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Best Washing Machine in India 2019 (Ultimate Buyer’s Guide)

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Buying the best washing machine in India is one of the hardest decisions ever mainly because of two reasons. One, it is a huge investment and two, there are just too many options to choose from. Whether you want a front load or top load, semi-automatic or automatic, is the machine energy efficient, questions are aplenty.

So to make this head-scratching decision easier, our team at Product Expert put together a list of the most sought-after washing machines in India with in-depth reviews of models you won’t regret buying.

Best Front Load Washing Machine in India

LG FH2G6TDNL42 Front Load Washing Machine: Do you have a family of 8-10 and need a large washer to make cleaning clothes hassle free? With 8.0kg capacity and features that will make cleaning and even diagnosing problems with the washing machine a few buttons away, it doesn’t get any better than the LG FH2G6TDNL42.

Best Top Load Washing Machine in India

LG 8.0 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine: If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option and are short on storage space, this top of the line top load washer from LG is everything you could ask for. With 8kgs of capacity, silent operation easy problem diagnosis and washing capacity other top loading machines fail to match, you cannot go wrong with the LG T9077NEDL1.

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In-Depth Washing Machine Reviews

#1: LG FH2G6TDNL42, 8Kg Fully-Automatic Washer (Best Front Load Washing Machine in India)

When it comes to washing machines in India, LG tops the charts by a fair margin and that comes as no surprise especially when you dig deeper into the features of the FH2G6TDNL42.

LG 8.0 kg Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH2G6TDNL42, Silver)
  • Fully-automatic front load washing machine: Best Wash Quality, Energy and Water efficient
  • Capacity 8 kg :Suitable for families with 5 or more members
  • Warranty: 2 years on product, 10 years on motor

What we like

Got a large family? No problem, the 8kg capacity makes the machine ideal for a family of 5-10. And ensuring you are not stuck washing clothes all day long is 1200 rpm motor that boosts spin speed and drying time.

And since the machine is fully automatic, it is what we at Product Expert would call the ‘set it and forget it’ washing machine. Plus, since the motor is a direct drive one, there are less moving parts making it highly energy efficient and less noisy (never hurts to save a few bucks on the electricity bills).

You also get a variety of washing modes like swing, rolling, tumble, etc. (there is a mode for every fabric type). And with the in-built heater hot water is readily available.

There is also the sleek digital touch panel which makes operating the machine a breeze even for first-time users. Oh, and did I mention it is waterproof? (perfect for the clumsy you and me).

Last but not least, the Smart Diagnosis feature gives you the power to detect and repair up to 85 problems via your mobile, saving you cost and time of service visits and calls (making small diagnoses and repairs on a washing machine hardly gets any easier).

Drawbacks

The washing could do with a higher RPM motor which would have further reduced spin and drying time. Plus, it is also on the expensive side.

But if you have durability, high-capacity, and performance on your mind, the machine is an investment that is worth every penny.

Pros

  • Suitable for a large family as it has an 8kg capacity
  • Direct drive motor saves energy and is less noisy
  • It is fully automatic thus doesn’t need your constant attention
  • You get a total of 6 washing modes for different fabric
  • Plus, there is also an inbuilt heating element for hot water
  • The waterproof panel is sleek easy to use
  • Smart Diagnosis saves you cost and time of service calls

Cons

  • Motor RPM could be higher but still gets the job done quickly
  • Does not soften hard water
  • It’s on the expensive side

#2: Bosch WAK24268IN Fully Automatic Front Loading Washer

The WAK24268IN has a 7kg capacity and more suited for a 3-4-member family. So if that is your requirement, there’s plenty to love about this washing machine

Bosch 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (WAK24268IN, silver/grey, Inbuilt Heater)
  • Fully-automatic front-loading washing machine. Length electrical supply cord:160 cm; Dimensions of the product:85x60x60cm
  • Capacity 7 kg: Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members
  • Warranty : 2 years on product and 10 years on motor

What we like

With a 1200 rpm power-packed motor at the forefront, you can expect washing and drying to be quick. How quick?

