WASHING MACHINE BUYERS GUIDE 2021

By Soorjodeep Das 1st May 2021

Looking to make life easier for yourself? Is the dirty laundry getting too much for you? Well, it’s about time you either bought a washing machine or upgraded to one. Our Washing machine buyer’s guide will make life easier for you by giving you the best suggestions and options to pick and choose from. What is a washing machine? Long gone are those days when mothers had to wash clothes themselves, entering the technology age we have machines and robots that do that for us. A washing machine simply washes and sometimes dries your clothes for you. All you have to do is put the clothes in and turn the tap on. According to various researches conducted by MIT, a washing machine is believed to have saved over 12 years of time in the United States alone.

THE ARRIVAL OF AUTOMATIC MACHINES

It was only in 1930 that the machines became automatic. Pressure switches, thermostats and timers were included in the new models. From the 1980s onwards, advances in the field of electronics meant washing machines became reactive and ecological.

Adjustment of parameters thanks to sensors: water level, rate, spinning Weight sensing

Different cycles: colors, whites, wool, synthetics …

Energy and water saving In 1990, a British inventor, James Dyson, produced a washing machine with two cylinders which turned in opposite directions, thus reducing washing times and giving better results.

TODAY'S WASHING MACHINES

Nowadays, washing machines are connected to the internet and may have integrated Wi-Fi for deferred startup of washing programs, for instance during off-peak times when electricity costs are at their lowest. Some models work without detergent, thanks to electrolysis, which separates the positive and negative ions. Some machines will soon be equipped with touch screens, following the example of the models presented by American leader in the field, Speed Queen.

THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE BUYING A WASHING MACHINE?

There is a total more than 100 models in the market. The task of selecting a product is difficult. The situation further exploited by the brands itself. They introduce different features with difficult Jargon. They showcase even an old feature with a new name and try to claim that they were the pioneer of washing machines. Now, the point of concern for the users remains the same. Do they want to know how much water the machine will consume? What is the number of wash programs for a specified brand? How long does a machine will run and running cost in terms of electricity? So, let’s unwrap this common quires and trying to make you familiarize which features to look for when buying a washing machine. Well there are quite a few things one needs to remember. We’ll wisk through a few.

1. Budget: Money makes the world go round and it also affects our choices. Washing machines are available for as much as Rs. 4300 to upwards of Rs, 80,000. Your budget will essentially dictate the features of your machine.

2. Purpose and Utility: The main the one needs to figure out is what is the usual load of dirty laundry? Washing Machine have capacities in kilograms. That means you can wash a particular amount of clothes at a time. Also would you require a drier or just a washer? Along with factors such you also need to pick from semi automatic and automatic machines.

TYPES OF WASHING MACHINE:

In the age of Whatsapp and Snapchat, it is imperative to have an advanced model of the Washing machine. Nowadays, various new brands are manufacturing advanced washer and they are hitting the nail right on the head. In our opinion, one should not always go for the latest model. One should cut his dress according to his clothes. There are lots of factors other than money which involves in finally deciding which product to go with.

Keep in mind that for a fully automatic machine you’ll need adequate water supply and you’ll need some human touch for a semi automatic machine So, let’s elaborate on the types of washing in more detail. So that you could have an idea about your conditions, and at least pick the type of washing machine you can purchase as per your conditions. There are two primary types of washing machine

1.Fully-Automatic Washing Machine

2.Semi-Automatic Washing Machine

FULLY-AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE:

Fully Automatic washing machines are counter of Semi-Automatic washers. In this type of washer, there is only one tub which serves as a washer and drier. The machine functions depending upon the weight of the clothes. You cannot stuff as many clothes you want here, the calculated amount of clothes are advised to put in there. The machine will not function if you put more weight than recommended. Here the machine consumes water as per the clothes type and weight. You just connect the inlet with the water connection and let the machine consume as much water as it requires. You will have to set the timer, washing program, and let it do the rest. It will automatically wash and rinse clothes as per the provided timer and washing type and dry automatically. The fully automatic washing machines are soft on clothes. Consume more water, and features lots of advanced features, and comes in the expensive price range.

There come two more divisions in fully automatic washers. As I mentioned, it is the advanced shape of washers. Whatever advancement in the washer may come, it will be in the fully automatic washers. Depending upon the position of loading the clothes, there are two types of washers, top loading and front-loading washers. Both have been described here; let’s have a birds-eye view.

