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4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology

  • WT1201CW

  • White

Key Features

  • Ultra Large 4.3 cu. ft. Capacity
  • Front Control Design
  • Direct Drive Motor 10 Year Limited Warranty
  • ColdWash™ Technology
  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified

A revolutionary spin on laundry

LG puts a modern spin on the traditional top load design. By moving the control panel from the back to the front, the buttons and LED display are easier to read and use. This simple change makes for a more intuitive and functional design and a look that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Count on it

When you buy a washer, you want something reliable that you can count on. Because the Direct Drive Motor uses fewer moving parts and operates more efficiently, LG confidently backs the motor with a 10-year limited warranty.

The hottest thing in cold clean

Using the cold cycle on your washer doesn’t have to mean compromising. ColdWash™ technology uses cold water and enhanced washing motions to penetrate deep into fabrics, giving you cold water savings with warm water performance.

Catch the wave

If you thought water had done all it could to clean your clothes, you haven't experienced WaveForce™ technology. Rapid drum movement and powerful water jets provide a revolutionary washing and rinsing experience.

Get wise

Get wise

If you ever experience an issue with your LG washer, you don't have to worry. The SmartDiagnosis™ feature helps the service center diagnose problems over the phone, or with a simple app on your smart phone, helping you minimize costly, inconvenient service calls.

Save money. Save energy.

Save money. Save energy.

When your washer uses about 30% less energy and half the amount of water used by regular washers, you’re going to make an impact—on your utility bills, your energy and water consumption, and most importantly, the environment.

Design Style Top Loader
Control Panel Design Front Control
Capacity 4.3 cu. ft.
Design Look Front Control
Front Electronic Control Panel with LED Display Yes
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
No. of Programs 8
Wash Programs Cotton/Normal, Bulky/Bedding, PureColor™, Speed Wash, Heavy Duty, BrightWhites™, Delicates, Tub Clean
No. of Options 9
Options Rinse+Spin, Spin Only, Soak, ColdWash™, Extra Rinse, Fabric Softener, Delay Wash, Child Lock, Signal On/Off
No. of Wash/Rinse Temps Hot, Warm, Eco Warm, Cold, Tap Cold (All Cold Rinses)
Spin Speeds High, Medium, Low, No Spin
No. of Water Levels Automatically adjusts to the size of load
No. of Soil Levels 3
SmartRinse™ Jet Spray System Yes
ColdWash™ Option Yes
SenseClean™ System Yes
WaveForce™ Yes
2+1 Dispenser Main Wash, Fabric Softener + Liquid Bleach
TrueBalance™ Anti-Vibration System Yes
SmartDiagnosis™ Yes
LoadSense Yes
Status Indicator(s) Yes
End of Cycle Signal Yes
Child Lock Yes
Auto Suds Removal Yes
Forced Drain System Yes
LoDecibel™ Quiet Operation Yes
Leveling Legs 4 Adjustable Legs
Motor Type Direct Drive Motor
Motor Speed Variable
Max RPM 1,100
Axis Vertical
NeveRust™ Stainless Steel Drum Yes
Cabinet Painted Steel
Control Panel Plastic
Top Cover Plastic
Diamond Glass Lid Yes
Available Colors White (W), Graphite Steel (V)
Ratings CSA Listed
Electrical Requirements 120V, 10 Amps
Type Electric
Product (WxHxD) 27" x 40 5/32" x 28 3/8" (54 1/3" H with lid open)
Carton (WxHxD) 29 1/2" x 43 7/10" x 31 1/4"
Weight (Product/Carton) 134.2 lbs/151.8 lbs
Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor, 10 Years Motor, Lifetime on Drum
UPC 048231 013338

What People Are Saying

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't do a load of Laundry without redistributing I have had this washer for about 45 days now (Rent-a-Center). Everything seems to work great along the lines of very quiet, clothes come out clean, and huge inside however the most frustrating thing is I have done over 50 loads of laundry and I think maybe 3 have completed from start to finish. All the other ones I have to constantly redistribuite the clothing (multiple times) over the course of a wash. The UE pops up all the time. I tried small loads, large loads, shirts only, pants only, doesn't matter. Thankfully it's from rent-a-center and I can get a different one but I feel sorry for those of you who purchased it outright. Sooooo frustrating.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Washer We have had this washer for several months now and find it to be the best washer we have ever owned (nothing even close). Does a great job cleaning the clothes while not being hard on them. Even a tissue left in the clothes will come out clean an undamaged. This machine is a great buy.
Date published: 2015-11-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing poor performer I have had this machine for a year. No matter how I arrange the clothing, it stops multiple times during cycle due to 'imbalance'. I am considering purchasing a new washer due to pure frustration. Extremely disappointed!
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy this washing machine The absolute worst purchase in my life. Does not get clothes clean, takes hours to do a load of wash because it is always UNEVEN and has to re-fill to adjust clothes. The amount of water in washer doesn't even cover the clothes. No soaking cycle, no water level choice for small or large loads. So disappointed, what a waste of money.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Washer Have owned the set for over a year now and not one problem. It saves on water, laundry soap, and it is so quite. It was "almost" worth what it cost! LOL!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Performance I love the performance and Large Capacity that give the convenience of not having to do laundry as often. It cleans so well and the dryer with the wrinkle free w/ steam setting lets you take control of the time you want to remove a load of wrinkle free clothes. The wrinkle care setting will let you go away for up 3 hours after the clothes have finished and will tumble them and keep them wrinkle free you when you get back from what ever you are doing. I love it.
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good, cleans great I've had this washer for over a month now and absolutely LOVE it! I was hesitant to purchase after reading some of the negative reviews, but I'm glad I went ahead with it. I love the clean lines and the front control more stretching and reaching for a dial or button to set the cycle. It cleans so much better than my old agitator model. I have hard wood floors in this new house and was amazed by how dirty my socks get. I put them in this baby and they came out white. No bleach. Just detergent. And WHITE. Truly amazing. My more delicate items come out unscathed and no more getting the straps of my tank tops wrapped around a stupid agitator. The drum is HUGE. I sometimes feel guilty for having such a small load...but then I realize it's not that just looks that way in the enormous tub. I like that it senses the size of the load and adjusts the water accordingly. It's super quiet when it runs, which is great, because I don't currently have a door on my laundry room. I think the people who complain about it not cleaning well or leaving residue aren't following the instructions. You only use 2 tablespoons of detergent. Yes, TABLESPOONS. If you're like me, you might be used to dumping in half a capfull or more. Not with this machine. Read and follow the directions and I really think you'll be amazed at the performance of this machine. The only slightly negative point I have is the drum is very deep. So if you're short, like I am (5'4"), you may need a step stool to get to the bottom of the drum. I don't need it every time, but if I do a load of smaller items, like socks and underwear, I definitely need some assistance reaching the bottom. But its still completely worth it to me. I love the washer and wouldn't trade it for anything. And it's not LG's fault I'm short, so I didn't take away any stars for that. I chose to get the large capacity size for my blankets and comforters.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not clean clothes The washer seems to work fine, but when we pull clothes out, they still smell horrible. Especially the towels for some reason. We are going to try to get LG to give us our money back since it's still under warranty and we are very unsatisfied, but I doubt they'll honor it since technically it isn't malfunctioning. And "no" I am not the only one with this problem for this washer.
Date published: 2015-08-23
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why is my washer STILL making a fairly loud high pitched sound when it is on the fill cycle. I have cleaned the inlet filters and had a service call- he replaced water intake valves but this did not eliminate the sound!!! HELP

