LG WM4500HBA Front Loading Washing Machine Review
Large capacity drum
Fast cycle times
Medium cleaning power
The WM4500HBA has an interesting design right off the bat, with its unique square door with rounded edges. The front-facing control panel contains both a traditional cycle selection dial and a touchpad for entering options. The upper left corner of the machine is where you will find its dispenser drawer, which accepts both detergent and fabric softener.
About the LG WM4500HBA front loading washing machine
Dimensions: 39 “x 27” x 33 1/4 “(H x W x D)
Capacity: 5.0 cu. pi.
Finishes: Black steel
Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Sanitary, Allergiene, Bright White, Bath Clean, Delicate, Perm. Press, Sportswear, Towels, Quick wash, Rinse + Spin, Downloaded
Cycle options: TurboWash, Steam, Fresh Care, Prewash, Remote start, Delayed wash, Wi-Fi, Add item, Extra rinse, Control lock, Drum light, Cold wash, Spin only, Detergent level, Level of softener, Signal
Matching dryer: LG DLEX4500B
User’s Guide: LG WM4500HBA Front Loading Washing Machine Manual
What we love about the LG WM4500HBA
It has a large capacity and excels in handling tons of laundry
If you have a larger family, or have found that previous washers just aren’t up to the task in the capacity department, the WM4500HBA is here to help.
While washing machine capacities seem to be on the rise lately, they still tend to top out at 4.0 cu. ft and 4.5 cu. ft. in volume, according to our laboratory director. The WM4500HBA’s 5 cubic foot drum is monstrous in comparison. To put this in context, a basketball measures approximately 0.25 cu. ft., and you get about twice the extra space compared to the average washer.
However, the WM4500HBA doesn’t just have a large capacity drum – its dispenser can also hold up to 18 loads of detergent and fabric softener, which it can automatically dispense for you. Not only is it a large tank in general, but a dispenser that accepts both softener and detergent is very rare. In addition, it is essential to correctly dose the detergent to obtain a clean laundry.
If “high capacity” is on your ideal washer checklist, the WM4500HBA is well suited to meet all of your high-speed laundry needs.
It offers incredibly fast cycle times
This machine can absolutely beat its cleaning cycles. We clocked her normal cycle at 34 minutes, significantly faster than the average washer time of almost 54 minutes. Its quick wash cycle lived up to its name, as it finished in 15 minutes flat, while other washers took over 31 minutes to complete their quick cycles.
The only small issue we had about the cycle times we observed was the Turbo Wash 360 feature which claims to deliver clean laundry in under 30 minutes. He arrived late at 34 minutes.
That issue aside, between its large capacity and the WM4500HBA’s quick cycle times, this machine excels in quick laundry.
Smart functions provide additional ease of use and peace of mind
The WM4500HBA features LG’s smart platform, Thinq. Each smart platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, and LG’s main goal is to find and fix problems before they get worse, through its Proactive Care system. This system basically allows your washer to check in with LG from time to time to make sure everything is working properly and to spot any issues as soon as they arise, possibly before repairs get too costly.
In addition to Proactive Care, you will find the typical smart platform features available, such as remote control and start, the ability to download new cycles and our favorite, receive notifications when cycles are finished. No one likes to wake up in the morning realizing that you have to iron last night’s laundry before leaving for the day.
What we don’t like about the LG WM4500HBA
It offers average cleaning performance
The LG WM4500HBA provided average cleaning performance. Its normal cycle was successful in removing 68.04% of our test stains, compared to 71.8% for the average washer. This result is with the WM4500HBA’s Turbo Wash 360 feature enabled, which claims to offer â€œa complete clean in under 30 minutesâ€ and appears to be aimed at helping users cope with larger laundry loads.
Other cycles have also hovered around the average. Its Heavy cycle cleans 0.1% better than average, removing 77.10% of dirt. Its quick wash cycle cleared 65.26% of the grime, 2.84% less than average. The WM4500HBA posted its best numbers on the Gentle cycle, which cleaned 70.23% of test spots, 3.13% more than average.
The problem here isn’t that the LG WM4500HBA won’t clean your clothes – it will do just fine. However, at its price you want above average cleaning, and when one of the special features that undoubtedly increases its price is intended to increase cleaning efficiency – a la Turbo Wash 360 – you just get just not great value for your money.
What the owners say
Owners tend to love their WM4500HBA, giving it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars among major retailers. The most common point of praise is its huge capacity, although owners also love its easy-to-use dispensers and quiet operation. The most common complaints we have found are from people who appear to have received lemons or who have been disappointed with the machine’s cleaning capabilities.
The LG WM4500HBA is backed by a one-year warranty covering parts and labor, with extensions for the motor (up to 10 years covered) and drum (lifetime warranty). We love extended warranties like this that cover the parts most essential to the operation of your device. You can rest assured that your investment in the WM4500HBA is for the long term.
Should you buy the LG WM4500HBA?
Yes, if you are looking for a large capacity washer
While we weren’t too impressed with the WM4500HBA’s ability to remove tough stains, that’s also not what this machine seems to be designed for. He wants to help you navigate mountains of laundry quickly, easily and efficiently. And, it does.
Is it true that you can get better stain repellency elsewhere, especially at this price? Absoutely. But you’d be hard pressed to find a machine capable of brewing lightly soiled laundry with such ease. We especially like its dual-use dispensers which help streamline the process even further.
That being said, it’s hard to get around the cost of the size of an elephant in the bedroom. If you think you won’t be using the smart features of the WM4500HBA much, or if you don’t necessarily need to work through mountains of laundry, the WM4500HBA isn’t the best value for you.
In those cases, we recommend checking out the Electrolux EFLS627UTT, which is the best washer we’ve tested so far and is available at a similar price. It’s not that big, but it packs a lot more of a punch when it comes to cleaning power.
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Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer technology and home appliances.
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