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Washing Machine Buying Guide and Top Models/Brands in India in 2018 Review

By on August 8, 2018

These days when we go out in the market to buy any appliance, we are loaded with options. Finding the right one that fits our need and is also efficient may be challenging. Washing machines are no different. We at Bijli Bachao got several messages in the past from readers asking for ideas on buying a washing machine and this was a long pending item we had in our mind to write about. The intent of this article is to be a “buying guide” for washing machines, that can help you understand various technologies available in market, and understand which is more energy efficient. We have also listed some of the top models from various brands available in the market.

In this post we will try to provide you some tips to buy a new Washing Machine. But before that, we will provide you the information that you came here to look for: The Top Brands and Top Models in Washing Machine. For the Buying Guide, click: here.

Best Washing Machine Brands in India

These are the most popular brands for washing machines in India. Brands like Bosch/Siemens are quite popular for their front loading washing machines. Among the Indian brands, IFB leads the pack by giving tough competition to international brands, while Godrej and Onida have good models in case someone has a tight budget.

If you are looking for reviews of various brands, you can check our brand review section over here: Link. Or you can click on the specific brand name mentioned above.

Best Washing Machine Models in India

Here are a few handpicked models:

  1. Lg FH0B8NDL22 (6.0 Kg, Front Load Washing Machine)
  2. Ifb Senorita Aqua SX 6.5 Kg (6.5 Kg, Front Load Washing Machine)
  3. Bosch WAK24168IN (7.0 Kg, Front Load Washing Machine)
  4. Ifb Elite WX 7.5 kg (7.5 Kg, Front Load Washing Machine)
  5. Ifb Senator Aqua SX 8Kg (8.0 Kg, Front Load Washing Machine)
  6. Whirlpool Superb Atom 6 (6.0 Kg, Semi Automatic Washing Machine)
  7. Lg P7550R3FA (6.5 Kg, Semi Automatic Washing Machine)
  8. Whirlpool Superb Atom 7 (7.0 Kg, Semi Automatic Washing Machine)
  9. Lg P8537R3SA (7.5 Kg, Semi Automatic Washing Machine)
  10. Lg P9037R3SM (8.0 Kg, Semi Automatic Washing Machine)
  11. Lg T7269NDDL (6.2 Kg, Top Load Washing Machine)
  12. Whirlpool Whitemagic Premier 6.5 (6.5 Kg, Top Load Washing Machine)
  13. Whirlpool Stainwash Deep Clean 7.0 (7.0 Kg, Top Load Washing Machine)
  14. Ifb TL- RCH 7.5 KG Aqua (7.5 Kg, Top Load Washing Machine)
  15. Lg T9077NEDL1 (8.0 Kg, Top Load Washing Machine)

For  more choices, check the lists below.

Based on our data collection of various brands on washing machines we have compiled a list of top models of washing machines available in India. This list is based on our perception of various brands, user reviews and technology.

Best Front Loading Washing Machines in India

  • LG - FH0B8NDL22
    • 6.000 kgs
  • IFB - Senator Aqua SX 8Kg
    • 8.000 kgs
  • IFB - Senorita Aqua SX 6.5 Kg
    • 6.500 kgs
  • Bosch - WAK24168IN
    • 7.000 kgs
  • LG - FH0H3NDNL02
    • 6.000 kgs
  • IFB - Serena Aqua SX 7Kg
    • 7.000 kgs
  • LG - FH0G7WDNL52
    • 6.500 kgs
  • LG - FH4G6TDNL22
    • 8.000 kgs
  • IFB - Elite WX 7.5 kg
    • 7.500 kgs
  • LG - FH2G6EDNL22
    • 7.500 kgs

Best Top Loading Washing Machines in India

  • Whirlpool - Whitemagic Premier 6.5
    • 6.500 kgs
  • LG - T7269NDDL
    • 6.200 kgs
  • LG - T7269NDDLH
    • 6.200 kgs
  • Whirlpool - Stainwash Deep Clean 7.0
    • 7.000 kgs
  • IFB - TL- RDSS 6.5 KG Aqua
    • 6.500 kgs
  • Whirlpool - Stainwash Ultra 7.0
    • 7.000 kgs
  • IFB - TL- RCH 7.5 KG Aqua
    • 7.500 kgs
  • LG - T9077NEDL1
    • 8.000 kgs
  • Haier - HWM75-707NZP
    • 7.500 kgs
  • IFB - TL- SDG 8.0 KG Aqua
    • 8.000 kgs

