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. We updated this article with the latest LG stackable washers including the new ezDispense automatic detergent and softener dispenser models.
In the last five years, stackable washer and dryer sets have gained popularity. Most people take advantage of this confirguration when they redesign their homes to maximize floor spacem, or reconfigure a closet. Vertical design could get handy when you take the laundry out of the basement or garage and into the main parts of the home.
But conversations about washers and dryers often fall into tech talk and marketing lingo (e.g. TurboWash360, 6Motion, ezDispense etc. are cryptic terms for most of us). What are the real facts about LG stackable washer and dryers, and how will they suit your home? We prepared this in-depth LG washing machine guide to save you time and headache before you make your purchase.
Stackable washer and dryers are often synonymous with front-load laundry. While LG top load washer dryer selection rank very highly in our tests, we will keep this article focused on LG front-load washers.
Let’s start by taking a quick look at the model selection.
LG Stackable Washer and Dryer Comparison Chart
LG stackable washer and dryer lineup includes over 12 models (depending on the release cycle) excluding color variations. Naturally, many people wonder about the differences between the washer dryer selection. The comparison chart summarizes main features in and upgrade format among all LG front load washers.
In the chart below you will notice that the motor speed remains the same across all LG washing machines at 1,300 RPM. However, LG adds step up features as you go up on the ladder. Steam, under 30min wash, larger tub volume, and ezDispense automatic detergent dispenser are reserved for the upper echelons in the catalog.
We would typically expect pricing on these models to go up with the expanded feature set. However, inventory sell through and LG's ongoing balancing act to keep its major retailers happy generates pricing opportunities where you can snag a stackable washer with higher feature set at a favorable price point.
|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., Steam, TurboWash360 option to clean under 30 minutes, 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|
(All full-size LG front load washers are TwinWash compatible - i.e., will allow you to wash two loads at the same time with new SideKick pedestal which incorporates a small washing machine)
Mega Size LG Washer and Dryers
|Entry||WM8100HVA Square Window, Turbowash, 5.2 cu. ft., Steam 1,300 RPM, in Graphite Steel|
|Best Seller||WM9000HVA Ergonomic, Turbowash, 5.2 cu. ft., Steam 1,300 RPM, in Graphite Steel|
|Super Size||WM9500HKA Signature Series, 5.8 cu. ft., Steam, in Black Stainless|
What Makes LG Washer and Dryer Great?
1) 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. For example, steam features prevent people with allergies from getting sick. 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.
To get more specific to cleaning performance, let's look at LG's SpeedWash Cycle. This gives you access to clean and fresh clothes in just 35 minutes. An additional feature, 6 Motion™ Technology, uses up to 6 different wash motions to provide a smart cleaning experience that is gentle on clothes and maximizes washing performance to cover all areas of your clothing and all levels of soiling.
LG also doesn't skip out on high-end drying features. In addition to powerful drying capabilities for standard loads, there are also unique drying cycles for specific situations. Toss that shirt in the dryer, turn on TurboSteam™, and in just 10 minutes your shirt is back in tip-top shape. This feature also helps refresh fabrics and reduce wrinkles in half the time of other steam settings.
2) Energy 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 they are guaranteed to save you big money on utility costs. You'll also consume less water thanks to the integrated steam technology in LG washers.
3) Top Load or Front Load
Most people wonder about the differences between the top and front load washers. LG makes probably the best front load washing machines in the market. LG top load washers are market leaders in the United States.
Below are the salient differences between the two types of washing machines.
Front-loading washers are generally better in overall performance than top-loading washers. Front-loading washers are more energy and water efficient and provide a better clean compared to most top-loading washers. However, front-loading washers are more expensive than top-loading washers-- so keep this in mind when considering your budget.
If you live in a smaller space but have more money to invest up-front, front-loading washers are better and will provide a better clean while taking up less space.
If you are looking for a quicker and easier wash cycle, top-loading washing machines are probably a better way to go. While they initially save money, a top-loading washer will cost more money in utility and energy bills than a front-loading washing machine.
If you are still wondering which type of washer to purchase? Read our top load vs front load washer review where we keep a scorecard on pros and cons for each machine type.
4) Noise and Vibration
Thanks to TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System, LG washers operate extremely quietly for a non-disruptive laundry experience. This 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.
5) Size, Configuration & Ergonomics
Measure, measure measure! When choosing a washer that suits your space make sure you measure before buying. We simply can’t emphasize this point enough based on the thousands of customers we have helped over the years. You wouldn’t believe how many people order washers and dryers, wait patiently for them to arrive, and then find that they don’t fit in the space of their laundry room. Measuring your space is absolutely crucial!
