washing machine

It’s a common tendency of all of us, especially girls that neither we wish to repeat our clothes, nor do we cease to judge others, who repeat their clothes. And girls are mocked about this habit so often that I came across a meme yesterday, which read, “Girls! I can repeat my clothes because I like them and I have a washing machine at my home!” LOL. But other than making our clothes repeatable, washing machines are majorly known for washing our laundry though.

So a washing machine is basically an electric appliance, used for washing our dirty clothes which involves cleaning of dirt with water and detergent with the help of ultrasonic cleaners and continuous spinning of clothes to ensure cleaning of every part of the cloth. The detergents may be in liquid or powder form.

Here is an article which would tell you all that you need to know before buying a washing machine for your home. Also, the article consists of a list of the top brands of washing machines in India followed by few of the customer reviews of the respective product.

TYPES OF WASHING MACHINES

Based on automaticity:
Fully automatic- these types of washing machines include a single tub for all the functions like washing, rinsing and drying. A particular wash cycle is chosen according to the type of fabrics we are washing. That cycle is completeted in a fixed period of time and clothes come out almost dries, just like dishwasher.

Semi automatic- these types of machines contain twin tub system which involve washing and rinsing of clothes in one tub and manually putting those washed wet clothes for drying in the other tub. Also, we have to categorically wash different kinds of fabrics to ensure efficiency and prevent any damage to our clothes like loosening of fabrics due to excessive spinning.

Based on loading:

Front load- in these kinds of machines, the clothes are put into the machine through a front door, just like an almirah. A front load machine requires less water and less energy compared to top load machines. These machines are more efficient but have a lesser capacity.

Top load- fully automatic machines are mostly top load. They are easy to use (you don’t need to bend down). But they consume more water and more energy as compared to front load machines. They come in higher capacities, you can even wash a full double blanket in that.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A WASHING MACHINE:

Automaticity level: First of all, decide according to your requirement if you want to buy a fully automatic or a semi automatic machine. This is contingent on the time you have, if you are a female. Fully automatic machines reduces our headache and saves time and effort, but simultaneously demands more investment.

Dryer: If it is a semi automatic machine, check whether it has a dryer or not. Fully automatic machines have an in-built dryer in the same tub.

Budget: Higher the brand, higher the price. So decide the amount of money you want to invest. This is a onetime expenditure which will benefit you over years, so choose wisely.

Nowadays, EMIs are available on all the top branded products, which is a commonly preferred option.

Load capacity: According to the family size, size of the laundry basket varies. So check the details regarding the load capacity. The capacity of the machines is measured in kilograms in respect to the size of the tub. In case of twin tubs, capacity of the main tub and dryer tub are measured separately. Both of them may have different capacities. The capacity of the dryer tub may be equal or lesser than the main washing tub. Also, in regard to the capacity, usually top loading machines come in more varied sizes and larger capacities than front loading machines.

Wash settings and cycles: The settings must be easy to use and user-friendly. There must be separate wash programs for different kinds of fabrics to prevent any damage to the clothes. Delicates must be washed separately to reduce de-shaping of such clothes.

The harsher fabrics like jeans require more powerful washing. So, wash settings and programs must be specific and easy to understand and utilize.

Size and efficiency: Top load machines are usually narrower than frontload machines.

Choose the right size according to family size and average utilization. Also, check out the water and electricity requirement for efficiency.

TOP WASHING MACHINE BRANDS (SEMI AUTOMATIC) IN INDIA:

FEATURES:

LG is specialized brand in manufacturing washing machines.

Three-wash programs (gentle, normal, strong). Choose according to the type of fabrics you need to wash.

The machine consists of a Magic wheel that ensures 360 degree movement of your clothes and removes even the most stubborn of the stains. There is no more need to scrub them by your beautiful hands.

The machine involves an extra option of Soak by means of which we can pre-dip our clothes in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. the machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of soak is over.

Additionally, it includes a Roller jet pulsator that ensures smoother and more efficient spinning of your clothes (more rotation, more cleaning)

Rat away technology prevents any rats around the machine to eliminate risks of any rat-biting of the water inlet or outlet pipes, or even the power cable.

Air dry feature ensures that the clothes come out nicely cleaned and dried. Even if you have washed you clothes in a machine but it does not have a dryer, half of the battle is yet to be won as drying wet clothes in winters or rains is another headache. But the excellent air dry feature by LG eliminates the need for such manual efforts to a large extent.

Collar scrubber of this machine definitely scrubs the collars and cuffs better than conventional hand washing techniques. This helps to clean even light colored shirts effortlessly without any damage to the original color of the fabric.

Being a top brand of electronics in India, LG tries it’s best to keep his each and every customer fully satisfied by providing remarkable After-sale services and 24hours customer care facilities with an unfailing complaint redressal system.

REVIEWS (PROS & CONS)

  • LG offers Good designs and attractive colors
  • Very nice installation and customer care service
  • The appliance consists of an Excellent dryer
  • 2 years warranty on product and 5 years motor warranty to ensure quality to customers.
  • The control panel Easy to use and less power consumption
  • Makes lot of sound while operation
  • Power cable is small which makes it difficult to install it a bit away from the electric plug point.
  • Water outlet pipe is not in place which makes it obligatory to install it in a fixed place according to it.

