These days when we go out in the market to buy any appliance, we are loaded with options. Finding the right one that fits our needs and is also efficient may be challenging. Washing machines are no different. We at Bijli Bachao got several messages in the past from readers asking for ideas on buying a washing machine and this was a long pending item we had in our mind to write about.
The intent of this article is to provide you list of “Best Washing Machines in India (Top/Front Load and Semi-Automatic ) in 2019” and be a “buying guide” for washing machines, that can help you understand various technologies available in the market, and understand which is more energy-efficient. We have also listed some of the top models from various brands available in the market.
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Best Washing Machine Brands in India in 2020
These are the most popular brands for washing machines in India. Brands like Bosch/Siemens Washing Machines are quite popular for their front loading washing machines. Among the Indian brands, IFB leads the pack by giving tough competition to international brands, while Godrej and Onida Washing Machines have good models in case someone has a tight budget.
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Best Washing Machine Models in India in 2020
1) Samsung WW65M206L0W/TL – 6.5 kg – Best Front Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine
When searching for the best front load washing machine, we had few things in mind: one with good technology, a size which is generally good for most families, one that cleans well and can handle different types of cloths, one which is durable and not super expensive. The first result that came out for us was Samsung WW65M206L0W/TL.
This model has an inverter technology motor which is highly energy-efficient and less noisy. It has a metallic Diamond Drum which is gentle on clothes yet good at cleaning them. It has an Inbuilt heater that gives you an option of doing hot water wash which although is not a very energy-efficient way of cleaning but gives better output. The washing machine has good inbuilt protection against voltage fluctuations as well. It has a good number of pre-programmed cycles to handle different kinds of cloths. On the whole a great buy.
Pros: Inverter Motor makes it energy efficient and less noisy and it comes with 10 year warranty. Low water consumption as it is a front load washing machine. Has Touch LED Panel for easy usage.
Cons: Newer motor technology means that it will be difficult for your traditional mechanic to fix the machine in case of failure. Also, its peak RPM is not the highest that is available in the market. A higher RPM would have meant that your clothes would come out drier. It also does not have any technology to handle hard water or extremely low water pressure.
Key Specs: 6.5 kg machine (ideal cloth load of 6.5 kg), Peak RPM of 1000
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2) IFB TL- RDSS 6.5 KG Aqua – Best Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine
IFB is one Indian brand that gives tough competition to international biggies in a segment where there are lot of international brands. It started off with support of Bosch but now has come up on its own. Their machines are very well designed for Indian consumers. This particular model has Aqua Energie technology from IFB which helps it provide better cleaning even with hard water. It can work at water pressure as low as 0.3 bar which means you can use it even when the water pressure in your house is low. Auto imbalance system makes sure that the washing machine does not go out of balance even if the load is not put in properly in the washing machine. It also has smart sense sensor to optimize water and detergent based on the load put in the washing machine, which saves water as well as electricity. 6 different wash programs give you plenty of options to wash different kinds of cloths.
Pros: Designed of India as it works with hard water and low water pressure. Has low voltage protection as well to work at low voltages. Has memory backup to start the washing machine at the same step in case there is a power cut.
Cons: Low RPM of 720 which means that you still need to put cloths on a cloth line for long to dry them. Being a top load, the water consumption is high. Does not have a hot water wash option.
Key Specs: 6.5 kg machine (ideal cloth load of 6.5 kg), Peak RPM of 720
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3) Bosch WAB16060IN – 6 kg – Best Budget Front Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine
One would not associate Bosch a German giant to make machines that are quite light on your pocket, but this one surprisingly is quite cheap. With A+ European energy efficiency rating, this machine is decently energy efficient. It’s speed perfect technology makes sure that your washing is done 65% quicker. The ActiveWater sensor technology ensures the right amount of water is used for washing thus saving water as well as detergent. 3D Aquaspa features help this machine save water by soaking laundry during the washing process. 8 different wash programs give you multiple options to clean different types of cloths. On the whole a great buy in case you do not want to spend a lot but still want a great washing machine.
Pros: Quicker in washing, better in saving water, has a childproof lock so that kids cannot play with the machine, Foam detection system removes the excessive foam.
Cons: Low spin speed of 800 RPM, could have been more energy efficient.
Key Specs: 6 kg machine (ideal cloth load of 6 kg), Peak RPM of 800
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4) Whirlpool Whitemagic Premier 6.5 kg – Best Budget Top Load Fully Automatic Washing Machine
Whirlpool is another international biggie which over the years of presence in India has very well adapted to Indian requirements. This particular washing machine is loaded with features for Indian households. It can wash cloths even with Hard Water and it can work at low water pressures as low as 0.17 Bar. Whirlpool still uses agitators instead of pulsators and they use agitators to create powerful scrub technology that cleans the clothes well. This washing machine also has a spa wash system to reduce the tangling of clothes. This washing machine also has sensors to adjust the water levels and thus adjust the detergent levels, sensors for voltage and smart lint filters. On the whole a good buy if you are looking for a budget top load washing machine.