How about 15-minutes? Yup, all your lightly soiled laundry can be fresh and new-like in just 15-minutes thanks to the Super15 option. But what about when the stains are worse? Can I still get a quick wash?

Off course you can, just hit the SpeedPerfect button before the cycle starts and it will do the job for you at a 65% faster rate without compromising the cleaning (well, washing clothes just got a whole lot faster).

There are also a whopping 15 washing programs that make cleaning of saris, curtains, etc. hassle free. For example, the monsoon mode rids damp clothes of the foul smell or the sari mode that’s ideal for the much-loved traditional piece clothing.

Bosch’s patented VarioDrum makes the cleaning efficient by ensuring even distribution of water and detergent. So you get clothes with no have detergent residue or smell on them (just the way you like it). Plus, for stains, it is designed to be their worst nightmare.

And lastly, if you forget throwing a couple of clothes or just want to add in that very important jeans you need for tomorrow to the mix, no problem, the Reload function lets you add clothes midway as well.

Drawbacks

One of the few drawbacks is that it does not treat hard water and thus not suited for people living in localities where hard water is common.

Also, the 1200 rpm motor is slightly slower in drying the clothes but as we mentioned above, considering the lower price range it outperforms most other competitors.

Pros

  • It is suited only for 4-5 member families
  • The machine can wash clothes at a 65% faster rate with the SpeedPerfect feature
  • You can add clothes in between cycles as well
  • It comes with 6 washing modes suited for a variety of clothes and situations
  • VarioDrum ensure efficient cleaning by equally distributing water and detergent
  • Low noise levels and vibrations it creates zero disturbance

Cons

  • It won’t soften hard water
  • Premium price tag

#3: IFB Senator, 8Kg Fully Automatic Front Loading Washer

IFB has been a mainstay in the Indian market for home appliances and goes toe to toe with international brands due to its top of line products like the Senator.

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IFB 8 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (Senator Aqua SX, Silver)
  • Fully-automatic front load washing machine: Best Wash Quality, Energy and Water efficient
  • Capacity 8 kg :Suitable for families with 5 or more members. The door opening angle is 180 degree and the door diameter is 320 mm
  • Warranty: 4 years on product, 4 years on motor

What we like

Is the hard water in your locality destroying the fabric of your precious clothes? It’s the Senator to the rescue with its Aqua Energie Technology. It treats the hard water so the detergent dissolves well providing a gentle yet efficient wash.

Plus, there are different modes like the Air bubble wash (for the stubborn stains), the silk special, cradle wash, etc. which make the machine ideal for all sorts of fabrics.

Well, IFB decided to compare their drum to the moon and rightly so. The drum’s surface is riddled with grooves that give the right amount of scrubbing without damaging the fabric so your clothes come out in the best possible condition.

Also, don’t you just hate it when you miss out on some clothes and can’t add the laundry midway? Well, not anymore. Just hit the pause button and throw in as many clothes as need be and voila. The clothes come out just as clean and fresh as you’d want.

The LCD display gives you all the important info about the cycle like the temperature, mode, etc. and is easily adjustable with the press of a few buttons.

It also features a timer that allows you to set a cycle in advance, adjustable for 30 minutes to 24 hours (now, wash clothes while enjoying a beer or a movie out with friends).

Lastly, just like the LG, the Senator also has an 8kg capacity ideal for joint or large families with tons of clothes to clean every day. And when you have that, you would want it done and quick speeds, right?

That’s why the machine comes with 1400 RPM Motor for even quicker drying and spins. Plus, since it is a direct drive model, it is both energy & water efficient and creates less noise.

Drawbacks

The major concern with the IFB is durability with users experiencing breakdown within the first year or two but that’s where the 4-year warranty should come in handy.

