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Pros / This was the most efficient machine we compared.

Cons / There were machines with more wash options.

 Verdict / The LG WT7200CV has lots of great features, including impressive energy efficiency and large capacity, at a reasonable price.

The LG WT7200CV offers the right combination of energy efficiency, reasonable price, outstanding warranty and a broad selection of features. Many competitors we looked at in the same price range had several of those attributes but this washing machine had all of them together.

This was the most efficient machine we compared. It is in the top four for capacity among the best for estimated annual energy cost, so you will not spend a fortune to run it. It also bears the Energy Star from the U.S. Department of Energy, which means it uses 25% less energy and 33% less water than standard models.

This unit is right in the middle of the pack for price, which is impressive considering it is out front for everything we evaluated. You would expect it to be more expensive. We found it for less than $800 – very reasonable for all the features you get.

This machine does not have a central agitator, leaving room for lots of laundry. Indeed, it has above-average capacity with 5 cubic feet. King-sized comforters can usually fit in any machine above 4.5 cubic feet, so this machine should fit almost anything. You can skip your trek to the laundry mat for oversized items.

The WT7200CV is not the best in terms of cycle selection and overall options. There are only eight cycles, including Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Waterproof, Delicates and Speed Wash. You can further specify how you want each load to be with wash options like Delay Wash, Water Plus and Extra Rinse. Wash temperature choices include hot, warm, semi warm, cold and tap cold. Other machines have more options than this one but there will be enough for most cleaning situations using the WT7200CV. If you were hoping for more variety of cycles, consider the Samsung WA54M8750AV.

This washing machine has truly advanced features, especially considering its low price. You can store a customized wash cycle for future uses so your most common load – in terms of temperature, spin speed and soil level – can be easier to start. You can control the start and stop of a wash cycle from your smartphone and there is a hydraulic hinge that prevents the door from slamming shut usually associated with top-load washers.

This unit also stands out for its long and strong warranty. There is 10 years of coverage on the motor, which is 10 times what many competing units offer. The wash drum also has a lifetime warranty. None of the other ones had that much coverage on any part of the machines so that was especially impressive. That inspires a lot of confidence in the product and helps protect your investment.

This is one of the most compact washers we compared. It is only 27 inches wide. The narrow footprint will be helpful for those that don't have sprawling laundry rooms. By removing the agitator, the designers still leave a lot of cubic footage even in a relatively compact design.

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Summary

The LG WT7200CV stands out for all the right reasons. You get innovative features at a relatively low price, a large capacity that still fits into a narrow laundry room and top-shelf energy efficiency. This unit would be great for just about any household that does not require a stackable washer and dryer.

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