When buying a new washing machine, the first thing is to understand the 3 types of machines available. This buying guide will help you to find one that best matches your requirement.
Separate tubs for washing and drying
Pause the machine to scrub clothes manually
Requires human intervention
Lesser power consumption
Easy to use
Consume less space and power
Fewer wash programs
Gentle on clothes
Able to handle larger loads
More wash programs and faster drum rotating speed
Advanced features like child lock, hot water supply, etc.
|Type of washing machine||Opt if you are|
|Semi-automatic washing machine||On a tight budget and are prioritising energy saving|
|Top-load fully automatic washing machine||Looking for great value for money|
|Front-load fully automatic washing machine||If you are looking for the best wash quality and convenience|
Number of clothes
Ideal family size
6 – 6.5 kg
1 bed sheet
2 small towels
Bachelor or couples
1 bed sheet
2 small towels
3-4-member small family
3 small towels
10 kg and more
6 small towels
Large Indian family with 5 plus members.
This is meant for your everyday fabric. It removes stains and dirt from cottons, linen, bedsheets, towels, shirts, jeans, underclothes, etc.
This is meant for delicate fabric. It gently washes fabrics like silk, wool or anything that has a gentle wash on the tag.
This is meant for small load of lightly soiled clothes. It has a faster spin speed, that washes and dries quickly. It is generally a 30 minutes cycle.
This wash type is suitable for fabrics that are breathable, waterproof or windproof.
This is a much milder version than the regular wash cycle. The temperature in being lower makes it more gentle on your clothes.
It is meant to be used for woollen garments. The load is typically very less in this cycle. It washes the clothes gently and on lower water temperature.
This wash cycle is suitable for washing baby’s clothes. It ensures that no detergent residue is left on clothes and they remian odour and bacteria free
The higher the RPM, the faster it rotates to remove water from clothes. It is especially useful during monsoon season.
This feature automatically manages wash cycle, water temperature, spin and rinse speed.
It gives one the option to wash their laundry quickly. Depending on the machine, it can wash and dry clothes in 15 to 30 minutes.
Bubbles produced help to go deeper into the fabric for a better quality wash
Most machines have 3 temperature options for washing. Cold: For fabrics that are delicate, Warm: for everyday wash and Hot: Hot wash for hard stains
Some machines come equipped with displays that convey information such as time left till cycle completion and washing stage.
Time delay is a great feature for those who want to customise their washing time. It helps delay washing up to 0 to 24 hours.
Once you’ve identified the washing machine of your choice, ensure that it comes with a good after-sales service. If you can, do opt for additional warranty too. Read on to know how these 2 factors can help you.
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