Washing Machines Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of washing machine would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
- Verified purchase
Vale, dear friend. You served us so well for nearly eleven years!
Absolutely rock-solid performance, week in, week out, servicing at times a household of eight. Even my technologically-inept octogenarian mother didn't manage to break it (though it did take a little while for her to understand the controls).
It wasn't the quietest machine I've ever heard in operation, but it was certainly quieter than previous machines I've had (both top-loading and front-loading), and quiet enough to work merrily away in the outside laundry without disturbing the household. I'd imagine if people had it inside the house they'...d get annoyed by its noises and commotion, but that wasn't an issue for us. In the almost-eleven years that we've had it, we've only had two issues; 1. After about seven years of ownership, an error message came up and the machine seized, refusing to continue even after power-cycling. Simply following the procedure in the manual (yes, the one I threw away a few weeks after buying it, but thankfully LG still had it available for download), I released the water from the front service hatch and the door was unlocked. Shuffled the clothes a little, closed the door, and it happily completed the wash. 2. After approximately eleven years - this afternoon - it finally decided to call it "quits." It makes the usual noises but the drum doesn't spin. I suspect that all it needs is a new drive belt, but given how long it's served us, I think it's time to put it out to pasture (though reading the reviews on the newer models makes me think that maybe replacing the belt and keeping this workhorse would be a better idea).
Purchased in April 2008 at Wayne Byrnes Discounts for $659.00.
WORKED ALMOST 10 YEARS
It works almost 10 years. of course noise getting lounder as its age. until recently stuck at spinning mode.
it was originally warranty for 2 years only.
I think the carbon brush need to be replaced as there are some sparks reflected from the floor tiles near the motor located. I hope it will be OK after replaced the carbon brush that cost $20 from eBay guys.
Ops!! Don't forget to go though all the diagnose test before assuming the faults.
An unreliable appliance
I have had my LG WD1049C washing machine for 2 years. During that time it has broken down on a number of occasions, displaying error messages which are not listed in the manual. After a number of visits, the repairman replaced the computer. The machine works, but now it leaks at the conclusion of the cycle, but only occasionally.
Lasted 10 years
Excellent machine lasted 10 years with a family of 5. Loved the 30 minute option.
Wasn't loud but did get a bit of noise going by the time it called it quits.
Washed clothes well. Anything not so great to say we're only little things and only when ir was on it's last legs.
I got mine from an Aussie expatriated, who spent 2 years in Brazil.
Probably not new at the time when arrived here.
It´s not only an appliance, it´s part of the family, as a matter of fact.
It works like a charm, just bearings and seal change.
We love it.
Today after 8 year ours died. I had washed a load of clothes this morning and hung them out. I then proceeded to put a load of towels on(4). At the same time I decided I would clean my bath tub as the washer is located in the bathroom. Every now and then I would hear a strange noise. Much to my bewilderment it was sparking under the machine and stopping. Im so happy this happened when I was at home as this thing could have caught fire
- Verified purchase
Worst buying decision ever
I bought this machine as a replacement for a top loader because I wanted to use less water and energy.
Unfortunately I didn't do enough research and ended up with a machine that takes 3 hours plus to do a full wash and does not do an adequate wash on the 30 minute hot wash cycle using a front loader washing powder.
The machine regularly trips out our electrical circuit breakers and we lose power to the rest of the house. This complaint was registered during the warranty period and the service person fobbed this off as being due to us overload...
Still going from 2007!
We bought this in 2007. Previous place we were using 30c water and quick 30 mainly. I think we overloaded machine on the quick 30 cycle so after a while it stopped spinning but that was in 2012. Lucky we purchased extended warranty through horizon as we purchased at the good guys.
Turns out the "spider" part that holds drum in place needed replacing. Was covered through extended warranty.
We have moved house in 2013 and machine is still going well. I use quick 30 with cold water and 800rpm to this day.
I thought the pump was broken as it wo...