Also, it is on the expensive side but with features like that which make washing clothes a cakewalk, I wouldn’t think twice.

Pros

  • Aqua Energie Technology treats hard water for efficient washing
  • Drums has Cresent Moon like grooves for better cleaning without any damage
  • Comes with multiple modes for different fabrics and stain types
  • Allows you to add laundry midway without compromising on the washing
  • The LCD display is big, clear and easily adjustable
  • Set the cycle in advance with the time delay feature
  • Features a better 1400 rpm motor for quicker spinning and drying
  • Direct drive technology makes it silent and water & energy efficient
  • It has a capacity of 8kgs and is fully automatic

Cons

  • Lacks the durability or customer service of the LG and Bosch models
  • It has a high price tag

#4: Samsung WA62M4100HY/TL Fully Automatic Top Load Washer (Budget Pick)

On a tight budget? Have that sinking feeling that you may miss out on important features? Well, Samsung may have the solution for you.

Samsung 6.2 kg Fully-Automatic Top load Washing Machine (WA62M4100HY/TL, Imperial Silver)
  • Installation: For requesting an installation/demo for this product once delivered, please call Samsung support directly on 1800 40 7267864 and provide the product's model name.
  • Fully-automatic top load washing machine; 6.2 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years comprehensive warranty on product

What we like

To give you a quality wash, this budget washer comes with a unique Diamond Drum. The drum has 25% smaller holes to prevent your clothes from getting stuck and damaged.

Further enabling that is washboard embossing while the diamond design ensures the clothes get rid of more detergent than traditional drums (say goodbye to itchy or rough clothes).

While the machine ensures all detergent is removed well, it also needs to make sure the detergent mixes too for a good clean and that is exactly what the small waterfall helps accomplish.

The Magic Filter works its real magic by removing lint, fluff and dirt particles from the washer so they neither stick back to your clothes nor clog up the drain ever.

And when you need to clean it, just detach it, remove the dirt and put it back (takes a mere couple of minutes for all that). But how do you know when its time to clean? Don’t worry the washer will notify you when its time.

Not just that, the machine will also notify you when its time to clean the tub and thanks to the Eco Tub Clean, it takes only a press of a button (because a clean washer lasts long and cleans better).

Similarly, there are also modes for delicates, woolens, a quick mode for faster washing, soak plus for soaking the badly stained clothes, etc.

In case of a power cut, the washing machine restarts from where it left off and to prevent your children from fidgeting with the settings, there is also a child lock.

As for the drying, the Turbo Drying System will not only dry all your clothes within minutes but the tub as well (because mildew growth in your washer can be damaging).

Lastly, its 6.2kg capacity, the washer is suited for individuals or couples with a smaller load to clean every day.

Drawbacks

Cannot be used by a family of 3-4 or more since it does not have the capacity and more the clothes, the more you will need to run the washer.

Complaints about installation delays from Samsung are common so you might want to step up your DIY game to get done quickly.

Pros

  • Diamond Drum ensure adequate cleaning without damaging clothes
  • For proper mixing of detergent, the washer has a special waterfall feature
  • Magic filter capture lint, dirt to keep clothes clean and drains unclogged
  • The washer notifies you when its time to clean the filter and tub
  • Cleaning tub is easy with the Eco Tub Clean Mode
  • There are also modes for delicates, quick wash, woolens and so on
  • It restarts from where it left off in case of a power cut
  • Child lock prevents any unwanted interference by kids
  • Turbo drying system quickly dries both clothes and tub to prevent mildew growth

Cons

  • Poor customer service means you might have to install it yourself
  • Cannot be used by families with 3-4 or more members

A smaller washing machine but nonetheless, for any budget buyer, with all those features, it is a peach of a buy.


#5: IFB Diva Fully Automatic Front Load Washer

Okay, so not all fully automatic front load washers are expensive, and with this, IFB can rightly be called the king of budget and effective home appliances (nothing you wouldn’t expect from a good Indian brand).