Pros: Hard Water Wash, Low Water Pressure, Good scrubbing to remove dirt from cloths
Cons: Agitators can cause tangling thus reducing life of cloths, whirlpool has tried to reduce it with adding another technology to manage it, but still a pulsator would have been better.
Key Specs: 6.5 kg machine (ideal cloth load of 6.5 kg)
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5) LG P9037R3SM 8 kg – Best Semi-Automatic Washing Machine
If you are looking for a Semi-Automatic washing machine, then LG P9037R3SM comes across as a good buy. Usually, Semi-Automatic washing machines do not have lot of advanced features and this washing machine is no different. But pulsators used in LG machines are better for cloths and washing in general. It has 3 different wash programs to wash different types of cloths. It has Wind Jet Dry technology in which air is introduced while spinning cloths which results in better drying of cloths. It has rat away technology to keep the machine safe from rats. It also has 360-degree wheels to easily move the machine around.
Pros: Pulsator is good for clothes as well as washing, Wind Jet Dry technology dries clothes better than just spinning, Rat away technology protects the washing machine from rats, 1000 RPM drying which gives better drying output.
Cons: Mostly plastic body
Key Specs: 8 kg washing + 6 kg spin tub, 1000 RPM
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There are 100+ washing machine models in the market today. This makes the task of selecting the right washing machine tough. This situation is further exacerbated with each brand rolling out its own jargons rechristened as ‘features’. It becomes difficult to conclude some simple facts: how well do washing machines will clean the soiled clothes, how much water will they consume in the process and at what is the running cost in terms of electricity bills. In this buying guide we will try to answer these common queries and simplify the buying predicament for you with a side-by-side comparison of different types of washer styles. Also, we will compare and understand key features and technologies modern models come with, which you should know to make a better buying decision.
Fully Automatic vs Semi Automatic Washing Machines
Whenever a word “automatic” is associated with a washing machine, it means that the machine not only washes the clothes but also extracts most water out of it after washing. The main difference between a fully automatic and semi-automatic washing machine is that in fully automatic washing machine, all the process from washing to spinning happen on their own through an automated program, whereas in semi-automatic, one must move clothes from one operation to another manually.
Automatic machines do everything on their own. Once you choose the wash program, the machine will automatically fill in the requisite water for wash, choose the right wash cycle, rinse, drain the water, and finally do the spinning to get rid of remaining moisture—all in the same drum.
The semi-automatic machin
The semi-automatic machine on other hand needs lot of manual intervention. You need to fill water before beginning the wash cycle and select the wash cycle/time. Also, once the wash is complete you need to transfer clothes from wash drum to drier (spin) compartment. In a way, it gives more control over the washing process but its generally considered labor-intensive. They lack any new and appealing features and that’s why are generally more affordable. From an energy-saving perspective, both machines (automatic and semi-automatic) are similar.
Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines
The choice between the two truly depends on how you use a washing machine. Most international sources would suggest that front loading washing machines are the most efficient in using: water as well as energy. But Indian sources would suggest that top-loading washing machines, as well as semi-automatic machines, are more efficient than front loaders. Now there is truth in both because of the way washing is done in different countries.
There is no doubt that front-loaders save water. You can safely assume the front loader would need half of the water than their top-loading counterpart. A top-loading washing machine needs more water because when clothes are dry they are lighter than water and thus more water is required to soak and drown all the clothes in it. Whereas a front load washing machine work with a tumbling action (just like rolling a tank on the floor), which makes sure that the clothes need lesser water to soak. But front loaders have longer cycles as compared to top loaders.
In most countries, people use a hot water cycle to clean clothes and also use dryers to dry the cloths. As a front-loader uses less water, there is significant energy or electricity saving as much less water is heated. Also, front loaders dry up the cloths to a significantly higher degree (as less water is used), the dryer cycles are much shorter, thus saving electricity on drying clothes. In case your usage of washing machine is like this, then you would save electricity on using a front-loading washing machine.
In India, most people use cold water for washing, even in washing machines. In such a case the electricity is not used for heating water. Most people also do not use dryers and thus saving on dryers is also not achieved. And as front loaders have more cycles, the consumption of electricity is more than top loaders as well as semi-automatic washing machines.
Cleaning is one of the important factors in washing machines. Top loader machines are usually observed to be the better at cleaning as compared to front loaders. But the catch is they are harsh on clothes. Front-loaders are not poor in cleaning, but it’s just that the best of cleaning is usually observed in high-end top loaders. Front-loaders are more consistent with cleaning because some top loaders tend to be poor cleaners. Talking about space, top loaders have an advantage over front loaders as the drum door is located on the top of the machine, so users need not worry about the extra space that is needed to open a front-loading machine.
Top loaders are relatively simpler in design and construction and hence cheaper. Many top loader models in India still rely on a traditional agitator–the rod (usually made of plastic) that extends from the bottom of a washer to the top of its tub. The agitator is an old feature leftover from the last generation of washer machines. They encroach precious real estate inside your washer tub. So, it is advisable to avoid top-loaders with agitators if you want to extract more wash load out of your washing machines.
