LG WM3575CV review: Not so fast: This speedy LG washer struggles to clean

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The Good LG's $1,100 WM3575CV washing machine cleans clothes surprisingly fast -- it even has a 15-minute Speed Wash cycle.

The Bad The WM3575CV scored low on stain removal. Its control panel looks cluttered, and its Smart Diagnosis troubleshooting feature doesn't come with clear instructions.

The Bottom Line The LG WM3575CV will work in a pinch, but I'd look elsewhere for something more well rounded.

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6.4 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Usability 6
  • Features 8
  • Performance 5.5

For all of the things LG's $1,100 WM3575CV washing machine gets right, it has one fatal flaw -- poor performance. Out of all of the front-loaders we've reviewed so far, this model earned the lowest overall stain removal score. Given its subpar cleaning skills, I can't recommend the LG WM3575CV. Look instead to the Electrolux EFLS617S or the Whirlpool WFW87HEDW.

Speed demon

Before I got the WM3575CV's performance results, I was fairly impressed with it. This LG machine dominates when you stack its features against competitors in the same price range.

It comes in an attractive "Graphite Steel" finish (that's code for gray), has a 4.5-cubic-foot-capacity, 12 cleaning cycles and a related Android and iPhone app for troubleshooting repair needs and other potential issues.

Here's a closer look at the WM3575CV's specs versus the Electrolux and the Whirlpool:

Comparing washing machines

LG WM3575CV Whirlpool WFW87HEDW Electrolux EFLS617S
Price $1,100 $1,199 $1,099
Color finish Graphite Steel, White (for $1,000) Chrome Shadow, White (for $1,099) White, Titanium (for $1,199)
Capacity 4.5 cubic feet 4.3 cubic feet 4.4 cubic feet
# of cycles 12 10 9
Energy consumption 90 kWh/year 109 kWh/year 85 kWh/year
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 27x38.7x29.7 inches 27x38.7x33.1 inches 27x38x31.5 inches
Warranty 1 year, limited 1 year, limited 1 year, limited
Voltage rating 120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz
App Yes, Android and iPhone No No

In addition to having a slightly larger drum capacity, slightly more cleaning cycles and an app, the WM3575CV can also complete a laundry cycle faster than the competition.

With help from its TurboWash setting, this LG model can wash a regular ol' load of laundry in 30 minutes flat. It also has a 15-minute Speed Wash cycle that I used to wash some of my clothes in a hurry. Here's a list of all of the WM3575CV's available cleaning options:

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