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GE Vs LG Smart Front Load Washers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 15, 2020  |  3 Min. Read

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Three years ago, you may have walked into an appliance store, and your choices for laundry were LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool if you walked into a Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy.

For independents and local stores, your choices were Maytag, Whirlpool (oddly enough, they are the same machine), and Electrolux.

We are a little different because we service what we sell. At Yale, its LG, Samsung, Whirlpool, and some Maytag because they are the most reliable.

Up until six months ago, you didn't see GE presented at any store, even ours. Yet now, it is the fastest-selling laundry in the country.

So we will review their front load washers and compare it to LG's most popular piece. You will be able to review features, differences, similarities, and real service data.

In the end, you will be able to know what might be best for your family. 

 

Front Load Washer Availability And Reliability

front-load-laundry-at-yale-appliance-in-hanover-nlFront Load Washers at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Availability 

Before I start, this article will be divided into two parts due to the extraordinary circumstances.

If you are considering a washer in the future over six months from now, you can skip this part and go right to the model comparisons.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents a challenge, unlike any other recession. It affects supply and demand versus just demand in 2008, 2001, and 1991.

Already, you see shortages in the supply chain. Many companies had to shut down factories and warehouses due to the outbreak.

Samsung will be without laundry until June. Miele is without adapters for their laundry. Many other companies will be without products in the near future.

In the short term, you should look at features and consider all the washer brands LG, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and Samsung, depending on availability.

Reliability

Most Reliable Front Load Washer Brands 2020 To Date

  Serviced Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Maytag 154 493 31.24%
LG 146 1610 9.07%
Miele 26 363 7.16%
Samsung 33 515 6.43%
Whirlpool 13 275 4.73%
GE 5 170 2.49%
Grand Total 377 3426 11.0%

As you can see in the graph, front load washers are reliable. The statistical difference is not great enough to decide on its own.

We fix every brand. They are similar to repair. Remember that next time a repair agent says one is "junk" or is "too tough to repair."

However, service is an issue throughout the country. You should buy a washer where you have the best repair experience. Check reviews. Ask a ton of questions before you buy.

Availability and service repair are two of the biggest problems currently in choosing appliances.

Work through those first, and then look at features.

BTW, GE looks good, but thats for 1/2 the year versus a full year for the other brands.

Now, let's dive into two of the best smart front load washer brands to consider. 

Best Smart Front Load Washer Brands: GE And LG 

GE

I have been at Yale for 34 years. For most of that time, GE's appliance division has been rumored to be for sale.

In 2017 Haier, a Chinese appliance company bought GE for over 5 billion dollars.

Unlike Samsung, LG, and even the old GE, appliances are Haier's only business, not just a minor part of an overall huge conglomerate.

So they innovate faster than any other brand.

Laundry was never GE's strong suit until Haier redesigned it in 2019.

The great part about redesigning a product or service is incorporating the best features of current products.

Then adding a few new features the others do not have (until they incorporate them later).

ge-smart-front-load-washer-850-seriesGE Smart Front Load Laundry with Microban Technology at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

The downside, as you know, from buying anything new is reliability. Whether it's a software "bug" or flaw or a recall, new products carry that risk.

This article will help you assess any possible reliability risk.

GE Smart Front Load Washer GFW850SSNWW - $989

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  • 5.0 cu. ft.
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • Steam Cycle
  • Sanitize Cycle
  • Allergy Cycle
  • Wi-Fi

GE Smart Front Load Laundry Review [VIDEO]

 

LG 

The modern front full size load washer was first designed by LG.

The swing shuttle knob design, layout of the buttons and overall aesthetic was all LG. (Maytag was first with front load in full size with their ill-fated Neptune, but it had a backguard and couldn't be stacked).

Many of the industry firsts are also LG. They were first with Wi-Fi, for example.

However, they are popular because it's a reliable washer and has always been number 1 or 2 for our most reliable washers.

The WM3900HWA is their most popular washer.

