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.
13 years and going strong!
This machine has been the equivalent of the '80s Hilux for me. It just wont quit. Its had various events over the years
*left undrained in storage for a few weeks during summer and filled up with red algae stuff but purged it with bleach.
*door latch stopped working a while ago so we now use a flat spatula to jimmy the latch
*Loose change blocked the pump outlet and I had to fish it all out ($1.70, nice)
*Overdosing on fabric softener leaves residue in the front lip
*Control panel buttons have become difficult to press
*Most recently a...
8 years on
We've had this machine for 8 years & it's definitely had a workout! Sometimes accommodating up to 14 people at once. Never needed a service. I've never used fabric softener in it & I run a cleaning cycle with vinegar through it about twice a year. We took it to our holiday house for a few years where it only ran on bore water & the clothes still came out clean. I'm extremely happy with this machine.
90 degree wash, reliable
Plastic components have yellowed over time
Five years and going strong.
After 5 years of heavy use by my family this machine has not missed a beat. Still going as good as the day it was installed. My wife would wash our clothes and linen during the week and my daughter would do all her washing usually 4 or 5 loads. Best buy in a long time.
Great on water, has individual compartments for pre-wash, powder and fabric softener. Very quiet and low vibration.
Needs a count down timer for the cycle selected.
We've had this machine for a couple of years and so far it's pretty good. We do a lot of washing and use cloth nappies as well. This machine is excellent for the nappies as it can do the pre-wash to get the poop off and has extra rinse to make sure all the detergent is out of them for babies skin. I do the extra rinse for his clothes as well. The half hour wash is OK for light items when you're in a hurry, but it would be good to have one a little bit longer than that but shorter than the other cycles for clothes that need a little bit more but...not a full-on cycle. It's a pain that there's no indication where the cycle is up to, because you don't know whether it will spin out soon so you can hang out the washing before going out or going to bed. Gets clothes clean, saves water, requires very little detergent, extra rinse available, lots of cycles to choose from, has internal heating for a very hot wash Collects gunk at the front of the machine that requires wiping out between loads, doesn't have an indicator as to where it's up to in the cycle, needs another cycle somewhere in length between the half hour one and the synthetic one
Six years old and still working well.
The first front loader we have owned. We have always been pleased with its overall performance. It is quiet, reliable, and versatile. The washing always comes out clean, even on the 30 minute cycle.
The front seal was recently replaced as it had been damaged by some part of the washing being caught when the door was shut. Operator error, no fault of the machine.
We have now bought a new Samsung WF8750LSW1 & taken the LG to our country house where it replaced a twin tub washer. It uses less water than the twin tub & continues to give excellent...
Should have done my research first.
Spend the extra money upfront or at least get the extended warranty.
Won't buy another LG product again.
Was the cheaper option when we were buying.
Was extrememly loud during the spin cycle.
Door stuck frequently. Had to push in first to open.
Started leaking after 2 an a half years. (Out of Warranty) Repair man said unfixable. Repairman suggested Bosch, also to stay away from Electrolux.
We have had the machine for 3+ years and are very happy with it. Our son has a tendency to leave tissues in his pocket, and the old top loader would spread them evenly right through the washing, leaving a huge clean up job. The LG on the other hand conveniently pools all rubbish including tissues etc in the front rubber lip making it extremely easy to remove, so we never need to re-wash a load. It has already paid for itself in water and detergent savings, and apart from having to replace a $25.00 door handle has been trouble free. Our daughter with 2 small children now has one and is also as happy, so we would happily buy one again.
Price was good, uses little water or detergent and cleans well.
The door handle is a weak spot.
Bought this machine just over 4 years ago. Loved it to start with. It was quiet, didn't move, washed really well. However, it had its first breakdown at 1 year and was repaired 3 times under warranty. The control panel was replaced once, the door sensor was replaced (indicated door open when it wasn't) and the pump was replaced. Now the control panel is broken again and it needs new dampers as it walks halfway across the room every time it spins. To those smug reviewers (new owners) of this machine who think people like me are stupid and leave ...the transit bolts in place (Ha!) - let's see what you have to say in a few years time! If you read the reviews on here you will realise that they all suffer the same problems after a few years. The repair people I have had out also confirmed that these are common problems. Oh, and LG has shocking service which just makes it all the more fun when you need them to come out! Clothes come out really clean, looks good. A great machine while it works. Breaks down a lot, short lifespan.
disappointed overall, bought the machine for the reason of getting the cash back, would like it have a quieter spin, the gunk builds up if you don't wipe it out and can get on clothes when you pull them out of the machine
Price is good, cleaning is average.
very noisy spin cycle, gathers alot of gunk within the rubber rim wouldn't buy it again
Questions & Answers
During spinning, our machine (LG WD-8013C) sparks inside the washer and moves around too. What could be wrong?
My machine fills up with water and does not wash or spin anymore. Is it worth getting repaired?
That depends on how old the machine is and the call out cost for repair. If the machine has been used for several years I would tend towards replacement since the repair costs will probably be more than half the cost of a replacement machine. If you can get a repairman out for a quote at a minimal cost it would help make your decision easier. I hoope this helps.
I just moved into a rental home with a LG WD-8013C. I think I selected the correct wash cycle and options but when I press start nothing happens for a few seconds, then all of the option lights flash and the machine beeps. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help!
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