Whirlpool for many years owned a huge share of the laundry business, especially with their production of the Sears Kenmore units (partnership based on a handshake in the 1920s). In 2002, Whirlpool bought their perennial rival Maytag and looked to extend their dominance.
Only it did not happen.
Big problems at Maytag were an issue. However, LG redesigned a truly beautiful washer concentrating on the front load sgment, and all of a sudden Whirlpool had a serious competitor.
10 years later, Whirlpool and LG are still vying for your business. Which is the better machine?
Whirlpool is the largest American manufacturer of appliances located right in Michigan. Their claim to fame since 1911 has always been laundry. In fact they produce the most laundry machines then any manufacturer in the world. They also manufacture well known brands such as Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Maytag and Amana to name a few. Whirlpool has always been known as reliable, affordable and well known in many homes.
LG is a South Korean based multinational company that operates within 5 divisions - Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment, Air Conditioning, Energy Solutions, and Home Appliances. They are the world’s 2nd largest manufacturer of televisions. With that being said, it seems like they recently (in the last 10 years) exploded onto to the laundry scene. Their products are innovative, stylish and certainly stunning.
The two models selected today are similar in price and size for comparison. They are higher end models of the brand, although both companies have more models ranging from $700 - $1500.
Whirlpool vs LG Front Load Washers
Whirlpool WFW96HEYW - $1319
LG WM4070HWA - $1299
Both machines are very similar in technology and price, so it really comes down to a few personal preferences. They both have a direct drive motor and are virtually the same in vibration and noise. The two machines also have 4.3 cu/ft that can spin up to 1300 rpm.
For the LG, I like the manual cleaning filter and also the look and design of LG machines. The LG also has a 1 ½" shallower depth than the Whirlpool.
Whirlpool on the other hand, has a very good track record with a service rate of 8% versus the LG service rate of 44%. Whirlpool is also American made and has a direct drive system which basically helps with energy conservation and noise. Whirlpool is a wee bit more pricey then the LG machine but to me, it is well worth it.
The two machines are very similar in price, features and technology. It is basically up to the look and feel of the machine, you would want the one you are most comfortable with. I personally like the LG look and design but Whirlpool is way more reliable.
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Vincent Pham has worked in appliance sales for over 10 years. Vincent is a father of four and enjoys travelling and gardening.