Earlier, people don’t mind washing their clothes by hands, but as the lifestyle has changed, we don’t have enough time to spend hours and hours in washing the clothes every day. In present scenario, if we talk about the couples or a family of four members or a joint family, most of the people are working and living a really high paced hectic life. In such hectic lifestyle, we always look for things and appliances to make our work easy and simple. Washing machine is such an important appliance, which has made our life really easy. Now, you can wash bucket full of clothes within few minutes with the help of a washing machine. The best part is that while washing your clothes you can do some other work as well as you need not to be there in front of the machine all the time. But, buying a machine can be a very confusing task as most of us get confused between the different available variants. The two major basic differentiate in washing machine are semi-automatic or fully automatic. This is a great decision to make while choosing a machine.
Besides, these two important factors there are various other things you should keep in mind while buying a new washing machine. Most of the washing machines in India comes with different features, functions, load type, and capacity. Let’s take a look at some important features of washing machines which you should consider while buying a new washing machine.
Fully-automatic or semi-automatic washing machine?
This is one of the most common question, which confuses all. If you have pre-decided, which kind of machine you will buy, then it is good. But, if you are still in the phase of selection then, decision making process could be time-consuming and cumbersome. Figure out your needs first and make a decision accordingly. If you are looking for washing machine that will do everything for you, choose a fully automatic machine. But, if you can do a little bit of shifting of clothes from one tub to dryer and short of budget as well, go for a semi-automatic machine.
Decide loading option
Generally, washing machines come in two main loading options front loading and top loading. Top loading machines consume more water for washing, whereas front loading machines require less water and consume less energy as well.
Cloth loading option is another point, which you should decide while keeping your usage in mind. If you have small family of two-three members then a machine of 5-6kg is sufficient for you. But if you have a large family of more than 5-6 members, in that case opt for a higher capacity machine of 7-8kg or more to suit your needs. A large capacity machine can load more clothes as compared to lower capacity machines.
Let’s take a look at different features in detail to understand the functionality in a better way.
Semi-automatic machine: Semi-automatic machines are basic machine and generally preferred by more people with lower budget. These machines have two tubs, one for washing and another for drying clothes. As the machine is semi-automatic, here you have to shift the clothes manually from one tub to another for washing and drying. The price of these washing machines varies according to the capacity of the machine. You can buy a machine from Rs. 7000 to Rs. 14,000. Most of the leading brands offer washing machine in semi-automatic segment. The most important benefit of this machine is it requires less water to wash your clothes as compared to fully automatic machines. It also consume less detergent and other washing supplements as you fill the water manually and you can reuse the water for washing clothes or refilling clothes in washing tub if you find it suitable to wash, but this functionality is not possible in fully automatic machine. The clothes are washed in a lesser time as you have different tubs for washing and drying. You can use both the tubs at the same time to reduce your overall washing time. However, the machine comes with less features and functionality, semi-automatic machines are cheaper as compared to its counterparts.
Fully-automatic machine: Fully automatic machines come in two variants front loading and top loading option. Fully-automatic machines are more expensive and offer more features as compared to semi-automatic machines. The price of these machines could be different. It could range between Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 90,000, depending upon the features and capacity of the machine.
These machines comprise more washing modes to choose from according to your clothes and washing requirements. Besides, it also offers high washing quality and cleanliness as compared to semi-automatic machine. Here, in this format you need not to do anything manually accept loading your machine and choosing the washing mode. One you select all the options, you will get your clothes washed and dried in the machine. Most of these machines come with in-built heating system that takes care of hot wash option and drying as well. As you have single tub in this machine to perform all the tasks, therefore, it requires less space for storage.
Top loading: In this loading type, clothes are filled from the top of machine. Top loading machines are more simpler to use as compared to front loading machines. These are low cost machines and offers you less features. You can buy a top loading machine between Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 40,000, depending upon the features and washing capacity. The best advantage of this machine is you need not to bend down to load and upload the machine as done in front loading machines. Less features and washing options make it budget friendly. They are light weight and compact, which make them easy to move from one place to another.
Front loading: There are machines available with front door loading option. This system is linked with long washing cycle as these machines consume more time to wash clothes efficiently and in a better way. There washing system and technology require less water as compared to top loading machines. You can buy a front loading machine between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 90,000. The price of the machine mainly depends upon the features, loading capacity and brand you have opted. As these washing machines are high end machines and use innovative technology in washing and drying. Therefore most of the machines are gentle with clothes and consume less energy and water. You can even wash your delicate clothes in these machines as they will be gentle with your clothes.
Capacity options available:
This is the most important things to keep in mind when you are choosing the washing machine capacity. Most common thing, which most of the people do while taking a decision, they end up buying the washing machines of lower cost rather than buying the right capacity according to their family members. The capacity you should decide on the number of people in your family, not on the price of washing machine. You should always remember that buying washing machines is a long-term investment as this is an expensive appliance, therefore you should make a decision, which is based on washing requirements and family members not on the price tag only. There are some size variants to let you decide over capacity of machine. Here are some capacity variants:
- Capacity 5-6 Kgs sufficient for 1-2 family members
- Capacity 6-7 Kgs sufficient for 3 family members
- Capacity 7-8 Kgs sufficient for 4 family members
- Capacity 8 Kgs more sufficient for 5 family members and more
The capacity should also decided over the frequency of washing clothes. For instance, you have more than three family member in your family and you wash clothes once in a week, so you should choose washing machine with higher capacity. If you are having more than four members in the family, but you wash clothes daily, then you can opt for a lower capacity washing machine as well.