WM3550HVCA Review


LG WM3550HVCA LG
WM3550HVCA

Ultra Large
Capacity: 4.3 cu ft
Width: 27"
Discontinued
Cleaning

Steam

Capability
Cycles

12/10

Cyc/Opt
Energy

3.4

Factor
Water

2.8

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$316

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


LG WM3550HVCA

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Uses an internal heater to steam-clean and sanitize clothes. Only about 35% of new washers have a steam generation capability, It is very effective in getting garments clean while being gentle on the fabrics.
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 23% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for BETTER program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor the wash to your family's needs.
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 29% higher than average and ranks in the top 5% of new washers for BEST energy efficiency. MEF = capacity / energy usage; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.
Water The WM3550HVCA Water Factor is 23% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.
Warranty This model has been discontinued by the manufacturer but may still be available at some stores that sell LG washers. Should provide at least the standard one-year parts and labor warranty.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 15% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 30% of new washers for FAIR affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $39 more than the average new washer.  


LG WM3550HVCA Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1300 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 16% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for BEST moisture removal. Higher spin RPM usually shortens dryer time and often saves on energy use.
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Wash
Motions
6 Wash Motions - Varied wash motions helps get your clothes cleaner, especially when using a cold wash or lower temperature cycle. Also gentler on special fabrics that can't handle rougher motions.
Internal
Heater
Internal Heater - Uses an internal heater to achieve higher temps beyond your home's hot water supply. Hot water is the best way to remove stubborn stains. Key feature that makes a difference.
Steam
Clean
Steam Cleaning - The LG WM3550HVCA generates steam that deeply penetrates clothing to achieve a cleaner wash. Gentler on fabrics than regular wash cycles with a softening affect that reduces wrinkles.
Sanitize
Cycle
Sanitize Cycle - Water is heated to the 160-degree range where it kills most or all germs and bacteria. Helps ensure that your laundry is truly fresh-smelling by destroying odor-causing bacteria. NSF Certified.
Foam
Cleaning
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
Allergen
Cycle
Allergen Cycle - The WM3550HVCA reduces or eliminates many common household allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. Certified 95% or more removal by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Water
Level
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Vibration
Control
Vibration Control - Actively works to keep the washing machine drum balanced during both wash and spin cycles. System is designed to absorb vibrations, reduce noise, and help prevent out-of-balance loads.
Wash
Drum
Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a long-lasting wash tub material; it resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. Durability is why several manufacturers offer extended warranties on steel tubs.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 4.3 cu ft - Interior capacity is 11% higher than average and ranks in the top 30% of new washers for LARGEST wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $1359 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 24% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of new washers for FAIR overall price. Be sure to also check the cost per cubic foot.  
Display LED Display - LG's WM3550HVCA includes a display that provides information on remaining cycle time and sometimes program status. Just glance at the machine while you're working to see the status.
Delay
Start
Delay Start - You can program the wash cycle to start at a later, more convenient time. Allows you to fit the laundry around your schedule and to consider hot water availability or planned home arrival.
Dispenser 3-4 Tray Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the WM3550HVCA dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 5/5/5 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Higher than average number of selectable settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. More settings provide added flexibility with the care of your fabrics.
Quick
Wash
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
Overnight
Wash-Dry
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
Custom
Cycle
No Custom Cycle - Cannot program a custom cycle with soil, spin, temperature and other settings that you use most often. Convenient capability - only available on about 20% of new washing machines.  
Smart
Phone
Smartphone Troubleshooting - Washer problems can be diagnosed via phone connection with one of the manufacture's repair centers. Reduces the need to call-out a repairman to see what's wrong.
Detergent
Reservoir
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Stackable - Like most new washers today, this model can be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and allow one unit to be accessed comfortably at shoulder level. Small laundry room? No problem.


Energy Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star Qualified - Meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR federal criteria of Modified Energy Factor >=2 and Water Factor <=6. Over 90% of new washing machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified.
Most
Efficient
2013 Most Efficient - The LG WM3550HVCA is on the elite list of washers that has earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award. Water and energy criteria are significantly higher than Energy Star status.
Energy
Use
95 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 41% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new washing machines for BEST kWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.
CEE
Tier III
CEE Tier III - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has listed the WM3550HVCA as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Eco Cold Wash - A special cold wash cycle is available that is not only eco-friendly, but it also employs a unique process to help get your clothes clean. Especially effective with multiple wash motions.
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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