It is difficult to choose the right washing machine with all the different options and programs available. We’ll make it easier with this buyer’s guide.
Semi-automatic washing machine
These basic washing machines have two drums. One is for washing, the other for drying. Because you have to do most of the tasks manually, these machines are among the most affordable. You will need to fill the tub with water and empty it later. Then, you’ll need to take the clothes out of the washing machine and place them in the drying rack.
There are some benefits to semi-automatic machines. They consume less power and can be controlled for how much water is needed. You can also add or subtract clothes during a wash cycle.
Fully automatic washing machines
This category includes top-load and side-load. We’ll talk about them next. Fully-automatic machines minimize human intervention. You can relax and let the machines wash your clothes while you sit back. You don’t have to manually pour water or change drying compartments.
These machines also benefit from the most recent technologies that manufacturers have developed. However, fully-automatic machines are heavier and more costly. They consume more electricity and need a constant supply of water.
These machines feed clothes from the top, as the name implies. They can be connected to a continuous water supply and will use water only when it is needed. They can wash and dry in one tub. Because they have fewer wash programs, they are more affordable than front-loaders.
Top-load washers don’t require you to bend down for your clothes. You can add clothes during a wash cycle.
These washers are sturdy and heavy and can be used for a wide range of washing programs. These washing machines are quieter and provide the best wash quality of all types. You may have noticed that they must be loaded and unloaded at the front. This machine has a single tub that can be used for drying and washing.
They use less water and electricity that top-loaders. They are heavy and difficult to move, can’t remove clothes after the wash program has begun (available only to select machines), and have high prices.
Consider these things when choosing a washing machine
- Washing machine capacity
- Wash programs
- Wash features
Washing machine capacity
You will need to take into account the number of people living in your home and how often you wash your clothes. Basic washing machines can wash clothes up to 6 kg or 5kg. It is ideal for families with two people as it can hold two shirts, two pants, and one pillowcase.
You can also purchase the 6kg or 5kg models if you wash your clothes more frequently.
A family of three to four members is ideal at 7kgs. The washing machine can hold three shirts, three pants, one bedsheet, one towel, and two pillowcases simultaneously. A washing machine that weighs 8kg is ideal for families with five to six members. Larger families will need a machine that can hold 10 kg or more. This machine can fit three shirts, three pants, two sheets, six towels, and six pillowcases simultaneously.
Be aware that machines with higher capacities are more heavy, take up more space, and use more power and water.
Let’s now learn more about the different types of washing machines. The type and size of the clothes to be washed determines which program is chosen. These programs may not be available on all machines, but they are the most popular.
These programs can be found on nearly all fully-automatic washing machines. These programs are designed to wash your clothes quickly and thoroughly. These programs will wash and dry clothes in about 15-30 minutes. However, they are limited in the clothes they can handle.
This program can be used to wash regular clothes and undergarments. This program is simple and uses less water than other programs for items you wash every day.
This cycle is for heavy-soiled clothes. After you have set the program, your washer will first soak the clothes and then agitate them thoroughly before moving on to the normal wash cycle.
Woolens / Delicate
You can cause damage to woolens and delicate clothing if you wash them in regular washing machines. This is why there is a special wash cycle for them. This mode uses low temperatures and minimal drum rotation to protect them from wear and tear.
A special program is usually designed to wash cottons. This program uses hot water to wash cotton clothes thoroughly.
Synthetics / Simple Care
This program is for garments made of non-cotton fabrics like viscose and polyester that require a gentler wash. This program is not available on most machines. In this case, you can use the Delicate program to wash synthetics.
Let’s now discuss some additional features that washing machines have. These features are an added bonus, if you can find them on a machine within your budget.
RPM stands for’revolutions per minutes’ and it is the speed at which the drum spins. RPM is the speed at which your washing machine can squeeze water from your clothes. It’s usually higher than 600 RPM. Some washing machines let you adjust the RPM according to the clothes being washed. For example, 600 RPM can be used for delicates and 1200 RPM can be used for sheets and towels.
If you want to use cold water, machines that allow you to adjust the temperature can be useful. Alternately, you can raise the temperature to dry soiled clothes. Stains can be removed more easily by using detergent that works better at higher temperatures. For example, cottons are washed at high temperatures.
Fuzzy Logic is artificial intelligence for washing machines. It uses various sensors to determine the weight of your clothes and adjust the amount of detergent and water consumption. This is a very useful mode.
Fuzzy Logic is not branded on most machines that have it. For example, on LG machines it’s called ‘Program’ while on Whirlpool it’s called ‘6th Sense. Haier, Godrej, and Samsung are some of the other brands that offer Fuzzy Logic.
This is useful if you have loaded your washer and want to wait until you are ready to start the wash cycle. You might choose to load your machine at night but have the laundry ready for you when you get up in the morning.
An LED display makes it easy to see detailed information about the wash program and the remaining time for the cycle to finish. Some machines have touchscreen displays as well, but these are more costly.
A bubble wash mode is a useful feature to have on your machine. It produces small bubbles that penetrate the fabric and clean thoroughly. This mode is called different things by different brands. For example, Samsung calls it “Eco Bubble”, while Panasonic calls it “Active Foam”.
This feature is only available on selected machines. It completely dries clothes after each wash cycle so they are ready for you to take them out.
This feature, which is available on many washing machines, can be used to remove stubborn stains. This feature allows dirty clothes to soak for longer before the wash cycle begins, which makes it easier to remove the stain.