Today most people around the world complain that they do not get enough time to do their household work after their office work. This is why most people prefer buying a machine that could make things easier and simpler for them.
A washing machine is one of such machines that most people consider buying to get their clothes/laundry washed. However, washing machines have been here from the early 1850s but they were steam run and were not incorporated with such diverse functions as we see today.
Today, if you consider purchasing a washing machine and try to select one from an e-commerce website, then you could find it confusing as the number of different models of washing machines available on the Indian market is so diverse. More than 2 dozen top brands markets the washing machines of the same specification or different specification today.
So, how would you select the best washing machine for yourselves? To help you, I have prepared a list of factors, in other words, a buying guide that could guide you on every detail to keep in mind while purchasing a washing machine in India.
The below mentioned are the factors that you should understand and consider while purchasing a washing machine in India.
- Type of function
- Type of loading
- Power consumption
1. Type of function
Washing machines come in different types, in the beginning; they were driven by manual force or steam. However, things have changed a lot today. Based on the type of function, washing machines could be classified into two types.
- Fully automatic
- Semi-automatic washing machine –
This type of washing machine would have two tubs, one of them would be designed to wash and rinse the clothes and the second tub would be designed to dry the clothes. The user will have to manually remove the clothes from the washing tub once the washing is completed and then load it into the second tub for drying.
Advantages of semi-automatic washing machine
- Consumes comparatively less electricity
- The quantity of water used is comparatively lesser than fully automatic washing machines
- Water could be added to the washing tub manually
- The user could add more clothes even if the washing has already started.
Fully automatic washing machine
This type of washing machine would have only one tub and both the washing and drying of clothes happen in this tub. The user just has to load the clothes, set the timer and then, supply the water; the washing machine would automatically perform the remaining process.
Advantages of a fully automatic washing machine
- Less human labor required
- Advanced technology used
- Efficient cleaning
- For the clothes that require washing using hot water, automatic washing machines supply hot water automatically.
2. Type of loading
Based on the type of loading washing machines could be classified into two
- Top loading
Top loading washing machine
Top loading washing machine is the cheapest model of fully automatic washing machine available on the market right now. This type of washing machine as the name suggests have an opening at the top into which the laundry is loaded for washing. The washing tub in this type of washing machine sits vertically. Both the washing and drying happens in this single tub.
Advantages of top loading washing machine
- Comparatively cheaper than front loading washing machines
- The user does not have to stress himself/herself to load the clothes
- Allows the user to add clothes even after the washing has started
Front-loading washing machine
Front loading washing machines are an expensive type of fully automatic washing machines on the Indian market right now. This type of washing machine has its tub sitting horizontally and the opening would be placed on the front side of the washing machine through which the user has to load the laundry for washing. A front loading washing machine looks elegant and stylish and comes with comparatively more features than top loading washing machines.
Advantages of a front-loading washing machine
- Washing and drying is comparatively more efficient than top loading washing machines
- The quantity of water required for the whole washing process is comparatively less.
- Front loading washing machines come with comparatively more advanced technology and extensive washing options
Now you know, the different types of washing machines based on the type of function and type of loading. I have mentioned clearly about the advantages and the difference in each type of washing machine; therefore, purchase the product according to your requirement.
Washing machines come in different sizes; however, whatever the size of the washing machine does not really matter. It is the capacity of washing that really matters, the capacity of a washing machine is the quantity of clothes a washing machine could be loaded within one go. In India, the maximum capacity of a washing machine is limited to 11Kg. However, the price would rise as the capacity increases. So, if you are considering to buy a washing machine at a reasonable price, consider buying a medium capacity washing machine. You could consider increasing the washing frequency to wash all the household laundry instead of purchasing an expensive high capacity washing machine.
4. Power consumption
Washing machines in India come with a star rating, which reveals the efficiency of the device. Star rating is commonly denoted by stars and would be printed on almost every heavy power consuming appliances in India, in which 1 star rated devices are the least power efficient and 5 star rated devices the most power efficient. So, always make sure that you purchase a product with maximum energy star rating.
Here is the list of top washing machines available in India with a price of less than INR 10000.
1. Haier 5.8 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (HWM58-020, White)
This washing machine is perhaps the best washing machine that you could get at this price range. The product is fully automatic and comes in a top loading type. This washing machine can load about 5.8kg laundry in one go and is the best washing for bachelors and couples. The manufacturer offers a 2-year warranty on this product. One of the notable things about this product is that it comes with preset 6 wash programs.
Price – INR 10,300/-approx
2. Onida 6.5 kg Washer Only (WS65WLPT1LR Liliput, Lava Red)
This product from the brand Onida comes with a washing tub only. However, the price is reasonable for the features it provides. The product is semi-automatic and comes with a top loading feature. This washing machine has a capacity of 6.5kg and has 2 preset wash programs inbuilt. The manufacturer offers a 7-year comprehensive warranty on the product. This washing machine comes ready to use and do not require any professional installation.
Price – INR 4,900/-approx
3. BPL 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (BSATL65F1, Dual Color)
This semi-automatic washing machine from the brand BPL comes with a top loading feature. The product has a capacity of 6.5kg and has a motor that could deliver a 1432-RPM spin speed. The manufacturer offers a 1-year comprehensive warranty on the product and the whole product is made of rust-resistant material. This washing machine comes incorporated with bi-directional drain hose and spin shower features.
Price – INR 6,500/-approx
4. Whirlpool 7 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (Superb Atom 70S, Grey)
This washing machine comes with a capacity of 7Kg and top loading feature. The washing machine is semi-automatic and comes incorporated with motors of rating 340-Watts. One of the notable things about this washing machine is that it comes with waterproof control panels that ensure the user could use the panel with wets hands without any issues. The washtub incorporated in this product is large and this, in turn, increases the washing efficiency.
Price – INR 9,500 /-approx
5. LG 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (P7550R3FA, Dark Grey)
The LG 6.5Kg P7550R3FA model washing machine is a semi-automatic washing machine that comes with a top loading feature. The product has a capacity of 6.5kg and comes with a 2-year comprehensive product warranty. The motors incorporated into this washing machine could deliver a spin speed of 1300-RPM and the product comes inbuilt with 3 preset wash programs.
Price – INR 9,300/-approx
If you are planning to get yourself a washing machine, consider the list of washing machines mentioned above and the factors above them.