LG F1296TDA7 review
|Review: April 2016|
In a nutshell: The LG F1296TDA7 Direct Drive washing machine is a premium quality washer, with a silver metal finish and chrome detailing. It has a very easy-to-use control panel and display, plus a good range of wash programmes. It's a highly energy efficient appliance, and quiet as well, but note that the maximum spin speed is just 1200rpm. Overall, we highly recommend this model, and it's one of the best you'll find for under £500.
The LG F1296TDA7 washing machine is a beautifully-made appliance, finished in brushed silver metal, with a chrome door rim and rotary control dial. It's built like a tank too, and is one of the nicest-looking washing machines you can buy for less than £500.
The machine is a delight to use, and has an advanced, yet easy-to-use control panel. An easy-turn dial is used to select the programme from a choice of 13 clearly-labelled options. Push buttons are used to select advanced options, such as spin speed, temperature, etc, and a simple push-button is used to start or pause the wash. The LED display shows information such as the cycle phase, options and the time remaining.
Washing and performance
The LG F1296TDA7 has an 8kg load capacity, which ought to be big enough for most families.
LG's 6Motion direct drive inverter motor reduces the number of moving parts, and is very quiet, and the appliance is well insulated for noise too. That makes it a quiet machine during washing, and particularly when spinning.
That's just as well if you make use of the full 60° cotton cycle, as it takes just over 4 hours to complete a full load. Even the 40° cotton cycle takes more than 3 hours, even on half-load. These are long durations, even by the standards of modern ultra-efficient washing machines. However, the pay-off is that this machine outperforms even the EU's maximum A+++ efficiency rating by 10%, making it a very economical machine to run.
The machine takes its time to wash, but it does it well, using a variety of motions to wash clothes thoroughly, rotating the drum in both directions and stopping, to prevent the wrinkling of clothes.
There are plenty of washing options available. These include a Quick 30 minute wash and an Intensive 60 option, as well as Eco, Delicates, Wool, Sportswear and Baby Care. Special options include Pre-Wash, and Rinse & Hold. Wash temperature can be varied from cold right up to 95°C.
The machine features auto-detection of loads, adjusting wash times and water use appropriately. You'll also find a time delay option and a child lock.
There's just one factor that let's down the otherwise impressive performance, and that's the slow 1200rpm maximum spin speed. This lowers the spin rating of the appliance to a "B" and leaves clothes with more than half of the moisture content remaining. This could be an issue for busy families needing quick access to their clothes, or for anyone who uses a dryer to finish off their laundry.
LG is well known for manufacturing long-lasting and reliable kitchen appliances, and this model comes with a 10 year warranty on the direct drive motor. If a problem does develop, you can use LG's Smart Diagnosis smartphone app to find out what's wrong before calling out an engineer.
Conclusion - an excellent washing machine, but with low spin speed
The LG F1296TDA7 is really an outstanding washing machine in every respect apart from its slow 1200rpm spin speed. But the positives definitely outweigh this one negative, and we rate this model very highly.
LG F1296TDA7 features include:
- Capacity: 8 kg
- Maximum spin speed: 1200 rpm
- Energy efficiency class: A+++(-10%)
- Spin class: B
- 6 Motion direct drive washing machine
- Big LED display
- Time delay
- Child lock
- Drum volume: 58 litres
- Noise level (washing): 54dB
- Noise level (spinning): 74dB
- Dimensions (H X W X D): 85 x 60 x 55 cm
- Can be built-under
- Colour: Silver
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