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LG Direct Drive F1496AD5 Freestanding Washer Dryer - Silver

Amazing results from LG. The motor in the F1496AD5 does away with the belt you’d normally find in a washer dryer and attaches the motor directly to the back of the drum. It make the whole machine more durable and quieter, and with a top spin speed of 1400rpm it doesn’t lack power. With an 8kg drum, you can wash 40 shirts at once, and dry 12, so there’s plenty of room for the week’s work shirts. And if you use the Quick Wash, you can get them done in just 30 minutes.

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4.4 out of 5 customer rating

58 of 63 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend

Build Quality

  4.5 out of 5

Drying Ability

  3.8 out of 5

Ease of Use

  4.4 out of 5

Features

  4.3 out of 5

Quietness

  4.5 out of 5

Washing Ability

  4.7 out of 5

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"Best washing machine I have ever owned"

Pros: Easy to use, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good

Cons: Expensive

"I previously had a very very old AEG washing machine that sounded like it was going to shake the whole house down when it spun. Looking to replace it and having no space for a separate dryer I decided to go for the washer dryer combo that I have tended to avoid in the past.

I have read reviews that suggest that washer-dryers aren't so good at drying so you still need to hang up the clothes anyway. Well I can say that with this machine that is not the case.

Since receiving the machine last week I think I have washed everything I own, trying out every different program available and they have all been great. It is possible that having a separate dryer could dry faster, but I do find that the drying quality of this machine is superb. I have even used it to dry football kits with printed numbers despite warnings that it could damage the printing, but the low temperature dry worked well for this.

The first wash I put on was a full load of towels using the standard cotton wash at 60 degrees with drying. It told me straight away that it would take over 5 hours which shocked me, but the wash alone was about 1 hour 50 minutes, so we are talking about 3 hours to dry a full load (a lot less for smaller loads)

During the entire cycle the machine is so quiet you will find yourself wondering if it is actually still running, making it ideal to put on overnight. You can set the time delay to tell it when it should finish (not when it should start) and I can assure you even the lightest sleeper won't be disturbed by it during the night (as long as you turn off the beeps as it plays a tune when it finishes, but that is easy to turn on and off).

The drum is huge, apparently it takes 8kg for the wash, but I weighed the towels I put in and they were about 4-5kg and I felt that any more would be just squeezing too much in, so I'm not sure if my scales are wrong or if it is actually ok to squeeze stuff in. But even the 4-5kg of towels was a lot, more than I would normally expect to do in one load anyway.

I was worried about the delivery as I was told after my order but prior to the delivery that health and safety says the delivery drivers are only allowed to go up 26 stairs, but I live in a tenement with 52 stairs up 2 flights. But when the guys arrived they carried it up without batting an eyelid and installed it all within about 10 minutes, so it was a very good service.

I put down Expensive as a con, purely because at over £500 it is a lot of money, but I would say that it is worth every penny. Obviously only had it for a few days now so I can't comment on whether it will last, but the build quality is definitely a lot better than the normal Indesit/Hotpoint etc. And it looks great too."

41 of 41 people found this review helpful.

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Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

5 / 5

Ease of Use:

5 / 5

Washing Ability:

5 / 5

Drying Ability:

5 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: JohnDoe

Location: Glasgow, UK

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 34

Family size: Couple

"Quality and Value"

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Pros: Value for money, Easy to use, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good

Cons: none

"My friend bought one and said I would be made not to buy the same. He was right. Quiet as a mouse, easy to use and some really good features like being able to turn off the control so small children can't play with them. Great access door and to my engineers eye solidly built. So impressed, I have bought a second one for my rented flat and the tenant love me!!! controls are easy to understand and its modern look has impressed all visitors so far. Cheaper than all the other machines I looked at for what it does."

27 of 27 people found this review helpful.

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Customer Rating:

Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

5 / 5

Ease of Use:

5 / 5

Washing Ability:

5 / 5

Drying Ability:

4 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: GavinP

Location: Weybridge

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 54

Family size: Small Family

"Excellent quiet washer/dryer"

Pros: Easy to use, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good

Cons: Expensive

"This is the best washer/dryer I have had. Very quiet and has quick washing cycles which take under an hour. Also being very quiet is a great added bonus"

19 of 19 people found this review helpful.

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Customer Rating:

Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

4 / 5

Ease of Use:

5 / 5

Washing Ability:

5 / 5

Drying Ability:

4 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: AlbertM

Location: London, UK

Gender: Male

Age: 25 to 34

Family size: Single

"Quality washer dryer"

Pros: Value for money, Easy to use, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good

Cons: none

"Stylish silver model. Good variety of programs. So far using the quick wash at 40 degrees which only takes 38 minutes. Some of the other programs last 2 hours! Haven't used the dryer yet but impressed so far. Nice and neat size. Less deep than other models so does not jut out past the other units which is good if space is tight."

14 of 14 people found this review helpful.

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Customer Rating:

Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

4 / 5

Ease of Use:

4 / 5

Washing Ability:

4 / 5

Drying Ability:

4 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: Scottiewuman

Location: Glasgow

Gender: Female

Age: 45 to 54

Family size: Large Family

"washer dryer"

Pros: Good build quality, Quiet, looks good, just a few nigly probs as explained

Cons: dryer a bit off a prob to understand at first

"never had a washer dryer before so read all instructions first.Very quiet love the little tunes at start etc, but had problems trying to open door after dry only prog (still not sure what we did apart from lean on door after a while) and my husband is an engineer Also found out how to do just a 30min dry by pressing spin button off when on time dry which it doesnt tell you in the book (or at least we can't find it.All in all a very good washer and very attractive design"

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Customer Rating:

Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

5 / 5

Ease of Use:

4 / 5

Washing Ability:

4 / 5

Drying Ability:

4 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: taztaz77

Location: south yorkshire

Gender: Female

Age: 55 to 64

Family size: Small Family

"Good washer/dryer, but......"

