Best Front Loading Washing Machine

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Last Updated: February 14, 2018

Looking to get a new washing machine? After nearly 150 hours of research, visiting all major showrooms, speaking to experts and looking at reviews online, we think that the best washing machine for most people is the LG 7.5 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (FH2G6EDNL22).

 

Updates :  

1. We have updated the top picks with the newer models launched by LG and Samsung.

The best Washing Machine in India

 

1. LG 7.5 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (FH2G6EDNL22)

This LG model is one of the best washing machines available in India. It’s has touch controls, is great at washing, removing stains and is energy efficient. The machine has a powerful 1200 rpm spin drive that gets around 70% water out of clothes. The motor has Direct drive technology that is belt-less, makes lesser noise and vibrations. LG also backs their washing machine motors with a 10-year warranty.

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If our LG pick is unavailable or if you wish to see the next best check out the Samsung

2. SAMSUNG 8 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (WW80J4213KW/TL)

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The Samsung is slightly bigger at 8 Kgs and is cheaper than the LG. It loses out on the touch panel and comes with a traditional dial knob and buttons.  The machine has Samsung’s eco bubble technology and is great for washing and removing stains. The powerful  1200 RPM spin drive is great for getting water out of the clothes. While it doesnt have LG’s direct drive technology, the Samsung does come with Digital Inverter technology and matches the LG with a 10 year warranty on the motor and an additional 3 year comprehensive warranty on parts.

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How did we select?

We’ve arrived at our results after nearly 150 hours of research, visiting all major showrooms, speaking to experts and looking at reviews online and speaking to actual owners. While we don’t have a facility to test washing machines side-by-side, we listed down the must-have parameters and then shortlisted the machines. We then cross checked our picks with user reviews, expert opinions, warranty, service centre coverage, etc and arrived at our top-picks.

Our Parameters

  1. Wash quality – The wash quality assessed based on user feedback, the real life washing performance of the machine.
  2. Spin cycle speed (RPM) – The higher the RPM the better the drying.
  3. Hot water – Hot water helps getting cleaner clothes, fights stubborn stains and also removed residual detergent after wash.
  4. Warranty and service – Generally a washing machine is a long term buy. We gave extra points to companies willing to give 10 year warranties on motors.

Why should I buy a Front loading Washing machine ?

Everyone in India has a top load and they seem to be happy with it! Right ? Wrong. You shouldn’t buy a top loading washing machine according to every bit of research that we did. Stay away especially from the  top-loader with a pole agitator which slowly pulls parts your clothes. The newer top loaders are much better, however not as good as the front loaders.

The main reasons are:

1. You get a better wash with Front loaders

2. Slightly warm water helps in removing dirt from clothes easily. Many Front loaders have hot water wash so you don’t need to put hot water separately

3. Top loaders usually spin at 500-600 RPM and front loaders like the ones we have chosen go up to 1200 RPM. This means your clothes come out with less water and almost dry. This reduces drying time.

4. Front loaders are quieter and you don’t have the loud noise while the machine is on like the top loaders.

 

Should I get a separate dryer or a washer-dryer combo ? 

It is said that hang drying your clothes are the best way to maintain clothes. However if you cannot hang dry, get a separate dryer. A combo washer dryer simply is not good enough and you’ll find yourself still wanting to dry clothes by hanging atleast for some time. Also take note that usually the drying capacity is only half of the washing capacity – So if its a 8kg washer, it can dry only 4 kg at a time. What do you do with the rest ? Hang dry them of course 🙂

 

What capacity  should I buy ?

Generally a bigger washing machine means you need to wash lesser. A normal benchmark would be – For a family of 3 – go for 6 -7 Kgs and For a family of 4, go for 7-8 Kgs

A  7kg washing machine would be enough for : As normally used: (clothes) 2 pairs of adult jeans; 1 pair of children’s jeans; 3 shirts and (household items)2 bed sheets; 2 pillowcases; 3 dish towels; and 3 small towels.

Since these machines are expected to last for 10 years or more, we think a 7 – 8 kg should be an ideal size for most small families. A 6 – 6.5 Kg kg means you’ll end  up washing 3 times a week. Since you’ll be looking at staying with the washing machine for atleast 10 years, the bigger the better.

 

The best washing machine for most people

 

1. LG 7.5 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (FH2G6EDNL22)

 

This LG model is one of the best washing machines available in India. It’s has touch controls, is great at washing, removing stains and is energy efficient. The machine has a powerful 1200 rpm spin drive that gets around 70% water out of clothes. The motor has Direct drive technology that is belt-less, makes lesser noise and vibrations. LG also backs their washing machine motors with a 10-year warranty.


The Lg comes with a highly efficient washing system that they call the 6 Motion Direct Drive technology which combines the force of water and the rhythm and direction of the motion of the drum to cater to all kinds of washing needs. The machine gives you options to select the washing type and you can choose the type of fabric & the dirt levels. Once selected the machine automatically changes the settings of the water temperature, the spin cycle speeds, etc. This ensures lesser damage and tangling while giving you cleaner clothes. The warm water rinse also ensures that clothes have no detergent residue. The spin cycle goes upto 1200 RPM and manages to remove about 70 percent water from your clothes. Many quick dry material t-shirts etc come almost fully dry.

