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LG Vs Samsung Front Load Washers (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  December 27, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Samsung  |  LG Electronics

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Now that I have a child, I have a distinct perspective on products, especially on everyday appliances like washers, dryers, stoves, and refrigerators. I would choose reliability over features to a certain degree.    

That said, Samsung and LG are two of the four front load washers you should consider along with Maytag and Whirlpool.


We will compare the two most popular models, the LG WM3270 and the Samsung WF45M5500, talk about the companies, and then the three features that truly sway your purchase along with a video for each machine.


LG was originally referred to as Lucky Goldstar. Like Samsung, LG is a huge Korean company with business links into many different companies. They are credited with building the first real front load washer with many of the features and styles you will find today.

LG WM3270CW - $719

The LG WM3270CW Front Load Washer



In a very short period, Samsung has become the number 1 selling line of appliances in the US. It is amazing they surpassed Whirlpool in such a brief period. They design beautiful equipment and are technology forward.  

In terms of laundry, they have the double washer and double dryer, as well as the AddWash allowing you to add a sock or other article of clothes in the middle of the wash cycle.

You may have heard about their laundry recall. Keep in mind, it was top load washers only.

Samsung WF45M5500 - $609

The Samsung WF45M5500AW Front Load Washer


When Do You Buy Samsung or LG?

Before we talk about brand differences, let's talk about what they have in common. Both LG and Samsung are highly promotional. You should always time their purchases around holidays in this order Black Friday, Labor Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and July 4th.

The savings are considerable. Washers can be as low as $499.


Both offer an array of features and temperature settings by specific fabric or type of clothing with multiple wash, rinse, and speed combinations. Both even offer a cycle to clean the washer using a hot temperature wash.

Samsung has steam to power out tough stains like wine and grass.


Samsung is technically bigger at 4.5 cubic feet versus 4.3 for the LG. The capacity difference is not that large. The average usable capacity of a popular top load is 2.5 cubic feet, so these are much larger and can fit a ton of clothes.

In this case, LG is better because the depth is only 29.5 inches versus Samsung at 33.8 inches. The Samsung may be deeper than the closet or laundry room for the 0.2 cubic foot difference.

So be careful and measure before buying the Samsung machine.


Both are reliable compared to the average. Based on our 20,000 completed service calls, LG has service 7.32% of the time in the first year versus 11.45% for the Samsung.

LG is 4.13% more reliable.

Final Considerations

LG is shallower and more reliable while Samsung is less expensive with the steam cycle. However, Samsung and LG have one other factor in common. They both lack a national service network and finding service could be a problem.

Both machines have their attributes, but first, you must know who can fix either brand. It may be more important than the choice itself.

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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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