11 Best Washing Machines in India (2019) – Reviews

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There are only a handful of washing machine brands that rule this space. The most famous brands are LG, Samsung, IFB, Bosch, and Whirlpool. If I were to pick the best fully automatic front loading washing machine in India, I would lean towards LG purely because of very good after sales service. Both IFB and ​Samsung are as good as LG in terms of product but LG edges them out in terms of service. ​Bosch washing machines have excellent build quality but they are somehow not very popular in India. The best top loading washing machine in India would be LG undoubtedly due to its superior service and build quality is similar to IFB (top loading). Samsung and Whirlpool are other contenders especially in top loader. Samsung knows the pulse of the Indian market and has introduced lot of features. Samsung and LG rule the roost in semi-automatic washing machine segment.

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​1. Best Front loading washing machines

Product
Key Features
Our Rating
​1. LG FH0FANDNL02, 6kg
LG Front loading washing machine

1. 6 motion Direct Drive technology ensures better cleaning 


2. Suitable for family of 2 or 3


3. Warranty: 2 years on produt and 10 years on motor


4. Smart Diagnosis lets you to diagnose upto 85 errors

​2. IFB Senorita Aqua SX, 6.5kg
IFB front loading washing machine

1. Cradle wash ensures proper cleaning of even delicate clothes


2. Aqua Energie device converts hard to soft water and ensures better detergent action


3. Suitable for family of 2 or 3 people


4. Laundy Add feature helps you to add clothes even after wash cycle has began

​3.Bosch WAK24268IN, 7kg
Bosch Front loading washing machine

1. Anti vibration, low noise levels and load sensing


2. Variodrum technology ensures clean and gentle wash


3. Suitable for family size of 3-4


4. Warranty: 2 years on product and 10 years on motor


5. e17 and e 13 are common error codes

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​1. LG FH0FANDNL02, 6kg

LG Front loading washing machine

​LG is one of the well known brands along with IFB in the front loader segment. Though Samsung is not far behind either. LG scores with superior service. 

LG revolutionized the motor technology with its inverter direct drive motor. The motor is connected directly to the drum, thus making the belt redundant. The brushless motor has minimum moving parts thus preventing heating up.

It also ensures low noise and efficient washing with optimal power and water. As the motor is able to detect the load, and operates at optimal speed. With the conventional technology operated with belt, it operates at highest efficiency at full speeds. In short, the inverter motor can operate at variable speeds.

LG’s Auto pre-wash helps to remove stains in advance before the actual wash cycle begins. The pre-wash cycle lasts 8 minutes and can be activated with a push of a button.

Most common errors and error codes

OE error is the most common error and it means that water is not draining. First check that the drain hose is not bent or twisted. Next check for clogging in pump filter. Check this video to see how to troubleshoot this error.

PROS
  • ​6 motion direct drive technology ensures noiseless and clean wash
  • ​Turbowash cycle allows for quicker but clean wash cycles saving both energy and water
  • ​Smart diagnosis lets you to diagnose upto 85 errors thus reducing service calls
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    ​Service is top notch in the event you require one
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    ​High rpm available ensuring faster drying time
CONS
  • When the ​Child lock mode is on and if you stop the machine, it does not pick from where it stopped
  • ​OE error is most commonly reported

​2. IFB Senorita Aqua SX, 6.5kg or

​3. IFB Senator Aqua SX, 8 kg

IFB front loading washing machine

IFB was synonymous with front loading washing machine and was perhaps was the most common brand. In fact, my first front loader was IFB which I bought way back in 2006. Back then I did not even realize it is an Indian brand.

However, they are slowly losing on the service front. There are so many complaints against them that they take time to respond. Despite that it is still a popular brand especially in the front loading segment.

There are also customer complaints that the executive who comes for installation tries to cross-sell other products. For instance, it could be anything from descaling powder to hard water filter. Ensure you buy only what you require and not everything that he tries to sell you.

For a list of common errors in IFB front loader please check out this excellent video by Soma Electricals.

PROS
  • ​Cradle wash allows clean washing of delicate clothes such as silk, chiffon etc
  • ​Crescent moon drum has grooves on the drum surface that prevents damage to fabrics
  • ​Laundry add allows you to add missed laundry a rare feature in front loaders
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    ​Aqua Energie is a device that lets the detergent to dissolve better to give softer wash
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    ​Baby wear, a special feature for baby clothes
CONS
  • ​IFB service is going down over the years. Despite good quality product, bad service is affecting the brand

​4. Bosch WAK24268IN, 7kg

Bosch Front loading washing machine

Bosch washing machines have one of the best build quality. Variodrum is its proprietary wave-droplet design. As the drum spins in one direction, the paddle cleans the clothes and when it spins in the opposite direction, the steep side of the paddle continues to clean the clothes.It also reduces crease by giving the laundry more space to move around.  

