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Is The LG Smart Front Load Washer WM3900HBA Any Good? (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  July 16, 2020  |  7 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  LG Electronics

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LG is the most popular front load washer. It's not bad considering LG is known for laundry. LG styled the modern front load washer.

They also had the first two-piece stackable front load washer and dryer. LG was also at the forefront of technology with the early adoption of Wi-Fi.

In this article, you will learn its best features, cycles, and reliability based on real service data.

However, LG has been passed by some other manufacturers, so you will also see a comparison with GE, Whirlpool, and Samsung.

Front Load Washer Supply Issues

best-front-load-washers-in-hanoverBest Front Load Washers & Dryers at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

You will read about the WM3900HBA and all of its competitors. However, for the balance of the year, the appliance industry, in general, will have problems with supply.

You will see problems buying certain brands and models.

In this case, you have to be brand flexible to a certain degree.

The WM3900HBA is a very good machine, but so are equivalent GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and Samsung. You will see the reliability charts of all the brands later in the article.

Pick the features, capacity, and consider multiple brands for choosing a front load washer during this time.

Is The LG Smart Front Load Washer WM3900HBA Any Good? [Video]

 

Let's get started on the review.

LG Smart, Wi-Fi Enabled Front Load Washer Review

LG WM3900HBA - $1,079

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Cycles

First, you have 14 different cycles with washer, 12 options, five wash rinse combinations, and five spin speed combinations.

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This unit has steam, and it has its 30-minute turbo wash and shortens any cycle by employing six more wash jets around the front (or 360) of the machine.

You can wash almost any fabric in any setting at any temperature and speed the time as well.

If that is not enough, you can program your combination.

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Spin Speed

It has a 1300 RPM spin speed as well. Faster spins will dry your clothes for less time in your dryer. Most front load washers are between 100-1200 RPM, so LG is better.

But there are two real main reasons besides features to consider LG.

Capacity

The capacity is average for a front-load at 4.5 cubic feet. That's still huge compared to a top loader.

But the depth is only 30 inches shallower than any other brand. For stacking laundry or replacing a top load, LG is probably your best option.

Reliability

Front Load Washer Reliability July 2019 to June 2020

  Service Qty Shipped Qty  Service Ratio
Maytag 177 558 31.72%
LG Electronics 164 1909 8.59%
Miele 28 428 6.54%
Samsung 37 658 5.62%
Whirlpool 14 300 4.67%
GE Appliances 19 424 4.48%
Grand Total 448 4285 10.45%

Reliability is the other reason. LG's reliability is excellent according to our internal service figures at 7.09% or 161 service calls for 2270 units sold in the first year.

LG & Their Competitors

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The WM3900 has great features and options, good size, better spin, and good reliability. However, there are some newer machines with other features not available in this machine.

Maytag Extra Power

Maytag-Front-Load-Washer-ControlsMaytag Front Load Washer Cycles Featuring Extra Power 

 

Maytag has a new cycle allowing you to mix whites and colors. I used to do this in college by washing in the cold only. I was more than willing to trade better cleaning for speed and convenience.

Extra Power starts cold and warms the load so you can clean whites and colors in the same load with two temperatures without shrinking or turning your underwear or socks pink.

Automatic Dispensing

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Automatic Dispensing has become a popular and necessary feature in front loads because most people will add too much.

Too much detergent causes oversudsing and can eat away at the machine's internals, causing complicated and expensive repair.

GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool offer automatic dispensing. You can add up to 40 loads worth in a Whirlpool and 50 ones in the GE and 14.3 in a Maytag.

It's more convenient for you not loading detergent every time, plus its better for the machine.

Mold Protection

ge-smart-front-load-washer-850-seriesGE Front Load Washer Featuring Micoban Technology 

 

GE has its anti-mold features unlike LG. Front loads can develop mold if you do not dry them. They add Microban or antimicrobial technology coating on the gasket, the hoses, and the dispenser as well.

The Microban combined with OdorBlock, a fancy word for a fan activated to dry the machine, and GE greatly diminishes the possibility of mold.

No other company offers mold protection.

Here is a tip if you buy any machine other than a GE with Microban: Dry the gasket and the back. Use whatever clothes you just washed to dry and leave the door open.

For a full review of GE's smart front load laundry, click here

Reversible Doors

The last feature LG doesn't have is a reversible door, so it's easier to load your clothes from washer to dryer. Incredibly, only GE and Electrolux offer a reversible door.

Should You Buy The LG Smart Front Load Washer WM3900HBA?

The LG WM3900HBA is still an excellent washer with an incredible array of features, cycles, and options. It's also reliable.

However, in terms of automatic dispensing, mold protection, and a more convenient door opening, you can look at other brands like GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool.

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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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