Top Loader Washing Machine Update

Part of the goal for 2014 is to be sure and update you all on projects and other random things I have talked about here. I just want to be better at that. And one of the many questions I receive weekly is how I am liking the LG Wave HE Top loader machine!

Laundry Room |

We’ve had it almost 2 years already, and I wrote a post on the great debate of top loaders vs. front loaders, and received lots of great comments and feedback so be sure and check it out.

But since there are so many opinions on the internet and basically you either love or hate this machine is what it boils down to. I happen to love it!

The main cons I have read is that it tangles clothes and goes off balance. I’ve only had it go off balance once in 2 years, and that’s because I just had 1 shirt in there. As far as tangling clothes, yes it does do that. It’s not that big of a deal to me though, but when shirts do get tangled in a pair of pants or something, that’s the time I notice it being inconvenient because the shirt really tends to wrinkle up. But it comes right out after you throw it in the dryer, so that’s why it’s not a big deal to me.

I feel it cleans our clothes well and that’s what matters to me. I don’t really use all of the features the machine has though, so I could have been just as fine buying one without the bells and whistles. It still was a good deal though and I don’t regret it.

LG Top Loader |

There was a recall on it, something to do with the lid blowing off or something (that’s exaggerated), but a service man came out and fixed whatever that was so we are safe again.

So that’s my 2 year update on the machine! What have you found in your research in front loaders vs. top loaders? I still think top loaders are the way to go right? Maybe the front loaders have changed in 2 years though, I don’t know.

To see more of the laundry room makeover you can view this post and this post.



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  1. I LOVE my top loader. I had several friends and family go for the front loader and they have all been disappointed in the smell and mildew issue in the front gasket. Plus it plays a catchy little tune every time the laundry is done to make me think I’m happy actually happy about doing the laundry. I’m not, but it was a good effort.

    • I am pleased to people provide me top loader washing machine update, But I noticed While this is a problem mostly associated with front loaders, any washing machine can develop a mold or mildew smell. any idea Why??

  2. Bertie DeWane says:

    My daughter-in-law hated her front loader because of the smell issue and the need to keep the door open when not in use. She bought a top loader and likes it okay, but it takes SO LONG to wash a load of laundry and I was there last week washing a load and I could not reach the bottom of the tub (I’m 5’4″) to get the last sock out. She’s shorter than me (but much smaller & younger) and had her feet several inches off the floor to reach that sock. So I won’t be buying a top loader that’s quite so deep. I did like that the clothes didn’t take long to dry because of the way the spinning mechanism on the washer works.

  3. Thanks for the review. I have a front loader. It has been a great machine but! I have to keep the door open even though I run the cleaner through it once a month. It still will smell a bit musty if the door is left shut. I will purchase the kind you have next. As far as the tangled clothes my front loader does that too. Pant legs will tangle
    around anything and sheets also. Not that big a problem to keep me from purchasing.

    Thanks again,

  4. I love my top loader, too! It’s not this one… but I am just not a front loader fan. Which reminds me… I’m supposed to be doing laundry right now. Ugh.

  5. I have the same machine and LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Originally I wanted a front loader so I could make a countertop and use it to fold clothes in my laundrey room so I was very resistent to a top loader. Several friends have front loaders and they have to keep the door open and there is a smell so we went with the top one. I have the big one and it is deep, I’m 5’4 and have to stand on my tippy toes to get that last sock from the bottom but other than that it is GREAT. Cleans clothes really well and is efficient. I like that I don’t have to go to the laundromat to do blankets any longer. I can put 2 Queen or 1 CAL King blanket in there and it comes out clean. I have the large matching LG dryer as well and it is great. If you need a new washer/dryer I would recommend these. Victoria

  6. I love my top loading machine which I purchased with the matching dryer 7 months ago. You are right, the clothes can get tangled up but its not much of a problem. I agree you don’t always need all the bells and whistles but I have figured out that many of the settings can be done manually by changing water, spin speed and water level. I have found that although the normal setting works well with most things, if you wash anything heavy (blankets, bedspreads, a load of jeans), you really need more water than the normal setting will give you, so I use the bulky setting. It gives you a full load of water which allows the soap and water to move more freely between the folds of the fabric rather than those folds not opening all the way because of the size of the comforter. A full load of water can make the difference between clean and not so clean with loads such as these.

  7. Hi~ I don’t understand when they say their washer smells and have to leave the door open. Does
    anyone know that taking a rag and drying the glass on the door and drying the rubber boot inside the
    machine will eliminate the smell? And clean the filter from time to time. Also, I use vinegar for the softner. The clothes smell fresh ,soft and
    vinegar cleans the machine and plumbing and filter. I also use vinegar as a rinse in my dishwasher.
    I love my Miele front loader. I have a Miele dryer as well and don’t need dryer sheets. In my Miele dishwasher, there is a place for a water softner that uses salt, but I have never used it. Probably, since
    I use vinegar. I had a Maytag top loader and it tore the hems out of my sheets and tangled clothes to
    no end. It didn’t matter if I had a large or small load. Then I got a Maytag 2000 model and loved it.
    Used it for 12 years and sold it. A new appliance store opened and had the Miele on sale. The
    salesman said it was the “cadillac” of all washers. Boy was he right!!!! So many options on it.
    I would recommend a Miele product any day. You can contact me at if needed.