Pros: Value for money, Easy to use, Good build quality, Quiet, looks good, big load

Cons: lack of programmes

"The wash and dry programme takes far too long. For a regular cotton wash and dry programme, it took over 8 hours with the cool down programme. You can simply switch it off to discard the cool down programme, but then whats the point of having the function. The quick 30 minunte wash programme is very good and if you use a maunal dry setting, it's adequate, but it desn't dry like it does when the washer calculates a full programme (Obviously..), Also, once it gets in the dry cycle you can't open the door and quit the programme without switching the machine off, and the drum remains uber hot for over an hour, so it is proabaly not advised to do so too often. Its Very well built, and the dryer has a condensing facility, so you don't need an exhaust outlet as the heat goes out the waste pipe. clever... I sound like I'm knocking it, we're not, we're very happy with it, but on the full programmes, it takes far too long to do a wash and dry programme - it will probably just take us a while to get used to its operations."

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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Customer Rating:

Quietness:

5 / 5

Features:

3 / 5

Ease of Use:

4 / 5

Washing Ability:

5 / 5

Drying Ability:

4 / 5

Build Quality:

5 / 5

Reviewed by: UKBeardO

Location: Bromley Kent

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 44

Family size: Large Family

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4.4 out of 5 customer rating
92.1% of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
"I previously had a very very old AEG washing machine that sounded like it was going to shake the whole house down when it spun. Looking to replace it and having no space for a separate dryer I decided..."
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LG Direct Drive F1496AD5 specification

Product Detail   Feature Videos
Dimensions (H)85.0 x (W)60.0 x (D)55.0  
Brand LG  
Colour Silver  
Category Washer Dryers  
SKU F1496AD5_SI  
How Well Does It Perform   Feature Videos
Annual Energy Cost Using 15.44p/Unit - Wash/Dry 200.102 pounds  
Annual Energy Cost Using 15.44p/Unit - Wash/Spin 41.9968 pounds  
Noise level (Drying) 61 dB  
Noise Level (Spin) 73 dB  
Noise Level (Wash) 57 dB  
Wash Load 8 Kg  
Energy Rating B Rated  
Wash Performance A Rated  
Spin Performance A Rated
Spin Speed 1400 RPM
Drying Load 4 Kg
Annual Energy Consumption (Wash, Spin) 272 Kwh  
Annual Energy Consumption (Wash, Dry) 1296 Kwh  
Annual Water Consumption (Wash, Spin) 10000 Litres  
Annual Water Consumption (Wash, Spin, Dry) 20000 Litres  
Product Overview   Feature Videos
Anti Crease Programme Automatic
Childproof Lock Yes  
Control Type Buttons / Dial  
Delay Timer Length 19 Hours  
Number of Drying Programmes 3
Number of Wash Programmes 10  
Reverse Action No
Sensor Drying Yes
Delay Timer Yes
Fuzzy Logic Yes  
Half Load Function Automatic
Large Porthole Yes  
Rinse Hold Yes  
Super / Extra Rinse No
Time Saver Function No  
Time to End of Programme Yes  
Variable Spin Yes  
Variable Temperature Yes
Wide Opening Door Yes  
Display Type LED
Control Panel Lock Yes
Number of Programmes 13  
Standard Programmes   Feature Videos
Cotton Programme Yes  
Easy Iron Programme Yes
Intensive Cycle Yes  
Mixed Load No  
Quick Wash Time 30 Minutes  
Spin And Drain Yes  
Sports Programme No
Synthetics Yes  
Economy Wash Yes  
Hand Wash No
Pre Wash Yes  
Quick Wash Yes
Silk Wash No
Wool Programme Yes
Delicate Wash Yes
Warranty   Feature Videos
Manufacturer DD Motor Warranty 10 Year(s)  
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Year(s)
Features We Love   Feature Videos
Medic Rinse Yes  
Installation   Feature Videos
Requires Own Furniture Door No  
Water Supply Cold Only Fill
Please Note Install on a solid & level surface - Timber/Suspended flooring may cause excessive vibration  
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LG F1496AD5

Thanks to LG’s 6 Motion technology, the wash quality you get from the F1496AD5 is second to none. Each programme has specific motions that clean that type of fabric best. Cottons for example are scrubbed clean, whereas delicate items are soaked clean. All this is worked out by the machine, so all you do is turn the dial to the programme you want and press start.

It has a large 8kg drum that washes up to 40 T-shirts in one go. Or you can dry up to 12. And it won’t cost you a fortune to run either as it comes with a B energy rating. This is better than the standard C rating that usually comes with washer dryers.

Every programme is controlled by the Intelligent Wash System too, so there’s no need to fill up the drum every time you do a wash. The F1496AD5 only uses enough water and energy to suit the size of the load.

There are plenty of programmes to choose from too, so you’ll find one to suit your wardrobe. The Sports Wear cycle is great for nylon and breathable fabrics because it keeps them cool so they’re not damaged. Then there’s the Baby Care wash, which is perfect for anything that needs a hot wash. It kills every type of germ to make sure fabrics are irritant free, so it’s really good for people with sensitive skin too.

Drying is easy too because the machine has sensors inside. These work out how damp clothes are and stops the cycle once they’ve reached the level of dryness you want – choose Cupboard Dry for things you want to put straight away or Iron Dry for fabrics that need to be ironed.

When it comes to cleaning the F1496AD5, don’t bother – it cleans itself. All you have to do is press the Tub Clean button.

 

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