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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LG Model WT4870CW Even though we have had this washer only a few weeks, we have found it very nice and easy to use. We were unsure about all the "bells and whistles" with the new technology but the price was right and our 3-year old washer had just gone out and we didn't spend a lot of time shopping to replace it. Since our 3 year-old dryer was still like new, we found no reason to purchase the matching dryer.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from E6 code After researching in Consumer Reports, this LG WT4870CW washing machine was highly rated. We bought this machine and its matching dryer. We purchased it at Home Depot in Oxford,MA We bought their five year extended warranty on both products and thank goodness we did. I enjoyed this washing machine but after only two years of ownership, we are getting an E6 code which the manual says is a "clutch error" We called Home Depot and it will be 5 days before a repair person can come and fix our machine. My former washer, which I used for 17 years (with an agitator), never had repair problems. I washed rubber backed rugs in it and in this washer you cannot. Would I buy an Electronic HE washer again? ABSOLUTELY NOT, Sorry.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product for the money The LG washer is an excellent product for the money. It runs very quietly. Love the end of the cycle reminder. Instead of being some harsh electronic buzzer it plays a little tune. The washer does a good job of getting our clothes clean.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Outstanding washer. Only complaint is that it is about 30% slower than the old machine. Worth the wait.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So quiet! Love, love love this washer! I had a front load washer for 15 years and got used to the hovering helicopter sound every time it spun. I can barely hear this washer. It spins the clothes better too, they are nearly dry when i put them in the dryer. The only negative I found was with an extra large load, it didn't clean as well as my old washer. But when I put on the extra rinse/water plus it cleans just as good. I like it also has a soak cycle, which can't be done in a front loader. I bought a top loader because I thought I didn't need the large capacity anymore since all the kids are at college most of the year, but I think this washer is bigger than my old one! Overall, I think this is a great washer.
Date published: 2015-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great washer and a good price Bought this washer about a month ago after replacing a 15 year old front loader. My wife wanted a top loader and we found this one after looking at a number of brands. We have not been disappointed, It has a large capacity and a variety of cycles. Most importantly it gets your clothes clean without wearing them out. The cycle length is normal for a high efficiency washer. Yes I recommend.
Date published: 2015-06-29
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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

Is it possible to fill the tub with water, add clothes, all while the top is open?

I use to have the old school washer with the agitator... I would fill the old washer with water, add detergent and let my clothes soak. Is this possible with the new LG model? I always use the same cycles but didn't think there was a way to just add clothes while the tub fills with water (and the top be open at the same time)...
Asked by: Heather5586
No, the washer won't run unless the top is closed and locked. But there is a soak time available. Or you could let it fill and shut it off to soak. At any rate, I hate this washer. After a year of having it, it will not finish a cycle without going off balance. No matter what I try it will not completely spin out all the water. Especially the second load I want to wash.
Answered by: Nature199
Date published: 2015-04-25
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