Modern technology does not stand still. More and more devices appear on the home appliance market, equipped with the most advanced set of functions and an intuitive interface. Among them - LG washing machines with direct drive Direct Drive, which is a real breakthrough in the field of consumer electronics. These washing machines will be discussed in our article.
The South Korean company LG first developed and introduced the production of washing machines with direct drive, called Direct Drive.
In order to start the washing process, it is necessary to impart rotation to the drum of the washing equipment . For these purposes, you need a motor that transfers energy to the moving part of the machine using various drive systems.
In the case of a belt drive, the rotation of the drum is carried out using a belt worn on a pulley. The motor for such machines is located at the bottom of the unit.
In the case of direct drive, the motor is combined with the drum, which allows you to report the movement of this part of the washing machine directly.
This design makes it possible to reduce the degree of vibration by reducing the number of its elements and their better balancing, and this directly affects the noise level during the operation of such washing machines. The main known feature of LG washing equipment is its quietness.
In addition, an important advantage of Direct Drive washing machines is the increased wear resistance of the engine , due to which it is possible to significantly extend the life of these miracle units. No wonder manufacturers of direct-drive LG washing machines give a ten-year warranty on the engines of their smart appliances.
Directly connected with these two pleasant features of Direct Drive devices is another useful moment for homemakers, namely their efficiency: thanks to the described engine design, LG washing machines require several times less energy to carry out their work.
The functionality of such machines also pleasantly pleases consumers with its convenience and variety , which depends on the specific model.
Many note the intuitive interface of LG washing machines. Using this technique for washing clothes is very easy and convenient, even a child will cope with it.
Browse Popular Models
LG washing machines with a Direct Drive engine are not considered the cheapest in the modern home appliance market, although their price is justified by the impeccable quality. And yet, among the wide range of washing machines of this brand, one can find both very expensive and quite budget options. Let's dwell on the latter.
Best budget options
This narrow washing machine has dimensions 85x60x44 cm, due to which it fits perfectly into the interior of a small apartment.
The maximum drum capacity is 6.5 kg, which makes such a machine very popular with most Russian families with children.
The electronically controlled bubble drum perfectly erases even the deepest dirt due to its special surface, which allows better capture and less damage to any fabrics during the washing process.
This model is characterized by a number of innovative technologies.
- Steam function that allows you to effectively wash away stubborn dirt, eliminate most bacteria and allergens, and after washing, completely wash the powder out of things.
- “6 movements of care” - this option provides various approaches to washing clothes, depending on the type of fabric. Several options for rotating the drum effectively wash off any dirt without harming even the most delicate things.
- Smart Diagnosis - this feature of the mobile diagnostics of malfunctions of the LG washing machine with direct drive allows you to diagnose and fix problems in the shortest possible time. Simply dial the technical support phone number on your smartphone.
This model presents 13 programs for washing clothes of your choice , you can also take advantage of some additional features, such as super rinse, which allows you to effectively wash a large amount of laundry, intensive washing, perfectly removing dirt at the deepest level, delaying rinsing without draining the water, leading to minimize the number of folds obtained at the exit of linen, and some others.
Another narrow front-loading LG washing machine with a maximum laundry load of 6 kg. This machine also has a large number of useful programs and technologies "6 movements of care" and Smart Diagnosis.
Users of such units are satisfied with the excellent quality of washing clothes, but note the lack of a special drying function as a drawback.
With steam function
This option is the highlight of the washing machines of the brand in question. The True Steam function allows you to effectively and delicately take care of the laundry, as well as the health of the owners of this wonderful technology. A special washing mode, when hot steam is introduced into the washing machine’s drum through a rubber tube, completely dissolving the washing powder, penetrating deeply between the fibers of the fabric and killing up to 90% of bacteria and allergens, allows you to deal with such elusive sources of allergies as plant pollen, dust and wool . In addition to ridding allergens of things, this function fights against microscopic ticks living in dusty wool.
Items processed with hot steam become softer to the touch and perfectly prepared for subsequent ironing.
