Best Top Load Washing Machine – LG 6.5 Kg 5 Star Fully-Automatic Top Load Washing Machine
Best washing machine for hard water – Whirlpool 7.5 Kg 5 Star Fully-Automatic Top Load Washing Machine
Best Premium Choice – LG 8 Kg 5 Star Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine
Best Front Load Washing machine – Bosch 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine
Best Semi Automatic Washing Machine – Whirlpool 7 Kg 5 Star Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine
What to expect from this Read
When we say Best, we mean the best, the best in each category and will not throw 10 different names to confuse you. We reviewed 46 different washing machines to narrow it to this list of the 5 Best washing machines in India.
Our choice has been based on the product offering the most features as well as a needle eye on the budget that gave the best value for money.
We also encourage you to have a glance at our Buying Guide to know the basis of our recommendations. We trust you will make an educated decision based on our recommendations.
Enjoy the read and if there’s any help you need, do drop us a line!
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Best Washing Machines in India Reviews
Best Top Load Washing Machine
We loved the five star rated LG 6.5 Kg Fully-automatic machine as this is a feature-rich product. The machine has an inverter, which is energy efficient and power saving. We like to specially mention the waterproof motor that doesn’t rust and is known for its durability.
The machine has numerous wash program options to empower the user to select the program as per the washing requirement.
These include the regular wash, pre-wash and normal, Gentle for delicate fabrics like wool and festive Indian wear, Quick wash, which is akin to Express wash on other models, strong for Jeans and the Tub clean feature to sterilize the washing machine tub and prevent any unpleasant bacterial odour.
Besides, the user can also set a customised wash program as Favourite. The machine also has a scheduling function.
Features like Turbo Drum provide optimal washing. Let’s explain these jargon sounding features, Turbo Drum feature rotates the drum and the pulsator in different directions, replicating a manual wash action but with more potent force and this is tough and super effective on stains and dirt.
Remember the days when you would manually pre-wash clothes to remove tough stains. Well, that’s soon to be history if you own this LG Machine, as it has an auto pre-wash function that is specifically designed to remove those tough stains and need we mention, hands-free.
With the auto-restart feature, the machine will resume from where it left in a power failure case. From a safety perspective, there is a child lock feature.
Like most other LG offerings, this one also has an app. The smart diagnosis feature sends maintenance alerts on the paired Smart ThinQ LG app for easy troubleshooting.
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✅ Inverter Technology
✅ Corrosion-resistant Tub
✅ Turbo Drum
✅ Smart Diagnosis
✅ Warranty: 2 years on product and 10 years on motor*T&C
Best Washing Machine for Hard Water
The 5 star rated Automatic washing machine from the Whirlpool brand is water saving compared to peers. Hard water and limited water supply are prevalent in quite a few parts of India.
If you do reside in an area with either of the two issues or maybe lower pressure water supply, we would recommend the Whirlpool 7.5 Kg machine.
The Aqua store feature allows the user to store water in the washing machine tub for the next wash, convenient when there is water uncertainty.
The Zero pressure fill technology ensures that the tub is filled even when the water pressure is erratic or low.
The machine automatically optimises the wash cycle to give the best wash results, even with hard water.
The washing features also are optimum; 12 wash programs give the user adequate choices to set the machine to customise the wash as per, stained, delicates, whites, cotton, wool laundry.
If you are running out of time and want the laundry quicker, the express wash function will reduce the washing cycle time by 30 -40% compared to the regular wash cycle.
Scheduling the machine to operate from a 3 to 24 hr window is also possible. The Spiro wash feature ensures a thorough wash.
The 6th sense smart sensors will indicate water pressure issues, tub clean, dry tap, wash load, voltage, and detergent dosage.
The child lock and the back control panel are particularly useful to keep the control panel safe from curious children.
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5 Star Rating
12 wash programs
Hard water optimised wash
Zero Pressure (Low Pressure) Fill technology
What could be improved
Service Issues at some locations
Best Premium Choice Washing Machine
Our premium choice is the LG 8 Kg 5 Star Inverter Wi-Fi Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FHT1408ZWP, VCM, Turbowash). This washing machine has an 8 Kg capacity, which is ideal for a family of 3 to 4 members.
Even if you’re part of a smaller family and have irregular or weekly wash cycles, this is suitable for its large load capacity in one go.
The machine has six motion direct drive – Stepping, Filtration, Scrubbing, tumble, rolling, and swing, ensuring that the washing is optimal as per the fabric requirement.
The steam and turbo wash feature ensures a germ-free and timely laundry delivery.
