LG Steam Front Load Washer/Dryer

Last updated: November 24, 2021

The LG Steam Washer/Dryer comes with a long-lasting warranty on the motor. Water levels adjust automatically to fit the load size, making it very energy efficient. Allergy sufferers will love its bacteria-killing Allergeine cycle. Its ventless operation also makes it easy to set up and run anywhere.

We looked at the top Front Load Washing Machines and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Front Load Washing Machine you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: The LG Steam Washer/Dryer can operate without vents and has several energy-saving modes.

In our analysis of 68 expert reviews, the LG Steam Washer/Dryer placed 13th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

COMBINATION OF VERSATILITY AND EFFICIENCY Although it’s a space saving solution, this 27 inch wide washer/ dryer combination doesn’t compromise on capacity, with an ultra large 4.3 cubic foot tub. It comes equipped with the TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System, minimizing noisy tub movement, along with TurboWash technology saving you 20 minutes on larger loads*. It also features an internal heating element with a NSF-certified Sanitary cycle, just a few more reasons this small washer/dryer combo comes with huge cleaning and space-saving benefits. Tired of spending hours on end finishing your family’s laundry? Now, those days are gone. Towers of towels, piles of sweatshirts, and a mountain of jeans? Go for it. The ultra large capacity (4.3 cu.ft.) tub lets you do more laundry in fewer loads. That’s time saved and sore backs avoided. This combo washer and dryer is ideal if you don’t have an external venting source, which is required by most conventional dryers. Perfect for homes, apartments, businesses and vacation homes where space is valuable. Ultra Large Capacity All-In-One Washer/Dryer Combo w/ TurboWash WM3997HWA TurboWash Technology Ultra Large Capacity Ventless Condensing Drying System SPECIFICATIONS 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity with NeveRust Stainless Steel Drum Direct Drive Motor with 10-Year Limited Warranty 1,300 RPM 14 Washing Programs 5 Temperature Settings (All Cold Rinses) STYLISH DESIGN Upfront Electronic Control Panel with Dual LED Display and Dial-A-Cycle Chrome Square Rimmed Glass Door with Dark Blue Tinted Cover Extra Wide Door Opening Optional Matching Drawer Pedestal

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The warranty coverage on this unit is the best of the machines we reviewed. The motor is covered for 10 years and the drum is covered for the life of the machine. Parts and labor have a standard one-year warranty.
One of the most impressive programs is called TurboWash, which cleans large loads in record time at a maximum speed of 1,300 RPM.
SenseClean and SenseDry optimize efficiency and cleaning and drying performance by automatically adjusting the water levels, wash times, and drying times for your load.
You can use the LG WM3997HWA everywhere, even in places that don’t allow vented dryers. As a ventless unit, you don’t need to force any hot air outside, so you can set up the combo unit basically anywhere you have an outlet.
This LG has an extensive number of washing cycles, a full range of drying cycles and a bright digital display. The front display on this washer dryer combo has an easy-to-read timer showing you how soon your load will be done.
Lid Lock keeps children safe and prevents leaks
Because of its versatility and efficiency, this can be the ultimate model for apartments, vacation homes, and businesses where space is at a premium.
This washer and dryer combo is great! It does take longer to dry, but I love the size and having it all in one space. Thanks!
The Allergeine cycle is a patented feature of LG, which is certified by the AAFA to eliminate 95% of common allergens from clothing. This includes indoor allergies like dust and pet dander, as well as pollen which may attach to clothing.
This combination washer and dryer features just about every cycle you could want, including the bulky, perm. press, delicate, hand wash/wool, speed, tub clean, heavy duty, bright whites, towel, and small load cycles.
As mentioned already, this is a very efficient washer. It is able to remove around 95% of allergens on clothes in the wash. This may not seem like a lot but, honestly, it is.
The LG washer/dryer combination does indeed have settings that will dry things right after a wash cycle with no input necessary from you. This is perfect for anybody who spends a lot of time outside of the house.
All in all, it is a great machine that is very convenient especially for people who want to save space or those with small living spaces. Hence, it is great for RVs.
One of the best features of this washer/ dryer combo is it comes with a ventless condensing system that will dry your clothes without the need of external venting.
Great and fast drying results thanks to its huge capacity.
On the other hand, this washer/dryer machine features an internal heating element with a NSF-certified sanitary cycle coupled with huge cleaning and space-saving benefits.
It comes equipped with the True Balance Anti-Vibration System, minimizing noisy tub movement, along with Turbo Wash technology saving you 20 minutes on larger loads*.

What reviewers didn't like

Estimated energy costs are almost double what it would cost with some units.
The LG WM3997HWA is very heavy compared to other combos. It weighs about 211 pounds. This is to be expected with bigger-capacity units, so it would be best to plan on choosing a spot for the unit and not moving it.
Because of its wide array of sophisticated cleaning and drying features, it needs a bit of learning before you can be able to maximize on its powers fully.
I bought this expensive machine two years ago. Last thing I expected would to have to be replacing a drain pump.
Heavier items like jeans, comforters, and winter jackets come out slightly damp. This means those items may need to be hung up on a clothesline or in the bathroom for a brief time before being put away.
Useful features place it on the expensive side.
Users have pointed out that if a comforter is placed in it, the comforter will not dry perfectly, and this can be a concern.
Drying takes long to finish. It takes around 2-4 hours for the drying to be done.
Not efficient enough to dry the heavy load
There is no exterior lint trap for the dryer. The lint tends to collect around the rubber seal and you have to empty that once a month depending on the frequency of use.
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