lg and whirlpool comparison
Well, I have my new Whirlpool wfw9400 washer. Have spent last couple of days putting it through its paces. This new machine replaced our lg washer. The Lg was a great machine. Only reason for replacing it was because of vibration issues. Because we had use of both machines I have some comparisons to offer the forum. Here it goes.
The Lg machine does a better job of deep cleaning. The detergent/recirculating system works better than direct inject. The Whirlpool direct inject is a good idea in theory, however, the detergent does not always get distributed evenly through the whole wash. The inject concentrated spray hits some of the clothes,(instantly absorbed by those first few items) then drum rotates, somemore water and more rotation etc. The clothes farther back in the drum don't get the concentration of detergent as the load in the front. Because of Lg re-cirulating system, the detergent seems to get inside most articles of clothing. However, as with Duet, harder to achieve with extra large loads. This is simply because Lg uses so little water. Whirlpool Duet does a nicer job with delicates, and hand washables. Just a more gentler wash. Because Lg has a stronger spin and forced drain pump/sytem, some clothing( especially towels) there would be indentations from the drum holes onto the towels. Not with the duet. As for ease of use, they both come out even on this one. Whirlpool has a bulky cycle, Lg (our model) does not. Lg rinse/spin is a separate option therefore, separate from the cycle choices. Therefore, you can have your rinse/spin set with delecate wash. Quick cycle on Lg was available on all cycles. Lg has a porcelain top, Duet is painted steel. Reliability is up in the air with Lg and Whirlpool. I read somewhere, however, that Lg was a combined company, one of which was Philips. When I was in Europe a number of years ago, my realtives owned a Phillips washing machine. A very nice combo unit. Whirlpool has many years behind it in the appliance world, however, a relative newcomer to front loaders. In respect to vibrations, Whirlpool is definately the leader. I had a load of jeans on extra high spin in this machine and very little vibration. My laundry room is on a second floor.
As for cycle times, I believe most front loaders come in within 10 to 15 minutes of each other on preset cycles.
As for quality, that goes hand in hand with reliablity.
With Lg we knew what was inside the machine because the store we purchased it from had the back of the machine exposed. Something we didn't get with the Duet. It would have been nice to see the open back of the Duet, Kenmore and Maytag and really see where the differances are. We almost went with the Maytag. As I read through the forum,it seemed, the consensus was that Maytag, Kenmore and Whirlpool, mechanically are the same machines. Therefore, we went with the Duet.
Hope this was informative.