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LG WM3050CW Washing Machine Review

LG rebuilt it. They had the technology. It's... The Seven-Hundred and Twenty Dollar Washer.

$720.00 at Home Depot
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By the Numbers

The scientific method is the bedrock of our review philosophy. For washers like the LG WM3050CW, the most important factors to examine are cleaning performance and energy efficiency. When you compare our test results to this LG's purchase price, you can see why it's a great deal.

Cleaning Performance

Our cleaning performance testing relies on standardized strips of stained cloth, which are mechanically coated in common household stains like cocoa and red wine. After each cycle finishes, we scan each strip with a photospectrometer to see how much of each stain has been lifted.

Stains
Before and after test stain results using the Cotton/Normal cycle. From left to right: control, sweat, dirt, blood, cocoa, and red wine. View Larger

The LG WM3050CW did the best when we set the Normal cycle to Heavy Soil and activated the Water Plus feature. The next best cycle was Normal set to High Heat and with Extra Rinse activated to simulate a Whites cycle. Across all cycles, this LG did the best with cocoa and blood stains.

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Efficiency

Efficiency is two-pronged in our testing labs: It's a measure of what goes in and what comes out. Water and electricity are what go in. To measure that, we attached energy and water meters to the LG WM3050CW. Based on national average costs for electricity and water, we calculate that this washer will cost you $37.78 a year to run.

That's right on the money. Against many top loaders, you'd be saving at least $20 a year—or over $200 over the lifetime of the machine.

The other half of the efficiency equation is water retention. The more water that a washer spins out of laundry, the less time it needs to spend in a the energy sink that is your dryer. Test laundry that was removed from the WM3050CW retained about 60% of its weight in water. That's an acceptable, but unexceptional amount. The best washers can spin out at least 50% of all the water.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the LG WM3050CW, take a look at these other washing machines.

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