OVERALL RATING BY US: 5 STARS

SAMSUNG

FEATURES:

  • The double Storm feature ensures proper cleaning of stains from every corner of the cloth.
  • We believe that hand washing is more effective because that removes dirt from every part of even complicated dresses whilst some parts of the dress may remain unattended in a machine. But this special feature has eliminated this problem.
  • The appliance has a fully Rust-proof body which does not make it look old even after using it for several years. Also, task of the machine is totally based on water so special attention is given on preventing rusting on outer body due to the reaction with water to make it look forever new, safe and hygienic.
  • Lint filter is strong enough to remove all the lint and hair strands trapped in the clothes.
  • Air dry turbo feature ensures that the clothes come out nicely cleaned and dried. Even if you have washed you clothes in a machine but it does not have a dryer, half of the battle is yet to be won as drying wet clothes in winters or rains is another headache. But the excellent air dry feature by Samsung eliminates the need for such manual efforts to a large extent.
  • The machine comes equipped with Big wheels which make it easier to move the machine around the home and place it according to the comfortable water inlet and outlet sources.

EZ Wash tray

The machine involves an extra option of Soak by means of which we can pre-dip our clothes in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. The machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of soak is over.

REVIEWS:

The appliance is delivered in ready to use state. No demo or installation service is required.

The machine can be moved around the house easily as it has four wheels under it to facilitate easy movement of the appliance and place it near comfortable water inlet and outlet sources.

Samsung manufactures a varied range of products in Good colors and attractive solid outer body.

The control panel is User friendly.

Products are Timely delivered and have Nice packaging

The machine Makes a lot of noise when it is fully loaded

Poor customer care service

Dryer speed is comparatively slower than other brands

Wheels don’t move easily

OVERALL RATING BY US: 4.5 STARS

WHIRLPOOL

Features

Large tub ensures efficient utilization of the capacity of the machine so that we can use it for washing even our beddings easily.

Multi-utility tray

The machine involves Super Soak Technology by means of which we can pre-dip our clothes in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. The machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of super soak is over.

The machine has an In-built memory which makes it sure that the ongoing washing program resumes from where it stopped after a power cut.

In-built scrubber of this machine definitely scrubs the collars and cuffs better than conventional hand washing techniques. This helps to clean even light colored shirts effortlessly without any damage to the original color of the fabric.

Lint collector is strong enough to remove all the lint and hair strands trapped in the clothes.

2 years warranty on product as well as motor.

REVIEWS:

Whirlpool tries it’s best to keep his each and every customer fully satisfied by providing remarkable After-sale services and 24hours customer care facilities with an unfailing complaint redressal system.

Range of products by whirlpool offer nice colors and deliver the same in safe packaging.

The brand provides Timely demo and installation service

The products come in Compact size and they are lightweight.

Powerful spinner may damage soft clothes and delicate fabrics

The Wash tub is too small so it is difficult to wash curtains or beddings.

The machine makes a loud noise during operation

Plastic quality of the appliance is not up to the mark.

OVERALL RATING BY US: 4 STARS

PANASONC

FEATURES:

Air dry feature ensures that the clothes come out nicely cleaned and dried. Even if you have washed you clothes in a machine but it does not have a dryer, half of the battle is yet to be won as drying wet clothes in winters or rains is another headache. But the excellent air dry feature by Samsung eliminates the need for such manual efforts to a large extent.

Lint filter is strong enough to remove all the lint and hair strands trapped in the clothes.

Aqua spin shower ensures proper cleaning of stains from every corner of the cloth. We believe that hand washing is more effective because that removes dirt from every part of even complicated dresses whilst some parts of the dress may remain unattended in a machine. But this special feature has eliminated this problem.

The machine includes an Auto-soak option by means of which we can dip our clothes priorly in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. The machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of super soak is over 2 years warranty on product as well as 5 years on motor.

Large translucent plastic lids which make you see through your clothes being washed.

Also, they enhance the overall look of the appliance and durability of the lids. Usually the housemaids end up breaking the light plastic lids even of top-branded machines.

3 course selection options help you choose the wash program and wash cycle period according to the type of fabrics you need to wash. There are separate programs for delicate fabrics to prevent any damage to them. Such clothes require shorter wash cycle to eliminate the scope of loosening or de-shaping as compared to harsher cloth types like denims which don’t have any risk of damage.

REVIEWS:

Panasonic offers Durable products. It’s customers review that they are using Panasonic washing machines for over the years.

These machines have an Easy and compact control panel with chrome knobs, because majority of the users are housemaids or housewives. This makes them user-friendly.

The appliance has a fully Rust-proof body which does not make it look old even after using it for several years. Also, task of the machine is totally based on water so special attention is given on preventing rusting on outer body due to the reaction with water to make it look forever new, safe and hygienic.

The machine is equipped with a Buzzer feature to indicate when the wash cycle has ended.