With the “Refresh” mode, True Steam allows you to take care of your things as soon as possible without the use of water and cleaning products, eliminating absorbed odors and smoothing out small folds. With the help of this function, it becomes possible to refresh clothes that have been in the closet for a long time, as well as take care of other uncontaminated things that incorporate any unpleasant odors.
Model LG F2J7HS2W has just this feature. This is a fairly budget narrow washing machine with dimensions of 85x60x45 cm, front loading and a maximum amount of laundry for washing 7 kg.
Among the built-in technologies, in addition to the True Steam steam function, we can distinguish:
- Smart Diagnosis
- Turbo Wash quick wash option, which allows you to cope with washing clothes in record time;
- “6 movements of care”;
- the ability to remotely control via a smartphone with the SmartThinQ application installed there.
Using Wi-Fi, you can download and install additional washing modes on your LG washing machine.
With inverter motor
The absence of such parts as a belt and brushes ensures silent operation of the models with the Direct Drive engine, as well as their long life without any breakdowns.
This model has dimensions of 85x60x55 cm and a maximum load of linen of 8 kg.
This popular LG washing machine model features Smart Diagnosis and 6 Care Movements. There are also 13 programs and several additional modes for washing clothes.
Users of such models emphasize the possibility of locking from children, making it impossible to switch the control buttons of the machine in this mode, as well as the autonomous drum cleaning function.
Narrow-type washing machine with a maximum drum load of 5.5 kg. Equipped with Direct Drive engine and “6 movements of care” technology.
A washing machine with dimensions of 85x60x44 cm and a maximum load of 5 kg, as well as such integrated technologies as “6 movements of care” and Smart Diagnosis.
There are 13 programs and several additional washing modes.
With technology “6 movements of care”
A narrow model with an inverter drive and the “6 movements of care” technology, specially designed to effectively wash off the most difficult contaminants of various types of fabrics. The uniqueness of the technology lies in the autonomous selection of the options for the movements of the drum during washing for each type of linen, respectively.
This model also has a mobile diagnostic function and Tag On technology, which allows you to load additional washing modes into your washing machine using a special application.
How to choose?
In order not to be mistaken with the choice of a washing machine of the LG brand with an inverter motor, you need to decide on the basic characteristics that are necessary for you.
This is primarily the size, because it depends on how much space this home assistant takes in your home, as well as how much laundry she can wash at one time. Depending on the size of the room and the number of family members choose a washing machine with standard, minimum or maximum dimensions.
You should also carefully consider what necessary functions your washing machine should have, because the more features and additional programs it has, the higher price you will have to pay. But is it worth paying for something that you basically will not use?
These are the most important criteria that you need to pay attention to when buying a washing machine of your dreams.
Troubleshooting and repair tips
Despite the reliability of the engine, LG washing machines have some drawbacks. Let's look at particularly vulnerable structural elements of such machines and ways to eliminate problems associated with their failure.
- TEN. To check the health of this appliance, place your hand on the hatch of the washing machine. If after ten minutes of washing the hatch remains cold, your electric heater is out of order. The cause of the breakdown is usually the scum formed on this element.
- Drain pump. This part fails quite often due to the peculiarities of its design. To begin, clean the filter of the machine. If this operation does not help, you will have to replace the pump.
- Water level sensor. When this element breaks down, water does not fill the tank, immediately flowing out of it.
- Bearings. These parts also fail quite often, since it is they that account for the main load during operation of the direct-drive motor. The machine begins to make a lot of noise during the spin cycle, as well as when scrolling an empty drum with a hand, a creak and a roar are heard. In this case, it is necessary to replace the failed bearing.
- Also, sometimes there is a malfunction in the electronic circuit of the washing machine. In this case, the unit does not turn on, does not spin the drum and does not react in any way to the commands issued from the dashboard.
Before disassembling or transporting the washing machine to a service center yourself, you should open the instruction manual for your household appliances and try to find the possible cause of the breakdown and its method of elimination from the list of malfunctions.
An overview of one of the models in the next video.