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4.7 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity High Efficiency Top Load Washer with WaveForce™

  • WT5170HW

  • White

Key Features

  • 4.7 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity
  • ColdWash™ Technology
  • WaveForce™ 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 (4.7 cu.ft.) washer lets you do more laundry in fewer loads. That’s time saved and sore backs avoided.

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 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.

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.

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.

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
Designer Color White
Capacity (cu.ft.) DOE 4.7
Spin Speed (Max) 1100 RPM
Dial-A-Cycle™ Yes
Type of Display Dual LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 27” x 45 3/8” x 28 3/8”
Number of Programs 14
Number of Wash/Rinse Temps 5
Number of Options 12
Direct Drive Motor Yes
LoDecibel™ Quiet Operation Yes
TrueBalance™ Yes
ENERGY STAR® Qualified Yes
Add Garment Indicator Yes
Slam Proof Lid Yes
TrueBalance™ Anti-Vibration System Yes
SmartRinse™ Jet Spray System Yes
LoDecibel™ Quiet Operation Yes
3 Tray Dispenser Yes
Cabinet Painted Steel
Control Panel Plastic
Top Cover Painted
Transparent Glass Door Yes
Available Colors White, Graphite Steel
Parts & Labor 1 Year
Motor 10 Years
Drum Lifetime
Width 27"
Height 45 3/8”
Depth 28 3/8”
Height with Door Open 55 3/4"
Carton (WxHxD) 29 1/2” x 48” x 31 1/4”
Weight (Product) 145.5 lbs
Weight (Shipping) 172 lbs
Motor Type / Motor Speed Inverter Direct Drive / Variable
Axis Vertical
Ratings CSA Listed
Electrical Requirements / Type 120V, 10 Amps / Electric
Program Names Delicates, Sanitary, Wool, Speed Wash, PureColor™, Sports Wear, Towels, Baby Wear, Cotton/Normal, Perm. Press/Casual, Heavy Duty, Bulkly/Bedding, Bright Whites™, Tub Clean
No. of Spin Speeds 5
No. of Soil Levels 3
No. of Wash/Rinse Temperatures 5
Options Water Plus, Signal, Custom Program, Child Lock, Delay Wash, Fabric Softener, Extra Rinse, ColdWash™, Soak, StainCare™, Spin Only, Rinse+Spin

What People Are Saying

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bought the 5170 three years ago. After a year the bleach dispenser stopped working properly. Our manual says you may remove the bleach cover to clean. Ours cannot be removed. We have called the help line several times. Get different answers from each operator. All around the bleach dispenser the machine itself has rusted out. If it had been properly painted, this should not happen. Now I have a machine with rusted paint which does not distribute the bleach properly which causes it to bleach out the next load of clothes which are not intended to be bleached! And no, it is not caused by improperly overloading the bleach measurement! I have resorted to starting the machine, letting it fill and then stopping the machine (add garments) and adding the bleach. This should not happen to a washing machine in this price range!!!!
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money Have had this machine for a few years. Bleach input is rusted all around. When it's supposed to be washing, it makes a noise but nothing is happening other than a slight movement of the drum -- slight means less than an inch. It doesn't move. We've been married 40 years and this is the 3rd washing machine we've owned. Gee. And those old low-tech machines weren't fancy, but they sure WASHED.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable Machine Great reliability, sometimes stalls due to uneven loads with large blankets, but otherwise runs smoothly and quietly. Have not had to repair yet in 2 years. Only drawback is that it seems to use a lot of water compared to other styles.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Laundry Experience Those of you with young children understand how critical it is to have a functional washing machine. Well, I have 2 kids and this washing machine has made laundry the bane of my existence. I have owned it for over 2 years and it is terrible. I completely agree with the people that have posted about it becoming unbalanced easily. I cannot do a load of towels without it becoming unbalanced, and we've tried to shift the feet, move the washer, etc, to no avail. In addition, the wash cycles are way too long--it takes at least double the time if not more to do what my old, cheap washing machine could do in 30 minutes. You know how people sometimes take their appliances with them when they move from their house? If we ever sell our house, this machine will stay with the house and I will be all too glad to be rid of it. You can put all the features you want in the machine, but if it can't perform the basic function it exists to perform there's no point. And that is the situation here.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect helper I got both the washer and dryer and I couldn't be happier. They're quiet and give me tons of options. I love that once registered, lg will e-mail tips and random things about your product. I smile every time I hear the end of cycle chime.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a very good product. A lot of thinking went into this equipment and it shows. Everything works as it's supposed to. It takes a while to get used to the new technology, but after a thorough reading of a pretty good instruction manual, one is off and running while using less water and power. One addition I would like to see is specific handling of silk, as this fabric doesn't work that well in the Wool cycle even though it's a gentle cycle.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is high quality and well worth it. Love this washer!! The features are very nice. Everything is high quality. Very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from LG made me hate laundry more than before If you want a true unbiased review, look on Amazon. The reviews for this washer are way different than the LG website. When I bought over a year ago, there weren't many reviews of this machine out there. It gets off balance a minimum of 5 times per load. It doesn't seem to matter what I am washing or what settings I use. I despise laundry because I can't leave the kitchen. It seems to do a decent job washing the clothes once it actually finishes a cycle but washing one load now takes twice as long. I do however love the matching gas dryer. It is very hot. About half the time I have to give up spinning in the washer because I have to re-balance every 2 minutes and dry the dripping wet clothes an extra long time. I'm sure that's why my gas bill now so high:)
Date published: 2014-11-18
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Washer stopped in middle of wash due to power it will not even turn on...what do info?