IFB 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (Diva Aqua SX, Silver, Inbuilt Heater)
  • Fully-automatic front load washing machine: Best Wash Quality, Energy and Water efficient
  • Capacity 6 kg :Suitable for bachelors & couples
  • Warranty: 4 years on product, 4 years on motor

What we like

Just like the Senator, the Diva also has a drum with Crescent Moon like grooves to eliminate every stain with ease without any damage to your clothes (even the delicate ones).

Here too, you can add in forgotten laundry even in between the wash while the Aqua Energie feature ensures the detergent is evenly distributed and dissolves better for a better wash by softening the water.

Further ensuring this is the 2D wash system which also has the responsibility of soaking the clothes. To this, the washer employs a shower system.

You also get 15 washing modes so your sarees, blankets, woolens, cotton or any other delicate material, all can be given a wash in this washer.

And in case you are in a hurry, you will be happy to know that there is a quick wash mode as well.  The washer also resumes its washing from the very place it stopped when the power comes back on.

Lastly, the self-diagnosis system means you are not left scratching your head in case there is an issue with the washer.

Differences from the IFB Senator

The motor is just 800rpm so it is not as fast the Senator when it comes to spin speed and drying. Also, it has a smaller capacity thus suits only individuals and couples.

It also does not feature a time delay so isn’t as convenient to use like the Senator.

Pros

  • Cresent moon drum with groves removes all stains and maintain cloth quality
  • Allows you to add laundry midway of a cycle
  • Aqua Energie tech softens water so detergent dissolves better
  • Comes with 15 washing modes for all types of clothes
  • Quick wash helps you get fresh clothes on the double
  • The 2D wash system gives the clothes a good soak
  • Self-Diagnosis system helps diagnose any problem faster without professional help

Cons

  • Slower motor and hence drying can take longer
  • No time delay

#6: LG T9077NEDL1, 8 kg Fully-Automatic Washer (Best Top Load Washing Machine in India)

Top load washers are ideal for homes with limited space as they do not need that additional space for opening doors and they don’t get any better than the LG T9077NEDL. Here’s why.

LG 8 kg Inverter Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (T9077NEDL1, Free Silver)
  • Fully-automatic top-loading washing machine
  • Capacity 8 kg: Suitable for large families
  • Warranty: 1 Year comprehensive warranty on product

What we like

Truth be told, nobody wants to be stuck washing tons of clothes all day, right? Well, with a large washing machine you can get most of the washing done and dusted in quick-time and that is just what T9077NEDL offers with its 8kg capacity.

At 720 rpm, it may not be the faster motor, but nonetheless, is the highest you will find in bugger top load washers like those with 7-8kg capacity.

The inverter technology is a real blessing and will save you tons of money on the soaring electricity bills. That is because it automatically limits the power used by the motor depending on the load.

And to top that, it also gives you a peaceful experience by cutting down the noise and vibrations to a bare minimum.

Giving you clothes like new you after washing is the Turbo Drum is which can eliminate the stubborn of stains while the jet spray removes excess detergent without shooting up the water bills.

Lastly, just like the front load machine, even this model gives you the power to diagnose and solve 85 problems with just the press of a thumb on your mobile (phew, no more wasting time with service calls).

Drawbacks

Not much to fault about the washing machine except that it is one of the most expensive top load washers and that the 720 is pretty slow compared to other motors on the list.

But if quality and performance are what you are going for, this one too is worth the big bucks.

Pros

  • 720 rpm motor ensures quick drying and spin cycles
  • Inverter technology saves electricity by reducing power used as per the load
  • It also ensures lower vibrations and thus lesser noise
  • Comes with a capacity of 8kgs
  • Turbo Drum removes the toughest of stains with ease
  • Jet spray remove detergent residue without using tons of water
  • Allows you to diagnose up to 85 problems via your mobile

Cons

  • It is expensive compared to most top load washing machines

#7: Whirlpool 7 kg Top Loading Washer (Best Semi-Automatic Washing Machine in India)

In case you needed a slightly bigger washing machine than the Haier model above without adding to cost, this Whirlpool semi-automatic machine is your best bet.

