Washing clothes takes a major portion of your daily schedule, and the washing machine makes this task a lot easier. So it’s important you select one that suits you and your needs.
There are several factors you need to take into consideration while choosing your new washing machine -- like the spot you will place it in, how many people you’re washing for, its eco-friendly credentials, and of course, your budget. We explain some of these points to help you make an informed decision.
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1) Front-Loading vs. Top-Loading
This is probably the biggest decision you need to make. Front-loading washing machines generally take up less space, are gentle on clothes, use less water and tend to have higher spin speeds, which means less drying time. But they can be pricey.
Top-loading machines are bulkier but relatively cheap and have larger capacities than front-loading ones. They also offer better rinse efficiency and tend to have shorter wash cycles.
While picking your washing machine, check the water and energy-efficiency ratings. The higher the rating, the more money you’ll save on your utility bills. Look for the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star Rating, with the highest being five stars.
In order to get the best out of your washing machine, it’s wise to have a good understanding of the programmes installed on your appliance. Some washing machines feature a range of pre-programmed settings, including hand wash, bulky loads and cycles for specific materials (such as wool or silk). High-end models may also feature steam cycles, no-iron settings, adjustable spin speeds and germ-busting cycles for baby clothes and washable diapers.
The most expensive option may not necessarily be the best washing machine you could buy, so consider all the features mentioned above. An energy-efficient model could cost you more initially but may save you money in the long run. While budget models available can offer a similar wash quality when compared to higher-priced ones, they may offer a limited number of pre-programmed settings. It’s important to identify your requirements before fixing your budget. Also, if you aren’t worried about finding the perfect washing machine colour to match your room and can pick traditional shades such as white and grey, you may be able to save a few bucks.
For a household of 2 individuals, a washing machine with a load capacity of 5 kg may be a good option. For a household of 4- 7 individuals, a machine with 7-8 kg of load capacity will work well, and for an even larger joint family, a machine with above 9-kg load capacity would work best.