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LG SideKick Washers: A Buyer's Guide
Overall, the LG SideKick washer can help make laundry day just a little easier. We all have a favorite swishy blouse or pair of light-colored pants that we fear throwing in the washing machine. It could get crumpled, stained, or twisted among all the other items in your laundry basket. So instead, you waste time, energy, and resources on running a whole separate wash cycle or hand washing that single precious item.
With this LG washing machine, you no longer have to do this. It's the perfect compromise to running extra small loads, or doing twin loads of clothing that have different wash cycle settings. This can be anything from a delicate dress to your favorite activewear that you want to wear to yoga tonight. It's perfect for anything that doesn't require a full load, but you want to wash anyway.
What is the LG SideKick Washer?
The SideKick is a special mini-washer that fits under your regular top load or front load washer. It's also sometimes called a pedestal washer. These small washers generally have a capacity of less than 1 cubic foot, but although it is tiny, it is mighty. SideKick pedestal washers use the latest developments from LG to get your school uniforms, workout outfits, and the delicate items you love clean and fresh as efficiently and gently as possible.
You can choose to run the SideKick in a short, delicate cycle on its own, or use the patented LG TWINWash setting on your LG washing machine to do two loads at once. However, you can use the same laundry detergent as your usual LG washing machine. SideKick washers also feature special settings to accommodate specialty cycles, custom-care laundry loads, and your hand washables. You can access these settings either on your smartphone, via LG's SmartThinQ app, or on the control panel of the SideKick, just on the top of the drawer below the door.
SideKicks are meant to fit beneath certain models of LG washing machines, such as the LG WM8100HVA available at Sam's Club. It uses the water hookup from the larger unit to function, and so won't work all on its own. Purchased separately directly from the manufacturer, an LG SideKick until will cost between $700 and $800 before any applicable rebates. But Sam's Club members can enjoy special members-only pricing.
What Sizes of LG SideKick Washer Can I Choose?
LG SideKick washers are generally on the smaller side because they need to fit in the space between your washing machine and the floor. As such their capacity is smaller, meaning they generally range between 0.7 cubic foot and 1 cubic foot capacity. This may not seem like the most impressive size capacity, but remember that a SideKick is also designed for smaller loads. It provides proper fabric care so that your clothing lasts a lifetime.
What to Consider When Buying LG SideKick Washers
When shopping for a SideKick washer, you'll need to consider a few things:
Is my washer compatible with a SideKick?
Not every washing machine is going to work with a SideKick unit, so be sure you have a compatible washer beforehand.
What will I use my SideKick for?
As with all large appliance purchases, you should ask yourself how you plan to use your SideKick in your household. If you find your household goes through many small loads of laundry during the week, or you own a lot of delicate linens and clothing that would benefit from a hand wash, then a SideKick could be a good addition to your home.
Can I run a SideKick and my washer at the same time?
You can absolutely run a SideKick and your washing machine at the same time. Ask yourself how often you would plan on doing so and consider the impact this could have on the time, energy, and efficiency of your home.
Features of LG SideKick Washers
As with all their home appliances, LG SideKick pedestal washers bring new and exciting features to your laundry room:
Energy Star Certified: Save on your energy bill with Energy Star technology.
SmartThinQ/Wi-Fi Connectivity: Use your smartphone as a remote control, telling your SideKick when to start, stop, and what clean cycle to run.
Modern Finishes: SideKicks come in several desirable finishes, including black stainless steel, graphite steel, and matte white.
End of Cycle Signal: Get an alert that lets you know when your laundry load is done.
Child Lock: Don't worry about children getting into the easy-to-reach drawer of a SideKick with the childproof locking system.
Auto Suds Removal: Don't worry about over-sudsing, with this feature that automatically deals with too much soap, avoiding any residue or clogging problems.
Leveling Legs: Keep your SideKick even and smooth on any surface with leveling legs.
Smart Diagnosis: Before you even need to call a technician, SmartThinQ technology allows you to run Smart Diagnosis and troubleshoot your SideKick yourself. The Smart Diagnosis listens to the vibrations and sounds from your LG washing machine and runs a diagnosis with that information.
FAQ - LG SideKick Washers
Can all LG washers accommodate LG SideKick Washers?
No, only certain models are compatible with SideKick washers.
What is the warranty on an LG SideKick Washer?
The direct drive motor in your LG SideKick Washer comes with a 10-year warranty. Additionally, many LG SideKick Washers are covered for one year of parts and labor through LG certified technicians.
Does Sam's Club deliver and install LG SideKick Washers?
Most large appliances come with delivery and basic installation, including the LG SideKick pedestal washer. Check your address to see if your zip code qualifies with your local Sam's Club.
How do I connect my LG SideKick Washer?
If you choose to install your SideKick yourself, then you will carefully, and with another person's help, mount your LG washing machine on top of the SideKick. Then you'll need to install Y connectors to your washer's hot and cold water hookups. You'll connect the SideKick water hookups to these Y connectors, then secure the drainage hose.
Can I get members-only pricing on LG SideKick Washers?
Yes, Sam's Club offers our special members-only pricing on LG SideKick washers.