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New Electrolux vs. LG Laundry (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Todd Rourke  |  February 27, 2018  |  7 Min. Read

Electrolux  |  Laundry  |  LG Electronics

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Electrolux and LG have been manufacturing front load laundry in the U.S. market for about 15 years. They are two of the best-selling washers but approach laundry from two very different perspectives.

Electrolux has improved their washer by adding a third pump and a brand new control interface. LG has a bold new concept called the Sidekick or a second washer in the pedestal and added Black Steel finishes.

LG laundry with sidekick
LG Laundry with Sidekick

Which one is right for you? We will look at both companies, the products, and then compare.

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Electrolux

Electrolux is a Swedish company founded in 1901. They originally manufactured Kerosene lamps, but are now the second largest appliance manufacturer after Whirlpool. You may know Electrolux through their Frigidaire division.

They produce mostly compact laundry for the European market. Their full-size laundry is made in Mexico.

To be transparent, we stopped selling Electrolux products in 2018.

Electrolux Laundry

 
 
 
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Electrolux EFLW417SIW Washer - $499-599

EFW417SIW

Features:

  • 4.4 Cu. Ft. capacity
  • 2nd-Floor vibration guarantee
  • 20 minute Quick Wash
  • Fresh Water Rinse
  • Integral water heater
  • 7 wash cycles
  • Internal Light

Highlights

This is the entry level for Electrolux washers. Same capacity, internal light and fresh rinse. The quick wash is 20 minutes, which is still short and it has an internal water heater which allows for a sanitizing wash.

Electrolux EFLS617STT Steam Washer - $899 - $999

EFLS617STT

Features:

  • 4.4 Cu. Ft. capacity
  • 3 Pump SmartBoost system
  • 2nd-Floor vibration guarantee
  • 15 minute Quick Wash
  • Fresh water rinse
  • Integral water heater
  • Reversible door
  • Stain soak option
  • 9 cycles
  • Interior light

Highlights

This washer is able to fit king size bedding. The 2nd-Floor guarantee allows it to be installed in a bedroom or near a living area without a lot of vibration to the floor (although you do need to install it properly).

Quick washes for 3-4lbs of clothes allow outfits to be washed quickly in about 15 minutes. 

The second pump infuses the clothes with fresh rinse, so the clothes are free of detergent. The third pump or ”SmartBoost” system premixes the detergent with the water and applies it during the wash for maximum cleaning action.

Electrolux also has a reversible door so you can open the doors the same way in a stackable application.

 

LG

LG is an electronics company founded in 1958 in South Korea. The are known for phones, TVs, and also appliances with “smart” cutting edge features.

LG products are mostly manufactured in Korea and are known for laundry.

They were also the first to feature the intuitive interfaces with multiple speeds and wash rinse combinations.

LG WM3270CW Washer - $629

WM3270CW

Features:

  • 4.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Smart diagnosis technology
  • 9 wash cycles
  • Direct drive motor
  • Speed wash
  • Compatible with sidekick pedestals
  • Stainless steel tub

Highlights

This is the entry level washer in the LG front load line. Smart diagnosis, stainless tub, and quick wash are great features. No internal heater, no steam. Still a great performer.

 

LG WM3670HVA Steam Washer - $699

WM3670HWAFeatures:

  • 4.5 Cu. Ft. Capacity
  • Integral water heater
  • Turbo Wash
  • Compatible with SideKick pedestal
  • 12 Cycles
  • Smart Diagnosis Technology
  • Direct Drive Motor
  • 35 Minute Speed Wash
  • True Balance Anti – Vibration Technology

Highlights

The Turbo Wash feature sprays a concentrated solution of detergent on clothes for faster soaking time, saves up to 20 minutes per load.

The 35 minute speed wash is convenient when time is of the essence.

 

Comparison

Standard Chart for Washers:

 

EFLW417

EFLS617

WM3270

WM3670

Capacity

 4.3 cubic ft

 4.4 cubic ft.

4.5 cubic ft.

4.5 cubic ft.

Drum (Stainless or not)

 Stainless

 Stainless

Stainless

Stainless

Dimensions

 38H x 31 3/4D x 27W

 38H x 31 3/4D x 27W

38H x 29 3/4 D x 27W

38H x 29 3/4 D x 27w

# of Cycles

 7

 9

9

12

Spin Speed (RPMs)

 1300

 1300

1300

1300

Special Features/ Additions

 20 min quick wash

 3 pump system, 15 min quick wash

Smart diagnosis

Allergen cycle, smart diagnosis

Warranty

 1 yr. Parts and labor

 1 yr. Parts and labor

1 yr parts and labor

1yr parts and labor

Both LG and Electrolux laundry have decent capacity in both the washer and the dryer, In fact they look the same.

Differences:

The Electrolux washer doors are reversible. No other full-size brand has this feature and every install space is different.

The LG quick wash is 35 minutes, where the Electrolux is just 15 minutes, granted that it for a lighter load though. The fresh rinse supplied by the second pump in the Electrolux washer will bypass the detergent to remove any residual bleach, detergent or allergens.

The LG Smart Diagnosis is a great way to diagnose problems with your machine by downloading an app, as opposed to being on the phone with a service tech.

The capacity is slightly larger by 0.1-0.2 cubic feet.

LG is also the full-size laundry with the shallowest depth, which makes it a great option with niche installs.

 

Final Thoughts

LG is a very cutting edge company with many great features in their products. The LG laundry set has some great features.

These Electrolux machines have been on the market for well over a year now. They are still are the only two pump machine on the market with a fresh water rinse. The third pump seems like a good idea for cleaner clothes and the washer doors are reversible.

With the LG offering a way to easily diagnose a problem if it should occur in the machine, that is definitely worth a second look, no one wants to go without a washer or dryer for an extended amount of time, especially when its new or when a family is involved.

Reliability

LG is one of the most reliable machines based on our 30,700+ service calls performed in 2017.

Actually, it is second to Whirlpool at just over 6% service in the first year.

The newer Electrolux washers sold after 2017 need much more service at just over 18% service within the first year.

Electrolux may have some great features, but LG is much, more reliable.

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Todd Rourke

Todd Rourke is a Sales Consultant for Yale Appliance + Lighting. He has worked in sales for over 17 years. He loves putting dream kitchens together for his customers. In his free time, Todd is a musician and an avid bass fisherman and prefers the Lakes Region in NH. Mainly, he is a Dadda to his 2 beautiful daughters and a housekeeper to his beautiful wife. They take up most of his free time nowadays, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. HelloFresh and Blue Apron have saved his nights! Todd loves the outdoors and anything lighthearted and silly.

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