1. Top Loading Washing Machine

2. Front Loading Washing Machine

TOP LOAD WASHING MACHINE:

This is the washing machines takes the load from the top. There is a great competition in the market for the Top Load Washing Machine. Good for people who do not want to bend when putting a load of laundry into a washer. Or they are old enough to bend down completely to load the cloth in a washing machine. The machines take up less space compare to the other forms. They are good for people living in a narrow space. The top loaders are less-expensive than front-loaders and feature less-washing programs compare to counterpart. The top loader can be stopped within a cycle to add more dirty clothes. They do not feature the most advanced tools such as voltage controller and built-in heaters. Top Loaders is more widely used around the India. About 70% population world prefer a top-loader due to the mentioned reasons.

guide to top load washing machine

ADVANTAGES:

1. Top loader washing machines are cost-effective. They are fully automatic and also the price is lesser than the front loader washing machine. Top loader washing machine in India costs from as low as INR 4,300 to INR 65,000.

2. As compared to semi-automatic machines, top-load machines are slightly costlier. But they have many advanced features and no manual work required. These features will outweigh the lesser cost of the semi-automatic washing machine.

3. Loading and unloading are also easy in the top loader washing machine. So if you are suffering from back pain, then it is best for you.

4. Also, many top loader machines give you 10+ wash programs for different types of fabrics.

FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINE:

The Front Load Washing Machine consists of some of the most advanced form the washing machines. This form has witnessed the latest innovation and features lots of new tools to help boost the washing process and quality. The washers are soft on clothes and feature an abundance of wash programs. The user can quickly switch to any wash function as per the clothes type. The washer takes the load from the front, this cause hazard for many users. The front-loader features a built-in heater to provide warm water, to better rinse your laundry and voltage controllers. In the areas where the electricity goes too often, having this option saves the life of your washer. This feature maintains the smooth flow of voltages and starts the machine from where it was stopped due to electricity or other issues. They are considered better washer compare to the top-loader, and you have to spend some more money to garner such advanced form.

guide to front load washing machine

ADVANTAGES:

1. Energy & water efficient:

Front loading washing machines are more water and energy efficient that top loaders. Of course it depends on the cycle you select (heavy-duty wash cycles will use a lot more energy and water, for instance) but as a general rule, front loaders are the way to go if you want to conserve resources. While it will cost a little extra upfront to buy an efficient washer, your investment will eventually pay for itself through the money you save on water and electricity bills

2. Gentle on your clothes:

Front loaders are known for being kinder to your clothes. Top loaders that use an agitator (i.e. the plastic column in the centre of the tub) can cause damage to your clothes through snagging, tangling and stretching. And while some top loaders do away with the agitator altogether, this can compromise on the machine's efficiency.

3. Smaller size:

Front loading washing machines are easier to fit into tight spaces, because their external dimensions are smaller. Which is not to say you can't wash large loads in a front loader - you can - especially if you purchase a model that can accommodate 7kg or more. Because they're smaller, front loaders are perfect for apartment living. You can also have your front loader installed beneath a kitchen bench top as an added convenience.

4. Stack a clothes dryer on top

For this, you'll need to get yourself the right stacking kit (stacking kits can be purchased from Appliances Online). This is another way in which a front loader can help to save space within your home.

5. Higher RPM:

Front loaders tend to have higher spin speeds than top loaders. This is advantageous because it means your clothes will come out drier, saving you time and also, potentially, money - as your clothes won't need to spend as long in the dryer.

6. Lower detergent dosage

Another advantage to owning a water-efficient washer - you don't need to use as much detergent.

FRONT LOAD OR TOP LOAD:

TOP LOAD

1.Take loads from the top

2.Consume less power

3. Consume more water

4.Features fewer wash programs

5.No built-in heater

6.No-voltage controller

7.Less expensive

FRONT LOAD

1.Take load from the front

2.Takes more power

3.Consume less water

4.Features dozens of wash programs

5.Built-in heater

6.Voltage controller

7.Expensive

guide to semi automatic washing machine

SEMI-AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE:

Semi-Automatic Washing Machine is one of the oldest forms of washing machines. This washer features a separate washing tub and drier. There are two separate sections to wash and rinse clothes and to dry the clothes. To wash the clothes, you have to put the clothes in the washing tub and put a sufficient quantity of water and detergent and set the timer. After the specified time, the machine will stop and you off-load the washing tub. The clothes will be wet and you need to put them in a drying tub. The dryer tub will require some amount of time to get them completely or 90-percent dried. You can dry clothes in the sun and put them on the drying line if you want. The semi-automatic washing machine needs manually input to get their job done. They are considered hard on clothes and better washer for hard-stains cloths. You have to manually fill up the tub with water and get the clothes removed manually. So, if you need something to deal with hard-stains in fewer budgets, and can take the manual load, you are welcome to buy semi-automatic washing machines.

SEMI-AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE PROS & CONS:

PROS

1.Entry-level so less expensive.

2.It doesn’t requires a fixed water connection, you can fill the tub with a bucket.

3.It consumes less electricity and water.

4.Can add or remove laundry during the wash cycle.