Whirlpool 7 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (Superb Atom 70S, Grey)
  • Semi-automatic washing Machine: Most Economical, Lowest water and energy consumption, involves manual effort
  • Capacity 7 kg :Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members
  • Warranty: 2 years on product, 5 years on wash motor and prime mover

What we like

Its 7kg capacity makes it the ideal budget washing machine for a family of 3-4. The 66L drum gives the clothes ample room to move about freely, in turn, ridding it of the stains and particles.

And in case you feel the stain is a particularly stubborn one, the super soak technology works its magic like a charm. It soaks and scrubs a stain for 20-25 minutes wiping it out completely.

Also, making it easy to clean the cuffs and collars is the scrub station near the panel that allows you to stand and scrub while the excess detergent flows back into the washer. But even if you do happen to spill it around, relax, the panel is both waterproof and shockproof.

The 1450 rpm motor is even more powerful than some of the best top load washing machines on the list so drying and spinning speeds goes up a notch.

But the machine isn’t just powerful, it is also quite smart with the memory function resuming the washing from the very same spot it stopped at in case of a power cut.

Drawbacks

Being a semi-automatic washing machine, it is more labor intensive than any fully automatic machine.

Also, it comes with only 3 modes and thus may not be suitable to wash certain types of materials.

But if you need a washing machine with a large capacity without burning a hole in your pocket, this is currently the best-selling semi-automatic washing machine in the Indian market.

Pros

  • Makes for a great budget buy
  • 7kg capacity is ideal for a family of 3-4
  • 1450 rpm motor increase spinning and drying speed
  • Memory function resumes cycle from the same point in case of a power cut
  • Super soak technology helps remove all kinds of stains
  • The machine panel is both waterproof and shockproof
  • Scrub station lets you manually scrub your clothes without having to bend

Cons

  • It comes with only 3 washing modes which limit its usage
  • Semi-automatic machines are more labor intensive

#8: LG P7550R3FA Semi-Automatic Washer

Well, it is quite evident, we love the LG washers and why not. They are India’s Top brand for a reason and this Semi-automatic washer shows exactly why.

LG 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (P7550R3FA, Dark Grey)
  • This product comes ready to use and does NOT require installation or demo. All product features are presented in the user manual that comes with the product.
  • Semi-automatic top-loading washing machine
  • Capacity 6.5 kg: Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members

What we like

Tired of all the bending that scrubbing needs so keep those collars and cuffs looking clean? Not anymore as this washer comes with a special scrubber that lets you do it while standing up.

But the clothes still need a good wash, right? That is where the Roller Pulsator Jet comes to the play and rids the clothes of dirt, mites, etc.

To help you wash a few different fabrics, there are 3 modes (Normal, Gentle and Strong) and in case there is any leftover detergent after the wash, the spin shower clears up any residue

And to keep away lint from destroying your clothes and clogging up the drains, the washer is equipped with a lint collector that is easy to remove and clean.

Also, do not worry about rodents chewing into your washing machine since the body is coated with a special rat-repellent chemical for exactly that.

Wind Jet Dry feature in combination with the 1300rpm motor gives you dry clothes and also a dry tub quickly by circulation air through the vents, in turn, keeping out any mold or mildew.

Lastly, it has a 6.5kg capacity, so from individuals, couple to a family of 3 with a lower load wash can use the machine.

Drawbacks

On the downsides, it is a semi-automatic washer so you will need to fill up the water, set the timer, speed, mode etc.

Also, you get only 3 washing modes which means cleaning blankets or other very delicate fabrics may not be ideal.

