I recieved the WM14316FD yesterday.
Initially the machine shone quality. Most of the front panels are pressed steel (metallic sprayed), and the door trim is either brushed stainless or aluminium (didn't have time to check which) none the less, this door trim has been brushed on a lathe. The handle and rest of the door fascias consist of chrome plated steel parts, which are to an almost "mirror quality" plating. This machine is very easy to use, controls are kept to a minimum, they are lit by LED's of various colours, giving a very esoteric look which I like. These are a few initial cosmetic factors that add some points to the quality scale.
This machine has a 8KG capacity, which is obviously bigger than the average, so I make sure the washes are made up of similar items and loaded well toward the recommended capacity. Sticking to these recommendations, these latest generation ("smart"!) machines are able to show off to their limit. Its a triple A+ machine, so it monitors every step of the wash. It maticulously adds water to its calculated load level as the wash commences. During the wash cycle, a pump continuously drops the drum water from above the door over the clothes, I doubt that really has much of an advantage in wash performance, but maybe has a contribution.
Straight away I was very impressed with the noise level, I think the direct drive motor has a lot to do with this. There is very little "whine" from it, and that doesn't really change right through the wash, even the final 1400rpm spin at the end is extremly quiet. That said, (as mentioned elsewhere in this forum) the method of drive was never really much of an issue, at least not enough to really warrant a concern in washing machine manufacture. The noise level in general though, is outstanding.
I tried excessively under loading the machine, to see if I could get it to reject the higher speed spins, but it just ran through without any problems. Obviously the machine was a lot smoother when the 8KG limit is nearly met.
Every time most items come out with very little water retention. Nylons are VERY close to dry, as are some other man-made materials.
Overall I'm very happy, it well deserves its triple A rating. Now I just need to see if it meets the test of time. It comes with a two year guarantee, and I got mine for £480, including delivery to the Highlands. This LG machine, and many others throughout their range, have recently been discontinued by LG. So if stocks last we can expect more price cuts on this nice machine, which was £699 not all that long ago.