LG Front-Load Washer WM3900HWA - $989

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Features:

  • 4.5 cu. Ft. Ultra Large Capacity with NeveRust Stainless Steel Drum
  • Direct Drive Motor with 10-Year Limited Warranty
  • Control Panel with Dual LED Display and Dial-A-Cycle
  • TurboWash(R) Technology - 30-minute wash cycle
  • LG SideKick Compatible

GE Vs LG Smart Front Load Washers

GE Vs LG Smart Front Load Washers

Common Features 

Both GE and LG have five speeds, five wash/rinse combinations, and 12 cycles.

Spin Speed: 1300. The average front load is 1000-1200. Higher spins wring out excess water for less drying time.

Steam: Steam is used to power out tough stains.

Wi-Fi: They both will show you the time remaining. I like that feature because my laundry is on the third floor. I wouldn't have to walk up three floors, because the washer will alert me at the end of the cycle (if I had Wi-Fi, which I don't)

Both have good Wi-Fi programs and are compatible with most voice assistants

GE is a bit better. The washer "talks" to the dryer, setting the right cycle based on the wash program.

Major Cycle Differences

Speed Cycles: LG has a 30-minute TurboWash using dedicated higher pressure sprays. GE is 35 minutes. They also have a 20-minute cycle.

One Step Wash + Dry: GE copied this from Whirlpool. You can wash and dry an outfit in this cycle without transferring it to the dryer. It washes, spins at high speed, and then vents.

Major Feature Differences

Reversible Door: This should be a standard feature for every washer, so it's easier to transfer clothes from washer to dryer. Yet, at this writing, GE and Electrolux are the only brands with a reversible door.

Sidekick: LG has the extra washer available on the pedestal. If you have larger loads, it can handle the overflow or just wash smaller loads.

Kenmore SideKick Washer-1LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer

Size: GE is larger in this model at 5 Cu. Ft. versus 4.5 Cu. Ft. for the LG. GE depth is 34 inches versus 30 for the LG. The smaller depth may be a better feature in certain applications like closets ar stacking in other smaller spaces.

GE does have a shallower model at 32 inches but always check your measurements for your space along with hallways, and doorways before you buy any new laundry.

Dispenser: GE's dispenser can hold 50 ounces, enough for 32 loads. The advantage of a dispenser is not overfilling. It releases the right amount of detergent based on the cycle and loads size.

ge-smart-front-load-laundry-setGE Smart Front Load Washer With 50-Load Detergent Dispenser (Bottom) at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Oversudsing is a huge problem because that excess, built-up detergent will eventually cause mechanical problems in the machine.

5. Microban Technology and OdorBlock: GE addressed the possible mold and mildew problem in two ways.

First, they applied Microban antimicrobial technology in places touching the water like the gasket, pump, and even the hoses.

GE-front-load-washer-with-microban-technologyGE Smart Front Load Washer with Microban Technology for Mold Prevention shown at Yale appliance

 

ge-smart-front-load-dryer-with-fresh-ventGE Front Load Washer with UltraFresh Vent System And OdorBlock at Yale Appliance

 

 

OdorBlock is a fancy term for a fan. Mold grows in standing water. A fan dries excess water, so mold doesn't grow.

GE is the only company addressing mold and mildew in front load laundry.

Which Font Load Washer Should You Buy?

First, as you are reading this during a pandemic, consider all your options. GE and LG are good, but so is Samsung, Whirlpool, and Maytag.

Consider available appliance service first. With features and service percentages being so similar, what can be fixed in your area should be considered as well.

Some repair companies don't like fixing certain brands as crazy as that may seem.

LG deserves recognition for being reliable over the long term. It is an excellent washer.

GE is the most innovative.

GE incorporated some great features like a dispenser from Whirlpool, the reversible door from Electrolux, and Wi-Fi from LG into one machine.

Their antimicrobial features are unique in laundry.

Their reliability has been great in the short term.   

If it remains that way, then GE should be considered along with the best and most innovative laundry brands like LG.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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