LG WM8100HVA Front Load Washing Machine

Expert Review

LG has established itself as a major player in the laundry appliance industry, winning multiple quality and dependability awards over the years in addition to consistently high consumer feedback. It's no surprise, then, that the company's higher-end offerings are some of the best washing machines on the market, with the WM8100HVA being the sweet spot in the lineup.

The square loading door is one of the most distinctive features of the WM8100HVA, setting it apart from an array of similar-looking machines that utilize a round door instead. The front-mounted control panel features a prominent cycle selector dial and an easy-to-read display to its right, while the detergent drawer resides to the left. Another minor detail - the WM8100HVA is stackable, unlike the WM9000HVA and WM9500HKA models that round out the top of LG's lineup.

Of course, there's more to our recommendation than an eye-catching design; the WM8100HVA is one of the best performing washing machines on the market today. There's a dizzying array of wash cycles meant to cover any type of fabric placed in the washer, and the SenseClean sensor-based wash cycle removes guesswork. The 6Motion feature means the drum is designed to move in 6 different ways in order to effectively clean just about anything. The Turbowash feature speeds up the wash cycle by up to half an hour without a noticeable drop in washing performance; if time allows, the steam function can be utilized to remove odors and wrinkles from stained clothes.

Beyond its washing performance, the WM8100HVA includes a wide array of thoughtful features as well. At 5.2 cubic feet, the WM8100HVA is one of the largest capacity front loading washers on the market. Even if you don't regularly take advantage of the extra capacity, it's nice to know that the washer can handle just about anything in a single load. There's an option for quiet operation in case you need to run a load without disturbing others, and the TrueBalance Anti-Vibration system monitors the drum and water levels to eliminate annoying vibrations. LG has also solved the age-old problem of smelly/moldy front-load washing machines - the TubClean Cycle sprays the washer's hot water jets during an empty load, flushing out any odor-causing contaminants before it becomes an issue.

Even with the elevated performance and long list of features, the WM8100HVA carries LG's renowned reputation for reliability. LG's warranties are also some of the best in the industry - the Neverust stainless steel drum carries a limited lifetime warranty, while the direct drive motor is covered by a 10 year warranty against defects. All of this comes at a price - with an MSRP of $1,499.99, the WM8100HVA carries a stiff price tag, even when compared to its direct competitors. That said, it's unlikely you'll need to replace this machine for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment.

The matching dryer for the LG WM8100HVA is the DLEX8100V (electric) or the DLGX8101V (gas).Rating: 5/5

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