Front-loader washing machines: The new wave

Traditionally, clothes have been washed manually in India. With the change in the standard of living, most people are looking to buy washing machines in India. There are two broad categories of washing machines available in India: the traditional top-loading or the newer, front-loading models. The most widely found model in an Indian household is the top-loading variant. Top-loaders are known to be resource hogs, both in terms of water usage and power consumption. With the rising cost of living and the need to save resources it is important to consider other options.

Front-loading machines are more expensive than top-loaders, however they perform much better.

  • They use less water as they use a shallow puddle of water rather than submerging the clothes in a huge tub.
  • The spinning action is gentler on the fabric and help the clothes last longer.
  • Front-loading machines require less detergent powder than top-leaders.
  • The final spin in the front-loader is faster leading to faster water removal from clothes.

Due to these factors the front-loading washing machines sales have rapidly increased and rightly so. Many myths about front-loaders are commonly heard. Some people claim that front-loaders can fit more or larger items as compared to top-loaders. This is not true. It has been proven that they have equal capacity when compared.

Here are some tips to consider when you are looking to buy the best washing machine in India.

Washer Types: There are 3 main types of washing machines available: Semi Automatic (Top Loading), Fully Automatic (Top Loading) and Front-Loader.

Capacity: It indicates the amount of clothes and water that can fit and be washed in the machine. Higher the capacity, the more clothes you can incorporate. This is measured in kilograms.

Portability: With smaller houses, place is always a constraint. Mostly Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic top-loader have caster wheels and can be moved around. However, not many front-loaders have this feature.

Energy Consumption: Most manufacturers display the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) rating. This is quick and easy way to gauge power consumption and efficiency. Again, higher the number of stars indicates better power efficiency. Do read up more about this online.

Read Reviews: Once you have zeroed down on a model, read reviews online before you buy the washing machine online or at a store. Do not always follow the advice of the store attendants.

Warranty: Like most electronics washing machines come with warranty. Do read the terms and conditions of the warranty before you buy the washing machine. Many manufacturers do not cover plastic/ABS peripherals as part of the warranty.

Cost is always an important factor while making such purchases. However, if you are looking to buy a new washing machine we would advice to consider the new-age front-loader washing machines. Although the initial investment is higher, the slew of features it offers, its power efficiency and the performance make it worthwhile and a better investment overall.

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