WT4970CW Review


LG WT4970CW LG
WT4970CW

WaveForce
Capacity: 4.5 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $799
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Spin Rate

1100

RPM
Energy

2.1

Factor IMEF
Water

4.3

Factor IWF
Cycles

23

and Options
Price

$178

Per Cu Ft

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor


LG WT4970CW

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Cleans with a high-efficiency (HE) wash system, but does not employ an internal heater. HE wash systems use gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing, require less water, and have more internal space without a central agitator.  
Spin Maximum spin rate is about average for a new washing machine. Higher spin RPM removes more moisture from clothing and reduces dryer cycle time. Can significantly save on energy costs, especially when coupled with an electric dryer.  
Energy Energy Factor is about average for a new clothes washer and should provide GOOD energy efficiency. Energy Factor is defined as the washer capacity divided by energy consumption; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.  
Water The WT4970CW Water Factor is about average for a new washing machine and should provide GOOD water efficiency. Water Factor is defined as water consumption divided by capacity; the lower the factor, the less water it uses.  
Cycles Cycles and options are 15% higher than average. Operating flexibility can be important if you have diverse fabrics and soil conditions within your family. Ranks in the top 45% of new washing machines for BETTER program variability and selection.
Price Price per cubic foot is 30% lower than average. Based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), each cubic foot costs about $73 less than the average new washer. Ranks in the top 15% of new washing machines for BEST price efficiency.


LG WT4970CW Washer

LG WT4970CW



Performance Ratings
Steam No Steam Cleaning - Does not have the capability to produce high-temperature steam. Steam can gently penetrate fabrics and is very effective on soil removal. Steam cycles are now available on about 50% of newly manufactured washers.  
Sanitize No Sanitize Cycle - Does not have the option to sanitize clothing by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill many types of bacteria. Bleach or OxiClean may be a partial alternative depending on your chemical sensitivity.  
Allergen No Allergen Certification - The WT4970CW is not certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) or the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to reduce allergens such as dust mite and dander with high temperature water.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that the wash water is at the proper temperature for the cycle selected. On cold winter days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Heater No Internal Water Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond your home's hot water tank supply. Internal heaters are necessary for steam cleaning capability and are the preferred method to sanitize clothes with high temp water.  
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 eliminates guessing and saves water costs.
Drum Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a durable wash basket material that resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. It is superior to porcelain or plastic. Over 90% of new washers produced today have stainless steel drums.
Vibration Added Vibration Control - The LG WT4970CW is advertised to have advanced features to help control vibration and related noise. Details of these anti-vibration features are not readily available and the true effectiveness is unknown.
Wash
Type
Impeller - High efficiency top load washer that uses an impeller to lift and rotate clothing in varied wash motions. Provides for more usable drum space than the older agitator models and uses much less water to clean clothing.
MSRP $799 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is 25% lower than average. You should save about $266 compared to the average-priced washer. Ranks in the top 15% of new washers for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Motor 10 Year Warranty - LG currently has one of the best drive motor warranties available with 10 years parts and one-year labor. The washer drive motor is one of the more expensive components to replace. Manufacturer warranties are subject to change.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 4.5 cu ft - Interior capacity is 16% higher than average. Larger washers generally cost more, but if you have a big family, or want to do your wash less often, they can save you time and money. Ranks in the top 50% of new washers for LARGEST load size.
Periodic
Tumble
No Periodic Tumble - After the wash cycle completes there is no extended tumbling of the clothes. Periodic tumbling, especially with circulating air, keeps the clothes fresh if you are delayed in transferring them to the dryer.  
Time Remaining Time Display - The LG WT4970CW includes a digital time display at the top of the washer that shows estimated remaining cycle time. Just glance at the display while you're working and plan your time accordingly.
Delay Delay Start / End - You can program the wash cycle to start or end several hours later when you wake up or arrive home. Allows you to organize laundry chores around your schedule, or take advantage of lower, off-peak, utility rates.
Dispenser Detergent, Softener, Bleach Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the LG WT4970CW dispensing trays and automatically released by the washer at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 13 Temp-Soil-Spin Settings - 5 Temperature, 3 Soil, and 5 Spin settings. Higher than average number of settings for these key items on a new washer. More settings provide added flexibility for a wide range of fabrics, stains, and conditions.
Quick
Wash
No Quick Wash - This washing machine does not have a fast wash cycle that can have your clothing ready in much less time than regular cycles. Some washers can have a small load ready in just 15 minutes.  
Wash-Dry No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this model does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes overnight. A few washers can continue to tumble the clothes and circulate drying air after the wash cycle has ended.  
Drum
Light
No Drum Light - There is no internal lighting of the wash drum area when loading or unloading clothes. Sometimes shadows or an unlit laundry room can hide a stray sock that remains missing until the next wash cycle.  
ADA Not ADA Compliant - Does not comply with American Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Most top loading washers are not ADA compliant because of the door location and the controls are higher from the ground than front load washers.  
Wi-Fi No Wi-Fi - This washing machine is not Wi-Fi Enabled or Wi-Fi Ready. It cannot be remotely programmed, operated, or diagnosed through a home Wi-Fi Internet connection or Smartphone. It is not Smart Grid or Smart Meter capable.  
Detergent
Supply
No Detergent Reservoir - Like most washers, this machine does not have a reservoir that holds a large supply of detergent. A Few brands such as GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer new washers with multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - Reversible doors generally do not apply to top load washers as they usually open from front to back. They are available on some front load washers where an open door can sometimes block the dryer.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Most top load washers cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space and make dryer loading easier. This is a handy feature with front load washers if your laundry room area is small.  


Energy & Water Ratings
Energy
Star V7
Energy Star V 7.0 Qualified - Meets Federal ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 test criteria for top load washers that became effective March 7, 2015: Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) >=2.06 and Integrated Water Factor (IWF) <=4.3.
Energy
Star V6
Energy Star V 6.1 Does Not Apply - This washing machine model has been tested under the newer Energy Star Version 7.0 criteria that became effective March 7, 2015. The older Energy Star V 6.1 criteria are now obsolete.  
Most
Efficient
No 2015 Most Efficient Award - The LG WT4970CW has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient rating for 2015. Only 20%-25% of new washers meet Energy Star's strict criteria for superior water and energy efficiency.  
CEE
2015
Not CEE 2015 Rated - This washing machine has not earned a 2015 rating from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). It does not meet the minimum requirements revised by CEE in 2015 for Tier I, II, or III compliance.  
CEE
2011
CEE 2011 Does Not Apply - The WT4970CW has been tested under the newer Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) criteria established in 2015. The older 2011 CEE Tier I, II, or III standards are now obsolete.  
Energy
Guide
150 kWh - The Energy Guide label lists an estimated annual electricity usage of 150 kilowatt-hours. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of usage are in accordance with the latest 2015 Energy Star Version 7.0 procedures.  
Water
Usage
5696 Gal - Energy Star lists an estimated annual water usage of 5696 gallons. The assumptions and test criteria for this amount of water are in accordance with the newer 2015 Energy Star Version 7.0 procedures.  


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