The machine has two wheels to easily drag the machine around the home and place them near the comfortable water inlet and outlet sources.

Poor customer service

Plastic of covers is very light. The covers may break easily.

Body of the machine is made up of low quality plastic which may be rust-prone.

OVERALL RATING BY US: 3.5 STARS

GODREJ

FEATURES:

The machine involves an extra option of Active Soak by means of which we can pre-dip our clothes in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in a separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. The machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of soak is over.

Machine is topped with Toughened glass lids which make you look through at your clothes being washed. Also, they enhance the overall look of the appliance and durability of the lids. Usually the housemaids end up breaking the light plastic lids even of top-branded machines. Toughened glasses reduce such a probability largely.

The appliance has a fully Rust-proof body which does not make it look old even after using it for several years. Also, task of the machine is totally based on water so special attention is given to prevent rust on the outer body of the appliance due to continuous contact with water and make it look foreer new, safe and hygienic.

The brand offers 5 years motor warranty to ensure quality service delivery to customers.

Tri Roto scrub of this machine definitely scrubs the collars and cuffs better than conventional hand washing techniques. This helps to clean even light colored shirts effortlessly without any damage to the original color of the fabric.

Spin shower ensures proper cleaning of stains from every corner of the cloth. We believe that hand washing is more effective because that removes dirt from every part of even complicated dresses whilst some parts of the dress may remain unattended in a machine. But this special feature has eliminated this problem.

REVIEWS:

The product proves the Value for money paid

The product is deliver in Safe packaging

Godrej grants us Powerful motor for effective and efficient washing.

The control panel is equipped with Low quality knobs

No demo provided

No in-built memory which means that the machine does not resume from where the wash program ceased, after a power cut.

The machine does not have wheels to move which makes it less portable. It is very difficult to move such a bulky appliance without wheels.

Also, the machine does not have inverter technology which the competitor products have.

OVERALL RATING BY US : 3 STARS

INTEX

FEATURES

In-house top spinner (drains water thoroughly) ensures proper cleaning of stains from every corner of the cloth. Also, this spinner drains out all the detergent trapped in the fabric which otherwise make the darker colored clothes appear whitish due to dried detergent trapped in the fibers.

The appliance has a fully Rust free plastic body which does not make it look old even after using it for several years. Also, the sole task of the machine is totally based on water so special attention is given to prevent any rust on the body of the appliance due to water to make it look forever new and hygienic.

Different Water level indicators enable us to choose a fixed level of water out of the given three levels up to which water must be used for washing. This is decided majorly according to the quantity of clothes we are washing. It will prevent both the shortage and the wastage of water.

The machine involves an extra feature of Auto Soak by means of which we can pre-dip our clothes in water in the same tub of the machine. We don’t need to soak them in separate plastic tub manually and then shift them into the machine. The machine will automatically start the selected wash program once the determined period of soak is over.

The brand offers a 2 years warranty to ensure quality service to its buyers.

REVIEWS:

Intex products are Less expensive than other brands

Intex manufactures attractive models in Nice colors

The appliance is Easy to use for its major users are females

Intex does not provide any installation and customer care service

The appliance vibrates too much while operating certain wash programs.

The appliance is comparatively Less durable than its competitor products,

Soak function does not work properly. We have to dip our clothes manually in another tub before shifting them into the machine tub for washing.

HAIER HTW80-1159 (PINK)

FEATURES:

3 Wash programs help you choose the wash program and wash cycle period according to the type of fabrics you need to wash. There are separate programs for delicate fabrics to prevent any damage to them. Such clothes require shorter wash cycle to eliminate the scope of loosening or de-shaping as compared to harsher cloth types like denims which don’t have any risk of damage.

Machine is topped with Toughened glass lids which make you look through at your clothes being washed. Also, they enhance the overall look of the appliance and durability of the lids. Usually the housemaids end up breaking the light plastic lids even of top-branded machines. Toughened glasses reduce such a probability largely.

Soft fall technology

Vortex pulsator

Magic filter

Spray shower ensures proper cleaning of stains from every corner of the cloth.

Anti-rat mesh prevents any rats around the machine to eliminate risks of any rat-biting of the water inlet or outlet pipes, or even the power cable.

REVIEWS:

The packing includes one user manual for easy understanding of all the functions and features.

The brand offers two years warranty on product and five years warranty on motor.

The machine is made up of fine quality plastic in nice colour combinations of pink, white or blue.

The machine contains double clean technology which makes the washing easier and faster.

It does not include or even require any kind of batteries.

Customer care service is not up to the mark

Better brands are available in the same price range

The control panel of the machine is a bit complicated

OVERALL RATING BY US: 2.5 STARS



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CONCLUSION

Increasing workaholic culture among females have spared no time with them to wash the laundry by conventional means like hand washing. So it is time to decrease the size of your unclean laundry baskets due to lack of time because here is all you need to know while buying a new washing machine for your home. Compare them carefully on grounds of your requirement and budget both because it is a one time investment which is going to be with you for several years. So, now Happy Washing!