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

July 16th, 2020 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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



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


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.

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.


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.


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

LG & their competitors - graphic


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

Optimal Dose Dispenser MaytagMaytag Front Load Washer Automatic Dispenser


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.

Additional Resources

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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