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LG WT1701CV Review

By: Kelly Burgess on March 10, 2017

Bottom Line

The LG WT1701CV is both attractive and a top performer in stain removal, experts and owners say. At 4.9 cubic feet, it's a great fit for all but the fluffiest king-sized comforters, and its self-balancing technology is effective.

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Modern, front control panel
  • Very good cleaning performance
  • Loaded with features and presets
  • Energy efficient

Cons

  • Delicate cycle could be better
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Performance

Good, for a top loader. If you're a very hands on laundry doer who likes lots of presets, you'll love the LG WT1701CV. It's plenty big, with a 4.9 cubic feet capacity that users say can handle all but the largest, fluffiest comforters. And, when it comes to cleaning, the WT1701CV is a standout performer. One independent reviewer compares it to a number of other top loaders and finds it to be one of the best. At DigitalTrends.com, the LG WT1701CV earns high praise for its performance on all but the delicate cycle. That review also mentions that the heavy cycle is a bit rough on sweaters and towels -- a complaint we see frequently about high-efficiency washers that use an impeller system, as this one does. On the other hand, Christopher Snow at Reviewed.com is less impressed, saying the WT1701CV was, at best, an average performer on all cycles when it came to stain removal. Users, however, have very little bad to say about this washer's washing performance. Most say it does a terrific job and they're overall very pleased with it. We saw a few scattered complaints about incompletely cleaned clothes, but not many, and there's little context for those complaints as the reviewers generally don't mention what did not come clean.

Efficiency

An energy sipper. Although no top loading washing machine will ever be as efficient as a front-loader, the LG WT1701CV is better than most. It's Energy Star Qualified and the estimated yearly energy cost is only $14. At Reviewed.com they add up electricity, hot water and cold water costs, and estimate a total average of $55 per year to operate. As with most High Efficiency (HE) washer, the load sensors "sense" the size of the load (and the amount of dirt based upon the load options chosen) and use the minimal amount of water necessary for cleaning.

Features

Wash long and prosper. We simply had to make a little Star Trek joke there simply because we read so many comments that the LG WT1701CV looks like something out of a science fiction movie. That's because of the control panel is on the front of the machine, instead of on the back, with a glowing LED display that both owners and expert testers say looks positively futuristic. However, it's not just a pretty facade; they also note that it's very intuitive and easy to use -- and easy to see even in low light conditions. In addition to that attractive touch, the machine is pretty loaded, with 12 preset wash cycles, including a quick wash, a heavy stain option, and a custom program you can set to your own preferences. There is also a child lock and signal on/off feature. One option it is missing is a hand wash cycle, but the delicate cycle should be sufficient for that -- as long as whatever you're washing isn't too heavily soiled.

Value

Don't believe the retail price. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the graphite steel version of the LG WT1701CV is $1,000, and if we thought that was the price that you would be paying this might not be our Best Reviewed top loader. In reality, this washer is often discounted to around $800, or even less. The white version, the LG WT1701CW (Est. $900) [http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-4-9-cu-ft-High-Efficiency-Front-Control-Top-Load-Washer-in-White-ENERGY-STAR-WT1701CW/204377843] can usually be found for around $700 or less. So, for that price, it's a good value, especially considering how little water and electricity it uses annually. We saw few durability complaints, but, just in case, LG backs the WT1701CV with a one-year warranty on parts and labor, 10 years on the motor, and lifetime on the drum.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

ConsumerReports.org currently posts evaluations of dozens of top-load washers, including the LG WT1701CV. Evaluations are hands on and competent, though discussion is limited. Factors such as washing performance, energy and water efficiency, gentleness and more. Washers receive an overall rating and top choices are specifically called out. Many of the top picks are Samsung models that have since been recalled making the WT1701CV the current top choice in this roundup.

Ian Tucker, May 27, 2015

This review of the LG WT1701CV is very thorough and hands on. Overall, Ian Tucker gives the washer an 8 out of 10, and a rating of 4 stars, or Great. He praises the washer's attractive, intuitive interface, saying it "should be on display rather than tucked away." More importantly, he also gives it top marks for cleaning performance; although notes that it doesn't do as well on the delicate cycle.

Christopher Snow, March 26, 2014

Reviewed.com gives the LG WT1701CV an overall score of 7 out of 10. Unlike the reviewers above, Christopher Snow finds the LG WT1701CV to only be an average performer when it comes to stain removal. Still, the score of 7 is actually higher than the scores of several other top-loading washers that earn Editor's Choice awards, making this rating a bit puzzling.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2017

At HomeDepot.com the LG WT1701CV earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 in nearly 510 reviews; 84 percent of owners would recommend the washer. While there are a few scattered complaints of durability issues, most are thrilled with the washer's capacity and performance and absolutely love its modern look.

Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of March 2017

In around 120 customer reviews, the LG WT1701CV earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5; 92 percent of owners say they would recommend the washer. The vast majority of owners rave about its performance; although there are some scattered complaints that it doesn't clean well and some say it overbalances too easily.

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