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LG WT4801CW 3.7 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle High-Efficiency Top-load washer Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The LG WT4801CW is a high-efficiency (no center agitator) top-load washer with an average capacity that should handle the laundry needs of a small to mid-size household. In addition to a range of automatic wash cycles from delicates to heavy duty, its features include the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 19 hours; a custom program option that stores a favorite wash setting so it doesn't have to be entered each time; rinse and spin, soak and extra rinse options; and an end-of-signal chime (instead of a buzzer) that can be set to loud, soft or off.

Models: WT4801CW (White)


(Prices as of 10/22/2012)
White      Source
$675Best Buy (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70+)
$700Sears(Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$749Home Depot (Delivery starts at $80; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$674Abt Electronics (Estimated typical delivery $135-$235)

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(Prices as of 10/22/2012)
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$6727.1 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle DLE4801W Electric Dryer
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Additional Costs:

$10-$50+Power cord, hook-up parts/kit
$0-$250+Shipping & Handling (it can cost $0-$25+ to haul away the old appliance)
$40-$260+Extended Warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms
$0-$2,000Washer-dryer hookups, with electric/water lines


DimensionsHeight: 43.88"
Width: 27"
Depth: 28.25"
Weight127 lbs.
Height (lid open)52.75"
PowerElectric, 120V, 5 amps.
StyleTop load
Energy Star QualifiedYes (meets EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency)
Estimated Cost Per Year$18 with electric water heater, $13 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $10-$71)
Capacity3.7 Cu. Ft.
DrumStainless steel
CabinetPainted steel
ControlsSoft-touch button controls
Wash Cycles8: cotton/normal, heavy duty, bulky/bedding, tub clean, perm. press/casual, delicates, speed wash, rinse+spin
Water Temperatures5: hot, warm, EcoWarm, cold, tap cold (all cold rinses)
End-of-cycle SignalChime (high, low, off)
Dispensers3-tray dispenser (bleach, fabric softener, main wash liquid detergent cup)
DetergentManufacturer recommends high efficiency (low-sudsing) liquid detergent
Spin Speed5: extra high (up to 1,000 rpm), high medium, low, no spin
Other FeaturesDelay start up to 19 hours
Add garment light
Door window
Soak, extra rinse and custom program options
Auto suds removal and forced drain system
Child lock
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor; 10 years on motor; lifetime on drum

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at

What People Are Saying:

A top seller at several retailers, the LG WT4801CW is on the Top 3 Best Reviewed Washers at It's also on the Best Buy (the highest level) at Consumer Reports, which rates it excellent for washing performance, water efficiency, capacity and vibration; very good for energy efficiency and noise, and good (a somewhat mediocre rating) for gentleness. Consumer Reports notes that this machine is one of the few top-loaders that aced its cleaning tests, but calls it only "so-so in gentleness." Online user reviews are primarily positive; about 75%-85% recommend this machine, and praise it as quiet, efficient, attractive and easy to use, with lots of features to choose from. Several who dislike this machine report that it stopped mid-cycle (with clothes locked inside) within weeks or months of the purchase date, and note long delays getting a service appointment or ordering parts. Other complaints center on clothing coming out twisted or damaged.