  8. I had a 2000 year model FRONT loader for 12 years. Above, I didn’t say Front loader. Shirley

  9. I just bought a Maytag Bravos HE top loader washer & dryer set in October and love it. I did my research and was not a fan of the complaints of smelling & mildew. I’m 5’1″ so reaching to the very bottom is a little tough at times for that last sock. Balanced loads at first were a bit of an issue, but I got it now! I would recommend my washer to anyone!

  10. I have the Whirpool Cabrio top loader and I LOVE IT! Never thought I’d be saying that about a washer. My previous machine was 20yrs+ old, so this one was a significant advancement in bells & whistles. The cabrio can hold king size garments without blinkin’ an eye and it’s super quiet as well. The salesman mentioned that the one thing that is a must – sort laundry and then use the appropriate dial setting. The sophisticated electronics need this to maintain a well running machine. This wasn’t a problem for us since we already were diligent in sorting laundry. After 4+ years, I’m still enthralled with the machine and sometimes I just stare into the clear lid and watch the spinning action. To this day, I am amazed at this machine because the sensors just know how much water to use. There is no water level button to set. I was so used to guessing with my old ‘low, medium, high’ level indicator. I really like how the clothes spin dry as well. Saves on the power for running the dryer. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat! I know, I know.. weird to say the least, but it’s the simple pleasures in life that I appreciate. LOL.

  11. Dear Decorchick,
    I love your counter top and sink. I want to do mine the same way, however, I can’t find a fabricator any where close to me that does the kind of work from Craftmasters. I live in Abilene, Tx. Can you help me
    locate someone? I have tried Craftmasters, VT industries, Odessa, Lubbock.
    I like your updates and comments. Thanks, Shirley

  12. We just had to purchase a set for our new house. I just wanted to a basic top loader and that’s what I got, I’m just not convinced the front loaders are quite there yet. I know of too many people that have too many issues with the smell and keeping them clean.. I think the only plus to them is being able to have a counter top over them or stack them. But I’m okay with my basic top loader set.

  13. I like my front loader. The repair man told me to leave the door of the washer open because there is salt water in the tub part that is to promote the machine in using less water. My cOncern at this point is what would I do if I were expecting a baby or had surgery and could not bend.

  14. I am addicted to your blog! Great Post! Looking forward to get more information from you. I have an older home with so many ideas in my head, but I also have 2 little ones that make doing things difficult. So for now I will decorate vicariously through you!

  15. Cami Ludlow says:

    I have a top loading washer and a top loading dryer. No funny bending or twisting switching the clothes over, its a dream. Thanks for sharing

  16. Patricia Woodward says:

    When we got married my husband had a front loader and after using it for I while I knew I hated it. Being a frugal person, I used it until it died. Luckily the washer & dryer went about the same time, so we got a great deal on the Samsung models at Lowe’s. I love my top loader washer, the dryer is still front load, but I don’t mind that, that’s what I’ve always had. Once in awhile the washer may tangle the clothes, but that doesn’t bother me. All in all I am very satisfied with our purchase and I don’t care to ever own another front loader.

  17. We have a front loader at our house. Not sure what brand. Anyways, I have hated it since day one. First off, the smell is AWFUL if left closed. How are my clothes supposed to get clean when it smells like that? Second, the clothes always get tangled. This isn’t a huge problem, except for when I go to move the clothes to the dryer, they stay tangled. This means half of my clothes are in the dryer and the other half are in the washer while still stuck together. It’s either that, or the clothes fall all over the floor. Another thing is that the washer shakes so much I think it might fly away or fall through the floor. It takes forever to wash my clothes too. Lastly, I find it annoying that it has to “sense” the amount of clothes. I get that this might help conserve water, but it takes forever and I think that the older washers were just as useful. I will never buy a front loader when I move out. I’d say the only good thing is that they look nice and you can watch your clothes wash. But I know they have some top loaders that are clear too.

  18. LG products are the absolute worst! I had a $1400 LG Tromm which had issues from the first month after I purchased it (yes I read the manual, used the correct detergent, left the door open, wiped the seal, etc etc). The machine smelled like garbage constantly, twice, the h2o fill sensor failed which caused the water to fill to the point of causing the pressure to blow the door open and flooded 2 floors of my home (this happened 2ce, despite “repair”). LG customer service is non existent, and service people will tell you that no one has the ability to actually service these machines at all. I finally dragged the machine to the curb on trash day. Replaced it with a Maytag Bravos HE and although I don’t overfill the drum, at times the clothes actually come out still dry and in the same position that they were loaded into the washer which means they are not getting wet….Have had this for 3 years and the drum has rusted, would cost over $300 to fix, so will have to replace. Cannot seem to find a HE top loader that gets a ton of great reviews…they all seem to have the same problem, not enough water to clean the clothes. Would go back to a standard top loader, but can’t find one that has at least 4.0 capacity. Bottom Line: LG as a company is absolute garbage, Maytag..questionable…

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  20. Donna meeks says:

    Mine tangles everytime I wash several pairs of pants, also goes off balance if wash heavy load of towels. I’m sure small loads will reduce problem, if so where’s the savings and water preservation argument go?