Now every home has washing machines for a day, because it is now a day for our house to need it. Buying a washing machine in India depends on features like capacity, load and function, but there is confusion as to which is the best washing machine in India.
In this article, we will go over both of the different types of washing machines and describe the different features they offer.
Types of Washing Machines :
Based upon the amount of manual work and a number of functions, washing machines are categorized into two types:
Semi-automatic washing machines are considered entry level washing machines. Typically, these come with two drums, one for washing and the other for drying. For watching put the cloths in the washing tub, these include filling the tub with water, emptying it later, removing clothes from the washing tub and placing them in the drying tub, etc. Overall, a semi-automatic washing machine requires a lot of manual work to do. Semi-automatic machines do have some advantages though – they consume less power and low at cost. This washing machine price varies from 6000 to 12000 rupees in India. Fully-automated machines keep human intervention to a minimum. No need to manually pour water or change compartments for drying. Fully automatic machines however are expensive and bulky. They consume more electricity and require a constant water supply.
Fully-Automatic washing machines are divided into two types depending from where clothes, laundry is loaded from top or front side.
- Top Load
- Front Load
1. Top Load Washing Machine :
As the name implies, the clothes are loaded from the top and placed vertically in its tub machine. It has a single tub for both washing and drying. They are connected to a continuous water supply and use water when needed during the cycle. They are connected to a continuous water supply and use water when needed during the cycle. They are less expensive compared to front-load washing machines. You can add clothes in the middle of the wash cycle.
2. Front Load Washing Machines :
As the name impliess, the clothes are loaded from the front and its tub is placed horizontally. These machines have a single tub for washing and drying. They are less noisy, and offer the best wash quality of all washing machine types. They consume less water and electricity than top-loading machines. Their disadvantages include being overweight, having difficulty turning around, not being able to remove clothes after the start of the wash program, and expensive prices.
Semi-Automatic vs Top-Load fully Automatic vs Front-Load Automatic :
|Two tubs for washing and drying||Easy to use||Gentle on cloths|
|Pause the machine to scrub cloths manually||Economical||Able to handle larger loads|
|Requires human work||Consumes less space and power||More wash programs and faster drum rotating speed|
|Less power consumption||Less wash programs||Advanced features like child lock, hot water supply, etc.|
Front-Load vs Top-Load :
|Consumes less water per load||Deep water setting available|
|High spin speeds for shorter dry times Shorter wash times generally||Shorter wash times generally|
|Save space by stacking||Load and unload comfortably without bending over|
|Often provided greater capacity||Choose from agitator or impeller wash action.|
Washing machine capacity :
The capacity of the washing machine depends on the number of family members. Its capacity is measured in kilograms. The capacity of the washing machine is usually a load worth 5-10 kilograms per wash cycle. Based on the amount of laundry in your home, you can decide what is best for your home.
|Capacity||Number of Cloths||Family size|
|6-6.5 Kg||1.bed sheet|
2 small towels2 pillow covers
|Bachelor or couples|
|7 Kg||3 shirts|
1 bed sheet
2 small towels
2 pillow covers
|3-4 family members|
|8 Kg||4 shirts|
1 bed sheet
3 small towels
3 pillow covers
|4-5 family members|
|10kg and more||3 shirts|
6 small towels
6 pillow covers
Wash programs :
This program is common in all full-automatic machines. This program helps to wash cloths thoroughly in short time. They consume max 30 minutes time to wash and dry cloths.
This program helps in washing regular cloths. This program uses less time and water to wash cloths.
With the help of this program you can first soak and agitate the cloths thoroughly before starting other wash programs.
Woollen and delicate cloths can be damaged if you put your washing machine in other regular modes. This program consumes low temperature with minimum drum rotation speed.
Cottons and Synthetics
This program treat your fabrics in the best way possible. cotton programs will wash your clothes on hotter temperatures, and a synthetics program will wash clothes at lower temperatures and spin speeds.
This program helps in removing sweat stains or odours. If you have a sports program mode, will care for your athletic wear by washing clothes at a lower temperature for longer.
Easy Iron and anti-crease
This program can help prevent clothes from creasing by shortening the spin cycle or lowering the spin speed.
This program is suitable for washing baby cloths. It make sure that no detergent residue is left on cloths.
Things to keep in mind before buying a washing machine:
RPM stands for “revolutions per minute” and it measures the speed at which the drum can spin. The higher RPM number, the better your washing machine is at squeezing water out of your clothes. Few machines allows to adjust RPM based on the cloths you are washing.
This feature is always useful since it produces tiny bubbles to go deeper into the cloths and clean thoroughly.
This feature helps washing machine starting afterward. Also beneficial if you want to stop noise at particular time. You can soak your cloths before wash cycle begins automatically.
Fuzzy Logic works as artificial intelligence for washing machines. Fuzzy logic notices the weight of the cloths and establishes how much time, water and detergent needed to wash the cloths.
This feature help to control the temperature of the water, if the machine comes with heater. Hot water will clean cloths better then cold water. We can also find machines with steam setting that also help to clean stains and dirt.
This feature help in knowing detailed information on wash program, as well as time remaining for the cycle end. In few machine we can find touchscreen display.
This feature available only on few machines, this feature dries your cloths completely after the wash cycle.
This feature lets dirty cloths soak for extra time before starting wash cycle. It makes easier to get rid of the stains.
Material of the drum/tub
Tub is made of stainless steel, porcelain-enamel/plastic. Plastic tub last longer than enamel that can clip and rust. Always need to select the tub which is made of stainless steel.
This feature helps you save you settings for further washes. This feature also helps you to improve speed wash without needing to set the temperature or length, etc.
Advantages of Front-Load Machines:
- Good wash quality.
- No human effort required.
- Energy efficient.
- Compact in size takes less space.
- Different wash programs for all your laundry needs.
Disadvantages of Front-Load Machines:
- You must bend down to put clothes.
- They can be quite expensive.
- Requires constant flow of water.
- Usually heavy weight.
- Once the rinse cycle starts, you cannot add new clothes as the door does not open.
Advantages of Top-Load Washing Machines:
- Top load washing machines consume less energy and water.
- Due to the height factor, you also don’t have to bend down for loading and unloading clothes.
- Top load washing machines are much cheaper compared to front load machines.
- You can add clothes in a top-loading machine even after the cycle starts.
Disadvantages of Top-Load Washing Machines:
- Top load washing machines have longer wash cycles.
- Clothes must be loaded properly to avoid tangling during the wash cycle.
- They generally use a little more water than front loading washing machines.