Pros

  • Collar scrubber makes scrubbing easy as you can stand and do it
  • Pulsator Jet cleans clothes better by creating more friction
  • Comes with 3 wash modes for different fabrics
  • It is coated with a rat-repellent chemical to keep away rats
  • Wind Jet Dryer helps with faster drying of both clothes and the tub to prevent mildew
  • Ideal washer for 2-3 people as it has a 6.5kg capacity
  • Lint collector prevents lint from clogging up the drain
  • The 1300rpm motor is quick at both cleaning and drying

Cons

  • Require more attention than a fully automatic washer
  • Not as versatile as the top picks as it lacks washing or cleaning modes

#9: Haier 5.8kg Fully Automatic Top Loading Washer

Are you looking for something even smaller and less than Rs.10000 that can be used by 1-2 people? This Haier washing machine is the ideal package of convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Haier 5.8 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (HWM58-020, White)
  • Fully-automatic top load washing machine: Affordable with great wash quality, Easy to use
  • Capacity 5.8 kg :Suitable for bachelors & couples
  • Warranty: 2 years on product and 5 years on motor

What we like

To get rid of the worst of stains, the machine has been equipped with the Quadra flow Pulsator which creates turbulence in the drum. This keeps clothes from tangling, ensures detergent reaches every corner, and that the clothes rotate with just the right amount of force to avoid abrasions.

There are a total of 6 washing programs to choose from for materials like cotton, synthetic etc. You can also schedule a wash for later using the timer (no maid to run the machine? No problem).  And if you needed something washed on the double, the quick wash feature comes in handy.

The capacity of the washing machine is 5.8kg which means it is only suitable for couples and bachelors. And since it is fully automatic, there is little you will have to do.

Drawbacks

The machine can be noisy and tends to vibrate as the motor is not a direct drive motor. Also, it lacks durability and may need repairs after 1-2 years of usage and Haier customer service is probably going to give you a hard time with it.

But if you need a fully-automatic washing machine on the cheap, this Haier model is by far the best washing machine for you.

Pros

  • Ideal for couples and bachelors in need of a small and compact washing machine
  • It has a capacity of 5.8kgs
  • Comes with 6 washing modes for different materials
  • Allows you to schedule the wash
  • Get clothes washed quickly with the quick-wash features
  • Quadra flow Pulsator ensures efficient cleaning

Cons

  • It tends to vibrate and is noisy
  • Lacks durability and customer service isn’t the best

#10: Intex WMS62TL

Last but not the least, comes one of the cheapest washing machines you will come across in the market that offers a good efficient wash.

Intex 6.2 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (WMS62TL, White and Maroon)
  • This product comes ready to use and does NOT require installation or demo. Product features and troubleshooting guide are presented in the user manual that comes with the product.
  • Semi-automatic top-loading washing machine
  • 6.2 kg capacity

What we like

The durability is on the Intex washer is actually commendable as the body is both rust-free and shockproof.

To give you the ultimate power over the cleaning the washer lets you decide on the water levels.

It also heats up water to about 55-degrees to kill germs and remove all kinds of stains.

Also, with a 1350rpm motor backing the washer, you will be pleasantly pleased with the drying time.

The 6.2kg capacity means any bachelor in a different city for work or studies in need of small washer can use this (not to forget, it is cheap too).

You also get 2 washing modes. The Gentle mode can be used for your delicate clothes and upholsteries while the normal mode works great on everyday clothes.

Drawbacks

Well, it requires you to quite a lot of work like even decide on the water levels, set timer, etc.

Consumer more electricity as compared to the other semi-automatic washing machines.

You also do not have the option of soaking clothes or a collar scrubber like you get with the LG or Whirpool semi-automatic washers.

And lastly, the plastic body is not very durable but should stand strong for 2-3 years.

