23 April 2013 by Nishant Soni
LG is one of the most prominent brands in washing machines today, and they offer a robust product line that has a model to meet almost any home's laundry needs. When shopping for an LG washing machine, there are five items to consider in order to ensure that the consumer buys the best LG washing machine for them.
LG offers a wide range of washing machine sizes and configurations. Before you shop, decide where you will install the machine, and the dryer if applicable, and then measure that space. If space is limited, consider conserving it by purchasing stackable units. It is also important to consider the path into and through the home, as some machines will simply be too large if you have a small house.
Front vs. Top Load
Front-load washing machines are more efficient water users than top-load machines, and they often have the advantage of being stackable. On the downside, front-loaded machines are significantly more expensive, but the water savings will help offset that long term. People who have difficulty bending should stick with a top-loaded washer.
The LG washing machine product line tends to favor whites and metallic finishes. The metallic finishes are particularly popular among modern consumers. LG does offer other colors, including red and blue, but it generally reserves that type of finish for its high-end machines, such as the SteamWasher series.
LG offers a full product line that ranges from economy models to state-of-the-art machines that would not be out of place in a commercial laundry. The basic LG washing machine has an MSRP of around $200 in the North American market, while some of the best LG washing machines, have an MSRP of approximately $1,600.
Feature sets available on LG washing machines include TurboWash, SteamWasher, ColdWash, WaveForce and Smart ThinQ. Smart ThinQ is available on other LG appliances, such as refrigerators, and it provides the appliance with smart-like smartphone features and NFC (near-field communication) capabilities. TurboWash is a front-load configuration that reduces wash times by as much as 20 minutes per load.
Determine the budget, and then determine the space and aesthetic requirements. That should limit the choices to a manageable subset of LG washers. From there, choose the load configuration and features that will get used. For most users, Smart ThinQ is likely overkill, but TurboWash is a great convenience feature that will benefit.