With so many option available, how do you select the right washing machine for your household’s needs?
Capacity and price are major considerations, but also pay attention to factors like automation levels, loading and all those extra features that washing machine brands offer.
Your search begins here - start filtering out the right machine for you based on the frequency of usage and volume of clothes you’ll need to wash.
Ideal for those living alone or in a small place. Can wash 25 T-shirts at a time.
6.1kg – 7kg
Ideal for a small family (up to 3 members). Can wash 30 T-shirts at a time.
7.1kg – 8kg
Ideal for a family of four, and a house with ample space. Can wash up to 40 T-shirts at a time.
Ideal for a large family or someone with bigger-than-average laundry loads. A machine with a large capacity is more powerful, takes more space and uses more water and power.
Depending on your needs and budget, you can select the level of automation you require in your washing machine.
Semi-Automatic Washing Machines
They come two separate tubs, one for washing and the other for drying clothes. These machines must be fed water manually, for every wash. While these machines are budget-friendly, they are bulky and much manual effort is required for each washing cycle. A plus is that these machines are power-efficient and are easier to operate and repair.
- Budget-friendly and easy to operate
Fully Automatic Washing Machines
As the name suggests, fully automatic washing machines take care of everything from washing to drying, at the touch of a button. These machines have a single tub and hence are sleeker in design. You can also programme the machine to operate differently for different fabrics to ensure that they are not damaged.
- Compact design
- Multiple programmable wash cycles
- No manual intervention required
Top or Front Load?
Fully automatic washing machines are further segmented into Top Load machines and Front Load machines. These machines differ in the way in which the drum is placed.
Top Load Washing Machines
The door is placed on top of the washing machine. Benefits include:
- Lower cost as compared to front load machines
- Better designed ergonomically, so it’s easier to load and unload clothes
- Shorter wash cycles
- Clothes can be added midway through the wash cycle
- Uses more water
- Fewer wash programmes
Consider whether you need a top load machine with an agitator or impeller. Both are devices are used to move clothes around in a top loading machine, thus removing dirt and stains.
An agitator uses fins that protrude from the bottom of the drum to move clothes around. While the agitator will move gently during a delicate wash cycle, in general, it is rougher on clothes.
An impeller is a low profile rotating hub that churns water to move the clothes around – the device does not come in contact with clothes and generally washes clothes gently. These are found in high-efficiency machines that use less water.
Front Load Washing Machines
The door is placed at the front of the washing machine. Benefits it include:
- Better cleaning, very gentle on clothes
- Large capacity
- Uses less water
- Drys clothes faster
- Includes more wash programmes and features
- Can have longer wash cycles
- Heavier and bulkier than top load machines
- Smaller load capacity when compared to a top load machine
While we’ve discussed the main aspects, these features improve the washing experience considerably.
Tubs made from stainless steel are the best vis-à-vis those made from plastic and porcelain-enamel. They are the most durable and can withstand high spin speeds.
Rotations Per Minute (RPM)
A washing machine with higher RPM can dry your clothes better and faster. However, this is not true for all kinds of clothes. For delicate clothes, a spin cycle of 300-500 RPM should be good while denim jeans would need 1,000 RPM.
Multiple Wash Programmes
Washing machines with multiple wash programmes will help you wash delicate clothes including lingerie, woollens and other delicate fabrics in shorter, gentle cycles; whites or coloured clothes can be washed with care. Besides this, water temperature and levels can also be controlled.
Machines that use hot water for a wash cycle can provide with better cleaning results. Hot water helps fight stains and cleans clothes better.
Fuzzy logic is a feature that automatically determines how much water, detergent and time is required to clean a load. This is a great feature and helps clean loads without any wastage.
Time Delay & Pre-soak
The time delay feature will allow you to pre-programme your machine to run a wash cycle a selected time. Meanwhile, the pre-soak feature allows the clothes to soak for a specific period before starting the wash cycle.
Quite a lot of washing machines come with LCD display that make it easier to read information and see the current status of the wash cycle.