Lately we've noticed that some of the appliances tested by Consumer Reports are getting bigger and bigger, like the matching front-loading washer and dryer from LG. The mega-capacity machines allow you to do bigger loads of laundry less often, says the manufacturer. In our tests, we found that this pair was not only bigger, but better in many ways.
The LG WM8000H[V]A front-loader, $1,350, was superb overall, tops our latest Ratings of dozens of washers, and is a recommended model. Its capacity is the largest we've tested, but the normal cycle takes 100 minutes for an eight-pound load and when we filled the washer to capacity it took more than two hours to clean our 24-pound load of wash. That's substantially longer than other tested washers. So while the oversized LG allows you to wash more laundry less often, each load will take you longer. The washer does have a TurboWash option, which delivered comparable cleaning of our eight-pound load and cut wash time by about 20 minutes.
The LG matching electric dryer, DLEX8000[V], offers excellent drying and is relatively quiet. It's also a recommended model, but at $1,350 it's among the more expensive dryers we've tested. The gas model is DLGX8001[V], $1,440. And as you might have guessed, both the washer and dryer take up slightly more space than the typical twosome. Each machine is two inches wider.
In our washing machine tests, models that rated excellent in capacity fit 17 to 24 pounds of laundry. Models that earned excellent capacity scores in our dryer tests can typically hold these large loads as well. To give you some idea of how much laundry the jumbo LG front-loader can accommodate, we were able to put in 27 cotton items—the mix included towels, jeans, shorts and shirts. A conventional top-loader had room for 16 of these items, about 14 pounds.