If you want the best washer, you get a front
loader. If you want the best front loader you get an LG. and if you want the best LG
front loader, you get this. This is LG’s 5.2 cu ft mega capacity washer.
It’s definitely known for it’s capacity, but today in addition to that we’re going to take
an in depth look at some of the other features that LG has implemented and see if it’s worth
the hefty price tag that they require. Let’s get started by looking at the laundry
detergent dispenser. There’s a slot for bleach, fabric softner, and two for detergent. One
for pre-wash and one for the main wash. As you can see I’ve put a minimal amount of detergent
in and you’ll get better results with a front loader if you do that as well.
Once you choose your wash cycle you can add additional options using the touch panel.
It’s a little bit of a pain that the touch panel isn’t entirely back lit but not a deal
breaker. Here I’ve chosen cold wash and one extra rinse. Once you’re happy with your selections
you can press play or start to begin. Another handy option that I typically use
is the custom program. At the touch of one button you can select all your options and
then press start. This is much easier if you typically choose the same wash cycle.
LG has built a lot of features into this washer to make it very energy efficient. One of the
primary ways it does this is through water conservation. front loaders are already known
for being much more water efficient than a traditional top loader. This washer goes a
step further. At the beginning of every wash cycle it does a load sensing technique where
is jiggles the clothes slightly to determine their weight. It then tosses them around and
does another gentle jiggle to determine the weight of the clothes. It then uses this weight
to determine how much water to use. For the online reviews that said that this
washer barely gets your clothes wet, they’re obviously just coming from a traditional top
loader mentality. I’ve been very pleased with the amount of water that this washer uses.
Here’s the load sensing process from the perspective of the display. As you can see the load sensing
icon is blinking and the estimated time remaining is still being calculated. Once it determines
the size of the load and how much water is needed it will then display the time remaining
on the display. In this instance it estimates 42 minutes.
Probably the second most common reason that one would purchase this washer is because
of it’s ability to effectively clean the clothes while being very gentle on the fabric. LG
accomplishes this using their 6 motion direct drive motor. They have six different washing
actions depending on the cycle you’ve chosen. And because there’s no belts attached to the
motor their able to change directions very quickly. The result is cleaner clothes with
less wear and tear, less wrinkling, and less tangling. This is why you buy a front loader.
It’s so much more effective at cleaning your clothes than a traditional top loader.
Here’s an example of one of my favorite washing actions which LG refers to as swinging. It
gently tosses the clothes from side to side without being too rough on the fabric. This
would be used on a gentle cycle such as the wool cycle.
Now let’s take a look at turbo wash. There are nozzles on either side of the drum that
spray water and soap directly onto the clothes. The idea is that your clothes are immediately
in contact with the soap and water instead of relying on tumbling alone. This option
isn’t on by default for most cycles and I’m not sure why. I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t
want to get a better wash in less time. But it can easily be turned on from the touch
panel and I have it turned on all the time. Here we see LG’s atomizing rinse. It uses
this nozzle in addition to the turbo wash nozzles to rinse your clothes during the rinse
cycle. a good rinse is key to removing soap residue which will keep your clothes smelling
fresh. Now that the rinse cycle is over the washer
begins one of those six washing actions known as filtration. This removes the majority of
the water before the spin cycle begins. This helps better distribute the clothes in the
drum. There have been times when the washer begins the spin cycle but isn’t happy with
the distribution of the clothes because of the amount of shaking. It then stops, redistributes
the clothes and begins spinning again. The washer also uses bearings inside of the drum
lining to offset uneven loads. Now if you wash a rug by itself it’s not going to be
able to offset that and you’re going to get an uneven load error. In just a moment we’ll
take a look at a free app that LG has that helps you to determine what those error codes
mean and also diagnose other problems should they arise.
Front loaders are known for their intense spin cycles which removes the majority of
the water from the clothes. However they’re also known for being extremely loud and shaking
the entire house. And although the drum itself can shake violently, LG has put a lot of effort
into adding springs and shocks throughout the body to absorb that. I’ve been very impressed
with the results. This isn’t the early days of front loaders where you’re not allowed
to put the washer on the second floor because of how violently it shakes. This washer is
very quiet and it doesn’t dance around your laundry room like previous models.
And when the cycle is complete on the washer or the dryer you get this happy little song.
This is much better than the annoying buzz on old style washers.
Now let’s take a look at capacity. After all that would be the main reason you’d buy this
washer. LG claims that you can wash a king comforter along with all the bedding. And
while that is true I wouldn’t recommend it. The more room the laundry has to move around
in the drum the better wash you’re going to get. For demonstration purposes here I’ve
loaded a king comforter, the fitted sheet, the flat sheet, and just for good measure
a second king comforter. Now again, I wouldn’t recommend this, but this is just to show you
the sheer capacity of the drum. It can definitely wash your king comforter alone and it’s saved
us a ton of time by cutting our number of loads in half.
Another really helpful feature is the sanitary cycle. LG uses the hot water supply in addition
to heating elements in the washer to make the water extra hot. This is really helpful
for sanitizing clothes or bedding. The door will lock during the cycle like always, but
on this cycle it will not allow you to open the door until the washer has cooled.
Another common problem with front loaders is mildew build up around the seal of the
door. We’ve had this washer for a little over six months and haven’t cleaned it at all.
As you can see there’s very little of that. We are on county water so if you’re on well
water you may see different results. However LG has a tub clean cycle that we’ll look at
later that helps address this as well. And as you might expect the stainless steel drum
doesn’t experience any problems with mold or mildew.
