If you are someone who buys appliances after looking at online reviews or counting the number of times it was sold, chances are you will end up with an average product. When it comes to washing machines, this approach can land you in deep waters. There are so many types of washing machines available, each serving its own purpose, and buying the right one requires more than just reading reviews.
Washing machines come in various types, load capacities, and additional features. Knowing the right fit washing machine depends on the size of the family, and the ease of use that you expect from the appliance. For small families, there are a number of factors to consider when shopping around for the perfect machine.
1. Ease of Use
Top-loading washing machines are normally more convenient since you don’t have to bend over to load or unload your clothes. This makes it an ideal buy for families with seniors or those with joint issues. Top loaders also have other convenient features, such as the ability to add clothes mid-cycle, or right after starting the cycle since the door doesn’t lock. They can also collect lint and distribute fabric softeners better than front-loading washing machines. So,
if ease of use is your main concern, it’s recommended that you buy a top-loading fully automatic washing machine.
2. Cleanest Results
Top-loading machines can be rough on clothes, especially if the machine is overloaded. Front-loaders are much gentler, therefore giving your clothes a smoother wash by evenly distributing the detergent. Top-loaders also have a difficult time washing large items, such as pillows and comforters because they cannot be fully immersed in water. This makes front load washers the best option with the cleanest results.
3. Water Efficiency
Front-load fully automatic washing machines are more energy and water-efficient than top-loaders. Front-loaders use 40% less water than the average top-loading machine. If you live in an area with water scarcity, or you’re just conscious about using more water, front-load washers are the ones for you.
4. Wash Speed
Front-loading washers with an agitator tend to wash clothes faster than front-loading washing machines because clothes are constantly immersed in water. Though there is an exception to the rule since there are two main types of top-loader machines — one that has an agitator and one that uses an impeller. An agitator is a mechanism within a washer that creates motion by shaking and forcing water throughout the machine. Top-loading washing machines with agitators typically wash quicker but are rougher on your clothes. Top-loaders without agitators that are called high-efficiency machines are gentler on your clothes, allowing them to last longer. They also handle larger loaders better and use less water.
5. Effective Spin Cycle
During the final spin cycle, front-loading washing machines spin about 33% faster than top-loaders. This means that more water will be removed from the clothes before you take them out. One drawback is that the spin cycle causes many front-loading washers to vibrate, making noise that many people would rather avoid. Even so, front-load washers are recommended for their high spin speed.
6. Installation Flexibility
Front-loading washing machines have the ability to be stacked up with a dryer, which is a great option if you have limited space or want to maximize storage. Nowadays, with its popularity, many washers and dryers are being built to have stacking capabilities. Even the larger units that might seem oversized can be managed within a small space.
7. Value and Pricing
Front-loading washers are typically more expensive but justifiably so. They give a more quality wash and are more energy and water-efficient than top-loaders. India’s second-biggest water expense comes from washing machines. Front-loading washers can cut this consumption down. The average front-loading washing machine uses 40% less water than the average top-loading washing machine, according to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Although the upfront cost of a front-loader is more, in the long run, the total ownership cost evens out.
There are numerous benefits of either type of washing machine. Your choice should ideally depend on various factors discussed above. On most parameters, front-loading washing machines outperform their top-loading counterparts. However, keep in mind that front-loaders will be anywhere between 20-40% more expensive. So, if the price is an issue, and you don’t want to make compromises, consider a no-cost EMI purchase at the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store. You can easily split the cost of your favorite appliance into easy monthly installments. The EMI Store is home to some of the top brands in the country with guaranteed 24-hour doorstep delivery. Now you never have to bother about the high cost of appliances and choose your dream products.