In the washing machine world, top-loaders are definitively old-school—and the LGWT7100CW (available at Home Depot for $718.00) is the honor student. At 4.5 cu. ft., the WT7100CW uses a lot of water, has simple controls, comes in at a relatively low price, and still has a touch of modern features. People looking to replace their rusty top-loader should check out this stainless-steel beauty.
• Capacity: A 4.5-cu.-ft. drum
• Wash Cycles: 8 wash cycles: Deep Wash, Normal, Bedding, Heavy Duty, Speed Wash, Delicates, Waterproof, Tub Clean
• Dimensions: 27" x 44 1/2" x 28 3/8" (WxHxD)
• Wash Speed: 40-minute Normal cycle and a 30-minute Speed Wash
What we like
• Design: As a top-loader, the LG WT7100CW is quite modern. It excelled in the design department: Unlike older top-loaders that use a traditional pole agitator, the WT7100CW uses a wash plate. An agitator frays delicate fabrics and takes up valuable space. By not using one, you can utilize all of the WT7100CW's 4.5-cu.-ft. capacity. You can also more easily reach the back edge of the drum to get that last sock—which we measured to be 38 inches from the front of the washer.
Speaking of loading and unloading, we found that process is easier with this washer because of the soft-close hinges built into the lid. Getting our fingers squished by a washer is high on our list of laundry pet peeves.
Finally, we liked how easy it was to use this washer. The LCD display is large and bright enough to see in a dark basement, and all the options have corresponding lights. Old-fashioned knobs might be what some people are used to, but they're not well-suited for dimly light places.
• Usability: Although we like the modern design of the WT7100CW, it has a few old-school tricks of its sleeve. The Deep Wash is most notable. A common complaint of laundry-doers is that their machines don't use enough water. This is particularly important when dealing with large particulates like dirt and sand. On average, the Deep Wash used 43 gallons of water, about four times what the Normal cycle used. Now, we don't recommend using this cycle for regular stains because it'll dilute the detergent, but it's nice to know it's there.
What we don't like
• Stain Removal: We're on the fence about the stain removal. It's not terrible, just average. However, we know that LG can make some pretty impressive affordable washing machines. The Normal and Heavy Duty cycles were a bit weak, removing 72 and 74 percent of our testing stains, respectively.
• Water Retention: We're also not a fan of the water retention numbers. A good washer should spin out as much water as possible, allowing the dryer a better chance at turning out wearable clothes. On average, the WT7100CW left the testing laundry 65 percent heavier than it went in, which means it was pretty waterlogged. We consider a good score to be around 50 percent or lower.
What users are saying
At the time of publication, the WT7100CW had been out for less than a year. However, at Home Depot, consumers rated this model favorably, citing the quiet operation and high capacity. Out of 200 reviews, the average rating was a 4.4 out of 5. At Best Buy, the WT7100CW rated even higher, getting an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 after 142 reviews.
Should you buy this washing machine?
As an upgrade to an old top-load washer, the LG WT7100CW is a perfectly sound choice. It has plenty of modern touches like soft-close hinges and a bright LCD display. However, it hasn't forgotten its roots with the Deep Wash cycle. For its price, we think it's a little weak on the stain removal, but no so much so that it's a deal breaker.
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