Best Semi Automatic Washing Machines in India

  • Whirlpool - Superb Atom 6
    • 6.000 kgs
  • Whirlpool - Superb Atom 7
    • 7.000 kgs
  • LG - P7550R3FA
    • 6.500 kgs
  • LG - P9037R3SM
    • 8.000 kgs
  • Whirlpool - Ace Turbodry 8
    • 8.000 kgs
  • LG - P8071N3FA
    • 7.000 kgs
  • LG - P7559R3FA
    • 6.500 kgs
  • Godrej - GWS 6203 PPD
    • 6.200 kgs
  • LG - P8537R3SA
    • 7.500 kgs
  • LG - P8541R3SA
    • 7.500 kgs

Buying Guide:

Fully Automatic vs Semi Automatic Washing Machines

Whenever a word “Automatic” is associated with a washing machine, it means that the machine not only washes the cloths but also extracts most water out of it after washing. The main difference between a Fully Automatic and Semi Automatic washing machine is that in fully automatic washing machine, all the process from washing to spinning happen on their own through an automated program, whereas in semi automatic, one has to move cloths from one operation to another manually. Having said that, because both the machines have similar operations, from energy point of view neither option offers great benefit over the other.




Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines

The choice between the two truly depends on how you use a washing machine. Most international sources (such as this: link) would suggest that front loading washing machines are the most efficient in using: water as well as energy. But Indian sources (like this: link) would suggest that top loading washing machines as well as semi automatic machines are more efficient than front loaders. Now there is truth in both because of the way washing is done in different countries.

There is no doubt that front loaders save water. A top loading washing machine needs more water because when cloths are dry they are lighter than water and thus more water is required to soak and drown all the clothes in it. Whereas a front load washing machine work with a tumbling action (just like rolling a tank on the floor), which makes sure that the cloths need lesser water to soak. But front loaders have longer cycles as compared to top loaders.

In most countries people use a hot water cycle to clean cloths, and also use dryers to dry the cloths. As a front loader uses less water, there is significant energy or electricity saving as much less water is heated. Also front loaders dry up the cloths to a significantly higher degree (as less water is used), the dryer cycles are much shorter, thus saving electricity on drying cloths. In case your usage of washing machine is like this, then you would save electricity on using front-loading washing machine.

In India, most people use cold water for washing, even in washing machines. In such case the electricity is not used for heating water. Most people also do not use dryers and thus saving on dryers is also not achieved. And as front loaders have more cycles, the consumption of electricity is more than top loaders as well as semi automatic washing machines.

Inverter Technology in Washing Machines

Inverter technology has been revolutionary in saving electricity in most appliances that have a motor. The benefit of this technology is that it makes the machine run at a speed which is optimum based on the load on the machine. A conventional washing machine has a motor that is designed for a fixed load and operates most efficiently when run at the optimum load. But a washing machine with inverter technology allows the motor to operate at a speed that is optimum for the load in the washing machine.

A washing machine with inverter technology has sensors that detect the loading of the washing machine. Based on the load, the electronic circuit determines the optimum speed at which the motor should be run to optimize electricity use. To have variable speeds the washing machines have a VFD or Brushless DC motors that allows optimum use of electricity at variable speeds.

So if you use washing machine with different load sizes on a regular basis, a washing machine with inverter technology can help.

Direct Drive Technology in Washing Machines

To understand this technology it is better to first see the video below:

In this technology a lot of moving parts like gears and belts that are used with a conventional motor are removed. This ensures that the energy lost in friction in running a gearbox, etc is reduced. Thereby saving electricity. Although these motors can be a bit bulkier than conventional motors, but their efficiency is higher and they also produce less noise and have better life. So a machine with Direct Drive can certainly save on electricity.

These days some manufacturers have washing machines that have both Inverter as well as Direct Drive technology which can provide dual benefit if your load sizes vary. Having said that, electricity consumption of a washing machine per load is less than 1 unit (or 1 kWH) for a typical residential use. The cost benefit of the latest technologies will depend on your usage of washing machines and the price differential of different models. In our next post on washing machines, we will try to include a market research on various models of washing machines available in India and their electricity consumption.

Note: If you have a washing machine equipped with a heater, please try to keep the water temperature as close to room temperature as possible. Water heating can significantly increase electricity consumption of a washing machine.

Source of Information

Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_drive_mechanism

Energy Saver’s Blog: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/roofus/washing_machine.html

Tufts University Link: http://sustainability.tufts.edu/frontloading-washing-machines/

About the Author:
Abhishek Jain is an Alumnus of IIT Bombay with almost 10 years of experience in corporate before starting Bijli Bachao in 2012. His passion for solving problems moved him towards Energy Sector and he is keen to learn about customer behavior towards Energy and find ways to influence the same towards Sustainability. .

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