Good product - lasted 7 years
We purchased this washing machine in June 2008 and it literally stopped spinning yesterday (June 2015). I think either the bearings had gone or the motor as it got stuck in the final pre - spin sequence on the number 12. I tried numerous things to fix it - different spin cycles, wash cycles but nothing worked. I rang the LG hotline who were helpful but as the machine was 8 years old, it was out of warranty so I had to call a technician. Given it would cost circa $300 plus labour to fix it, we decided to buy another machine instead.
We revie...wed Choice and as we liked this machine, we have bought another LG front loader. We were very happy with the machine so it was logical - my mother has owned front loaders including Asko (which was very expensive and lasted 3 years), Westinghouse and other brands and has not been happy with these so we stuck with what we like! In terms of the old machine (which this review was on). The original cost was circa $600 (with a $200 water rebate). Our Usage - The washing machine was a good buy over the 8 years we had it. It moved house once (with no repercussions). We were a household of 2 adults (and a dog) but with lots of sports commitments so lots of washing. The machine ran 3 clothing loads per week, 1 towel wash and 1 bedding wash. We used powder (Omo or Cold Power) in every wash, with the occasional Napisan powder added in and fabric softener. The loads were full every time and we only used cold water. Saying that, I did try a new fast wash product (Biozet Rapid Wash) just before the machine died and I wonder, even though it was for front loaders on a quick cycle (which I complied with), whether it was suitable for it? I since have read LG washers are recommended to use powders which is a good tip! Maintenance - Throughout the life of the machine we replaced the door seal once (in the past year) as it began to rip and leak and also the wire which holds this in place (as it corroded). The parts were circa $100 in total and my husband replaced them - a 60 min job. I found the machine often got mould growing in the detergent dispenser (probably as I used fabric softener) but I simply cleaned this out every 6 weeks. It did not impact the cleaning ability.
We have had this front loader machine for more than 3 years and we are a family of 4 with 2 children so the machine is run at minimum of once a day. 7.5KG is a perfect size for a family of 4.
I really like that it has a quick 30 minute cycle for the times that you need the washing done in a hurry.
I also love that it has a timer delay so I can set the washing to be ready when I wake up and can have it on the line before I head to work.
Clothes always come out clean, no marks.
We have had no hiccups with this washing machine from memory.
Easy, Reliable, Water Energy Efficient
Non to think of - maybe a little noisy through the 1000rpm spin.
Lasted 7 years
Machine worked great for 5 years, it probably took me this long to get used to the long cycles compared to a top loader! Then it would beep at me to shut the door nearly every time before it would start, so I would have to push it shut again. Now after 7 years it started to make horrible grinding noises, my husband opened it up hoping it was just the bearings ($50 part) but it was a $300 part not including delivery or labour...
Saved water and power compared to last machine
Not sure it was worth the 7 year investment.
This machine is a dud
Bought this machine 5 years ago and have had to call repairer twice - this week was told the repairs would cost 1/2 the price of the machine!!! $475 !!! Parts Only guaranteed for 3 months. This repairer was recommended by LG too. LG's advice when I phoned "things aren't made to last" !!!! What a great company.....never an LG again.
Better than a top loader.....
As soon as guarantee finished - things started to go wrong.
Overall I love this machine
After reading the reviews here I'm a little scared now for the future of my machine, but until now it has served me well. It is 5 years old. I like the cycle selections and the fact I can delay the machine starting and reduce cycle times if needed. My clothes always come out clean.
I have had some troubles with the door - sometimes I have to push it shut again to get the machine to start, and very occasionally it won't open, so I have to open a little door at the bottom and let some water out (I found this solution on the net).
Time delay, clean clothes, cycle options.
Door issues before and after cycles
No more will I buy a front loader
Less then five years old, and the timer is playing up, it just keeps going and going, and when I am lucky and it stops then the stupid door won't open. I am not the only one, my sister purchased the same machine 2 months before me and talked me into buying one, well she has had to replace it already the repairman told her it was not worth repairing.
