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Its size, however, belied its thrift: We estimated its yearly operating cost to be less than the majority of washers we've tested. It even did pretty well when it came to cleaning performance, though it didn't quite rampage through the hedges like some of its more effective competitors. If you can afford its $1,499 MSRP and need capacity—and it looks like many Americans do—this is a solid machine. We recommend it.

And in this corner, weighing in at 227 pounds, the slightly ungainly WH8000HVA

Massive drum aside, this washer looks like any other LG. Its controls are similar, with a cycle selector knob that gives a satisfying click. It even plays the same song that all LGs do when the cycle is done. Unlike other LG machines, it requires more than 22 cubic feet to install. To open the door fully requires 57 inches of space. If you combine this machine with its sister dryer, the DLEX8000W, a laundry closet won't cut it.

If you can fit it in your home, however, this washer's capacity is a tremendous benefit. If you have a large family, the 5.1 cubic foot drum will greatly decrease the number of loads you'll have to do, increasing the time you spend with your kids, which will improve their school performance and reduce their chances of turning to a life of crime. Basically, this washer could save the world.

Like the men in black we only use the best of the best in scientific testing. We placed standardized stain strips into the WM8000HVA. Rather than probing them, we put them under a photo-spectrometer and calculate how much of the stain is lifted. After probing— mean scanning—this LG's stain strips, the results were extremely positive. This washer plowed through all opposition across the color spectrum.

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The LG WM8000HVA did very well in our cleaning performance tests. The Whites cycle showed the greatest promise. Yet, all across the board, this washing machine's core cycles performed at or beyond average. With LG's impressive TurboWash feature engaged, the Normal cycle took only 48 minutes—about 15 minutes shorter than the average washer we test, but longer than a smaller, TurboWash-equipped washer.

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It was efficient, too, costing around $30 per year in our calculation of average water and energy costs. Consider that it's got nearly twice the capacity of machines that cost nearly twice as much, and that's a lot of laundry for little money.

The big washer also took care of what came out of its drum, with a motor that spins at 1300 RPM—faster than most of the competition. The end result? It aced our water retention tests. On average, test loads retained about 56% of their weight in water. That means less work for your dryer, and even more energy savings for you. We told you this washer could save the world.

When we test for efficiency we look at what goes in and out of a washing machine. Setting up the WM8000HVA meant hooking it up to water and watt meters, that's what goes in. Based on national averages, we estimate that this washer has a yearly running cost of about $30.

As for what comes out, water retention is an important aspect of a washing machine. How much water your laundry retains will determine how hard your dryer will have to work to get your clothes to a wearable state. In this regard, the WM8000HVA also did very well. Loads typically retained about 50% of their weight in water, an agreeable ratio for a washer this size.

With great capacity comes great responsibility.

The massive 5.1 cu. ft. LG WM8000HVA turned out to be a solid washing machine. That monstrous drum turned out to be a boon rather than a detriment, allowing for increased load sizes that will save you time and maybe even money. Cleaning performance was great, and energy efficiency was even better. If you've got a big family, or really hate doing laundry more than once a week, the LG WM8000HVA may actually change your life. Just make sure its $1,499 MSRP fits your budget, and its dimensions fit in your home.

Meet the tester

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations


Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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