LG WM3455HS 24 Front Load Compact Washer/Dryer Combo , 2.7 cu. ft. Capacity – Silver

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LG WM3455HS 24 Front Load Compact Washer/Dryer Combo , 2.7 cu. ft. Capacity – Silver

24″ Compact Washer / Dryer Combo

LG’s all-in-one washer and dryer combo does it all in just one machine. It’s great for those who want to be able to do laundry at home but do not have an external venting source which conventional dryers require. Perfect for homes, apartments, businesses and vacation homes where space is valuable.

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Strohmian says:

Priceless for the space- deprived, “OK” for everybody else QUALITYThe build quality of this washer/dryer combo is inconsistent: On the plus side, the machine is heavy enough to stay put, and the drum feels so solid that you could wash bricks in it. Giving 10 years warranty on the motor is also a nice touch. On the other side, the entire front (including the secondary “glass” and shiny bezel around it) is made of plastic, the control panel gets hot (can’t be good for the electronics), and I have observed kinks, such as a program starting in the middle maybe 1 out of 10 times, requiring an extra off/on.THE WASHERFront- loaders are only now making inroads in the US market, and if you believe “the internet”, they are magical. I can confirm at least some of the claims in this specific incarnation: First, the washer is extremely frugal with all consumables involved: I’m down to 2 tablespoons of detergent and 1 of softener with no adverse effects; water is kept no higher than a puddle at all times, and the 1 hour cold cycle runs on a measly 0.1 kWh (or 3 cents for me). Second, the machine is easy on clothes: there are Delicate and Wool modes to give you an idea, plus I have successfully cleaned neoprene wetsuits (with special detergent), which are said to be shredded by agitators.The major downside to the design is that the horizontal drum causes vibrations that many US homes cannot easily absorb. Consider my case, top floor of a pre-war walk- up, wood- based building: even on medium spin speed, the contents of the fridge next to the machine would rattle loudly, and I only saw some relief after I bought . I’m fairly content now, but I still feel the machine should have better built-in vibration reduction, especially considering that LG is the company that showed off a washer operating on 4 glasses a few years ago!THE DRYERThe dryer is the weaker part in this package. For starters, a full cycle runs for 4 hours (on top of the 1 hour wash), which makes this machine unsuitable for big family laundry days. There is no lint filter, so you’ll have to pry things out of the seal afterwards, and one low-temp cycle eats up 1.5kWh (= $0.50), somewhat negating the overall efficiency advantage. And as if all that wasn’t enough, I swear I see more wrinkles than before, with my Brooks Brothers “wrinkle free” shirts now coming out in MORE need of ironing than regular shirts!Now all that said… if you can navigate around those issues (also see TIPS below), the advantage of the combo design begine to shine: all you have to do is drop in the dirties, set the timer, go to work, and come back to a readily washed- and- dried package! I’ve gotten used to doing this during the week, and found that I have more clean clothes available than before at any time, therefore donated some, AND gotten rid of my large dirty- laundry container! That was an unexpected triple- win in the space department for me, and worth the trade- offs.OPERATIONI find this machine easy enough to use, although there is room for improvement. Basically, you go from left to right: fill in the detergents, pick a cycle (cotton is the default), pick options (extra water, etc), select a dry mode, and press play. What irks me a little is that selections cross- interfere: for example, the machine may override your just-picked spin speed when you select a dry mode. Also, some drying combinations are missing: you can do time (30, 60, 120), dryness (damp, normal, extra), or “low temp”, but no other permutations. For my wool pants or dive suits, a delicate wash cycle followed by 30 mins of low- temp drying would have been perfect, but nope….One nice feature worth mentioning: you can interrupt the program at any time, change any setting or open the door, and then resume. Even with the Extra Water option selected, nothing will pour out (like I said, frugal).NOISEThis machine is specifically marketed as quiet, an important feature when you want to sell to urbanites who perhaps plan to sneak it into their apartment (usually forbidden) . And yes, the direct- drive motor is a winner: all you get is a gentle hum at normal wash speeds. However, there are two problems (three if you count vibration, above):- The water inlet valves open/close/open/close/etc… up to six times each time water is added, and this triggered building- wide “water hammer” events in my case. I used to think that this, too, was my building’s fault, but I found that many people experience this with LG machines even in new construction. Thankfully, there is a solution to it: so- called “water hammer arresters” like help out a lot.- The pump that gets the water out is loud. That being a vague qualifier, I ended up measuring it (we’ve all got issues!): washing or drying…

