Dirty laundry is an inevitable part of our lives, and hence, so is the washing machine. But buying a washing machine best suited to your needs is a really difficult task. With various types of washing machines offering so many features, it gets really difficult to zero in on one, right?
So, if you are on a lookout for a new washing machine for yourself and are confused about which one to pick, here’s a complete washing machine buying guide to help you out.
Broadly, the decision of buying a new washing machine is based on three aspects- functionality, loading option and capacity. So, let us discuss in detail, each of these aspects.
First and foremost, you need to decide whether you need a semi-automatic machine or a fully automatic machine. While the names are self-explanatory, here are further details of these two types of washing machines for the uninitiated:
Semi-automatic washing machine
This type of washing machines comes with twin tubs- one for washing and other for drying. As the name suggests, it is not completely automated, and hence, requires some amount of manual work. So once the washing is done, you need to shift clothes from the washing tub to the drying tub. Furthermore, here are some pros and cons of a semi-automatic washing machine
Pros of semi-automatic washing machine:
- Does not need a continuous water connection.
- Consumes comparatively lesser amount of water and energy than the fully automatic machine.
- Washing cycle is short, i.e., it requires lesser time to wash clothes.
- Are cheaper than the fully automatic washing machines.
- Are easy to move from one location to another.
Cons of semi-automatic washing machine:
- One of the major drawbacks of the semi-automatic washing machines is the manual effort that is required in shifting clothes from the washing tub to the drying tub.
- Comes with very limited features.
- Consumes large space due to its huge size.
Fully automatic washing machine
As the name is self-explanatory, a fully automatic washing machine does not require any manual intervention at all. You just need to put the clothes in it for once and they come out washed and dried after the washing cycle is complete. If you plan to buy a fully automatic washing machine, there are two types you will have to choose from, i.e., top loading washing machine and front loading washing machine.
Let’s discuss in detail both the types:
a) Top loading washing machine: Clothes are filled from the top in this type of machine, as the tub is placed vertically in it. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of top loading washing machines in detail:
Pros of top loading washing machine:
- It is easy-to-use.
- Unlike front loading washing machine, you need not bend down to load and unload clothes from this one.
- You have the option of adding more clothes in the machine even after the wash cycle has started.
- It is compact in size and is light in weight, and hence, can be easily moved anywhere.
- It is cheaper than the front loading washing machine.
- It requires lesser maintenance.
Cons of top loading washing machines:
- It has lesser features as compared to the front loading washing machine.
- Its wash quality is not as good as the front loading washing machine.
b) Front loading washing machine: These machines have a lid at the front instead of top. Here are a few points on pros and cons of front loading washing machine:
Pros of front loading washing machine:
- It comes with much more features than the top loading machine.
- Wash cycles are longer and hence, so is the wash quality.
- Many of them also have an in-built heater for hot wash option.
- It also comes with the feature of variable spin speed, hence enabling you to wash even delicate clothes in it.
- Their innovative technology consumes lesser energy and water.
Cons of top front loading washing machine:
- Since it has more features than the top loading machine, naturally it comes with a higher price.
- Most of them do not allow you to add clothes once the wash cycle has begun.
Now, the wash load capacity of your machine will be decided on the basis of how many members are there in your family and how frequently do you wash clothes. Most of the home-based washing machines in Indian come with a capacity of 3-10 kgs. Considering wash machine to be a long-term investment, it is advisable for you to keep in mind the changes in the size of your family that might occur in future. Following table will give you an estimate of the machine size that you should consider buying for your family:
No of family members
|Wash frequency in a week||
|1 to 2||
|3 to 4||
|4 to 6 kgs|
|5 to 6||
|above 6 kgs|
|1 to 2||
|4 to 6 kgs|
|3 to 4||
|6 to 8 kgs|
|5 to 6||
|above 8 kgs|
Hope this guide helped you find the right washing machine for yourself. Happy shopping!