LG WM2101HW 27 Front-Load Washer 4.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 8 Wash Cycles - White Review

LG WM2101HW 27 Front-Load Washer 4.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 8 Wash Cycles - White
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When our top loader died a few weeks back we decided it was finally time to try a front loader. After checking reviews on a lot of different sources (epinions, amazon, consumerreports, jdpowers, buzzillions) I decided on an LG but a different model.
I went to sears and they didn't have the model I had settled on - they directed me to this one. More checking of reviews ensued. I ended up buying this from Sears. On sale, + 5% off for using my sears account plus no financing for a year it was a reasonable deal. $665.00.
My husband did the pick up and installation and that was easy. (Don't forget to take out the shipping bolts!)
There were two things that stood out right away when we ran our first few loads -
1) The clothes were WAY cleaner than they had been in our top loader. I mean, seriously, I don't even know how to describe it. Just, wow, I didn't know a washing machine could get things so clean.
2) The dryer time was cut in half or better. A load of towels will dry in 20 minutes on the permanent press setting! AWESOME!
On the down side the cycle times are a little longer - Averaging just under an hour. The sanitize cycle is 1hr40-min. One reviewer had a complaint about water temperature. I have no idea how hot the water gets and will never have the energy to figure it out. I'm happy enough just seeing how clean everything is. Dish towels run in the sanitize cycle came out smelling clean. Yay!
The machine has a speed wash that will complete in just under 30 minutes. How cool is that? If you are behind on your laundry and just need to get some loads through you can have loads going through every half hour and you don't have to wait for the dryer because the clothes are spun dry so well their dry time is short.
The only real down side is that it is a myth to think you are now free to wash bulky things like king comforters. The load won't balance to spin and so the machine just keeps trying to balance it but it can't. However, I think it will work to wash the bulky items and stand by for the spin cycle. Just pull the clean comforter out and air dry it. (or squeeze it out yourself and put it in the dryer.
We debated on the 179.00 for an extended warranty. Based on the 10 year motor warranty and 3 year drum warranty we're skipping the extended warranty. I'll check back here if that turns out to have been a terrible mistake.

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Up-front electronic control panel with Dial-A-Cycle option: Offers simple and reliable operation. Child lock function prevents unintended or unsupervised operation.
4.0 cu. ft. capacity: Accommodates large loads so you spend less time doing laundry.
DirectDrive motor: With 1100 rpm maximum revolution provides efficient water extraction.
7 wash programs: Include cotton/towels, normal, permanent press, delicates, sanitary, bulky/large, speed wash and hand wash to accommodate a variety of fabric types.
SenseClean wash system: Automatically adjusts water level and wash time according to load size and weight for improved performance.
9 wash options: Include prewash, SpinSense, tub clean, water plus, rinse & spin, stain cycle and extra rinse for a variety of wash options.
5 adjustable soil levels: Help remove tough stains with ease.
5 adjustable wash temperatures: Include cold/cold, warm/cold, warm/warm, hot/cold and extra hot/cold for improved care.
19-hour delay-wash: Lets you program the cycle to begin when it's most convenient for you.
4-tray dispenser: With prewash, main wash, bleach and softener compartments distributes cleaning aids at the proper time during the cycle.
NeveRust stainless-steel drum: For enhanced durability.
End-of-cycle signal: Lets you know when the cycle is complete.
LoDecibel sound-reduction: With 4 leveling legs reduces operation noise to keep your home quiet.
Stackable design: Compatible with stacking kit model WSTK1 (not included). Also compatible with optional laundry pedestal WDP3W (not included).

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