The US-only LG WT7700HVA washing machine costs $1,500. That's expensive for a single laundry appliance, especially a top-load model, which typically would cost less than its front-load counterparts.
(Most top-load units range from roughly $350 to $1,200, whereas front-load washers tend to start around $600 at the lower end, but regularly fetch prices upward of $1,600.)
Premium appliance manufacturers like LG are changing the game a bit, though, with more luxury top-load offerings available in the US market. Complete with fancier paint finishes and more features, the WT7700HVA and others are presenting intriguing alternatives to high-end front-load machines.
Luxury finishes aside, they still need to perform well -- and that's where LG's WT7700HVA falls short. Of the four washing machines we've reviewed so far, this pricey top-load unit scored the lowest in terms of stain removal. It would be one thing if it cost $350, but the WT7700HVA's price doesn't come close to matching its performance, making it a washer I can't readily recommend.
Why does this washer cost so much?
A growing number of washing-machine manufacturers have begun to introduce quirky features that you won't find on typical models. Samsung sells a top-load unit with a built-in sink, the $1,199, so you can hand-wash delicate items or simply presoak stubborn stains before the regular cleaning cycle.
LG itself has a new line of-compatible machines. This assortment of select front-load washers can accommodate a stacked pedestal underneath -- called a Sidekick -- that's actually equipped with a second, smaller washer for simultaneous cycles.
At CES in January, we even met with a startup called Marathon that thinks it's completely ridiculous to have two laundry appliances. Instead, the company proposes doing away with separate units altogether via its vented all-in-one washer and dryer combo.
These units might justify a higher price because they offer something different, a new feature or in some cases, a new take on laundry as a whole.
LG's WT7700HVA, on the other hand, is just a premium washer. It has a lovely brushed stainless-steel look, a transparent lid so you can watch your clothes get clean if that's your thing and a nice-looking display panel that's simple to read and easy to use. It also has a 5.7 cubic-foot capacity. That's huge.has a 5.2 cubic-foot capacity and even that's a pretty good size.
And, at 29 inches wide and 45 inches tall, with a depth of 32.25 inches, the WT7700HVA is definitely on the larger side for top-load units, but its capacity can easily justify it. But, it doesn't offer much more than that.
Sure, installation is simple -- if you're familiar with washer hookups. Just 15-20 minutes and you're done; then plug it in, press the power button -- and even that has a pleasing chime to let you know you've turned on the machine correctly.