The fuzzy logic feature analyses the laundry load, power supply, water level, the wash environment, and automatically adjusts the wash program to give the perfect wash.
With the auto-restart feature, the machine will resume from where it left in case of a power failure.The inverter drive motor is not only energy efficient but also ensures silent operation.
Another smart offering from LG with the thingQ app wash programs can be chosen, and new program options can be downloaded to the machine.
We liked the feature where you get alerts on the mobile app to unload the laundry after the wash cycle is completed.
The smart diagnosis feature sends maintenance alerts on the paired Smart ThinQ LG app for easy troubleshooting. In theory, you can control the device online from anywhere.
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✅ Inverter Technology
✅ Steam and turbo wash
✅ 6 motion Direct Drive
✅ Fuzzy Logic
✅ Smart Diagnosis
✅ Warranty 2 years on product and 10 years on motor.
What can be improved
🚫 This one’s perfect, so nothing to whine about.
Best Front Load Washing machine
We loved this 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (Model: WAK24168IN) from the Bosch brand. This washing machine has a 7 Kg capacity, which is ideal for a family of 3 to 4 members.
The machine can handle all kinds of fabrics; there are 15 wash program options that aides this feature. Special mention of the allergy plus wash program that washes clothes at 60° C, ensuring germ-free and hygienic laundry.
The Express wash program completes the laundry cycle fairly quickly in 1 hrs time. There is also a 15 or 30 mins wash program to handle lightly soiled clothes, a convenient feature if the laundry’s timely delivery is a constraint.
Although the washing cycle is of lesser duration, be rest assured that there is no compromise in the quality of the washing.
VarioPerfect feature is energy efficient and saves upto 50% power.
The reload option is convenient and allows the door to be opened amid the cycle if the user wants to add or remove laundry.
The anti-silence motor on the sidewalls, coupled with the EcoSilence drive motor, ensures that the washing cycle is done silently.
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✅ Allergy Plus wash program
✅ Super 15-30 mins wash program
✅ Anti Vibration Design
✅ Vario Perfect
✅ EcoSilence Drive
✅ Warranty: 2 years on product and 10 years on motor
What needs to be improved
🚫 The technician who comes for Demo and installation try to sell accessories at a high-price, so be vary of that.
Best Semi-Automatic Washing Machine
Our choice for the Best semi-automatic machine is the Whirlpool – 7 Kg 5 Star rated Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine. We would always recommend a Top Load Fully automatic machine for its convenience.
However, if you have made up your mind that it has to be a Semi-Automatic machine, then we would recommend this product from the Whirlpool brand.
The machine has three wash programs – Delicate, Normal, and Heavy to cater to different fabrics and wash load. The 66L large tub and the high-efficiency motor powered by the turbo scrub technology ensures optimal washing.
Super soak technology enhances the removal of tough dirt and stains by soaking and scrubbing action.
The spin dryer is efficient and can attain a speed of 1400 rpm at max; the higher the spin speed better are the drying results.
The auto-restart feature is convenient if there is a power cut, the machine will resume from where it stopped.
Water and shockproof panels protect the device from accidental water spillage, especially when you transfer the laundry from the wash to the spin tub.
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✅ 5 Star rating
✅ 3 wash programs
✅ High-Efficiency Motor
✅ 66L large tub
✅ Turbo scrub technology
✅ Super soak technology
✅ Easy mobility of the machine
What could be improved
🚫 The machine is a bit noisy and vibrates, A very semi-automatic machine thing actually.
Buying Guide for Washing Machine
Washing Machine placement
The first thing to decide is the placement of the Washing machine
1) Free Standing Washing machine – As implied by the name, these variants offer the flexibility to be placed at any suitable place at home. This also happens to be a popular choice in India.
2) Built-in Washing Machine is usually embedded or part of the modular kitchen furniture.
Now that the placement of the washing machine is decided, the next to determine are two key factors
1. Type of Washing Machine
2. The load the washing machine can handle in 1 cycle.
Type of Washing Machine
Before we deal with this subject, let’s understand the difference between
Automatic v/s Semi-Automatic Washing machine.
The semi-Automatic machine has two tubs and needs some manual intervention amidst the washing cycle, hence the term “Semi- Automatic.” One tub is dedicated to the usual soaking, washing, and rinsing. While the other tub is specially designed to spin dry the clothes.
The manual intervention comes into play when the clothes have to be transferred into the spin tub after the washing and rinsing cycle.
