What every best Washing Machines has:
- The right combination of features.
- Washing performance for your lifestyle.
- Great energy efficiency.
Good, for a top loader. If you're a very hands on laundry doer who likes lots of presets, you'll love the LG WT5680HVA. It's plenty big, with a 5 cubic feet capacity that users say can handle even the largest, fluffiest comforters. And, when it comes to cleaning, the WT5680HVA is a standout performer. Reviewed calls it, "one of the best top-loading washers we've ever tested." Consumer Reports likes it too, giving it a Recommended nod and an Excellent for washing performance. However, it gets only a score of Good on the delicate cycle -- something to be aware of if you have a lot of dainties. Owners also give this washer a lot of love. Most say it does a terrific job and they're overall very pleased with it. We saw virtually no complaints about cleaning performance; unhappy customers were generally unhappy about other things.
An energy sipper. Although no top loading washing machine will ever be as efficient as a front-loader, the LG WT5680HVA is better than most. It's Energy Star Qualified and the estimated yearly energy cost is only $16. At Reviewed 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.
Tweak to your heart's content. There are so many wash options and presets on the LG WT5680HVA that one of the few complaints we saw about it is that they can be a bit confusing. Jonathan Chan at Reviewed agrees, saying, "you'll probably want to read the manual for some of the less straightforward functions." Still, he also says that too much is definitely better than too few, and owners agree. We saw much praise of things like the Turbo Wash function, which significantly shortens cycle times, and the Allergiene steam cycle that is beloved by parents of children who use it to steam stuffed toys, bedding and favorite "blankies."
Lots of washer for the price. Although the LG WT5680HVA isn't one of the cheapest washers around, experts and owners agree that it's a good value when you consider the important things: performance, size and features. However, if you want to save a few bucks, this washer is also available in white as the LG WT5680HVA (Est. $1,100). And, of course, both washing machines are often discounted by $100 or so. That makes it a particularly good buy, especially considering how little water and electricity it uses annually. We saw few durability complaints, but, just in case, LG backs the WT5680HVA with a one-year warranty on parts and labor, 10 years on the motor, and lifetime on the drum.