 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Graphite Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/No | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes


6) LG Washer and Dryer with Steam & Speed: WM4200HWA

LG WM4200HWA

This latest addition to the LG lineup incorporates all of the features found on WM3600. Still with an amazing “Most Efficient” badge from Energy Star the WM4200 features LG’s latest TurboWash 360 technology.

TurboWash 360 ensures ultra-fast results without compromosing wash quality. LG boasts effective wash under 30 minutes on a 10 lb load.

You can still use an LG SideKick small washer pedestal (sold separately) under this unit for convenience.

Black Stainless Steel color is available in this model series along with white.

The associated dryer partner for this model is the DLEX4200W in Gas or Electric with TrueSteam.

Width: 27-inch | Height: 39-inch | Depth: 30 1/4-inch | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Black Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes


7) LG Compact Washer and Dryer: LG WM1388HW

LG WM1388HW

This compact LG model features 2.3 cubic feet of capacity, making it perfect for apartment living. If you’ve ever forgotten to put a piece of clothing in your load, you’ll appreciate the built-in pause button, which allows you to stop your wash to drop in another item temporarily. And with Energy Star Certification and Smart ThinQ technology, you can avoid high energy bills and diagnose problems without ever calling an LG representative.

When it comes to available cycles, the WM1388HW comes with the 35-minute Speed Wash as well as the 14 wash programs.

This washer pairs with the 4.2 cu.ft. DLEC888W ventless electric dryer. This dryer features the Wrinkle Care Program as well as the Sensor Dry program, which senses moisture levels. It also has a whopping 14 other dry programs for different clothing types and drying needs.

Width: 24-inch | Height: 33 1/2-inch | Depth: 25 1/4-inch | Capacity: 2.2 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14 | RPM: 1,400 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: N/A | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: N/A


8) LG Signature Front Load Washer: WM9500HKA

LG WM9500HKA

This LG washer features an astounding 5.8 cubic feet of capacity, allowing you to wash a king-sized comforter and a full set of bedding in a single load. With the addition of the LG SideKick, you’ll have an impressive 6.8 combined cubic feet of capacity.

Like many of the other models on our list, this washer is wifi compatible and allows you to start your cycle remotely. The WM9500HKA comes with 14 wash cycles and 13 options to tackle any type of soiling.

This model’s associated drying partners are the DLGX9501K Signature 29″ 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam gas dryer or the DLEX9500K Signature 29″ 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam electric dryer. Both offer an ultra-large capacity tub for more laundry in fewer loads, plus the TurboSteam technology for a quick ten-minute de-wrinkle and freshening cycle.


9) LG All-in-One WashTower: WKEX200HBA

LG WKEX200HBA

The LG WashTower is an all-in-one machine that provides the sleek look of a stacked washer and dryer unit without the inconvenience of hard-to-reach controls. In fact, the controls for both the washer and dryer are placed in the center, making them easily accessible no matter your height.

This unit is also great if you suffer from allergies, as the LG WashTower is certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The intuitive Allergiene cycle uses steam to remove pet dander and other allergens from your clothes.

Please note – the LG WashTower has a vented dryer. If you’re interested in this unit, you’ll have to make sure you’re able to vent out in your home.


Conclusion

Overall, you can’t go wrong with an LG washer and dryer, which are some of the quietest and most dependable, feature-rich washers and dryers on the market. We always recommend LG washers and dryers due to their excellent quality, commitment to saving both energy and water, and their highly modern approach to laundry design that’s made to make your life easier. Whether you purchase a base model LG washer or dryer or spring for a premium model, your clothes will come out clean and fresh – guaranteed.

You also don’t have to worry about missing out on modern features, as every price class offers something that will impress you on a daily basis. That being said, the higher you go in terms of price point, the more impressive features you’ll have access to in your machine. It’s all about deciding what works best for your budget, home, and unique laundry needs.


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