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4.5 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Top Load Washer Featuring Powerful StainCare™ Technology

  • WT4870CW

  • White

Key Features

  • 4.5 cu.ft. Ultra Large Capacity
  • Direct Drive Motor 10 Year Limited Warranty
  • ColdWash™ Technology
  • SmartDiagnosis™
More free time

More free time

Towers of towels, piles of sweatshirts, and a mountain of jeans? Go for it. The ultra large capacity (4.5 cu.ft.) tub lets you do more laundry in fewer loads. That’s time saved and sore backs avoided.

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.

Get wise

Get wise

If you ever experience an issue with your LG dryer, 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.

Wash in peace

You shouldn’t know your washer is on when you're in the next room. The LG TrueBalance™ anti-vibration system is designed to minimize washer noise and vibration for smooth, quiet performance in any room of the house - even on the 2nd floor.



It's not like you always have time on your hands to wait around for the wash. The SpeedWash™ Cycle can have clothes clean and fresh in just 35 minutes.

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
Capacity (cu.ft.) DOE 4.5
Limited Warranty 1 year Parts and Labor, 10 Years Motor, Lifetime on Drum
Capacity 4.5 cu. ft.
Design Look Rear Control
Intelligent Electronic Controls with Dual LED Display Yes
Dial-A-Cycle™ Yes
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
No. of Programs 8
Wash Programs Cotton/Normal, Bulky/Bedding, Perm. Press/Casual, Speed Wash, Heavy Duty, BrightWhites™, Delicates, Tub Clean
No. of Options 12
Options Rinse+Spin, Spin Only, StainCare™, Soak, ColdWash™, Extra Rinse, Fabric Softener, Delay Wash, Child Lock, Custom Program, Signal On/Off, Water Plus
No. of Wash/Rinse Temps Extra Hot, Hot, Warm, Cold, Tap Cold (All Cold Rinses)
Spin Speeds Extra High (1,100 max.), 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
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 PCM
Control Panel Plastic
Top Plate Painted
Body Matching Solid Lid Yes
Available Colors White (W)
Ratings CSA Listed
Electrical Requirements 120V, 10 Amps
Type Electric
Product (WxHxD) 27" x 45 3/8" x 28 3/9"
Carton (WxHxD) 29 1/2" x 48" x 31 1/4"
Limited Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor, 10 Years Motor, Lifetime on Drum
UPC 048231 013192

What People Are Saying

Rated 1 out of 5 by from the worst washer I have had in 50 years I bought my washer in Aug. 2013 Had problems with uneven loads constantly. After research I discovered there was a recall on the main board and had it replaced in March 2015. Low and behold the problems are back with more new ones. This washer does not clean clothes, takes hours to complete a cycle and uses a lot of water. I would not recommend buying this machine
Date published: 2015-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this large capacity washer! I have had this washing machine for over 2 years and every time I use it I am so glad I bought it. It has a large capacity and it is great for washing blankets and huge loads of clothes but it works just as well with small loads. I don't have a problem with "uneven loads" since after I load the clothes in the washer I reach in and "fluff" them before I start the washer. I just reach underneath and pick them up a little to even them out. The clothes always come out nice and clean. The only down side is that it is not good for waterproof mattress covers as they may rip. After this happened to me once I had some success washing them in a laundry bag on low spin. The deep drum which makes it possible to do the large loads may make it difficult for someone shorter than me at 5'3" to reach the bottom. For me it is not an issue. It is easy to use, looks great, and runs reliably with no problems.
Date published: 2015-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of JUNK I hate this wash machine. It is a waste to time and money.
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't see the problems I purchased this washer on 11/5/2013 and it has been two years now. I used to get the code UE, but then I realized I was an idiot and packed everything to the top and had an offset load. You can't throw everything and the kitchen sink in there and except it to be balance. Yes it is technology and it does have a load sensor, but from my experience of loading hovercraft and ships in the Navy. You have to equal the balance and make sure just like an old type of washer. You make sure the load is correct. 641 reviews of 5 stars vs 40 reviews at 1 star. After reading all these reviews, this piece of equipment is too engineered for most of you that do not know how to use technology and load a washer. That is all.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Problem Unit The uE unbalanced load code is constant. This causes excessive water use and time consuming attention. I believe it is an defect. I've observed the spin cycles and the vibration / movement is not excessive. I've set for spin only and no uE code. Is this due to diff. sensitivity type of load? Not sure, but this aggravation will cause me to junk this unit.
Date published: 2015-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from lg true balance I have had this washer for 2 years. I have yet to have a wash load that didn't get out of balance over and over and over. It waste my electricity and water. I have not even been able to complete an entire tub clean cycle because it gets out of balance..with nothing but water in the freaking thing. I hate this washer. I had never been able to afford a brand new washer in my life until 2 years ago...I wish I had never bought this one and now I am stuck with it.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do Not Waste Your Money This is the worst washing machine I have ever owned. The machine is less than two years old and the clutch has gone out. The large capacity tub is a joke because every time you try to do a large wash load the machine constantly gives an "unbalanced" error code. If I could rate this product lower than one star I would. This will be the last LG product I purchase. Also, I live in a rural county and every factory authorized service dealer that LG recommended said they did not service my area. So, besides the poor quality machine, it is difficult to obtain service.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! Look forward to doing laundry! Very impressed with the quality and ease of operation with this washing machine. Very quiet!
Date published: 2015-08-22
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Why does my washer leak?