Pros

  • The body is both shockproof and rust-resistant
  • Heats up water to 55-degrees to kill germs and clean better
  • 1350rpm motor ensures faster spin speeds and lower drying time
  • It can be used by 1-2 people as it has a 6.2kg capacity
  • Unique Impeller helps clean without using up too much water
  • Comes with 2 modes for delicates and normal clothes

Cons

  • No collar scrubber
  • Consumes more electricity
  • Does not allow soaking
  • Lower durability

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Here are the features that separate the best from the rest. Plus, in this section, we’ll also take a look at why most people prefer front load and automatic washing machines over top load and semi-automatic washing machines.

Front Load Vs Top Load Washer

We compared the 2 types on four of the most important factors, Water efficiency, Electric Efficiency, Cleaning, and Cost

Water Efficiency

If you’re looking for a water-efficient model, then a front load washing machine is the go-to choice as it uses almost 50% less water than top loading machines. This is mainly because of the tumbling action of front load washers which needs less soaking. On the other hand, top load with top load washers need more water for the soaking.

Electricity Efficiency

From an Indian perspective, top load washers are more energy efficient simply because they have shorter cycles. Plus, most of our washing is done in cold water and drying by the sun so little to 0 electricity is needed on those fronts making a top load washer a more electricity efficient choice for Indians

But outside of India, top load washers are the more efficient choices mainly because they use less water. This means a lower amount of energy is consumed for heating the drying.

Washing

If you need only everyday house clothes cleaned, then a top load washer will provide you with a cleaning consistency like none other as even the cheaper models are quite effective.

But if you need a washer to get rid of grime, grease, etc. a top load washer is ideal as they are slightly harsher on the clothes. But for that high level of cleaning only the best top load washers will cut it.

Cost and Storage

Due to the simplicity of design and build, top load washers are usually cheaper and placing them is easier too since they do not need room for opening the door.

Note: A common problem with cheap top load washers is that they are heavily reliant on agitators. An agitator is a 20th-century technology that only takes up space in the wash tub reducing the capacity of the washing machine.

Fully Automatic Vs Semi-Automatic Washers

Fully automatic are what we would call the lazy persons washing machine. Here you simply set the mode and from the spinning, rinsing, draining to the drying, the machine handles everything on its own.

With semi-automatic machines, you need to fill in the required water, set the time, cycle, etc. Plus, the drying takes place in another drum which requires the clothes to be manually shifted to that drum

While semi-automatic machines give you complete control over the washing, it does require a higher work rate. It is their lack of fancy frills that make these washing machines the ideal budget models.

Capacity

The capacity of the washing machine you will need is determined by the number of family members there are. For couples and bachelors, a washer with a capacity of anything between 5-6kgs should be ideal.

But if you live in a joint family or have guests over on a regular basis then you would want a 7-8kg washing machine.

Inverter Technology

Inverter technology increases the energy efficiency of the washing machine. That is because it limits the power required by the motor depending on the load of the machine. A sensor in the machine detects the load which then sends a signal along the circuit

Washing machines that do not come with the inverter technology have been set to work at a fixed load. So if whether the machine is filled to capacity or not, it continues to muster the same amount of electricity.

So until and unless you the required amount of load on a daily basis, a machine with inverter technology can help cut down the electricity bills.

Direct Drive Technology

Direct Drive Technology is what makes the washing machines vibration-free, silent and even more energy efficient.

Most washing machine motors have belts and gears and by eliminating these additional parts that create lots of friction during each movement, the motor becomes more energy efficient and silent.

On the downside, the motor becomes bulkier but we are sure compared to low electricity bills and a noise-free experience that is a really small price to pay.

Drum Technology

The drum is where all the magic happens and since each brand comes with a different type of drum, it is important you have a deeper understanding of it.

One of the most commonly heard about drums is the VarioDrum and the brand behind this awesome tech is Bosch. So what is so awesome about it?

It employs two paddles to give you the best cleaning experience. Once the spinning starts the flat paddle comes into play and cleans the finer particles and when the spinning turns to the other side, the steeper paddle gives the clothes a deeper clean.

