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The Samsung 2-in-1 Full-Size Washer vs. the LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer

September 11th, 2017 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Samsung and LG are known for their electronics and hi-tech appliances. Today, we will be looking at the Samsung 2-in-1 full-Size washer vs. the LG Sidekick Pedestal washer. First off, what are the Samsung 2-in-1 washer and LG Sidekick Pedestal washer? 

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Great question. To put it in the simplest terms, both are washers with added washing compartments. Having the added washing compartment allows for you to have the main wash running and still be able to put a smaller load in simultaneously for a second smaller wash. 

On the Samsung, the extra washer is located on the top of the machine. On the LG, the extra washing compartment is an additional piece. This is the pedestal. Normally, a pedestal is a drawer added to the bottom to raise the washer. However, instead of just a drawer, this is a separate washer. The smaller washer is very useful for more delicate clothing because it will be gentler than a normal wash.  

Samsung 2-in-1 Washer

WV60M9900AV - $1,409

 

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Features:

  • FlexWash - Top unit runs independently from the main washer
  • 6.0 cu. ft. Capacity - Huge capacity because of Samsung's FlexWash system.
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity - Allows you to schedule cycles from a smart phone
  • Self-clean - Easy for service you can identify the issue quickly.
  • Power Foam system - Gives maximum performance for low suds HE detergent. 
  • Sanitize Cycle - Cleans out the tub helping to prevent smells and mold

The new Samsung FlexWash can be a life saver in many situations. Whether you are trying to do a quick wash of a few pieces and don’t want to use the main tub, or you are already running a load and forgot to throw a few extra things in.  

This washer can help in so many ways. You can put all your delicate items in there as well and not have to worry about mixing with other clothes. This is a very versatile unit. If you feel like you do a lot of laundry loads or run into problems of not having enough space, you will love this unit.  

LG Sidekick Pedestal Washer

LG W/ Pedestal WD200CV $479.99 (They do have promotions throughout the year) 

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Features:

  • 1 cubic foot capacity – this only is for the sidekick does not include the main washer
  • Direct drive motor – More reliable and smoother wash cycle no belts needed to run the system.
  • Hidden controls – Sleek look hides extra wash space for a more seamless look.

WM9000HVA - $1,249 LG Washer (Fits the Sidekick)

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Features:

  • Since Clean – Reduces chance for the odor in the drum.
  • Wi-Fi Enabled – Does system checks if there is an issue and you can monitor from an android phone
  • 14 Wash Programs – Plenty of wash cycles for any scenario.
  • Compatible with LG Twin Wash – Fits the sidekick pedestal.
  • Stainless Steel Drum – No rust and last longer than porcelain.
  • ENERGY STAR rated – Conserves electricity

The new LG sidekick pedestal can give you the extra space you need as well as a gentler wash for delicate times. Mind you the sidekick pedestal does not include a washing machine. It will fit on the WM9000HVA which is $1,249.99 washer so for the pair you are looking at $1729.99 this does not include the installation which will be different depending on the current laundry space and hook ups.  

The washer that this fits on is a bit more expensive than Samsung but does have the same direct drive motor, 14 cycles, and Wi-Fi which you can monitor your wash and will let you know if there is an issue with the system.  

One caveat to the Sidekick: It has 34 different connections upon installation. You need to have someone qualified to install it

The Comparison

Looking at both there are some positives to each. For the Samsung, the fact that the appliances are all in one unit makes it much easier to install. Just like the LG, it does have Wi-Fi connectivity for your smart phone, a stainless-steel drum in both washer cavities, and is great for delicate items helping to preserve your clothes for longer.  

They both can run independently from the main wash which helps in convenience, and the Samsung does have power foam to help clean your clothes efficiently.  

The LG has one big advantage over Samsung which is the direct drive in the washer motor. It's a much more reliable system that guarantees the same performance on the first run to the 1,000th run since there’s no fear a belt could stretch out in the motor.  

Personally, I like the Samsung. It has an easy install because it’s all one piece. Plus, it has many of the same features the LG has, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, a stainless-steel drum, the self-clean, and a large capacity.  

Read This Before You Buy One 

First, the average front load is almost 50% larger to what our parents used 25 years ago. You will have plenty of capacity in just a regular front load for half the price. 

In other words, you can buy 2 sets of a very decent front load for the price of the Samsung or LG (depending on the dryer). 

Consider that option unless you truly want to separate a few delicate pieces (or like the Wi-Fi). 

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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