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LG WT1701CV Washing Machine Review

A striking top load washer with an enormous drum.

March 26, 2014
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By the Numbers

Our suite of lab tests comprised more than 18 test loads for the LG WT1701C, including measurements for hot and cold water requirements, electricity usage, water temperature, and water retention. We gauge stain removal using controlled, pre-soiled testing cloth, and report results relative to AHAM industry standards. Clothing wear is tested with controlled mechanical action cloths, which fray according to agitation intensity.

Cleaning Performance

All of the WT1701's tested cycles underperformed the competition, including the normally powerful Whites and Heavy Duty cycles. Together with Normal, these three cycles only did an excellent job removing cocoa. Other stains—be they sweat, dirt, blood, or red wine—will be sticking around longer than you'll like.

Stain Results
Before & after test stains. From left to right: sweat, dirt, blood, cocoa, red wine. Note the unchanged sweat and dirt stains. View Larger

Amazingly, the WT1701 also managed to wear out clothes without cleaning them. We noted an average of 81 frayed threads on our mechanical action test cloths from both the Whites and Heavy Duty cycles, which is an excessive number. The Normal cycle didn't fare much better at 58 frayed threads, and even the Delicates cycle frayed 22 threads, which is poor for this setting.

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Efficiency

For a top-loader of this class, the WT1701 offers average efficiency. Based on the laundry habits of a typical American family, we estimate this washer's operating cost will be $55.76 per year in electricity and water. The cost of each individual Normal cycle is $0.09, and each Whites cycle will run you $0.38. Strangely, the Heavy Duty cycle, which offers similar performance, is far less costly than the Whites cycle at only $0.09—just like the Normal cycle.

Some cycles do a decent job spinning out excess moisture, which helps reduce the workload for your dryer. The Normal, Heavy Duty, and Speed Wash cycles retained only 60%, 59%, and 56& moisture respectively. The Delicates cycle avoids high-speed spinning, which led to 87% water retention.

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