Solita Purchases First Washer Dryer for Eastman home!

Our Eastman home did not come with a laundry machine unit. That was okay by us. We had been researching all the latest models and were blown away by some of the new technology features. You can hook up your laundry machine to wi-fi and virtually control the machine, from an app on your mobile device. While these were very cool features, we had to keep in mind that this is an appliance that has an average lifespan of 14 years which is a long time in technology years.

To make sure both our needs were met, we organized our most important laundry needs and wants into a Must Haves and Wants list to prioritize our needs. We researched online and then went to three appliance stores to check out the units in person. After seeing the different options and prices, we took advantage of some awesome President’s Day deals and ordered our LG Mega Capacity Washer & Dryer through Best Buy. We even got the pedestals for free! Also, free delivery and 0% for 18 months. We purchased:

LG – 5.2 CU. FT. MEGA CAPACITY TURBOWASH™ WASHER WITH STEAM™ TECHNOLOGY- Model WM8000HVA
LG – SteamDryer 9.0 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle Ultra-Large Capacity Steam Electric Dryer – Graphite Steel – Model Model: DLEX8000V

We looked at several units both online and in store. It came down to the LG 5.2 CU FT. Mega Capacity against the Samsung 4.5 CU Ft. King Capacity with Smart technology. With the pedestals included, both would come to the same price during the President’s Day Weekend Sale. To make the final decision, we had to go back to our wishlists of Must Have’s

Solita Washer / Dryer Must Have:

  • Large capacity (4.3 Cubic Feet capacity and above)
  • No agitator in the washer
  • Quiet
  • Low shake/rumble
  • Steam cycle in either washer or dryer
  • Awesome user reviews
  • Dryer with fast drying
  • Top Customer Ratings
  • Energy Star

Wants (Nice to have but not required) 

  • Pedestal for proper height (we are both tall and found it more comfortable to reach in when the units were on pedastals)
  • Front Load (for G … Would rather reach INWARD (front load) than DOWNWARD (top load)
  • Color: Stainless Steel / Grey or Red (since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend)

 

Read about How we created a washer / dryer must have and wants lists, click here

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LG Mega Capacity Washer / Dryer – Solita’s Pick!

LG – 5.2 CU. FT. MEGA CAPACITY TURBOWASH™ WASHER WITH STEAM™ TECHNOLOGY- Model WM8000HVA
LG – SteamDryer 9.0 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle Ultra-Large Capacity Steam Electric Dryer – Graphite Steel – Model Model: DLEX8000V

LG MegaWasherDryerComboAt 5.2 Cublic feet, this is the largest capacity machine you can find. What’s great is that despite it’s size, it manages to do a great job on cleaning clothes while maintaining an Energy Star rating. It has received several industry awards for quality and is also backed  by hundreds of five star user ratings on many different appliance internet sites. This model LG washer/dryer unit is the top rated model on several appliance web sites such as BestBuy.com

The LG Mega Capacity Washer / Dryer hit all of our Must Have’s and wants on our list, down to the color. It even has a Steam cycle to remove wrinkles in clothes and and cold cycle features.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall Impressions

This machine has received the HIGHEST ratings for performance on the washing and drying components. The overall construction of the unit, especially the doors is solid. It meets all of our must haves and wants in a laundry system. The price with pedestals makes it the same cost as the Samsung 4.5 Cu. Ft.Steam Washer.

LG Washer Display

The LG 5.2 Mega Capacity Washer and Dryer Dashboard uses an easy to use know display.

The only thing that this LG unit is missing is smart technology. In reality, technology was never on our list of must have’s or wants when it comes to a laundry unit. Samsung washer/dryer units had really cool LCD screens we actually thought that a non LCD would be more rebust for an appliance that should last for an estimated 15 years. We have every confidence that the washing component will last a long time. But after owning our share of smart phones, tablets, monitors and screens, we did not have confidence that the LCD would last 15 years. I would rather not have to put in a repair call for this

 

 

 

Steam Technology

Turbo Wash Technology Feature Video

Cold Wash Feature Video

Large Capacity

 

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Samsung Steam Washer/Dryer Combo with WiFi 

Samsung – 4.5 Cu. Ft. 21-Cycle High-Efficiency Steam Front-Loading Washer – Onyx – Model: WF457ARGSGR/AA Washer
Samsung – 7.5 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle Steam Electric Dryer  – Onyx – Model: DV457EVGSGR/AA

Samsung Washer Dryer Combo
Samsung Washer Dryer Combo

 

We also were considering this beautiful Samsung 4.5 Cu. Ft. Washer. It’s both beautiful and smart! It has special washing features such as PowerFoam, SpeedWash and Steam which makes it great as a laundry machine . With a 4.5 Cu. Ft. capacity,this washer would easily tackle a Jiu Jitsu Gi or a King Size comforter set. As an added bonus, this combo can be hooked up to the internet and monitored by your favorite mobile device. The Samsung washer and dryer combo always ranked in the top 5 of all highly rated washers. However, it was always behind the LG 5.2 Washer and Dryer combo.

Here is a short video about the

 

Overall Impressions

This machine has received high ratings for performance on the washing and drying components. The overall construction of the unit, especially the doors is solid. It meets all of our must haves and wants in a laundry system. The price with pedestals makes it the same cost as the LG 5.2 Mega Capacity which has a larger washing capacity.

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This is the 8″ display on the Samsung Washer

A major concern for us with this unit is the LCD screen. Without it, you do not know what you are doing. It is beautiful, but can it last as long as the laundry component of the machine? This is a matter of how confident you are with LCD technology. We have both owned several tablets, monitors, TVs and mobile phones with LCD technology, and do not have confidence that the displays would last as long as the actual laundry component of these machines. The warranty on the display is 2 Years. A repair on the LCD unit appears to be an unnecessary and costly future expense that we would prefer not to pay.

 

 

 

 

LG SmartThinQ Washer & Dryer

4.7 Cu Feet Capacity Washer
WiFi Connected Washer Dryer

When we first started looking into high tech appliances, we came across this favorite. The LG SmartThinQ is the ultimate in geek appliances. Unfortunately it was not on display at any of the appliance showrooms we went to. It also very new and has very few user ratings. Click on the photo to see the videos of the cool features of this unit. When it came to decision time we had to disqualify this from our choice of options because it is important for us touch and feel the unit before making such an important decision. We both think that this unit would be great in a home that where the kitchen appliances also need to be upgraded. The SmartThinQ will appeal to techies who want technology and connectivity in their home. The electric range for this unit can be programmed through a recipe selection from the SmartThinq fridge. You can check up on activities in the kitchen (e.g. how much longer til dinner’s done) through a mobile device. This washer and dryer unit would certainly be a member of this dream team. We just wonder, with the current speed of technology, how much time before these are all fads? Is this just too much technology in our lives? More importantly, can all the LCD displays on these devices last as long as the appliance itself?

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