18 months ago I purchased a high efficiency washing machine and dryer from LG at Sears. A year and a half in, the machine has performed wonderfully. Although this model as been discontinued, the SteamWashers™ line has several models currently available. Boasting a capacity of 4.2 cubic feet, this washer fits large loads, as well as bulky blankets with ease.
Because of the lower water demand as compared to top loading and less efficient models, Denver Water was offering a $150 rebate on the purchase of the machine. Denver Water has renewed the rebate offer each of the last two years. For information on the 2010 version, click here.
According to LG’s website, “Our innovative SteamWashers™ reduce common allergens [including 95% of pet dander, dust mites] and wrinkles, using LG’s unique steam technology that refreshes and purifies with each cycle. With energy ratings 115% more efficient than the federal standard, SteamWashers™ save 8,000 gallons of water each year compared to traditional washers.”
The dryer – which looks nearly identical – has performed well during the same time. However it has not been as effective as the washing machine. While using an electric dryer is not the most energy efficient way to dry clothes (all hail the line dry), the LG model we purchased has received an energy star rating. We’ve noticed that the sensor, which is supposed to shut off the machine once it has determined if the clothes are dry, has not been 100% effective. In addition, the SteamFresh cycle – which intends to release wrinkles of five garments in 20 minutes – does not seem to be as effective as we had hoped. Perhaps reading the manual would help.
One claim from the manufacturer is that “This LG SteamDryer™ reduces wrinkles and odors in just one cycle, and virtually eliminates static cling. Your clothes will come out of the dryer fresh, pressed and ready to wear.” This reduces the need for dryer sheets. Although we still use them, we are looking at ways to eliminate the superfluous items. At a capacity of 7.3 cubic feet, the dryer is plenty large to fit bulky items that come out of the washer.
On the whole we have been pleased with the pair, which retailed for approximately $1299 each at Sears. As a side note, the retailer is offering up to 20% off selected Energy Star appliances through the end of the today, January 16th.
- Eric Wilson
[Image source: LG]