Updated : 18-Aug-2013.
This is in continuation to our buying guide series and as before it will be focusing on basics.
This time we’re detailing a buying guide for Washing Machine.
Needless to say and further waste time on requirement/importance of this, i will straight away get down to the pointers.
The following steps will help you short list your purchase for a washing machine:
- Size: Decide the size of washing machine. You can weigh the clothes in a bucket for approximation.
- Frequency: Note down your wash frequency. If the frequency of wash is high (More than 3/week); you must consider a more durable machine and give importance to after sales service.
- Semi Vs Fully Automatic: There is a lot of information about this over the internet but the following questions can help you decide which one:
- Is your wash frequency per day more than 1; then go for semi in order to multitask.
- Do you like a manual intervention during your wash cycle? If yes, go for Semi-Automatic.
- Do you have space in your house to place a semi-automatic as its bigger in size?
- Per Salesmen across stores; Semi-Automatic are more efficient and offer better wash quality.
- Drum: Nowadays, most companies are shipping stainless steel and they are supposed to be the best option.
- Functions: Various models have a variety of running features and modes. But ask yourself, will you really use all of those? If not; why make it complex. Keep it simple and move ahead.
- Top Vs Front Load: This is the most debatable topic and deciding factor in buying a washing machine. Following table summarizes our experience:
Factor Top Load Front Load Cycle Duration Less (45 Mins) More (60-90 Mins) Wear N Tear More Less Water Consumption Mostly Less (1/3rd of Front
Load). However, there are exceptions around this.
More. There are some models that can save more water than Top Load. Price Less Expensive More Expensive Heater No. Whirlpool has some models with
Yes. Hard Water Issue Yes. No. Heating water removes its
hardness to some extent.
Efficiency Less (70-80%). Spoke to parents
about this and they consider Top Load to be efficient enough for
handling kid play 🙂 🙂
(88-92%). I had a word with
various salesperson and they insisted that Front Loads are any day
more efficient because of their tumble wash concept.
Mid-Cycle Interrution Yes. No. Reviews On papers or reviews,
Front Load comes ahead in efficiency but practically presence goes
to Top Load for its ease of use, less water consumption and cycle
- Company: Everyone has their favorites based on experience and many other factors. IFB have been famous with their top loads since ages and LG/Samsung lead the space because of their service/support. Whirlpool isn’t far behind as well. If you work well with the 7 pointers mentioned above; this one will be relatively simple.
- After Sales Service: This is a key factor and should be decided based on the location and dealer views. LG has excellent service in Delhi. However, that might not be the same in your region. A trick to get this short listed is; Visit a store that has all brands and cross question about each company’s support/service.
I’m sure it will be helpful.
- Extended Warranty: I will not suggest this option considering the default warrant option and local repair availability; especially in India.
- Power Consumption: This depends on the wattage and cycle run time and varies as per usage. You can calculate it depending on the model. More thoughts on electricity conservation here.