LG F14A8YD5 review
|Review: February 2016|
In a nutshell: The LG F14A8YD5 is a top-value washer dryer from a top make. Less expensive than LG's premium appliances, but built to the same high standards, this machine combines good looks with a large load capacity, plenty of wash programmes, and excellent all-round performance. It's one of our star recommendations.
LG doesn't make cheap washer dryers, but if it did, they would probably look like the LG F14A8YD5. This entry-level washer-dryer is certainly cheaper than the company's high-end models, and you can see that there have been some cost-savings in the design and build of the machine. The finish is grey plastic, and the model we tested had a slight stick in the door - although nothing that gave us any cause for concern. In fact the build quality is very good, and the look is smart and contemporary.
The controls consist of an easy-turn rotary dial to choose the programme, with push buttons to start and stop, and an LED display to show progress. There are various other controls on the display panel, making the machine tricky to use at first. But the controls are logically designed, and after a few sessions it becomes clear enough.
Washing and performance
The washing capacity of this machine is 8kg, and it can dry loads up to 6kg. That's smaller than most LG washer dryers, but by our reckoning it's plenty big enough for even a large family.
There are plenty of wash programmes on offer from this machine, including some special programmes such as Baby Care, Duvet, Hand Wash, and a Quick 30 wash that's very convenient for quick washing of lightly soiled laundry. You can select wash only, dry only, or wash and dry.
The spin speed is variable up to a maximum of 1400rpm, which ought to be fast enough to get most of the water out of your wash before drying. It's enough to give the machine an 'A' rating for spin performance.
Overall energy performance is also rated 'A', which is the highest possible rating for washer-dryers. This is in part due to LG's very efficient direct drive inverter motor.
The machine is reasonably quiet in both wash and dry modes, although most Bosch and AEG machines do better. There's a Silent Wash option if you really value peace and quiet.
In our experience, LG appliances are very reliable. The direct drive motor eliminates a lot of wear and tear, and comes with a ten year warranty. Although this model is cheaper than many other LG washer dryers, we feel confident that internally the same attention to detail has been given, and in fact with fewer features there's less to go wrong.
Like all of LG's current generation of laundry appliances, the LG F14A8YD5 incorporates a Smart Diagnosis feature, enabling any faults to be diagnosed with a compatible smartphone, for easy reporting and repair.
Conclusion - top value from a highly regarded make
We do like LG appliances, but they tend to be very pricey. This lower-end washer dryer feels like an excellent balance of price vs features. Of course, it's still an expensive machine compared to cheap brands, but £650 isn't really too much to pay for a reliable, efficient combined washer-dryer that looks good and performs well.
When you consider the 10 year warranty on the motor, we think this machine offers top value for money.
LG F14A8YD5 features include:
- Washing capacity: 8 kg
- Drying capacity: 6 kg
- Maximum spin speed: 1400 rpm
- Energy efficiency class: A
- Spin class: A
- Big Touch LED display
- Direct drive motor
- Time delay (up to 19 hours)
- Child lock
- Drum capacity: 67 litres
- Noise level (washing): 55dB
- Noise level (spinning): 75dB
- Dimensions (H X W X D): 85 x 60 x 64 cm
- Colour: Silver
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