Our washing machine is one of the most important appliances in our household. We rely on it on a daily basis (more or less) and it has to put up with a lot of dirt and abuse coming from our laundry. So you have to choose your washer wisely and carefully, to make sure it has a long lifespan and useful features and capabilities.
Nowadays, washing machines come in a wide variety of types, models and sizes: front-load washers, top-load washers, small, medium or large sized, washers with built-in dryers and more.
Here are the main things to consider when buying a washing machine:
- The capacity of the washer. Depending on how much laundry you produce, you can opt for a larger washer (for instance, a high-efficiency front loader with a capacity of 5.0 cubic feet or a smaller, more compact one of just 3 cu. ft.)
- The type of the washer, depending on how you load the laundry. The 2 major types of washing machines are front-load and top-load washers
- Your available space. If your space is limited, you might want to opt for a top-load washer, as they take up less space than front-loaders, which are usually larger
- Your budget. When deciding between a top or front-load washer, it might be useful to know that top-load washers are usually the less expensive of the two. On the other hand, even though they require more space and are pricier, front-load washers are generally considered better in terms of cleaning and they are gentler on the clothes
- Features. This is a wide topic and a subjective one, too, as it depends on your needs and preferences. As general guidelines though, pay attention to how many washing cycles the washer has (including special ones such as heavy-duty, sanitation cycle, stain removal), how the interface looks, what the noise level is, the max. RPM (revolutions per minute), what kind of smart features are included (WiFi, apps), are there any custom settings?
What’s the design of the LG WM3770HVA?
The LG WM3770HVA is a modern-looking washing machine. It is a front-loader with a capacity of 4.5 cu. ft. and it is also compatible with LG’s smaller SideKick washer. The additional SideKick washer lets you do 2 loads at once. Of course, you have to buy the SideKick separately. It will cost you approximately $660.
The WM3770HVA is available in graphite steel and it is famous for its 6 washing motions (rolling, tumble, stepping, scrub, swing and filtration) that deliver a deep, thorough wash.
The WM3770HVA has an anti-rust stainless steel drum, a digital display and illuminated controls. The interface is a bit busy, you’ll have to spend some time with the washer when you first get it, to learn how to use everything.
Here are the main features of the LG WM3770HVA:
- 12 washing programs: cotton/normal, perm, press, delicates, speed wash, TubClean, bulky/large sanitary, allergiene (it is approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation and it helps reduce dust mites and animal dander), heavy duty, brightwhites, towels, download
- 10 washing options: prewash, delay wash, extra rinse, rinse+spin, child lock, coldwash, steam, fresh care, turbowash, add garment
- speed: 1300 rpm
- 5 soil levels
- 5 temperatures: tap cold, cold, warm, hot, extra hot
- 4 tray dispenser: prewash, main wash, bleach, fabric softener
The WM3770HVA comes with a 10-year warranty for its Inverter DirectDrive Motor.
The TurboWash name refers to its TurboWash option which reduces the wash time by up to 30 minutes. A normal cycle lasts up to 30 minutes with the WM3770HVA, while the SpeedWash cycle is completed in only 15 minutes.
The WM3770HVA is Energy Star certified, meaning it is economical (has a reduced water consumption).
This LG model is not WiFi enabled, but it does have a modern dual LED display, a lot of washing options, SmartDiagnosis and NFC Tag On Technology. With the Tag On feature you can also download new cycles, using your smartphone.
The WM3770HVA is a relatively quiet washing machine. LG even boasts on the washer’s ‘LoDecibel Quiet Operation’ feature.
On the official LG website, the WM3770HVA has a suggested price of approximately $1,200. You can order it online or buy it from retailers all over the country: Costco, Sears and more.