The primary way to prevent mildew buildup within the washer is to leave the door slightly
ajar so it can dry. LG recommends you wipe down the inside of the door and the seal but
no one’s going to do that. a more realistic option is this magnet that LG’s added to hold
the door closed while keeping it slightly ajar.
In addition to that LG recommends you run the tub clean cycle once a month. I think
that’s a little too frequently, but I am going to clean it here for demonstration purposes.
The washer came with coupons for this tub cleaning solution from tide. It’s really important
that you add the solution directly to the drum and not to the soap dispenser. I will
mention that the smell of this cleaner was a little overwhelming and remained in our
laundry room for a couple of days. Once the solution is in the drum you simply
select the tub clean cycle and then press start. You notice the display shows tcl for
tub clean. Once you press start it’s going to begin like
every other cycle with the load sensing process. It wouldn’t surprise me if LG does this to
make sure you’re not putting clothes in and inadvertently selecting the tub clean cycle.
Once the tub clean cycle completes you’re going to want to be able to open the door
afterwards to let it air out. It’s not a bad chemical smell but it was an overwhelming
smell that lasted for a few days. You can see that the cycle is going to take about
an hour and a half to complete. DRYER When your washer holds the world record for
capacity, you’re going to need a dryer that can keep up. This is the matching 9 cubic
foot mega capacity dryer. This model is electric but LG makes a gas model as well. Let’s take
a look at a few of the features this dryer has to offer.
As with any dryer, it’s critical that you clean the lint filter at the beginning of
every cycle. This not only helps with efficiency but also with safety. This lint filter is
designed a little differently in that instead of a rectangular lint filter that the air
is passing through it’s more of a basket that the air is forced inside of and then passes
through. It’s really a neat design and prevents lint from building up on the exterior of the
dryer when you remove the filter. It’s also very easy to put in and take out.
When using the cycle selector regardless of how quickly you turn it it’s only going to
move so fast. This is the case for the washer as well. So if you’re choosing one of the
cycles near the end Of the dial it can be a little frustrating. LG has addressed this
by putting the more frequently used cycles near the top. In addition to that using the
custom program feature will eliminate a lot of that headache.
One of the more popular features of this dryer is its ability to use steam to remove wrinkles
from clothes. Let’s pretend that you just pulled a shirt out of your closet to wear
and it’s a little wrinkled. Or maybe you’re like a lot of people and just don’t like to
iron. Let’s throw the shirt in the dryer and choose the steam fresh cycle. You can then
use the display panel to adjust the cycle for the number of garments. You can choose
between 3 garments, 5, or big. These are your only choices and since I only have one shirt
I’ll set it to three. Then you press start. The cycle begins by heating water that’s it
drawn in from the reservoir. It also tumbles the shirt on whatever temperature you’ve selected.
I’ll turn on the drum light so we can see what’s happening. I’ve had pretty good results
with this cycle but it’s not going to be as good as your trusty iron. In addition to this
cycle you can also add steam to the end of almost any cycle to remove wrinkles. And although
I didn’t mention it, the washer also has a steam option that you can add to almost any
cycle as well. Here’s the water reservoir that I was referencing
earlier. You add water by simply pouring it through the screen filter on the top. LG recommends
tap water and says that using distilled water will cause problems with the dryer’s sensors.
I’ve paused the cycle in the middle so you can see the amount of moisture inside of the
drum. This would vary depending on what size cycle you chose.
The orange nozzle in the rear is where the steam enters the drum. I have noticed a few
drops of water coming from this but for the most part it seems to do a really good job
at producing steam and sending it into the dryer to remove wrinkles.
Now let’s open the dryer and take a look at the results. When I open the door there’s
very little to no moisture buildup inside of the drum like earlier. Pulling out the
shirt we can see that the dryer has been able to remove some of the minor wrinkles. Again,
this won’t replace your iron but is handy in a pinch.
As far as the size of these units they’re essentially the same width as any standard
washer and dryer. They’re just a little deeper. But make sure you measure your laundry room
before purchasing. Both LG has implemented a really innovative way
to read error codes from their appliances. It’s called smart diagnosis. It uses a sound
similar to a modem or fax machine to transmit data to a smartphone, tablet, or over the
phone to an LG support specialist. On this washer you get started by pressing the wash
temp button for three seconds. It then begins a countdown and starts playing the sound that
will send the data to the app. LG has this across many of their appliances and it seems
like a great way to diagnose an issue. [wait] Now that the diagnosis is complete we see
that the last status of the washer was “cycle complete” This is normal operation so there’s
no solution. I have used this in the past though when I received a vague UE error to
determine that the problem was an uneven load. For families with small children the front
loaders are perfect. Not only can the children help out with laundry since they can reach
the drums but you also don’t have to worry about a child falling inside of a top loader
or being able to open the door during a wash or spin cycle since the washer door locks
shut with every use. Additionally both units have a child lock that renders the controls
unusable until unlocked. As with anything, certainly supervise your children while they’re
around appliances. If you’re still watching at this point my
guess is you either already own this washer and dryer and know how amazing they are, or
you’re seriously considering buying them. Take my word for it, you won’t be disappointed.
We bought the pair mainly for their capacity but have been really impressed with the improvements
that LG has made since our last front loader six years ago. The units are much more efficient,
much quieter, and definitely don’t vibrate as much. In the end though, it does come down
to capacity. I’m sure there are other LG front loaders on the market that have similar features.
But if you have a large family, kids that get their clothes dirty frequently, or are
washing bulky large items like comforters and sleeping bags you should definitely consider
these. The old saying that you get what you pay for holds true here. I’ve been very pleased
with our purchase and would highly recommend this washer and dryer. If you have any questions
that I didn’t cover feel free to leave them in the comments and thanks for watching.