Asked by: Torpito
It's very possible that your circuit breaker may have tripped when the power outage occurred. First unplug your unit from its' socket then check the breaker board to see if that needs to be flipped back on the reconnect your LG 4.7 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity High Efficiency Top Load Washer with WaveForce™, Model # WT5170HW. If it still is not turning on you may need to arrange for a repair service. You can either visit our site at to find a local repair service provider or request an LG service. You can also contact a Call Representative at (800) 243-0000 and get assistance scheduling a repair service...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-09-16

Washer will not do a cold water wash. Cold water properly connected. A control setting or what would be causing this?????

Asked by: Hundahl
We regret to read that your LG 4.7 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity High Efficiency Top Load Washer with WaveForce™, Model # WT5170HV will not do a cold wash. The issue may be due to where you live. The city of Houston supplies drinking water to its residents from surface water sources, with 70% of water coming from the Trinity River and the other 30% coming from the San Jacinto River. Because Houston's water is mineral-rich, it is considered hard water. While safe to drink, hard water can be responsible for a number of housekeeping challenges. One of those challenges As a result of the dissolved minerals present in the city's water supply, Houston residents often notice limescale accumulating on their faucets and fixtures and this can also have an effect on the efficiency of your appliances, and can wreak havoc on your plumbing when the buildup occurs in your pipes or hot water heater. There are filters on your inlet hoses where most of the limescale gets caught especially on the cold water side and there is a possibility that you have limescale build-up that may be restricting the flow of cold water to your washer. Turn your cold and hot water taps off and look inside the cold inlet hose on the end that connects to the washer to see if the filter is clogged up. If not, try reversing the how & cold water inlets and see if you still get the same flow of water for the wash cycle...^IFV
Answered by: LGJoel
Date published: 2015-07-15

How do I access the drain pump and filter?

Asked by: Tscout
We appreciate your interest in this washing machine. The DRAIN PUMP and FILTER are not easily accessible without the assistance of a service technician. 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: 2015-03-25

Depth including

I need to know the depth of the LG WT5170HV including pipes, etc. Does it sit flush up against a wall or does it require EXTRA clearance for hookups BEHIND the washer? 28 3/8 is listed as the depth, but how much ADDITIONAL clearance is required? Thank you.
Asked by: angelap789
One needs some additional space to accommodate hookups, including water supply. My total depth is about 34"
Answered by: Fremont
Date published: 2014-12-02

Casual -vs- Sports Wear cycles

Both the Perm Press/Casual and Sports Wear cycles default to warm wash temp, medium spin speed and normal soil level with Casual at 52 minutes and Sports Wear at 53 mintutes. What machine activity is different between these two cycles? And what function does this difference provide?
Asked by: LGLaundry
We appreciate your interest in this washing machine and its operations. According to our information, the different spin speed settings are programmed into the machine at different RPM rates, to allow for gentler handling of fabrics listed as Sportswear. A programming difference is also involved in the RUN/PAUSE operations during the actual wash cycle, also for gentler handling of your Sportswear materials.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2014-10-24

Can vinegar be used in the fabric softener cup?

With the more liquid viscosity and the acidity is it OK to use vinegar in the fabric softener cup? Mostly concerned about potential damage to the machine or its finish but also whether the vinegar will dispense at the right time without sloshing out early.
Asked by: LGLaundry
We appreciate your interest in this washing machine and its proper usage. It is not recommended to use vinegar in the fabric softener cup, as the fabric softener is dispensed near the final rinse, so the fabrics could come out smelling of vinegar. Rather, it is suggested to add the vinegar to the bleach dispenser, so that it can dispense early in the wash cycle. If this is done, be certain that the bleach cup is thoroughly washed and cleaned of all bleach before the vinegar is added. Page 6 of the owner’s manual warns against the mixing of chlorine bleach and vinegar, as these can produce poisonous gas and harmful fumes.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2014-10-24

How do I run and extra spin cycle?

I washed a mattress cover with my sheets and the seem too wet for the drier. How do I run the spin cycle only again. Thanks
Asked by: nlsj
We appreciate your interest in this washing machine. This washer does have a SPIN ONLY cycle. Press the POWER button to activate the washer. Press the SPECIAL USE button until the SPIN ONLY indicator light is lit. Press the START/PAUSE button to start the cycle. The washer will start automatically.
Answered by: NeilE
Date published: 2014-10-14

Why is my speed wash not working properly?

My speed wash used to take 35 mins to wash a load. Now it takes almost an hour. Did anyone else have this issue? Does anyone know how I can resolve it?
Asked by: steph171789
We regret the trouble you have experienced with this washing machine and its features. If this cycle is taking too long, check to see if it is having to redistribute the load to continue the cycle, or if any error codes are being presented. If not, then the unit may require service. 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: 2014-09-18
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