Asked by: kiddo
We regret to read about the issues that you're experiencing with your ENERGY STAR® Qualified LG 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology, Model # WT1201CW. The high pitched noise that your washer cannot be determined without physically inspecting the machine and would have been something that should have been discovered during the service call. Sometimes, when they is a constraint in the water pressure in the pipes, the force of the water flowing out of the pipes into your washer when the valve opens can cause a high-pitch screech that might persist until the dryer fills with water. Other times, it might just be that the washer needs to be broken in. You'll usually need to run a new washer through about five complete washing cycles to break it in. Until this time, the washer might squeak or squeal when it fills as well as when it transitions between each cycle and although the sound might be irritating, it should only be a temporary annoyance and eventually will go away. Clogged water valve screens can also be a cause for high pitched squeals as the water tries to push through the congested screens, but since you have checked this already and had the water intake valves replaced, if your washing machine is squeaking and squealing when it fills and transitions after the break-in period, something may be wrong with it...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-11-19

Im getting a error code OE and it's not spending the wate out

Asked by: cbritt2025
The "OE" error code that you are getting on the display of your ENERGY STAR® Qualified LG 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology, Model # WT1201CW indicates that the washer is experiencing issues with draining. The error code is displayed when the washer is unable to drain water for 13 minutes. Pull the washer far enough away from the wall so you can check the drain hose behind the unit to make sure it isn't bent or pinched between the back of the washer and the wall. After inspecting the drain hose, perform a SPIN ONLY cycle to see if the issue has been resolved. If the "OE" code reappears, the machine will need a repair service...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-10-27

I need a new drain hoes, ours has to little leaks in it.

Asked by: ya p
The closest LG Authorized Parts Distributor in your region from whom you can order a new drain hose from for your LG 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology, Model # WT1201CW is : Encompass Parts Distribution 775 Tipton Industrial Dr. Suite F Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Sales: 866-779-7906 Fax: 800-552-1431^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-10-14

What does error code pe mean and how can I fix it?

Asked by: beezee75
Error Code "PE" on your LG 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology, Model # WT1201CV indicates that the water level sensor in the washer is not working properly. You will need to close the water taps, unplug the washer and call for service. If you prefer to, you can submit and online repair service request at or you can call us at (800) 243-0000 to speak to a Call Representative and have them assist you in scheduling a repair service...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-11-04

location of technician manual

Asked by: Mike D
If by "technician manual" you're referring to the service manual for the LG 4.3 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer with Front Control Design and WaveForce™ Technology, Model # WT1201CV, that is only available to Authorized Service Technicians or Authorized Service Centers. The owner's manual on the other hand can be downloaded and printed out from the support page for that washer in PDF format. If you need assistance with the unit, you can contact our customer support at (800) 243-0000...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-10-01

How/where do I add color safe bleach, scent boosters and/or OxyClean?

Asked by: Cherij1026
When you lift up the lid, there is a dispenser at the back of the drum. You pull the dispenser out and there is a spot on the left for pouring in bleach and a spot on the right for detergent. And a spot for fabric softener, too. When you're done pouring in your ingredients, you push the dispenser drawer shut and you're ready to go.
Answered by: GadgetGirl
Date published: 2015-08-28

Do I need special laundry detergent for my washer?

Asked by: lanceandzoe
You need to make sure your detergent container says safe for HE (high efficiency) machines. I've noticed most detergents are now labeled this way and I've not had to change my brand of detergent since getting the washer.
Answered by: GadgetGirl
Date published: 2015-08-28

What are the time lengths of the cycles?

I don't see anywhere what the time lengths of a complete cycle is. The test wash shows 1:27!! Are all cycles so long? I wish I had known this before purchasing-no info in the specs on this.
Asked by: CieT
A normal cycle in 55 min. If it's a small loads after the washer detects it will shorten the time some. A heavy duty load is 1:44 a little over 2 hours with the extra rinse added to it.
Answered by: Kbible2003
Date published: 2015-08-24
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