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Cycles and Options - Front Load Washer

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Items in the washer can be washed more thoroughly by selecting the wash cycle that best suits the type of items to be washed. Each cycle has default settings for spin speed, soil level, and wash temp. Once a cycle has been selected, default settings and cycle options may be adjusted to better meet your laundry needs. For cycle details, please select a cycle from the below list.

Not all of the cycles listed below are available on all models of LG washer. Not all cycle modifications and options can be used for all cycles. Check the owner's manual cycle guide for complete details specific to your washer.

Cycle times outlined below are approximate. Actual cycle time may vary based on load size.

  • The COTTON/NORMAL cycle is the most frequently used washing cycle for clothing such as jeans, towels, shirts, sheets, and mixed loads. Use this cycle to wash all normal items, except delicate fabrics such as wool or silk.


    Cotton/Normal cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Stain Cycle
    Steam
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer
    ColdWash

    58 minutes

  • The ALLERGIENE™ cycle uses the intense heat of steam to remove over 95% of common household allergens, like dust mites and pet dander. Use this cycle to wash cloths that accumulate dust–like pillow covers, and bed sheets–or with items that deserve special care–like baby clothes and undergarments.


    ALLERGIENE cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    NA

    Steam
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus

    113 minutes

  • The SANITARY cycle uses extreme temperature changes–extra hot during the wash, cold during the rinse–to clean the dirtiest clothing items in the house. This wash cycle reduces 99.9% bacteria on laundry through the high temperatures.


    SANITARY cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium
    High

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Stain Cycle
    Steam
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer

    105 minutes

  • This cycle is designed especially to wash and maintain bright white fabrics.


    Bright Whites cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Stain Cycle

    75 minutes

  • Use the SPEEDWASH cycle to quickly wash lightly soiled clothing and small loads. For high wash and rinse efficiency, it is recommended to wash small loads of 2-3 lightly soiled garments.


    SpeedWash cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium
    High

    Default: Light
    Normal
    Heavy

    Extra Rinse
    ColdWash

    15 minutes

  • These cycles were designed to wash extra delicate fabrics. A good rule of thumb is to use the HANDWASH cycle with every item that is supposed to be hand washed. If it's a delicate fabric such as dress shirts, blouses, nylons, and sheer or lacy garments, use the DELICATES cycle.


    Handwash, Wool or Delicates cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    Medium
    No Spin

    Default: Normal
    Light

    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    ColdWash

    34 minutes

  • Performing regular maintenance on your washing machine prevents mold and mildew around the rubber door gasket. Cleaning the dirt accumulated after multiple washing cycles keeps the washer smelling fresh. Running the TUB CLEAN cycle once per month will remove mildew, eliminate moisture, and prevent mold. Refer to LG Front Load Washer Maintenance for more information.

  • The RINSE+SPIN cycle allows the washer to only performing the final rinse and spin cycle. On some models this is found in the options, while on others this is found on the cycle dial.


    Rinse+Spin cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Light

    Extra Rinse
    Water Plus

    20 minutes

  • The PERMANENT PRESS cycle can be used for dress clothing, poly/cotton blends, wrinkle free clothing, and table cloths.


    PERMANENT PRESS cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    Medium
    No Spin

    Default: Normal
    Light

    Prewash
    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Steam
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer
    ColdWash

    34 minutes

  • The HEAVY DUTY cycle can be used for heavily soiled cotton fabrics.


    Heavy Duty cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium
    High

    Default: Heavy
    Normal
    Light

    Prewash
    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Steam
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer
    ColdWash

    100 minutes

  • SteamFresh™is used to lighly freshen clothing that might be wrinkled or slightly worn but do not merit a full wash.


    SteamFresh cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    NA

    NA

    NA

    20 minutes

  • The BABY WEAR cycle can be used for lightly soiled baby wear.


    Baby Wear cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Steam

    120 minutes

  • The DRAIN AND SPIN cycle performs a drain and spin. This cycle is intended for wet clothes that just need to have the excess water spun out of them.


    Drain and Spin cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Extra High
    High
    Medium
    Low
    No Spin

    NA

    NA

    20 minutes

  • The SMALL LOAD cycle can be used to wash small loads of cotton, linen, towels, shirts, sheets, jeans, and even mixed loads.


