Curious about the LG washer and dryer? LG is the only brand that packs the cleaning power of a full-sized (27-inch) laundry into smaller spaces. Its rich product catalog is remarkable.
However, having so many choices can cause concern: How do you know which is the best LG washer and dryer pair for you? The stackable front load or the old school top load washer? How about the dryer? Do you need the vented or the ventless dryer?
I'm the founder of Designer Appliances, a premier appliance store in New Jersey, and I have 15+ years of experience. I've test-driven these LG washers (and their predecessors), and sat through countless hours of training. Most importantly, I've heard real-life feedback from our customers in real time. In this article, I'll share my experience with you.
Is LG a match for you?
Pros: Reasons To Buy LG Washer and Dryer
- Full-size laundry for smaller spaces. LG is the only manufacturer that addresses this problem. When you have limited depth and need a big (i.e. 27-inch or wider) washer with a vented dryer, consider LG's 30-inch-deep models.
- Offers both compact selection as well as all-in-one combos. LG has a large selection of 24-inch wide laundry for urban apartments. The brand even features all-in-one machines that wash and dry in one fell swoop, plus ventless dryers.
- Stackable washer and dryer models offer convenience. The formation saves space and saves you from bending down. LG stackable washers and dryers are quiet and stable when spinning.
- Tired of fighting mold? Choose one of the capable LG top load washers. LG has a broad product selection with many different price points.
- Meaningful innovation. Innovative solutions like the LG WashTower upends the old-fashioned laundry center (small capacity top load washer on the bottom; mini vented dryer on the top). LG features easy-to-reach controls, steam, and a modern look and color choices.
- Amazing cleaning power. If you're looking for a washing machine with some of the best wash quality on the market, consider LG. Great selection of programs (i.e. temperature and detergent mix) combine with advanced drum choreography for gentle yet effective agitation to ensure clean clothes.
Cons: Reasons To Avoid LG Washer and Dryer
- Prefer an old fashioned agitator. Although LG makes agitator top load washers we prefer the gentle impeller top loaders from LG. You may want to check out Speed Queen washer for a great traditional agitator option.
- No portable selection. You live in a dorm room or an apartment without laundry hookups. Consider getting a portable washing machine instead. Unfortunately, LG doesn't offer any portable laundry solutions at this time.
Differences Between LG Washers and Dryers
It’s also worth noting that in general washing machines are much more advanced than clothes dryers. That’s why we're focusing mainly on the washers here.
1. Shallow Depth LG Washers and Matching Dryers
Width: 27 inches | Height: 39 inches | Depth: 30 1/4 inches | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Black Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Select Models | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: Yes
Is it a match for you?
- Excellent washer and dryer at a reasonable price.
- The only full-sized (27-inch 4.5 cu. ft.) washer with a 30-inch shallow depth on the market.
- Dryer tumbles periodically until you can attend to it. Prevents wrinkles.
- As you go up in the lineup you will get colors as well as additional wash options such as express clean under 30 minutes.
- Lower-end washer doesn't have too many options for express results.
- Lower-end dryer doesn't have steam.
- No interior light in the dryer.
- Pedestals are a good idea if you don't want to bend down.
Best Savings: LG runs seasonal promotions. Catching one of these events might allow you to get an upgrade model at a discount. Check out the LG washers for most up-to-date prices.
2. Large Capacity LG Washers and Matching Dryers
The Best Overall LG Washer and Matching Dryer: WM4200HWA
Who It's For: You have about $3,000 to spend on a new washer and dryer set, and you want both appliances to have stain- and wrinkle-busting steam.
Why We Picked It: We love the feature set on these machines. In addition to steam, the washer has a great quick-wash cycle—under 30 minutes for a pretty hefty load. You also have the option to add even more capacity.
If you have the budget to spend a little more, we recommend going with a front load washer. This latest addition to the LG front-load lineup has steam, a speed wash cycle, and the Most Efficient badge from Energy Star. Here's another exciting new thing it brings to the table: LG's TurboWash 360 technology.
TurboWash 360 ensures ultra-fast results without compromising wash quality. You'll get an effective wash in under 30 minutes for a 10 lb. load.
Want a little more capacity? You can set an LG SideKick small washer pedestal (sold separately) under this unit. It's great for washing delicates and other small loads.
The dryer partner for this model is the DLEX4200W in gas or electric with TrueSteam.
Premium Pick: LG WM9500HKA
Width: 29 5/8 inches | Height: 41 3/16 inches | Depth: 33 1/16 inches | Capacity: 5.8 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 14 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: Black Stainless Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: Yes | Energy Star: yes
Who It's For: Families who have a lot of laundry to do—this washer has the space and featuresto take care of business fast.
