My new LG Wave Force washer Review
I got my Wave Force washer Model WT5101HW yesterday and we installed it ourselves since Home Depot doesnt deliver from Va to NC. The set up was easy, we had to reverse the dryer door due to the fact that our washer sits on the right of the dryer. My dryer is gas, but we had to change out the orfice for LP since that is what is availible to me. A electric dryer was not an option as electric rates here are really high. The process was simple and instructions on how to install the orfice are in the box that we bought seperately from a supplier. LG should give customers the option, as Miele does, natural gas or LP from the factory. My 9 plus year old Kenmore HE3T washer was starting to die after a long trouble free life. Sometimes it didnt want to spin a full or mdium sized load at full spin speed, like it was having balancing issues, and recently, it would dispense the fabric softener in the wash cycle and the soap in the rinse cycle.
After watching the video on youtube about the waveforce washer destroying itself in the spin cycle while washing a comforter, we placed behind the washer and on the right side, because there is a wall there also, two 4x4 boards on the floor,in the event the washer wanted to move. Now it cant hit the wall now or the hoses in the back and crush them. The washer needed no leveling at all, so that sped things along.
The first thing I washed were about 4 large dog towels and a door mat that were filthy from us tracking dirt and water(snow melt)into the laundry room during the installation. I thought I would test the cold water wash cycle on this light cream colored towels. I used Powdered tide with bleach on them and that was it. They came out as clean as if I washed them in in hot water. I was amazed to say the least, as I rarely wash in cold water, usually warm or hot.
Today, I did a THICK king size matress pad, which fills the washer up to top holes on the tub when dry.I used the bulky/bedding cycle and it handled it with ease, came out spotless, and smelling clean and fresh. During the rinse cycle, there were no soap soads visible. When using the B/B cycle the washer will fill up to three holes from the top of the machine. This is certainly enough water for a clean wash and proper rinse. It does not skimp at all! Load number two consisted of two sets of flannel king size sheets and 4 matching pillow cases. They came out nice and clean, no issues with the load being unbalanced, powered detergent not dissolving in cold water, or any abuse to the fabrics. I aslso modifed the spin speed to the highest spin possible which is 1100rpm, and still no spining issues. Yes there is a little viberation in the spin cycle, but nothing that is offensive, or that can be felt in the same room or other parts of the house. Now I am washing some colored clothes on the normal cycle as I type this. Last night I did whites, I used the sanitary cycle, which performed with excellent results, socks are white as new and undies are clean. I used Gain HE powder on those and thats all.
This washer is better at balancing a load better than my FL ever though of doing, even from day one it would take some time for it to finally rev up to max spin speed. I read this was a tradmark of the original HE3T's. The LG does it with ease and it is quite, even the water pump is very quite compared to my old washer and my friends FL Lg's.
The water plus feature is nice as I have played with it. I can add extra water up to 2 times during a wash or rinse cycle. It is not available on all cycles though. No big deal to me on that one. Another thing I like, is once you start a cycle, you can pause the washer, change the cycle without it draining out your water and detergent and starting all over. This is a good feature I think.
The following I knew about prior to buying the water so I am not complaining about it, just just information. The wash temps are "thumb down" big time, so a warm wash really feels cool or cold. I am not thrilled about that, but I knew this before hand and so far it doesnt appear to be an in issue with cleaning performance, but time will tell. I am used to having a heater work in more cycles to boost the warm water and hot water wash. 99% of washer made today have done this, and it is sad too.
The wash motions of the machine are really cool to see. It varies during the cycle and sometime the wash plate just slowing rocks the clothes back and forth, its almost like a soak cycle type of thing. Some people might see this and think nothing is going on in there, but it switches around and yes there is good roll over so to speak in the cycles. It is just not the same thing all the time. In the end, the clothes are coming out clean..those nasty towels proved that to me!
As it stands now, The LG washes as good as my FL did, maybe better, the cold wash cycle sure impressed me big time. I washed whites in my old FL once and had to redo them, socks were not clean enough for my liking, so I scrapped the cold wash after that.
THe matching dryer is excellent! It handled the comforter, and huge matress pad. Like usual, the matress pad rolled up into a ball, like it did on every other dryer that I have owned or used in my life. That is just nature of the beast from a dryer that turns in one direction only. I learned to just cut the cycle time in half and unroll it and restart it. The two sets of king sized sheets dried very good, no over baking or hot to the touch when they came out. One neat feature on the dryer is the sensor that will alarm you if there is a blockage in your dryer vent exhaust system, it monitors airflow and if restricted it will warn you about it. It is very quiet and has excellent airflow, seems like more than my old dryer too. My old dryer was also good and trouble free and still works, but I will sell it. I wanted matching set and a steam dryer.
I will continue to do more updates on here and if anyone has a question, just ask me :)