Washer leaked from the left rear on the first day. It was replaced by another one. It worked fine for 30 days and it started leaking - in a different place than the first one. Model WT4870CW. We just wash clothes; there is no abuse of machine.
Asked by: Rowdee
This started happening with my washer as well, after ~1.5 yrs. It leaks around the bottom left side and also the front left. I've had a technician look twice, but he isn't able to determine the problem. It's not a huge amount of water, but enough to need a few microfiber towels to soak up the water.
Answered by: houser
Date published: 2015-10-05

what would cause black moldy flecks on clothes. Have done several tub cleans and no use.

Asked by: Albert C
We regret the trouble you have experienced with this washing machine. If the TUB CLEAN option did not resolve the situation, then the unit may need to be inspected more deeply. To make service arrangements, you may either contact our Customer Interactive Center at 800-243-0000, or you can check our Repair Provider Lookup on our website, at
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2015-09-16


The washer Vibrates on spin cycle. even with no clothes in the drum. Is this normal? The vibration is almost enough to slosh water out of a small cup if placed on the lid. No error codes, all functions work.
Asked by: lgkp
We regret the trouble you have experienced with this washing machine. If the cabinet is not properly leveled, then it would not be uncommon for the machine to vibrate. This occurrence can happen more frequently if there is nothing in the tub.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2015-09-09

Water Inlet Filter

What is the part number and where can I get the small orange water inlet filter screens for the hoses?
Asked by: ghinga
We appreciate your interest in this washing machine and its accessories. The water hose filters are accessories that are not kept or supplied by our distributors. These can, however, be found at any local hardware or appliance store, for use with standard water lines.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2015-08-21

Washer whistles when water is filling - problem?

Asked by: Pool
We regret the inconvenience you have experienced with this washing machine. The whistling of a water line typically occurs due to the restriction of water flow, whether this be related to the water valves of the washer, the wall, or the restriction in the water hoses themselves.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2015-08-20

how to clean washing machine

Asked by: gamecock
I usually just put the tablet in the drum, set the "Clean" setting, and press the "Start" button. Hopefully this helps!
Answered by: Ezra19
Date published: 2015-08-05

Not enough Water WT4870C

Our clothes have not been clean when removed from this top load washer and have bleach stains when using the bleach dispenser. Today I decided to stop a load in them middle of the wash cycle and discovered that water is only midway covering the clothes. This does not seem correct, even for an water saving machine.
Asked by: DryWasher
For more than 20 years, I have been a stickler about laundering clothes so I treat this washer just as I did my previous one. Although this washer is supposedly designed to save water, I turn the washer back to the beginning and start over without restarting an entire wash load. This is what I am trying to say: 1. Load the dirty clothes 2. Set my settings 3. Allow the load to wash but not rinse 4. Turn the setting back to the beginning right before the soapy clothes are about the drain By following these steps, I have more water and have washed the clothes twice. Of course, I set the "soak feature" but I have germ-a-phobia. When I follow these steps, my clothes come out sparking clean. I use bleach sparingly on my sheets and towels and the normal amount of bleach on my whites. After the wash cycle finishes the whites, I poor regular tap water in the bleach dispenser. (I have always done it this way and never have had any bleached stains.) I am so sorry this is happening to you but hopefully this opinion will help.
Answered by: Ezra19
Date published: 2015-08-05

Best wash cycle for dirty heavy duty clothes

My husband is a landscaper and comes home with mud, dirt, dust and debris on his clothes. We shake the clothes and check the pockets but there is usually mud or other stains that requires additional work before putting them in the wash. My question is, do I have to manually scrub the mud off his jeans before placing them in the wash? Or is there a cycle that will help. I don't expect the jeans to come out brand new, but I do expect them to look better than when they entered. A couple months ago I put a pair of jeans with mud stains in the wash. It was the type of mud you could scrape off with a finger nail (and it would come right off) there was NOT a lot of mud just a couple of spots. When the load finished I was horrified, the mud was still there, as if it never even moved. I washed them again on a heavy duty cycle and nothing -still mud. I want to know if I'm using the wrong cycle or if this machine can't simply clean some wet mud out of jeans. My old washer with the agitator worked great and always removed most of the mud stains and I didn't have to manually wash them beforehand.
Asked by: Heather5586
I don't have that problem, my son is a welder and his clothing gets quite dirty, they come out as clean as any other washer I've used. My problem is that after having this washer for a year, I can only do one load every several days. If I try to do a second load, or a small load, the washer will not complete the spin cycle. No matter what I try, it will not completely finish spinning. I must put my wash in the dryer with a lot more water in them then I would if I had one of my older washer This "Life's Good" (LG) does NOT make my life good!!!!!! I wouldn't recommend this washer to my worst enemy.
Answered by: Nature199
Date published: 2015-04-25
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