Why We Picked It: It's one of our favorite "jumbo" models because it's big and smart.
The first luxury this model gives you is that of space: This LG washer features an astounding 5.8 cubic feet of capacity. Just how big is that? You can wash a king-size comforter and a full set of king-size sheets in a single load. Add an LG SideKick pedestal, and you can have an impressive 6.8 combined cubic feet of wash capacity.
Like most LG washers, this one is Wi-Fi enabled. We find that's most useful for starting or restarting a cycle remotely. The WM9500HKA features steam in the washer and dryer, along with 14 wash cycles and 13 options to tackle any type of dirt.
Its associated drying partners are the DLGX9501K 29-inch 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam gas dryer or the DLEX9500K 29-inch 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam electric dryer. Both offer an ultra-large capacity drum so you can do more laundry in fewer loads, plus LG's TurboSteam technology for a 10-minute dewrinkle and freshening cycle.
Budget Pick The LG Top Load Washer: WT7005CW
Width: 27 inches | Height: 44 1/2 inches | Depth: 28 3/8 inches | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 8 | RPM: 950 | Color: White | Steam Washer/Dryer: No | Energy Star: Yes
Who It's For: People want to spend well under $2K for a set—the washer and electric dryer are each around $850; add $100 for a gas dryer—but get a smart, effective, efficient, and reliable clean.
Why We Picked It: When you want to save, we generally recommend going with a top load washer. They tend to be sturdier and more durable. This LG is top loader has a great mix of features for the price.
For great performance at a great price, look no further than the 4.3 cu. ft. LG WT7005CW. It has a powerful 800 RPM motor that's strong enough to extract excess water, which helps your laundry get dry faster. It’s also superquiet thanks to LG’s signature LoDecibel Quiet Operation.
Although budget models often lack enhanced wash cycles and options, you get plenty here. The eight wash cycles and nine options include the useful ColdWash option, which helps you save up to 91 percent on your energy bill, and Deep Fill, which is great if you have a lot of very dirty clothes that need a full soak to get clean. (Hello, contractors and gardeners!)
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 7.3 cu. ft., EnergyStar certified LG DLE7000W electric dryer or LG DLG7001W gas dryer. They both have a convenient drop-down door for loading and unloading, eight enhanced programs and features including wrinkle care for smoother clothes, a child lock to keep little ones out, and sensor dry technology for efficient drying time and energy use.
Bonus Pick: The All-in-One LG WashTower: WKEX200HBA
Width: 27 inches | Height: 74 3/8 inches | Depth: 30 3/8 inches | Capacity: Washer: 4.5 cu. ft /Dryer: 7.4 cu. ft. | Cycles/Options: 6/10 | RPM: 1,300 | Color: White, Black Stainless Steel | Steam Washer/Dryer: Yes/Yes | Stackable: N/A | Energy Star: Yes
Who It's For: People who need a stackable washer and dryer with easy to reach controls, you'll love it.
Why We Picked It: We love how LG responded to real-world problems with the WashCenter. Now that a ventless dryer version is available, we think it'll be more popular than ever.
Want to install laundry in a small closet or wardrobe? The LG WashTower makes it possible. It's an all-in-one machine with sleek look of a stacked washer and dryer but without the inconvenient controls all the way at the tippy-top or a need for a stacking kit. All of its controls—washer and dryer—are at the center, so they're much easier to reach.
This unit is also great if you suffer from allergies, since 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.
Until early 2022, the LG WashTower included either a vented gas or electric dryer. To us, this was a major downside. Needing to vent the dryer meant it could go only in certain accessible places in your home. But LG recently introduced the latest version with a ventless dual heat pump dryer. It also has advanced sensors for even better washing and drying performance.
Washer and Dryer 101: What to Look For
Before you buy an LG washer and dryer, you need to be aware of a few key considerations you should factor into your decision. They include things like design, configuration, size/capacity, and wash and dry performance, among others. Here, we've broken down each to help you shop smarter.
Do I want a Front Load or Top Load Washer?
Your first decision: Front load vs top load washers. The type you pick will ultimately depend on your personal preference and your laundry room's configuration. If you want a stacked set, a front load washer's the clear choice. If you like your old top loader, you might want to stick with a similar model.
A top load washer is easy to load and unload without bending down too low. It allows you to add a forgotten sock midcycle without hitting pause. And it gives you the deep soaking clean you might want to see. The only downside? They get a bad rap for being harsh on fabric, thanks to the traditional agitator at the center that rubs clothes to get them clean.
