Automatic Front-Loading Washing Machines – Are they meant for you?

It is easy to believe that all washing machines, particularly those from known and reputed brands, are more or less the same, with only some minor differences in terms of aesthetics, design, appearance, colour , size, etc. So why take stress, right? Right, if you are sure about precisely what specifications you are looking for – top-loading or front-loading, semi automatic or fully automatic, rated capacity, energy efficiency, distinctive features, and so on and so forth. Also, since washing machines can cost anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 80,000, you will want to be sure that you are getting value for your money.

Brands Compared: LG, IFB, Samsung, Godrej, Onida, Bosch, Electrolux, Haeir, Whirlpol, BPL

To begin with, be prepared to be confused by the many claims that brands make. Some claim to be powered by a 6th-sense technology that adjusts water level, wash timings and detergent doses based on fabric type and load, while some others claim to be equipped with hot-wash technology with an inbuilt heater that not only removes tough stains but also eliminates dangerous bacteria from the clothes and protect you from skin diseases. Other features that are claimed by various brands include digital display, rat mesh, child lock, fuzzy logic, easy-to-use control panel, magic lint filter, automatic tub cleaning, express wash, delay start and auto restart.

In many cases it has been observed that when the machine goes out of order, the spare parts of the model are no longer available because a new model has already replaced the earlier one. This is an area that manufacturers should take up as a matter of priority, especially in view of the problems consumers are facing and complaining about. How about designing the washing machines in a way that not only secures the availability of spare parts but also makes the machines easy and cheap to repair?

Parameters Compared

  • Price
  • Size
  • Energy Consumption
  • Capacity
  • Net Weight
  • Warranty
  • Number of wash programs
  • Noise Level

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