This becomes challenging as the clothes are wet and dripping and a bit heavier to deal with, considering the laundry is soaked. If there are sick or older adults who will handle the machine we would strongly advise to go in for the Automatic Variants.
The Automatic machines have one tub, and the complete cycle of soaking, washing, rinsing, and spin-drying is completed in one tub, thereby doing justice to the term, “Automatic.”
The automatic machine has two variants, which are differentiated by the method of loading the laundry in the boot.
Top Load automatic machines V/s Front Load automatic machines:-
- The top-load automatic machine where the laundry is loaded from the top.
- The Front load automatic machine where the laundry is loaded from the front door of the device.
There are some crucial differences to consider–
The Front load automatic machine uses the most water per cycle compared to the top load machine, and in terms of operating noise levels is the most silent. This also happens to be the priciest option.
The USP makes the top load automatic machine the popular choice because it does not involve the user to bend to load the laundry. This is of paramount importance when there are users who complain of back or joint pains.
The top-load automatic machine is usually less pricey compared to the front load automatic machine variants.
The load the washing machine can handle in 1 cycle directly impacts the size. Depending on the chosen model, washing machines typically can take between 5 to 12 Kgs of clothes in one cycle.
This is also affected by other factors like the no. of people in the family and the frequency of washing. The type of fabric that needs to be washed.
If the frequency is daily or on alternate days, a washing machine that caters to 5 to 6 kgs should be good. If the fabric involves many pieces of wool or delicate fabrics, a device that can handle a more massive load in one cycle is recommended.
Wool, for example, absorbs much water, and if it’s a significant component of your laundry, you may want to consider a machine that can handle a heavier load per cycle.
Noise Level – this is a critical factor as we all want the machine to operate as silently as possible. Strangely when we discussed this parameter amongst our team members, there was a consensus that very little attention was paid to this factor.
Yes, it’s possible that as a buyer, you get carried away with the other elements and pay little attention to this aspect.
Ultimately we do want the best cleaning results but, of course, no compromise on the sound level that the machine makes. We recommend a device that operates at around 45 to 55 dB and drying (spinning) at 70 or less.
Additional Features available
Program Modes – The more the modes, the more options the user has to customise and control different wash cycles.
Depending on the selection, these modes can control water consumption, fabric handling, the wash cycle schedule, and emphasis on soaking, rinsing, or Drying.
Time Delay – Allows the washing cycle to be scheduled by the user.
Inverter technology – This familiar technology is power saving.
Inbuilt Heater – Where hot water is used to wash the clothes.
Monsoon settings are handy in the monsoon season, where odour from damp clothes is reduced.
Child lock – Important to prevent accidental door openings and random panel control. Incredibly useful when there are little ones around.
Auto Restart – Mostly available in most modern models where the machine resumes work from where it left in a power cut.
Voltage Range – If you live in an area where there is an erratic power supply, it would be worthwhile to check the voltage range at which the machine operates. Alternatively, an additional stabilizer would be warranted.
Smart Features – Smart technology continues to evolve, and if you want to integrate your machine into the smart home ecosystem, this is a factor to watch out for.
Tips to get the best of your Washing Machine
* Check the Care Labels’ instructions to affirm that its Washing machine safe or safe for warm wash and tumble dry.
* Refer to the washing machine’s user manual even if you have been using the device for years. It’s possible that there could be some unique modes and programs available.
* Never overload the drum and avoid compressing the clothes to make room for more laundry.
* Avoid Mixing dark and light-coloured laundry.
* In addition to detergents, use Fabric conditioners as well. The term fabric softener is the same as the fabric conditioner.
* After the washing cycle is complete, make sure the doors are left open for a while to allow the machine to dry naturally.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) - Washing Machine
Why does the Washing machine smell?
The smell of the washing machine can be attributed to bacteria build up over time. It can also be caused by soap, dirt, or maybe some small clothes stuck in the machine. Forgetting to remove the laundry in time after the wash cycle. Poor drainage can also cause the washing machine to emanate a foul smell.
How to reduce washing machine foul smell?
Clean the machine well, leave the machine’s doors open if clean tub mode and inbuilt heater are available, use those functions.
If the foul smell persists, mix three tablespoons of water with an equal proportion of baking soda. Make sure this is added to the detergent container and avoid sprinkling into the washing machine directly.
Run the machine in regular wash mode without any laundry. Once the cycle is complete, clean the machine with a dry cloth and keep the machine’s doors open to facilitate the machine to dry.
Price Comparison of Washing Machines
“Here you will find prices of all the products mentioned in this feature”
Whirlpool Fully-Automatic Washing Machine
LG Fully Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine