Can you imagine running around, washing and drying clothes for your family while you also work hard at your job? And doing this chore cannot be overlooked because who wants to wear soiled clothes? Thank god for washing machines!
Overtime, the design and the functions have gained ground to give us the washing machines we see in the market today. The modern machines have micro-controllers and automatic systems which make it super convenient for the present day man. You not only save a ton of time but also a lot of effort.
But how do we choose the most suitable washing machine for us when there are countless options out there? Don’t worry! We’ve done all the work for you. Simply pore over our buyer’s guide or directly check out our top picks in the ensuing sections.
Our Top Picks – Best Washing Machines In India:
Despite the large selection of washing machines available out there, we managed to narrow down to … excellent washing machines. This list is put together based on thorough research and evaluation across facets like features, manufacturer prominence, design, variety, innovative technologies, ease of use, and reviews.
1. IFB 8 KG Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine –
IFB is a very reputed Indian company that is known for making one of the best washing machines in the country. This model is ideal for a family of 5+ persons and is great for those who prefer convenience over cost. You get a fully-automatic machine that can perform all the functions without any manual intervention.
In case you get hard water in your area, this should definitely be on top of your list because it uses a feature known as Aqua Energy. This technology facilitates thorough cleaning by converting hard water to soft. Moreover, you wouldn’t need the water to flow in full force as this machine can function even when the pressure is low. What’s more? You also get a time-delay feature which let’s you schedule the wash up to one full day.
Other salient features include fast drying time, high spin speed (1400 rpm), auto-tub clean, and several wash care programs like heavily soiled cotton, normally soiled cotton, daily wash, silk special, curtains, mixed fabric, wool, program repeat, lingerie, and hand wash. To boot, this machine comes with a 4 years’ warranty, covering quite a few aspects.
2. Bosch 7 KG Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine –
One of the highly rated front-loading washing machines are those from the house of Bosch. This particular model is perfect for a family of 3-4 members. Similar to the previous IFB model, this one too is a fully-automatic machine and offers high energy as well as water efficiency. The spin speed is only a little slower than the aforementioned model at 1200 rpm and you get a 2-year warranty on the entire machine and 10 years’ warranty on the motor.
Additionally, you get features such as anti-vibration tech, express wash, a huge LED display, Vario-Drum tech, ActiveWater Plus (for adjusting water by sensing the load size automatically), allergy plus, and child lock. The machine offers several unique wash cycles such as sari and monsoon wash. What’s more? The Bosch washing machine also sports an in-built heater while allowing you to adjust the temperature.
As far as energy efficiency is concerned, this machine has a rating of A+++, indicating a very high efficiency. A feature that we thought is extremely useful is the volt-check feature. This comes in use in the event of power fluctuations and power cuts.
If you like this product but have a smaller family size, you can opt for the 6 KG model that comes at a much cheaper price.
3. LG 6.5 Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine –
Another top-notch washing machine that works out well for a family size of 3 to 4 members, this machine by LG offers a spin speed of 1000 RPM that even though is lesser than the 2 models mentioned above, is sufficient for drying your laundry fast. Furthermore, the drum is made of stainless steel, which is the best in our opinion.
Much like Bosch, LG also provides a warranty of 2 years on the product and 10 years on the motor.
Some of the special features that you get with this model are 6 motion DD tech, spa steam technology (for better wash results), water-proof touch control, inverter direct drive technology, built-in heater, child lock, auto-restart, and SmartThinkQ NFC technology (app for downloading new wash programs).
This machine also offers steam wash; a feature that kills bacteria, dust mites, pet and pollen allergens, thereby providing that additional care, especially for delicate items.
4. BPL 6.2 KG Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine –
BPL is one of the oldest electronics companies in India that is known to make reliable products.
This no frills machine offers a spin speed of 750 rpm and is great for bachelors and couples on a budget.
The tub is made of stainless steel which prevents rusting and ensures higher durability. You also get features including 10 wash programs (for different kinds of fabric), a digital display, auto shutdown, and child lock. What we love the most is that it has 8 water levels adjustment. This helps tremendously in saving tons of water.
Some of the other special features include Automatic Imbalance Correction. This technology detects an imbalance in your load and then, spreads them out evenly so as to wash them properly. The Air Dryer feature extracts extra moisture from the clothes, thereby giving you a relatively dry load.
As far was warranty is concerned, there’s a 1-year warranty on the product as well as the motor.
Its worth noting that the Haier 5.8 KG Top-loading washing machine is often mentioned at the top of the list on several blogs. However, we personally think that this model by BPL is far more superior in terms of build and durability.
The only two cons are that this machine doesn’t have an in-built heater, nor does it have a feature that keeps it running in the event of a power cut. That said, it is extremely reasonable and a lot of value for money.
5. Samsung 6.5 KG Inverter Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine –
Samsung designs one of the best looking washing machines in India. Not only do their machines look good, but they also perform well.
This model is a fully-automatic one, ideal for a family of 2-3 members. A few of the salient features of this machine are a stainless steel diamond-drum, soft curl, and a magic dispenser to minimize any residue deposits.
What’s more? Thanks to its digital inverter technology, the machine sports powerful magnets to ensure a great performance and high durability. This also aids in saving up to 40% energy while staying as quiet as it can.
The Wobble technology involves the usage of pulsators, which produce a multi-directional flow of washing. This avoids any entangling and boosts the washing power.
In case anything goes wrong, you get a 3-year warranty on the product, and 10 years on the motor.
6. LG 7.5 KG Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine –
Yet another great washing machine from LG, this model is a semi-automatic one, perfect for a large family of 4-5 members. It is not only easy to set up but also pretty simple to use.
The machine offers a spin cycle of 1400 RPM and other features like spin shower (to wash off any soap residue from clothes), collar scrubber, air dryer, soaking tech, roller jet pulsator (for better wash), and 3 wash programs.
A few other features worth describing are Rat-Away technology and Lint Collector. The rat-away feature is basically a rat-repellent that is built into the 3MM plastic cover of the machine. Needless to say, this keeps away those unwanted pests. The lint collector ensures an unclogged pipe, as it collects all the fibers that come off during the washing process.
With this product, you get an easy return window of 10 days and a comprehensive warranty of 2 years.
7. Whirlpool 6 KG Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine –
Despite being an American company, Whirlpool has a strong foothold in the Indian market. Aside from the other esteemed companies listed above, Whirlpool also does a great job at making washing machines.
This washing machine is another semi-automatic model which is ideal for a tiny family with budget constraints. It is also suitable for bachelors. It uses up very little energy and water to produce fairly good wash results. You get a spin speed of 1400 rpm and additional features including a smart scrub station, SuperSoak technology, waterproof control panel, lint collector, 66 liters’ capacity tub, and a multi-utility tray for sorting laundry.
The only downside of this machine is that it requires a significant amount of manual effort. That said, you get a 2 years’ warranty on the motor and the product each.
Buyer’s Guide –
Though most manufacturers now make washing machines using the most appropriate materials, it is still advisable to ensure that they are rust-resistant because the machine will constantly come in contact with water. Remember that stainless steel is your best bet.
2. Load Capacity/Drum Size:
The load capacity or the drum size, refers to the weight of the clothing/furnishing items that need to be washed in a single operation. Normally this ranges from 5 Kgs to 10 Kgs. The size/capacity that you will require will mainly depend upon your family size.
Here’s a quick reference chart to understand this –
|Family of 1-2 persons||5 to 6.5 Kgs|
|Family of 2-3 persons||6 to 7 Kgs|
|Family of 3-4 persons||7 to 8 Kgs|
|Family of 5 persons and above||8 to 10 Kgs|
3. Automatic or Semi-Automatic:
Semi-automatic washing machines require a great deal of manual work to perform all of the functions. They function automatically when it comes to rinsing clothes, but manual when it comes to the rest.
Fully-automatic washing machines on the other hand, perform all the functions on their own. The only con is that they’re more expensive. However, it is worth the extra money.
4. Top Load or Front Load:
Top load washing machines feature a drum door on the top from where to load the clothes whereas front load washing machines have an opening right at the front for loading clothes.
That said, there are quite a few more significant differences between the two. Take a look:
Top Load Pros & Cons
|More economical (you can get models ranging from 5k to 15k)||Harsh on clothes while rinsing|
|Uses less electricity given a shorter drying cycle||Uses more water|
|Availability of semi-automatic and automatic machines||They use plastic agitators (rods meant for cleaning) that are placed vertically, thereby using up space within the tub.|
|Noisy during operation|
Front Load Pros & Cons
|Uses lesser water for rinsing due to ‘tumbling’ action.||Consumes more electricity due to longer drying cycles|
|Gentler on clothes||Slightly more expensive|
|Dries clothes more efficiently||Availability of only automatic machines|
|Consistent cleaning||Can’t add load in the middle of a wash|
What you choose will greatly depend upon your budget and preferences.
5. Energy Efficiency:
Generally speaking, top-load washing machines use up more energy compared to front-load machines. However, the front-load machines are more efficient at cleaning. Whatever your choice, make sure that you check their EU Energy Label system rating. This rating is assigned between A+++ to A. Needless to say, you should try and go for the highest rating as those machines are the most energy efficient.
6. Inverter Technology:
Similar to air conditioners, washing machines also use an inverter technology to save as much electricity as possible. This technology aids the machine to run at variable speeds as per the amount of load. In other words, it adjusts the motor speed to perform optimally depending upon the load.
On the contrary, regular washing machines run at a fixed speed for a fixed amount of load in order to perform its best. Therefore, no matter what the amount of load, the washing machine will still use up the electricity required to run at an optimal level.
Inverter washing machines are ideal for those who tend to use the machine with different amounts of load frequently.
7. Other Technologies:
Washing machines come with a legion of other technologies that can really enhance the process of washing clothes. Let’s take a look at a few of these technologies –
i) Direct Drive Technology & Noise Reduction Technologies –
Nowadays, washing machines feature a direct drive technology which sometimes comes as a package with an inverter washing machine. This technology eliminates the need of gears and belts. Instead, the motor is a bit heavy and designed in a way that it consumes least amount of electricity while producing minimum noise. These motors are also more long-lasting compared to conventional motors. A few of the machines even come with an extra feature called vibration reduction technology. This technology alleviates the noise further.
ii) Innovative Drum Technology:
Different companies have come up with different drum design technologies. For example, Bosch boasts of the VarioDrum technology, Siemens uses quite a similar design; “Samsung” has a ‘Diamond Drum Technology’ in which the drum features 25% smaller perforations which are placed inside a diamond-shaped basin.
iii) Flexwash & Twinwash:
Let’s go back to the top load vs front load debate. Despite the differences listed in this article, isn’t it still a tough choice? The good news is that some of the latest washing machines by Samsung, come with a Flexwash option. Basically, this technology blends the benefits of both the aforementioned drum door types.
A similar technology is offered by LG. However, it is termed as a TwinWash system.
iv) EcoBubble/O2 Wash Technology:
Washing machines convert detergents into bubbles to clean the load without causing any harm to your clothes. These bubbles blow up around the clothes and filter into the fabric to get rid of the most rigid of dirt marks.
Indian companies allow this technology to be used with cold water as well because unlike in western countries, Indians do their laundry using cold water.
8) Motion Styles:
As the name suggests, this technology refers to the cleaning motions which help in washing the clothes in a better manner. For example, LG’s 6-Motion DD facility features 6 motion or cleaning styles including ‘tumbling’, ‘stepping’, ‘scrubbing’, ‘swing’, ‘rolling’, and ‘filtering’.
The IFB company also offers various washing styles like Air bubble, 3600 wash, cradle wash, O2 wash, and Steam wash.
Remember this rule of thumb: more the number of motion/washing styles, better the performance of the washing machine.
9) Drum Sanitization:
A lot of the newer washing machines offer a drum sanitization process whereby the harmful germs and allergens inside the drum get X’d out using a ‘jet stream’ of hot water. This is a great add-on for you, hygiene conscious folks. Samsung offers an Eco Drum Cleaning Technology which does exactly what we have mentioned above.
- Soaking Technology: In order to clean the laundry properly, it is important that the laundry is soaked in water and detergent correctly. Samsung has brought to us the ‘BubbleSoak Technology’ which removes stubborn stains by means of bubbles on the press of a button. Whirlpool offers a ‘SuperSoak’ technique that uses a soaking and scrubbing method.
- In-Built Heaters: Like we mentioned earlier, Indians do not use hot water for washing laundry. However, companies have recently started adding a heater function to their washing machines.
- Wash Modes: Wash modes or cycles refer to the different wash settings given to wash different types of fabrics like wool and silk. This is important as harsh washing styles may damage delicate fabrics. These settings also allow you to set a timer or turn the knob to “spin” for drying clothes.
- Temperature Setting: Temperature settings aren’t very common in washing machines made by Indian companies. However, it is an important consideration to make if you have an infant at home or a family member with low immunity or tolerance to contaminants.
Unfortunately, this facility is not available on majority of the top-load washing machines. That said, you do get one pipe each for cold and hot water.
10. Additional Features:
Aside from all the technologies and settings mentioned above, washing machines do come with a few additional features such as an auto-detergent dispenser. This feature lets your washing machine decide how much detergent is to be dispensed because too much of it may lead to discoloration of clothes, bad odor, and over usage of water whereas too less of it will lead to dissatisfactory wash results.
Another feature is “Fuzzy Logic”. This feature facilitates your washing machine to automatically detect the kind of laundry in the drum and select a suitable wash cycle. To boot, it can also sense the load size, thereby selecting the amount of detergent, water, and time needed for complete wash process.
A few washing machines also come with a feature known as “time-delay”. Time-delay makes it possible to schedule your wash at a later time. You can put in the laundry and have the machine operate while you’re away.
11. Spin Speed:
Spin speed or spin cycle, refers to the time your washing machine takes to dry the laundry once the washing process is complete. A machine with a fast spin speed would mean less energy consumption whereas a machine with a relatively slower spin cycle would mean more consumption of electricity.
12. Taking on Hard Water:
There are many places across India where you still get hard water. The thing about hard water is that it is not capable of dissolving the detergent properly. Moreover, hard water eventually forms a white residue around parts of the washing machine like the drum and the water supply pipe which can result in clogging.
Nowadays, Indian washing machine manufacturers add a feature to the modern machines whereby the hard water can be easily converted to soft water.
It is important to keep all the aspects mentioned under our “Buyer’s Guide” in mind while out buying a washing machine. This will help you get one that suits your personal tastes and needs the best.
A few other notable washing machines available in the Indian market include Whirlpool’s 6.5 Kg fully-automatic top loading machine (WM Royal), Samsung’s 6 Kg fully-automatic front loading machine (WW60M206LMW/TL), LG’s 9 Kg inverter Wi-Fi fully-automatic front loading machine (FHT1409SWS).
We hope that this article has helped you get more clarity about what you’re looking for in a washing machine. In case of any queries, please do leave us a comment below and we’ll try our best to resolve it.