LG Washing Machine Review
LG is the largest white goods manufacturer in India with leading market share in the washing machine segment. Their products are of top quality and are highly durable. Moreover, LG frequently brings about innovations in their products to enhance overall customer satisfaction.
In this article, we take a look at their product durability, customer care service, technologies utilized and we also review some of the top LG washing machine models.
Having personally used LG front load washing machine, we find them to be highly durable. Our almost 7 year old front load washing machine has been running quite efficiently without giving much trouble. The only time we had to call the service engineer was when there was a problem with the inlet pipe.
My parents as well as my in-laws use LG washing machine and overall, we have found the machine quite sturdy, efficient and durable.
The old LG front loader at my parents’ home was kept in the utility area where rain would splash in through the windows. Because of constant exposure to rain and sun, the body developed rust in the bottom after 7-8 years. Even then, its performance was unaffected for a better part of its life.
A point of concern that many have is the waterproof touch panel in newer front load washing machines. The one at my parent’s place is more than a year old. So far, there has been no complaints about it. Overall user reviews too don’t reflect any concern about the panel. However, being a new feature, we can’t really comment about the long term durability of the panel will be say, 7-10 years from now.
Overall, considering that most appliances these days have a lifespan of about 10-12 years, you can be rest assured that LG washing machines will surpass the expectation with minimal to no complaints.
LG has a strong network of dealers and service centres throughout India. Installation and after sale service are done promptly. Most complaints are resolved within 24-48 hours. Escalations regarding delays are taken rather seriously.
In case of regular complaints, you can expect resolution fairly quick. However, if you face serious issues, you might have to approach senior officials or escalate through social media for resolution.
Note that installation delays are sometimes seen during Diwali and Great Indian Sale due to high demand.
Comparison With Other Brands
The two main competitors for LG front load washing machines are IFB and Bosch. Whirlpool and Samsung are also strong competitors in the top load segment.
Price wise, the three brands come in almost similar band. When it comes to after sales service and installation, LG fares far better, followed by Bosch. IFB still has a huge scope for improvement in this area.
Technology and durability wise, the three brands are more or less the same. Bosch is a leader in bringing about innovations. But LG is catching up and have introduced many modern features like steam cleaning, twin wash technology, allergen modes etc. that are quite innovative and user-friendly. IFB too are tying up with foreign companies for introducing water conservation technologies in their washing machines.
Latest Technologies In LG Washing Machines
Twin wash as the name suggest has 2 washing machines in one single unit. A larger capacity one at the top and a mini washer-dryer at the bottom. Separate wash programs can be run on both the segments. Hence, the unit helps you finish your laundry quicker than ever.
Both the washers are run with LG’s proprietary Direct Drive technology. For the mini-washer, a 40% smaller motor is used. In order to minimize vibration and noise from simultaneous operation of two drums, LG has used an advanced shock absorbing suspension system along with the Direct Drive Motor.
TwinWash machines also use TrueSteam technology and have incorporated Add Item function where you can add missed piece(s) of clothing mid washing cycle.
TrueSteam technology incorporates allergy care, steam refresh and steam softener function in to it. Using this, bacteria are sterilized and up to 99.99% allergen are eliminated. The allergy care cycle also steam sterilizes typically non-washable items like pillows, stuffed animals while being gentle on the fabric.
LG claims that the Steam refresh cycle removes wrinkles to a great extend that you needn’t iron the clothes. However, for it to be effective, only 5 garments should be put at a time.
Overall this technology is found quite effective in removing up to 99.98% of dust mites and hair from clothes, bed sheets and bath towel. It is also quite effective in sanitizing baby clothes while keeping them soft.
The TrueSteam Technology is certified by British Allergy Foundation for its effectiveness in eliminating allergens.
NFC Tag On
Using the NFC Tag on technology, users can download newer wash programs on their mobile using the SmartThinq app. They can then apply these wash programs on the washing machine by touching the mobile phone on the NFC Tag On Symbol on the washing machine.
This technology can also be used to diagnose errors for quick and effective repairs.
Inverter Direct Drive
Inverter drive technology gets rid of the traditional belt and pulley system to rotate the drum. Instead, the motor is directly connected to the drum. LG claims that this helps reduce noise, vibration and enhances durability of the motor owing to lesser mechanical parts.
In conventional top load washing machines, only the drum plates rotate and not the drum. However, in LG’s Turbo Drum washing machines, the drum plate and the drum rotates in opposite directions. This provides better agitation and improves overall wash quality.
Turbo Wash is a technology that helps reduce the time required for washing. The washing machine utilized powerful jet spray nozzle, twin spray for better water penetration, faster spin and higher temperature. Thus, it saves up to 20 minutes for washing a complete load. The main difference between Turbo Wash and Quick Wash is that while the latter can be used to wash only half loads, Turbo Wash can handle complete load with ease.