CONS

1.It requires more manual work. If you are suffering from back pain then it is not good for you

2.It requires more space as of fully automatic washing machine. Because of two separate tubs.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEMI-AUTOMATIC AND FULLY AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINE :

FULLY AUTOMATIC WASHER

1.Wash and dry in one tub

2.No manual assistance needed

3. Features a handful of wash programs

4.Difficult to operate for an illiterate

5.Expensive

6.No manual pouring

SEMI-AUTOMATIC WASHERS

1.Wash and dry in separate tubs

2.Require manual assistance

3.Features fewer wash programs

4.Easy to operate

5.Cheap

6.Manual water pouring

WASH LOAD AND CAPACITY :

Washing machines come in different capacity sizes and wash loads. In India, we see the washers with 5KG, 6KG, 7KG and all the way up to 17KG load capacity normally. For a single or a couple, 6KG washer would be more than enough to go through the laundry. For bigger families the load increase thus the load size should be enhanced respectively. The models mention their load capacity. It is recommended that always have something in size more than your capacity. As lower load and capacity is better for a washer and it expands its life-span. For a family of 4-5 members, going with 7-8KG washer capacity would be recommended. You can ask the salesman about the size if you are not cleared by reading the manual.

SPIN SPEED (RPM):

The higher the RPM the quicker it will rotate and extracts water from the clothes. RPM (Rotation per second) is one of the primary features in a washer. You need to check its RPM before giving a final call. The higher spin cycles will lead to lesser energy consumption as well. The slower spin cycle takes more time to extract water from clothes, thus draws more energy. For a fully automatic washer of 6-7KG capacity, having a 700-1200 rpm is ideal. You can have an idea regarding spin speed from it.

AUTO DETERGENT DISPENSER:

If you are the one who always worries about the amount of washing powder or detergent to put in a washer for a specified number of clothes, the integration of Auto Detergent Dispenser can help you out. The feature comes along in high-end washers. The feature decides the amount of deterrent to being used for a number of clothes. Too much detergent can spoil the texture of your clothes or can be a reason for discoloration. So, the addition of the feature helps you a lot, and you fill the dispenser with the detergent, it takes from it as per the need.

INVERTER TECHNOLOGY:

Inverter Technology reshaped the entire washing machine world. The feature allows the machine to take as much load as requires. It means the conventional washing machines were designed to run for a fixed load and render optimum efficiency whether you put one shirt or 12. Here with the inverter technology, the machine senses the number of clothes aka load, and makes the motor run with the optimum speed required to wash that load. In this way, you save electricity and power bills cut down at a marginal level.

NO OF WASH PROGRAMS:

If you ask me, I am not a big fan of the wash programs. But, the quick wash feature in washer saves a lot of time. This is not what I love or hate about the washer. It is about what the users adore. The wash programs in genuine are a great add-on. They allow the user to switch for a specific wash program to wash desired to clothe type. Like, if you are going to wash jeans, switch the jeans wash program will provide optimum results. In the same manner, the expensive clothes should not be cleansed using a hard-wash program. Still, if you get three basic wash programs, you might not need more.

DRUM TYPE:

In the last five years, the washing machines have witnessed a great transition. From the stainless steel drums to the bubble wash programs and sanitization. From the Samsung washing machines, people liked the diamond-shaped smaller holes drums. The drums were quite impeccable as they lower down the tangling to a marginal level. Before the diamond-shaped drums, people always feared with the tangling and stretching of their expensive clothes. So, if you could grab a better drum size, with small created holes, with Drum Sanitization for killing harmful allergens and germs, it would be great.

IN-BUILD HEATER:

In Indian conditions, I have not seen any household getting the optimal usage of a full-featured washing machine with a heater. The heater is used to provide warm water, which leads to better rinsing and removing stains. Still, people out here do not use the feature and prefer washing clothes in cold water. If you want to get an optimum result of your fully automatic front loading washing machine, get the full-run of this facility.

DIRECT DRIVE TECHNOLOGY:

Direct drive technology introduced by LG replaced the conventional Pulley and belt system out of the washing machines. The belt and pulley create noise and vibration and consume more energy compared to the direct drive. With the latest technology integration, you get a direct running of the drum with the motor without any external assistance of likes pulley and belt. This leads to less noise and less power consumption, plus more space to your clothes in the drum to roam around. Though the technology has not seen in many top-leading brands aside from LG. Sought-after this integration will make you land only on LG washers.

FUZZY LOGIC:

Fuzzy Logic is a feature which lets the machine to sense the total load put in a washer. Like, you would not be worrying about the weight of the load you put inside a washer. Just use this feature and act as per the suggestions. A user should not exceed the weight load limit recommended by the manufacturers. The extra weight load can lead to shorter life-span along with; you will have to call upon a service provider.

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