LG washer and dryer catalog covers all popular sizes from small, apartment size laundry to full fize, i.e. 24-inch to 29 5/18-inch in width, with depth ranging from 25 1/4-inch to 33 3/4-inch. Height ranges from 33 1/2-inch to 41 1/4-inch.
If you’re looking to save a little bit of space in your laundry area, opt for stackable machines in order to free up floor space.
The stackable configuration of compact washer and dryers make them an excellent option when space is limited. You can check out the best apartment size washer and dryers article we've created for detailed information about compact options.
In the modern appliance market, it's not enough to have great performance. Customers 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 you'll absolutely love and that will make your laundry day a more flexible, connected experience.
Let's look at some of LG's flagship connectivity features.
NFC-Tag On Technology – NFC stands for "Near Field Communication," and it is part of the magic behind tap-and-go services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay. LG's NFC-Tag On technology will solve your laundry problems in an instant. Download the app on a compatible smartphone to connect it directly to your machine. Then, just 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®- Think you can’t do laundry on the go? Think Again. Expand the limits of your laundry room with the LG SmartThinQ® app. SmartThinQ® technology lets you start and stop wash cycles remotely and receive helpful reminders about scheduled maintenance. This feature diagnoses problems without ever needing to call an LG representative.
Plus, you can select a cycle, start or stop the wash and get notifications about when your laundry will be done, all from your smartphone. And 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 free Smart Diagnosis to LG SmartThinq Diagnose, problems can be solved without ever needing to call an LG representative. The app can record and analyze the special tones emitted by Smart Diagnosis units and instantly provide troubleshooting steps to get you back to washing.
LG Terminology Explained
If you’re shopping for LG washers and dryers, you’ll need to know a little bit about how the company names its feature set and how each feature actually benefits you. Otherwise, it is easy to get lost in heavy insider jargon. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most common terms you'll come across.
TurboWash - Tired of spending hours on end finishing your family's laundry? Those days are gone. TurboWash sprays a concentrated detergent solution directly onto clothes, resulting in faster soaking time. Save up to 30 minutes per load without hindering cleaning performance. Save time and don't worry about clothes remaining dirty. It's efficiency at its best!
TurboWash 360 - Introduced in the summer of 2019, this latest LG technology sprays water from 5 nozzles in a 3D star formation. Helps detergent penetrate faster and deeper in fabrics. LG clocks a great clean under 30 minutes for 10 lb's of laundry.
6Motion™ Technology - This feature use up to 6 different wash motions to provide a smart cleaning experience that is gentle on clothes and maximizes washing performance. Each wash cycle combines up to 6 different wash motions to provide a revolutionary cleaning experience. Stains are attacked from several angles for efficient, powerful cleaning.
LG SideKick™ - Your pair of sweatpants after hot yoga. The one red shirt in a pile of whites. The dirty school uniform on a Sunday night. With this smaller, secondary washer, you can wash the small loads that just can't wait while you complete a bigger load in the main washer. You can even use the bottom washer for delicates or baby clothes and clean your regular weekly laundry in the main washer. That's the kind of flexibility this dual-drum setup offers you, making coordinating laundry loads less difficult and more flexible for your family's needs.
Allergiene™ Cycle - An NSF certified sanitary cycle, also officially certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), is also available with LG. Thanks to this feature, you don't have to worry about the effects of allergens on your clothes. LG brings you the power of steam to help you beat the toughest stains and significantly reduce allergens while remaining gentle on your clothes.
LoDecibel Quiet Operation - Have a baby at home sleeping? Kids studying in their rooms? You are going to love this feature! LoDecibel Quiet Operation keeps your LG unit running quietly - so you can complete your laundry without the noise.
TrueSteam™ This technology gently but powerfully penetrates fabrics for a deeper clean, while also offering a freshening cycle that reduces wrinkles and odors. It also uses less water than traditional washers, so you won't take a bath in your bills.
6 Best LG Washer and Dryer Picks
1) Best Budget: LG WM3400CW
27-inch 4.5 cu. ft. LG Stackable Washer - Full Size for Families
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
LG WM3400CW is one of the best entry model in the market. With 8 wash cycles and 6 wash options, WM3400CW gets the job done in every soil type. Unfortunately, this model does not come with steam cycle.
2) Best Steam: LG WM3600HWA
27-inch 4.5 cu. ft. LG Stackable Washer with Steam - Full Size for Families
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
This model boasts 4.5 cubic feet of capacity, 10 wash cycles, and steam technology to penetrate fabrics gently while eliminating dirt, odors, and wrinkles for precise cleaning. The Wi-Fi connectivity is a great feature for controlling your washer from your smartphone, and you’ll also love the Child Lock, Allergiene Cycle for reducing allergies, and Voice Activation that works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
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.