    Small Load* cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low
    Medium

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin

    50 minutes

  • The TOWELS cycle can be used for towels and cotton garments.


    Towels cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Medium
    High
    Extra High
    No Spin
    Low

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Stain Cycle
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer
    ColdWash

    73 minutes

  • The BULKY/LARGE cycle can be used for large items such as blankets and comforters.


    Bulky/Large cycle setting details
    Spin Speed Soil Level Options Approximate Time

    Default: Low
    Medium
    No Spin

    Default: Normal
    Heavy
    Light

    Prewash
    Quick Cycle
    Extra Rinse
    Rinse+Spin
    Water Plus
    Steam
    Wash/Rinse Optimizer
    ColdWash

    105 minutes


  • Use this cycle to wash a small load of laundry (Less than 3 lbs.)

  • This cycle helps to keep colors from fading.

  • This cycle is designed specifically to wash beachwear.

  • This cycle is designed specifically to wash beachwear.

  • This cycle is designed specifically for new clothes.

  • This cycle is designed specifically for jeans.

  • This cycle is designed to remove stains from sportswear.

  • This cycle helps remove chlorine or salt from swimwear.

  • This cycle washes clothes made slightly wet by rain.

  • This cycle helps remove sweat stains from active gym clothes.

  • This cycle is designed for washing daily used blankets.
    (Do not wash wool material blankets)

  • This cycle removes sweat stains and odor.

  • This cycle quickly washes a single item.

  • This cycle only rinses and spins. (No wash performance)

  • This cycle washes food stained baby clothing with a prewash and hot water wash.

  • Washes children's dirty sportswear stained with dirt, sweat and grass.

  • Washes collars and cuffs with increasingly hot water for effective stain removal.

  • This cycle removes various heavily soiled stains with hot water and powerful wash motions.

  • Utilizes the rolling wash motion to reduce wash cycle noise and continue tumbling upon completion of the cycle to prevent the onset of wrinkles.

  • This cycle designed to save energy consumption while maintaining washing performance.

  • Washes lightly stained cocktail dresses with care.

  • Optimizes wash settings accordingly for half sized wash loads.

  • Optimizes wash settings accordingly for full sized wash loads.

  • This cycle sanitizes the load while reducing energy consumption.


  • Use this function to add garments or remove foreign objects like coins or keys after the cycle has started.

  • Use this option to disable the controls. This feature can prevent children from changing cycles or operating the machine. The feature does not lock the lid/door. Once the Child Lock is set, it must be deactivated before any controls, except the Power button, can be used.

  • This option saves energy by using cooler water while increasing the wash and rinse times to maintain wash performance.

  • Custom program allows you to store customized wash cycle for future use.

  • Once you have selected the cycle and other settings, press this button to delay the start of the wash cycle. Each press of the button increases the delay time by 1 hour, for up to 19 hours.

  • The drum is equipped with a white LED light that illuminates when the washer is turned on. This light automatically turns off when the door is closed and the cycle starts.

  • This option will add an extra rinse to the selected cycle. Use this option to help ensure the removal of detergent or bleach residue from fabrics. Liquid fabric softener, if used, is always dispensed in the final rinse. Pressing the Extra Rinse button twice will add two additional rinses to the cycle.

  • Use this function when you won't be able to take out your clothes immediately after the wash cycle ends. After the cycle ends, the drum will tumble periodically for up to 19 hours to prevent wrinkles.

  • Pre-wash for 15 minutes when clothes are covered in dirt or dust. This feature is suitable for heavily soiled items.

  • Reduce energy costs from washing clothes by avoiding peak usage periods, with information supplied by the local electric utility company. If the utility company has equipped Smart Grid technology, contact the utility company for information regarding the Smart Grid features.

  • Adding the Steam option to a wash cycle helps provide superior cleaning performance. By using hot steam, the fabrics will get the cleaning benefits of a very hot wash.

  • Adding the Turbo Wash™ option reduces the cycle time while still providing similar wash performance to the same cycle without Turbo Wash™.

  • Wi-Fi connect will allow you to start the connection process in order to connect your unit to your home network. Remote Start will allow you to use a smart phone to control the appliance remotely or check to see how much time is left in the cycle.

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