Washing Machine Size and Capacity
Most of the washing machines in India come with a capacity of 5kg to 10 kg. For a couple, a 5 kg machine is more than enough. But for a bigger family high-capacity model would be required. Models mention their complete dimension in the specification sheet. It’s advisable that you carefully read them and decide the proper space for keeping washing based on its size. Keep at least six inches behind the washing machine for water hookups. Another important thing is to measure the size of your door to make sure washing machines comes inside your house comfortably without sliding with the door walls.
More Motion More Cleaning
These days washing machine models come with different types and styles of rotation and revolution (e.g., tumbling, swinging, scrubbing, rolling, etc.) for a better wash inside the washing machine. Higher the number of motion style better is a wash.
Hard Water Processing
The hard water problem is common in various places across India. It becomes difficult to dissolve the detergent in hard water if it is used in the washer. Also, white layers of residues accumulate around the drum and the supply pipe, ultimately choking them. To tackle this challenge arising out of the hard water, many manufacturers have come up with hard water treatment technology in their newer models. Many of the newer models are able to convert hard water to soft. Also if the model can treat the hard water, make sure there is a dedicated filter to break down the bicarbonates in the hard water into fine crystals. This fine crystal accumulated over the surface results in scaling which in turn can lead to choking of drain outlet.
Bubble Wash and Drum Sanitization
As we already mentioned that Indian households use cold water for washing even in washing machines. So, to get the best wash out of the cold water without getting too harsh on the fabric, many newer models come with different bubble wash feature. The central principle of this feature is that it converts detergent particle into a bubble which inflates around the soaked clothes, ingressing into cloth’s fiber to remove adamant dirt. If you are a hygiene-concerned human, then you should surely check if your washer has a drum sanitization option. Drum sanitization is a process by which harmful allergens and germs residing covertly inside the washer drum get obliterated. Drum sanitization is done using a powerful jet stream of hot water.
Auto Detergent Dispenser
If you are one of those people who is always indecisive about the optimum quality of detergent to put inside the washing machine, the auto dispenser option in the high-end models would be of great help. The detergent amount is critical because too much of it would not only deplete detergent stock faster but would also increase the water intake. On the other hand, taking in too little detergent would abate the washing performance. Moreover, it can also cause discoloration and unpleasant odor. So go for an auto detergent dispenser washers as they cleverly determined the requisite quantity of detergent based on the results from the advance load-sensing sensors.
Inverter Technology in Washing Machines
Inverter technology has been revolutionary in saving electricity in most appliances that have a motor. The benefit of this technology is that it makes the machine run at a speed which is optimum based on the load on the machine. A conventional washing machine has a motor that is designed for a fixed load and operates most efficiently when run at the optimum load. But a washing machine with inverter technology allows the motor to operate at a speed that is optimum for the load in the washing machine.
A washing machine with inverter technology has sensors that detect the loading of the washing machine. Based on the load, the electronic circuit determines the optimum speed at which the motor should be run to optimize electricity use. To have variable speeds the washing machines have a VFD or Brushless DC motors that allows optimum use of electricity at variable speeds.
So if you use a washing machine with different load sizes on a regular basis, a washing machine with inverter technology can help
In this technology a lot of moving parts like gears and belts that are used with a conventional motor are removed. This ensures that the energy lost in friction in running a gearbox, etc is reduced. Thereby saving electricity. Although these motors can be a bit bulkier than conventional motors, but their efficiency is higher and they also produce less noise and have better life. So a machine with Direct Drive can certainly save on electricity. Additionally, they help in reduction of noise as the vibration caused due to gearbox arrangement is mitigated. Additionally many models come with vibration reduction technology. If buzzing washing machine makes you irascible make sure you select a washer with direct drive coupled with some noise/vibration reduction technology.
These days some manufacturers have washing machines that have both Inverters as well as Direct Drive technology which can provide dual benefit if your load sizes vary. Having said that, the electricity consumption of a washing machine per load is less than 1 unit (or 1 kWh) for typical residential use. The cost-benefit of the latest technologies will depend on your usage of washing machines and the price differential of different models. In our next post on washing machines, we will try to include market research on various models of washing machines available in India and their electricity consumption.
Is There An App For That?
If you are one of the ‘smart’ users who uses app for most of the day to day chores, you’ll surely crave and admire washing machines with app connectivity. But be prepared to shell out more money if you want ‘smart’ features in your washer. These smart features vary vastly between models and it could start with as basic as LED indicator on the machine to Amazon Alexa voice control (wherein you simply need to say: “Alexa, start the washing machine”). Though more and more models are coming with companion apps and voice control integrations, but most of the app utility for control purpose in limited with a few exceptions though. Few high-end models come with a neatly designed app which allows the user to start the wash cycle remotely through an app, shows status of the ongoing wash cycle and gives out an alert when the cycle is completed. Some apps also show power usage statistics which we really liked.
Note: If you have a washing machine equipped with a heater, please try to keep the water temperature as close to room temperature as possible. Water heating can significantly increase electricity consumption of a washing machine.