The machine comes with an Inverter Direct Drive Technology wherein the motor is directly attached to the drum. It does not use a belt or pulley that is found in most washing machines. This ensures that energy is not wasted and also leads to minimal noise and vibration ,durability, energy saving and better washing performance.

LG has given the interface an overhaul and the new buttons are fully touch. This makes the machine look very sleek and sophisticated as compared to the earlier models with physical buttons. The controls are fully loaded. There are simple and useful additional modes like the Rinse Hold , Quick wash, Pre wash and Intensive Wash which are all handy. It also has a tub clean function that uses hot steam with high spin speed to sterlize the tub. A typical wash cycle takes around 90 minutes and hence the Quick wash mode with 30 minutes wash is handy for lesser clothes. The machine is silent enough and does not make much noise even when spinning at full throttle.

As for capacity, we think 7.5 kg is the perfect sweet spot.

Lg also proved the direct drive motor a 10 year warranty. The other parts such as electronics etc are covered by a comprehensive 2-year warranty. LG has a  proven service track record and we have heard only good things about it.

 

2. SAMSUNG 8 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (WW80J4213KW/TL)

This Samsung 8Kg is one of the best top-end, feature-rich washing machines. The Samsung is slightly bigger at 8 Kgs and is cheaper than the LG. It loses out on the touch panel and comes with a traditional dial knob and buttons.  The machine has Samsung’s eco bubble technology and is great for washing and removing stains. The powerful  1200 RPM spin drive is great for getting water out of the clothes. While it doesnt have LG’s direct drive technology, the Samsung does come with Digital Inverter technology and matches the LG with a 10 year warranty on the motor and an additional 3 year comprehensive warranty on parts.

 

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Samsung’s Eco-bubble technology lets you save energy by washing large loads at low temperatures. The bubbles helps the detergent penetrate the clothes quickly and removes dirt easily. There are easy to use presets in the machine that allow you to set the mode based on the type of fabric. The washing machine automatically selects the temperature and time and with the selection of a few buttons you are good to go.

Samsung also provides you an Intensive Stain Removal mode which soaks the clothes in bubbles, so any hard to remove dirt or stain is loosened and removed effectively. There is also a quick-wash mode which completes in just 15 minutes – very helpful for washing less soiled clothes.

The spin cycle goes upto 1200 RPM and manages to remove about 70 percent water from your clothes.

The motor is a digital inverter motor which is brushless, so it runs much cooler — and uses less energy. While it is not a belt-less design like the LG, we found the Samsung to be quiet enough. Samsung also backs its motor with a 10 year warranty – like LG. In addition Samsung also gives a 3 Year Comprehensive warranty and a 10 Year warranty on the Eco Bubble Generator.

Samsung has a good coverage with service centres across India and it we think this kind of warranty makes this model stand apart from the rest.

 

What about other models  ? 

Spend less, and the maximum capacities shrink. There are options in 6kg, 6.5 kg and 7kg. The spin cycles are weaker, so more water stays in the clothes before you thang them to dry.

If you want a smaller washing machine 

1. LG 6.5 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (FH0G6WDNL22)



Offers the same features and performance as our top pick with the touch panel, the Direct Drive Inverter motor and the 10 year warranty. Main differences are the lesser 6.5 kg capacity and a lesser spin-speed of 1000 RPM.

 

2. SAMSUNG 6.5 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine (WF650B0STWQ/TL)



If you are ok with a 6.5 kg washing machine, opt for the Samsung WF650B0STWQ/TL. Although the machine doesn’t have Samsung’s Eco Bubble technology, it does have its Inverter technology. The spin speed of 1000-RPM and performs well. Samsung backs it up with a 3 year comprehensive warranty on parts and a 10 Year warranty on the motor.

 

Other picks which fall short

 

4. Bosch WAK24168IN Fully-automatic Front-loading Washing Machine (7 Kg, Grey)

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A best-seller on Amazon, this washing machine is very highly rated by users. A 7 kg washing machine with a powerful 1200 RPM spin cycle, there are no performance complaints from the machine at all .Users are praising the built quality and the water saving features of the product.

However the product only comes with  a 2 year warranty. A far-cry from  the 10 years that LG and Samsung are providing. Also they do not have an extensive service network like Samsung or LG.

5. IFB 8 kg Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine(Senator Aqua SX)

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The IFB washing machine comes highly rated on several sites and is a bestseller. The specifications are great and it has over 10 modes and a 1400 RPM spin cycle. The price is very attractive and it gives an 8kg capacity for what is the price of  6 kg otherwise.

However  compared to the LG which has Direct Drive and Samsung with Digital Inverter technology; both of which has 10 year warranties, the IFB comes with  a 4 year motor warranty.  Also we have seen lots of complaints regarding the after sales service quality of IFB and its affiliates. There are several reports of the machine installers asking buyers to buy unnecessary accessories and pay more. Our recommendation is to skip.

Side Note – We found that there is a perception that IFB is a foreign brand. Thats incorrect. IFB is an acronym for Indian Fine Blanks Ltd and started making washing machines in association with Bosch. However, today they are not associated.

 

 

 

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