5 Reasons You Should Not Buy This Washer, Either
OK, nobody is going to believe me about this, but I swear I was planning on writing this post LONG BEFORE last week’s Maytag Incident. And besides, this isn’t about a Maytag washer, it’s about an LG Washer, which is made in Korea, not America. Or not wherever the American parent company that owns Maytag manufactures its appliances. Because I kind of doubt it’s in American anyway. But still, let’s all dump on non-American owned companies this week! Yay! I should say that this washer is functional, and works OK, and has some good points to it. But overall, I have to recommend not to buy it because at its price point and given what it’s supposed to do, it’s a disappointment. So if you are thinking about buying the LG Tromm Steamwasher and are wondering if it’s worth it, my answer is, sadly, no. Here’s why:
- Moldy smell. The front-loading part of it brings along with it the unfortunate side effect of a moldy smell that has to be controlled by using copious amounts of Smelly Washer product. Now, I like Smelly Washer–it’s a lifesaver, in fact–but to be honest I’d just much rather not ever have to use the damn stuff in the first place. And I have to use it all the damn time with this washer. I have heard that if you leave the door open you can avoid some of this problem, but I don’t want to leave the door open. I want my towels not to stink after being washed. Is this so much to ask?
- Unexplained water back-up in the detergent compartment. We have had this washer for just over a year, and though it still works, it also has water pooling in the detergent compartment after every wash. This does not have an effect upon the washer’s ability to get clothes clean from what I can tell. But it is annoying. And I feel like it shouldn’t happen. In a fairly new washer, that is.
- Cannot open the washer after you start it. This is true of every front-loader. And it sucks. I wish we could open it up to throw in that spare sock you forget every time you start a load. That is all.
- Wash cycle is extra long. Now, there are a bunch of different settings, and some are shorter, but if you do the regular steam wash, it lasts about an hour and ten minutes. Which is a freaking long time to wait for your wash. And I often forget about the clothes after that long, which leads to more moldy smell (see #1). If you put it on a shorter setting, it won’t last as long, but it also won’t get as clean.
- Clothes come out too wet. This is something that I probably need to call a repairperson about, but like I said, we haven’t had this washer very long. This stuff shouldn’t be happening–why are clothes coming out extra wet after regular cycles? Why? Why, LG? Because when that happens, Life is not Good.