3) Best Speed: LG WM4200HWA
27-inch 5.0 cu. ft. LG Stackable Washer with Steam, TurboWash 360 - Full Size for Families
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
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.
4) Best Capacity: LG WM9000HVA
29-inch 5.2 cu. ft. LG Front Load Washer - Mega Capacity, Not Stackable
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
Finally, this absolute masterclass in washing machine design features everything offered by the WM8100HVA plus a whole lot more. You’ll appreciate WiFi connectivity with SmartThinq technology, plus the enhanced TurboWash 2.0 to save you time and Twin Wash compatibility with an LG SideKick (not included.) You’ll also love the elevated angled door that makes loading laundry easier on your back, plus an elegant and intuitive on-door control panel for easy operation.
The associated drying partners for this model are the DLGX9001V 29" 9.0 cu. ft. Gas or DLEX9000V 29" 9.0 cu. ft. Electric. They boast 14 drying cycles and five temperature settings, plus a large tinted glass door with on-door controls and a matching drawer pedestal (sold separately) that's available for customization.
5) Best Compact: LG WM1388HW
24-inch LG Compact Front Load Washer with Ventless Dryer - Ideal for Apartments
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
This LG model features 2.3 cubic feet of capacity, with LoDecibel quiet operation and a built-in pause button that allows you to temporarily stop your wash to drop in a stray piece of clothing. 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, you’ll love the 35-minute Speed Wash as well as the 14 wash programs including Cotton/Normal, Bulky/Large, Baby Wear, Perm. Press, Delicates, Hand Wash/Wool, Speed Wash, Tub Clean, Sanitary, Heavy Duty, Drain+Spin, Color Care, Sports Wear, and Downloaded Course. With these programs, your washing machine is adaptable to anything you can throw at it and into it.
The associated dryer partner for this model is DLEC888W 4.2 cu.ft. electric dryer. It features the Wrinkle Care Program for minimal wrinkles, as well as the Sensor Dry program that sense moisture levels and 14 other dry programs for different clothing types and drying needs.
6) Best XL Size: LG Signature WM9500HKA
30-inch 5.8 cu. ft. LG Front Load Washer - Not Stackable
Width: 30-inch | Height: 41 3/6-inch | Depth: 33 1/16-inch | Capacity: 5.8 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
This impressive beast from LG features everything the WM9500HKA has to offer, plus an astounding 5.8 cubic feet of capacity. That means you can wash a king size comforter and full set of bedding in a single load. Add in the LG SideKick and you’re working with an impressive 6.8 combined cubic feet of capacity.
The associated drying partners for this model are the DLGX9501K Signature 29" 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam Gas or DLEX9500K Signature 29" 9.0 Mega Capacity TurboSteam Electric. They offer an ultra-capacity tub for more laundry in fewer loads (and less sore backs), plus TurboSteam for a quick ten-minute de-wrinkle and freshening cycle.
LG appliances are some of the quietest and most dependable, feature-rich washers and dryers on the market. At Designer Appliances, we highly recommend LG washers and dryers due to their excellent quality, commitment to save 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.
No matter what you decide, LG washers and dryers are sure to have you covered.
Are LG washers better than Samsung?
LG and Samsung are the best selling washer and dryer brands in the US. When it comes to service, both brands do a good job in urban areas.
LG washers are typically more shallow compared to Samsung which makes them ideal replacement pieces. They also excel on cycle speed. Samsung, on the other hand, has most innovative products in the market such as the FlexWash and amazing wifi/smartphone integration.
Want to learn more? We compared and ranked the LG vs Samsung washer and dryer models in our in-depth review article.
What is the difference between LG 3700 vs 3900 washer?
We often get this specific question from our customers. We understand that it is not easy to filter through the marketing jargon. LG WM3700HWA or commonly referred as LG 3700 is a 27-inch wide, 4.5 cu. ft. washer which is considered a large washer. It is ideal for allergy sufferers as the steam cycle provides deep clean and removes pet dander and dust mites. The LG WM3900HWA (a.k.a. LG 3900) comes with one major upgrade over LG 3700 which is the 30 minute express wash. In addition, some people find the black stainless steel color option on LG 3900 attractive. Depending on LG's seasonal promotions, you might be able to find the LG 3900 at a lower price than the 3700 model. Please keep in mind both models are now discontinued by LG. Please refer to our chart at the beginning of this article to see all current models and their features.
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