Didn't wash clean, and all my other machine lasted years longer
Only lasts four years!
I have had my machine for just over four years, and after about two years i would have to occassionly hit the door once i have pressed start to make the machine start or it would beep at me, obviously this is a door problem! Next issue is that it would not wash clothes very well and shrink clothes on a 30 degree cycle when the item of clothing stated 40 degrees and i only ever wash on cold or 30 degrees expect for sheets and towels on 60 degrees. My latest issue is that the spin wont work and the program is all over the place during a cycle,...when it does go to spin there is a loud scrapping noise! and the clothes come out very wet indeed. After reading many reviews and problems online it sounds like its more worth my while replacing the machine and selling this one for parts on ebay!
Certainly could find a better quality machine that is reliable.
Had the machine for approx 3-4 years. Long wash cycle. Found the clothes were still soiled after washing. Leaking water on occassions. Very noisy. And to top it off the bearings have gone, which is costly to fix. Have been told by the repair man that once the bearing goes so does everything else!
Water efficient at the start
Noisy, long cycle, terrible quality
Efficient and easy to use.
We bought our LG WD-1049C Front Loader four years ago when we moved into a new house. We chose this particular machine for it's water and power efficiency rating and have not been disappointed.
I almost always use the 30min cycle on the 30oC setting without any problems and only use the longer cycles if we have very soiled items to wash. I am careful not to overload the machine and not to overdo the amount of washing powder I use and am happy with the results.
Quick and easy to use, good results.
I hate this washer!
I hate this washing machine! There is so little water that unless you use the "extra water" modification the clothes in the middle don't even get wet! The normal wash cycle takes almost 2 hours and clothes still don't get clean! I hate this washer! It has a quick cycle, but that doesn't get clothes clean either!
No water, and doesn't clean clothes!
Less than 4 years old and it will not spin
We purchased this machine and with rebates it cost about $500 in 2008. It has been ok until now but it has stopped spin drying. Upon investigation on the net the mail was the brushes are worn out. This is bad for a machine less than 4 years old. Being handy I thought I could put new brushes in myself. Wrong. They are not available as a spare part and you have to buy a new motor for $250. Anyway a search of the net and I found some brushes at Schunk Australia $28.35 plus postage.
Model 30-27-901-AW. They are the correct size but you need to cut...
It works well for us
We had this machine for nearly 4 years incl. one house move and so far it works very well. We nearly exclusively use the quick wash cycle and the clothes always come out clean and smell nice. I have to say that we are only 2 adults though and if you have kids with more soiled clothes you probably have to use the much longer wash cycles. Also, for the quick wash cycle it is recommended to put less than 2 kg in, which we didn't realize until now. So when the machine didn't spin first go sometimes, it is probably because we put to many clothes in....It is the quietest front loader we had so far. Water & energy efficient, Quick Wash cycle, gentle on clothes Sometimes it doesn't finish the cycle but keeps running until we reset it. This happens just before spinning.
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Questions & Answers
Please can you tell me how to clean dog hair out of the washing machine?
My husband assures me it is self cleaning because any hair goes into the filter to be removed from there
However the hair, packed tight is evident on and behind the door seal. I am afraid of stretching the rubber as l try to clean behind it.
Could something be blocked?
I have cleaned the circular filters inside the drum. There are two, one one each side, and you remove them by squeezing the plastic lugs. Just make sure,when replacing them,that they click back onto place.
Hi our LG 7.5kg WD-1049C washing machine will not open the door. The wash was finished but door will not open. We have turned of power point for 30 plus minutes but still will not open. We have checked the drain plug but al okay. How do we do a hard reset start? Andrew
I am sorry but I cannot answer your question. I am not a washing machine technician.
You probably need to consult a qualified person to rectify this.
However, my experience with this model LG might indicate that you need to turn off the power for some time and then see if the issue resolves.
It won't go into wash cycle and now we can see sparks coming from underneath?? But has started the cycle now! Can it be fixed??
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