LG ranks high on our best-of lists because its top load washers actually are gentler on clothing and linens. Its products typically ace all product reviews since they're high efficiency (HE) impeller top loaders, which means that the washer uses drum motions to rub laundry items against each other instead of an agitator. That's much better for the fabric.
LG also incorporates the latest cleaning and steam technologies, which are usually reserved for front load washers, in its top load models.
Here's an overview of LG top load washers:
|Good||WT7100CW 4.5 cu. ft., 950 RPM, SmartDiagnosis with Wi-Fi, 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 XL 5.5 cu. ft. Adds Oxi Sanitize, pairs with a steam dryer, in White and Graphite Steel|
|Premium||WT7900HBA Steam in washer and dryer, AAFA certified Allergine cycle, in Black Stainless|
Do I Want Stackable or Side by Side Machines?
There are lots of ways to install your washer and dryer, including side-by-side, side-by-side on pedestals, stacked, or two sets of stacked units set 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, side by side is your only choice. If you pick a front load washer and dryer, you have a lot more flexibility.
LG stackable washer and dryer models are often considered the quietest on the market. Its front load laundry selection is budget friendly and highly rated for reliability, which makes LG the best choice for many families.
Here's 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 inches wide but 3 inches 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, in Black Stainless|
|Large Capacity||LG WM9500HKA 5.8 cu. ft.|
|Compact||WM1455HWA 24-inch width ventless dryer, 1,400 RPM with 35-minute speed wash cycle, in White|
|WashTower||WKEX200HWA 27-inch width, one-piece, stacked, washer and dryer, available with vented electric or gas or ventless heat pump dryer, in White, Black Stainless, and Noble Stainless|
What Type of Dryer Do I Need?
Although washers tend to have more exciting features than their matching dryers, you still have choices to make. 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 use a fan and natural propane to heat and dry your laundry. Although these dryers are more difficult to install (you must have a gas line in your home running to your utility room or laundry area), they tend to dry your clothes faster and more efficiently. Gas dryers also have a longer lifespan than electric dryers.
Electric dryers, on the other hand, are easy to install and only require an electrical outlet to run. Electric dryers work by powering a fan that continuously pushes hot air into the machine. The electricity is also used to keep the clothes in motion as they dry. They're simpler to install, but you do need to determine whether you need a 110/120V or 220/240V outlet; 220/240V is standard, but some do run on 110/120V. These dryers don’t typically last as long as gas dryers.
Vented vs Ventless
Having a vented or ventless dryer depends on if you can vent outside from your laundry area. If you live in an apartment building, you’ll generally need a ventless dryer. Almost all 27-inch full-size dryers are vented, and most 24-inch compact models are ventless. LG makes both vented and ventless dryers. As we mentioned earlier, it also makes a ventless version of its popular WashTower.
What Size Washer Dryer Do I Need?
It’s crucial to measure the available space you have in your laundry 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 a washer and dryer, wait patiently for them to arrive, and find that they don’t fit.
Most washers are usually 27 inches wide, but you’ll find that some brands add three to four inches for larger capacity. You should always allow for at least six inches of space behind the machine for connecting the water and power, and at least an inch in between the washer and dryer.
If you’re short on space, it might be a good idea to consider compact or stackable washers. Most stackable washers have a matching dryer and require only a simple stacking kit for installation. If you want to stack, make sure to double check the height of your laundry space.
Just like with washers, most full-size dryers are 27 inches wide, but larger capacities can mean that some models are two to three inches wider than the standard. 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.
Finally, check the door swing. Your space might require a right or left hinge. Not all washer and dryer doors have reversible hinges.
The LG washer and dryer catalog covers all popular sizes, from small, apartment size laundry (24 inch width, 25¼ inch depth, 33½ inch height) to full size (up to 29 5/18 inch width, 33¾ inch depth, 41¼ inch height).
Do They Wash and Dry Well?
More than any other factor, you’ll want to ensure your washer gets laundry cleans. (Of course.) It should offer enough cycles and options to cover all of your needs and potential wash situations. The same is true for the matching dryer.
For example, a steam feature is useful if you have allergies, as it helps to reduce dust, pollen, and other triggers. Manufacturers also emphasize that steam can penetrate fabrics to better eliminate dirt, odors, and wrinkles while using less water than a conventional wash setting. A quick wash setting can be really helpful for kids' clothes and sports uniforms.
Overall, LG offers excellent cleaning performance thanks to its 6motion, steam, and TurboWash technologies. LG’s 6motion feature means it uses six wash motions to maximize washing performance. TurboWash gives you a shorter cycle without compromised cleaning performance. These unique features help to turn out cleaner clothes with every wash. The latest models from LG, called the FX washer and dryer pair, incorporate what the company dubbed Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive (AI DD), which is a series of advanced sensors for measuring out detergent and adjusting wash settings and time, as well as steam technology.
