Ever since we moved from scrubbing our clothes on washboards to watching household washing machines spin round and round, various companies have been pushing to improve the way we cope with laundry. Our devices have become quieter, quicker, and more energy efficient, and South Korean firm LG have been one of the most forward-thinking brands when it comes to producing machines to suit everyone’s needs. With such an extensive range of washing machines available, what’s the best choice for you?
The high tech model
LG pride themselves on their Direct Drive technology, which makes for fast and efficient washing. At the most expensive end of the range, the LG F14A8TDA5 has an A+++ energy rating, 8kg capacity and sleek silver chrome finish. However, it’s the clever tech that makes this worth the extra money if you’re looking to use your machine a lot for different types of laundry. There are 14 wash cycles to choose from, including standard settings such as cotton and easy care besides product-specific settings for baby clothes and users with sensitive skin.
This model also features a smart system that judges the time of the wash based on the weight of the load, saving energy, time and money. You can keep tabs on the progress with a handy LED timer that glows around the central knob. Despite the larger capacity, the machine is still as compact as other models making it ideal for families. Smaller households won’t feel the benefit of the extra room, but they may appreciate the smart spin cycles.
The budget beauty
If you don’t feel your laundry needs require spending this much money, the LG F12C3QD costs around £470 and comes with a 7kg capacity but with more basic features. You’ll get a respectable 1200 spin speed (compared with the LG F14A8TDA5′s 1400 spins) and nine programs, including a quick cotton wash, hand wash and delicate cycle. The machine also comes with that Direct Drive technology for super quiet running, but you won’t get the flashy display and high tech gadgets of more expensive designs. This model is also less energy efficient, but the A++ rating is still respectable for a washing machine. This stripped-back model might not be all singing and dancing but the easy to use settings and high quality design make it an excellent basic budget choice.
If you want some of the fancy settings for a lower price, the LG F12B8QDA5 is the best all-round choice. While it has a slightly smaller load capacity of 7kg, this model still has the same A+++ energy rating and 13 programmable washing options with customisable settings. The LED display looks less modern and you won’t benefit from that clever weighing system, but the high standard and range of features it does include make this a reasonable mid-range product, particularly if you find yourself facing a fair amount of washing every week.