Sachmo says:

Good for what it is I got this unit because I have space constraints in my apartment, and few other washer / dryers would fit near the plumbing lines without taking down walls or anything… If you live in an apartment where venting and space are issues I would recommend this. In a house, I don’t think it would make sense over normal units.As a washer-dryer it functions as you would expect and is really only slightly smaller than a standard sized unit. For a family, I could see the capacity being a problem, but for a couple or a single person living alone – I highly doubt you’d need more capacity than this machine provides.-As a washer:It has a number of different wash settings, functions as an HE washer (so use HE detergent), and does a normal sized load in about an hour.-As a dryer:I was concerned before I bought this as to how well this would function. It turned out much better than expected.A key feature is that it is ventless, so no need to run an exhaust vent anywhere. It uses “condensation drying”, not really sure as to the mechanics of how it is different, but I think steam builds up in the chamber where the clothes are loaded into, and the steam is slowly ‘condensed’ and pumped out from the drain line.Other reviewers may have noted that the clothes come out moist, but this isn’t the case at all… Upon removing clothes from the unit, a lot of residual steam is usually in the clothes chamber.Remove the clothes, give them about 30 seconds for the steam to float away, and you’ll notice they are *bone* dry… When I first used this machine, I used the standard drying settings, and noticed that my clothes came out overly dry (at risk of shrinking) because of how well the dryer worked. I’ve since set the machine to timed drying, and usually set it to about one hour.The one caveat is that clothes do need to be taken out soon after the dry cycle is complete otherwise the residual steam in the chamber will slowly condense back in to water and leave the clothes a little wet. I haven’t found this to be an issue, as I usually fold my clothes right after they dry anyway.I load the machine with one full set of clothes (filling the chamber fully without compressing any clothes), no less and no more. I find it works well. Towels or jeans to dry and I might load it a little less.For a complete cycle (washing and drying), I’ve found it to take just a little over 2 hours.I don’t know about the durability of this machine yet, as I’ve only had it for 6 months or so – but from what I understand, it’s very important to clean out the pump filter (small hatch on the lower front corner) every month or so, and brush lint off the front door of the machine, as there is no lint filter. Without this maintenance, the lint will build up inside the pump or motor and cause a whole lot of issues – this seemed to be the cause of 90% of the repair issues from other reviewers I’ve seen on the web.I bought the extended warranty just in case (I usually don’t buy ‘em), just cause this is a combo unit, and it does seem a little sensor / electronics heavy.The only cons I’ve really experienced are as follows, and some of them can be mitigated:1) I would recommended using water hammer arrestors, as the inlet valves turn on and off very abruptly when first starting cycles. In buildings with older piping, I could imagine this could (but not necessarily) be loud, and / or cause damage to the supply lines. Not really an issue with the water hammer arrestors installed – I haven’t noticed any sounds / vibrations on the hookup lines.2) Unless this unit is *perfectly* balanced, it will vibrate a lot, and make a lot of noise during the spin cycle. When it’s not in the spin cycles, it sounds like a normal machine. When I ran the first spin cycle, it sounded like a low speed jet engine… I since leveled it as best as I could, got anti-vibration pads for the feet, and put in anti-noise / vibration foam around the sides which has dampened the sound somewhat… without taking these steps, I’m sure my neighbors would be complaining… even so it still is a little loud.During the dry cycle, the drain pump is also a little loud, but that might be because I run my drain line to my tub while in use, and the pump may have to work a bit harder to get the water out.If this machine ran quietly with the same functionality, I’d give it 5 stars. Without my custom mods, I’d probably give it 3/3.5 stars, because I could see neighbors complaining about the noise.All-in-all though, the convenience of doing my laundry in my apartment trumps the hassle of setup. I’d recommend this machine to apartment dwellers.


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