My LG washer got a great review in consumer reports. But after using for a short time, it developed a terrible mildew odor that was transferred to my clothes. So when I sweat in my clothes, I also smell like mildew.
Then I noticed some black sludge around the gasket (?) - the big rubber piece that surrounds the opening. I tried to remove it with a Q Tip, but the more I looked, the more I realized it was all over the inside of the machine, inaccessible to me.
A service guy came out to clean it, which he didn't do, but he did tell me that all these washers are coated with sludge on the outside of the drum (where we can't see it). It is disgusting. I cannot wait to get rid of this machine.