Next up, is the Diamond Drum technology found in Samsung washers like the Samsung WA62M4100HY/TL. This drum has 25% smaller holes and comes with an embossed washboard so your clothes never damaged by getting stuck in the drum and yet get a good scrub so all stains are removed.

LG uses a Turbo Drum technology, a Dual-Direction drum that keeps your clothes fresh and prevents any damage while giving it a thorough clean by also moving it in the opposite direction of the pulsator.

The Hard Water Problem

Let’s say you already have the high-end washing machine but yet your clothes come out riddled with detergent or soap. Wondering why?

That is most likely because of hard water and the only brand offering you a solution to this problem is IFB as it is equipped with the Aqua Energie Technology

The tech makes the water soft before it enters the drum. This, in turn, ensure the detergent dissolves better in the water leaving no residue either in the machine nor the clothes.

Heating

Most washing machines come with water heaters and yes they are important as well. That is because washing clothes in hot water have been proven to be more effective especially when you are dealing with heavily soiled clothing. More so, it also kills germs like bacteria and viruses than out clothes tend to carry.

Brands like LG, Samsung, etc. offer some of the most effective water heaters that are quick and use minimal electricity while Whirpool and Intek come with decent heaters capable of heating water up to 55-60-degrees.

Other Features

Apart from the above-mentioned features, some of the high-end models (like the LG washing machines at the top) let you control most repairs and diagnoses via an app on the mobile. Some washing machines can also be controlled by Alexa (just say the magic words and Alexa will take care of the rest).

Some washers also come with an automatic auto detergent dispenser or drum sanitizer while some can even treat hard water. Another thing to keep in mind is the number of modes available. The more the merrier but on an average, a washer should have modes for synthetics, woolens, cotton, silks, etc.

A lint collector can be handy too so your washing machine never gets clogged up as it collects all the lint, dirt, etc. and can be easily removed and emptied out when need be.

High-end washers tell you when the lint and tub need cleaning otherwise, I would recommend cleaning the tub once in 2 months while the lint collector should be cleared every couple of days depending on your load.

Note: keep in mind, the fancier the washing machine, the more money you will need to shell out.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which brand is the best for washing machine in India?

We ranked the best brands for you in terms of the features, durability, convenience, and value for money the washing machines from particular brands offer:

  • LG
  • IFB
  • Bosch
  • Samsung
  • Whirlpool
  • Godrej
  • Haier

Which is the best fully automatic washing machine?

The 10 Best fully automatic washing machines that rule the roost are:

  • LG FH2G6TDNL42
  • IFB Senator Aqua FX
  • Bosch WAK24168IN
  • IFB Diva
  • SamsungWA62M4100HY/TL
  • Whirlpool Whitemagic
  • Bosch WOE654W0IN
  • LG T7581NDDLG
  • SamsungWW60M206LMW/TL
  • Haier HWM58-020

Are top loaders better than front loaders?

Front load washers are the go-to type if you are looking for a washing machine that is water efficient. To be precise they use around 40%-45% less water. Plus, they are also more gentle on the clothes and dry them better because of the less water need during the wash.

But when it comes to being more energy efficient, for Indian, a top load washer is the ideal choice. That is because most of us wash clothes in cold water and neither need the dryer, plus the wash cycles of a front load are more. In the end, the choice comes down to comfort and the budget.

How long should a washing machine last?

Most washing machines irrespective of their type last for about 12-14 years. The years are calculated based on the number of cycles the machine can run before breaking down.

Conclusion

The choices are simple. If you are looking for a cheap washing machine, the ideal choice would be one that is semi-automatic and top loading. But the best washing machines in India are usually front loading and fully automatic. That is because of the unmatched convenience they offer but remember they tend to be costlier.

If you have any further questions regarding your washing machine, feel free to hit us up anytime.

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