LG Washing Machine Review
Launched in 2018, LG FH0FANDL02 is a starting range front loader apt for families with 2-4 members. The washing machine has all basic wash programs to cater to variety of fabrics and family members.
There are 13 wash programs namely, baby care, duvet, cotton large, cotton, skin care, easy care, mix, sports wear, intensive, wool, delicate, quick 30 and rinse and spin. The spin speed can be adjusted from 400 to 1000 rpm in increments of 200. Temperature can be adjusted from cold to 95 degree Celsius. Functions like pre-wash, intensive, medic rinse and crease care are also available for those who need further customization of wash programs. Time delay can be set from 1 to 24 hours.
Like all LG washing machines, it uses 6 motion direct drive technology that gently cares for the fabric while eliminating even toughest stains and dirt.
Adding to the user-friendliness is the waterproof touch panel that makes it easy to control the spin, temperature and pause functions.
Talking about the wash performance, it is found to be quite efficient in cleaning all types of fabrics. Options like baby care, sports wear and skin care ensures requirements of each family member is met effectively.
Overall, it is one of the best washing machines you can buy in India suiting all basic needs of a small family.
This 6 kg front loader uses newer steam wash cycles for better sanitation while maintaining the fabrics softer. The steam wash programs include baby steam care, allergy care, duvet, cotton, cotton large, mix and easy care. The regular wash programs include sports wear, gentle care, dark wash, stain care, silent wash, quick 30 and download cycle.
Talking about download cycle, the washing machine used NFC ( near field communication) technology. So, you can download wash cycles using your mobile through LG’s SmartThinq app and keep the mobile on the NFC symbol on the washing machine to get it started with the new downloaded wash program. Smart Diagnosis is also facilitated with the NFC technology.
Just like the former entry, this washing machine too has waterproof touch panel with which you can control options like time delay, spin, temperature, intensive, time save, rinse plus and laundry add.
Improving upon previous models, LG has now incorporated laundry add feature like Bosch and IFB with which you can add forgotten pieces of clothing mid washing cycle.
Overall, with newer wash programs, better fabric care and incorporating innovative technologies, this model sure is a good choice for a family with 2-4 members. The only drawback we were able to find from user reviews is vibration during spin cycles. But whether that is due to excess loading of clothing is to be checked.
Variants with TurboWash Technology
LG FHT1207SWS improves upon technology and user-friendliness by incorporating Turbo Wash, True Steam technology and remote operations through Wi-Fi. Let us take a look in detail.
The wash programs of the LG FHT1207SWS is pretty much similar to the previous model. It has baby steam care, allergy care, duvet, cotton, cotton large, mix and easy care under the steam wash programs and ports wear, gentle care, dark wash, stain care, silent wash, quick 30 and download cycle under the regular wash programs.
The washing machine is pre-loaded with TurboWash technology whereby wash duration is reduced by up to 30 minutes. Utilizing higher temperature water, twin spray, rinse spray and centrifugal motion, washing is done rather quickly without compromising on the wash quality.
Next, the True Steam technology sanitizes the clothes by eliminating up to 99.98% allergens and dust mites. It is especially useful for washing baby clothes, bed and bath linen. Washing in steam cycle also helps minimize wrinkles.
Finally, the washing machine can be connected to your home Wi-Fi and it can be operated from anywhere using SmartThinq app on your mobile phone. Smart Diagnosis can also be invoked through the mobile app.
Overall, LG FHT1207SWS is an extremely user-friendly washing machine that has incorporated latest innovations to enhance wash quality and reduce laundry time.
LG 6.2 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (T7281NDDLG/ T7288NDDLG/GD, Middle Free Silver)
The LG T7281NDDLG is one of the popular top loading washing machines in India that is highly rated.
The washing machine has 8 wash programs namely, normal, gentle, quick wash, strong, qua reserve, favorite and tub clean. Water level, rinse and wash duration as well as spin speed can be individually adjusted too.
The washing machine is equipped with smart inverter technology that connects the motor directly to drum without pulley or belt, thereby reducing vibration and noise while increasing durability. In addition, it utilizes TurboDrum technology, whereby the drum and the pulsator rotates in opposite direction for better agitation and enhanced wash quality.
It also has functions like time delay and smart diagnosis.
Overall, it is one of the favorite top loaders of bachelors and small families with 2-3 members.
With 3 wash programs ( Gentle, Normal and Strong), up to 20 minute soaking and 10 minute spin timer, the LG P8053R3SA is a basic semi-automatic top load washing machine suitable for bachelors or small families.
The drying performance is comparatively better as it takes in air during the spinning to dry the clothes 30-40% better than conventional methods. The roller pulsator provides better agitation and collar scrub helps clean tougher stains thereby improving the wash quality. In addition, the spin shower washes off detergent residues from the clothes.
Other useful features include magic wheels for mobility and rat protection plastic cover.
The wash quality is overall satisfactory. However, like all semi-automatic washing machines, it is a tad hard on your clothes.