LG’s drying performance is just as impressive. In addition to powerful drying capabilities for standard loads, you'll find unique drying cycles for specific situations. For example, with the TurboSteam feature, you can throw in your wrinkled shirt and have it looking smooth in less than 10 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 (which can damage fabrics, especially stretchy ones) and you’ll save energy. Like its FX washer, the FX dryer has even more advanced sensors. This is an improvement over standard thermostats, which tend to make the dryer run longer. The extended tumble setting also helps to keep your clothes wrinkle-free by tumbling intermittently without heat.
How Loud Are They?
When searching for your ideal washer and dryer, look for quiet models. (You'll see in customer reviews if a particular model is known for being noisy.)
Historically, top-load washers have tended 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.
Because they're quiet, you can put your washer or dryer anywhere in your home, even near frequently used living areas or bedrooms.
Do I Want Wi-Fi?
Many of us expect the gadgets we buy—including appliances—to keep pace with our busy. Wi-Fi connectivity is a huge piece of that pursuit. Fortunately, LG provides plenty of Wi-Fi-enabled washer and dryer options that can help make laundry day more flexible and convenient. Let's take a look at some of LG's flagship connectivity features:
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.
LG’s SmartThinQ 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.
With the addition of Smart Diagnosis, you can solve problems with your appliances without calling 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.
What About Energy and Water Efficiency?
At a minimum, your washer should meet all Energy Star requirements determined by the U.S. government. LG washers are rated as one of the top performers in Energy Star listings and guaranteed to save you money on utility costs. You'll also consume less water thanks to the integrated steam technology in LG washers.
Avoid Costly Mistakes
Consider this your checklist for a smooth installation day—and your safeguard against any future regrets. Before you buy:
- Confirm all the measurements, both in your laundry space and in the hallways, doorways, and staircases leading to it. (It bears repeating, trust us.)
- Confirm for sure whether you need a gas or electric dryer
- Double check the hinge location
- Be certain the model you're interested in has all the features you want
- If buying online, consider calling to make sure it's in stock if the site says it's in stock
Overall, you can’t go wrong with an LG washer and dryer. They're some of the quietest, most dependable, and feature-rich sets on the market. We recommend LG washers and dryers due to their excellent quality, commitment to saving both energy and water, and 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 one, your clothes will come out clean and fresh, guaranteed.
You also don't have to worry about missing out on modern conveniences, since every price tier offers something that will impress you daily. 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.
Cover image and design by @oursanguinehome
Our Washer and Dryer Rating Criteria
- Basic cleaning; 1,100 to 1,200 RPM spin speed washer; no steam.
- Drum "choreography" for better cleaning; 1,300-1,400 RPM spin speed; Good stain removal; allergen cycles; At least one specialty (wool; silk) or sanitization cycle; Short wash cycles; Automatic load detection.
- Best-in-class washing jets; Advanced drum moves; Excellent stain removal tech; 1,300-1,600 RPM spin; Extra gentle on clothes; Specialty and sanitization cycles; Short-wash cycles (without sacrificing on clean); Optimum mix of detergent, pods, and other solutions for perfect clean.
- Timed dry; Plenty of interior capacity.
- Sensor dry; Steam cycle; Some specialty cycles and options; Ventless condensation compact dryer.
- Advanced sensor dry; Steam, refresh, allergen cycles; Quick dry option under 20 minutes; Heat-pump compact dryer; Both 120V and 220V compatible.
- Detergent, bleach, and softener compartments. (Check for bleach compartment on compact washers some do not have it).
- Easy-to-clean dispenser housing; Stacking kit with pull-out shelf.
- Automatic bulk detergent dispenser; WiFi controls; Eye-level controls. Interior lights.
- Alloy drum; Less than 4.5 cu. ft. (2.2 cu. ft. for compact) washer space.
- Stainless-steel drum; May have patterns to prevent snags; Anti microbial surfaces to fight mold; Reversible door; Leak detection; Over 4.5 cu. ft. (2.2 cu. ft. for compact) washer space.
- Stainless-steel drum is gentle on fabrics and has patterns to prevent snags; Anti microbial surfaces along with proper ventilation to prevent mold; Reversible door for both washer and dryer; Advanced leak detection.
- Leveling legs.
- Vibration reduction technology.
- Advanced vibration reduction for uneven surfaces and unbalanced loads.
- Expected to last between five and seven years; Good service network.
- Designed to last around 10 years.
- Engineered to last 10 to 20 years.