One thing you should note is Bosch washing machine requires constant water supply at adequate pressure. If this is not possible, then I would suggest you stay away from it. I have seen most complaints arising from this single reason.

​Why are Bosch washing machines not famous in India?

Despite a good build quality, somehow Bosch washing machines are not very famous in India. This could be partly because Bosch is not aggressive in acquiring distributors nor does it advertise heavily. How many Bosch washing adverts have you seen in TV?. Yes, exactly. Not many!

Another reason is the spare parts are quite expensive compared to other brands. However, there are people who swear by Bosch and they claim that repairs are very rare, so this point is redundant. ​Bosch has the image that it caters to premium market and not to mass market.

Most common errors and error codes

Error codes E13 and E17 are quite common errors in Bosch washing machines. E13 ​means water is not draining out or taking too long to empty. This could be most likely due to obstruction or clogging.

While E17 refers to leaking of water and it is getting to bottom of the machine. These two errors occur together sometimes. What makes it tricky is the door gets shut leaving the clothes soaked in an ocean of water.

If you are a DIY person, check out these articles on how to fix them. Trust me it is very hard and I would recommend you call a service technician, especially if the machine is still under warranty.

Bosch Washing Machine Error Codes: E02, E13, E17 and Fix Error Code E17 & E13 Bosch Vision 500 With Aquashield

PROS
  • Anti vibration, low noise levels and load sensing
  • Variodrum technology ensures clean and gentle wash
  • RO+UV+UF
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    1-year warranty for all mechanical and electrical parts, and also for RO and UF membrane. 6 months warranty for sediment, carbon and post-carbon filters
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    ​Value for money if bought online
CONS
  • ​E13 and E17 are common errors reported
  • Not a great offline distribution network
  • ​​Requires adequate water pressure and constant water supply. Else prone to errors

​2. Best Top loading washing machines

Product
Key Features
Our Rating
1. LG  T7281NDDLG, 6.2kg
LG top loading washing machine

1. Anti vibration, low noise levels and load sensing


2. Variodrum technology ensures clean and gentle wash


3. Suitable for family size of 3-4


4. Warranty: 2 years on product and 10 years on motor


5. e17 and e 13 are common error codes

2. Samsung WA60M4100HY, 6kg
Samsung top loading washing machine

1. 6 motion Direct Drive technology ensures better cleaning 


2. Suitable for family of 2 or 3


3. Warranty: 2 years on produt and 10 years on motor


4. Smart Diagnosis lets you to diagnose upto 85 errors

3. Bosch WOE654W0IN, 6.5kg
Bosch top loading washing machine

1. Cradle wash ensures proper cleaning of even delicate clothes


2. Aqua Energie device converts hard to soft water and ensures better detergent action


3. Suitable for family of 2 or 3 people


4. Laundy Add feature helps you to add clothes even after wash cycle has began

1. LG  T7281NDDLG, 6.2kg

LG top loading washing machine

​LG is equally popular in the top loading segment just as it is in the front loading segment. It is equipped with smart inverter motor that ensures less noise, less vibration and less energy consumption. 

Turbo drum enables removal of strong stains with the help of pulsator and water stream that move in opposite directions. As with other LG models, Smart diagnosis lets you to diagnose upto 85 errors thus helping you to troubleshoot common errors.

Some customers are of the opinion that there are no manual programmes available. For instance, you cannot program only part of the cycle for a different time.

While there is also complaints about Air Dry being an additional cycle of 1.5 hours. It is nothing but spinning for additional 1.5 hours. So you should be aware of this especially if you are short on time.

PROS
  • ​Smart inverter motor ensures less noise, less vibration and less energy consumption
  • ​Turbodrum allows the water stream and pulsator to rotate in opposite directions ensuing cleaner wash
  • ​Smart diagnosis lets you to diagnose upto 85 errors thus reducing service calls
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    ​Service is top notch in the event you require one
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    ​​Auto pre-wash allows for removal of tough stains
CONS
  • ​Less flexibility in terms of pre-programmed wash cycles
  • ​OE error is most commonly reported

2. Samsung WA60M4100HY, 6kg

Samsung top loading washing machine

Samsung has been the other Korean giant besides LG who has captured the Indian market with its wide range of products. In fact, in many areas it has matched LG step-to-step in the washing machine area.

It has many innovative features under its belt such as its proprietary Diamond Drum. The drum has diamond shaped ridges and small exit holes. This ensures fabric does not get torn during the wash cycle.

Other features include Eco drum clean cycle, air dry, waterfall technology that delivers water in the tub to ensure proper mixing of detergent. I bought a Samsung top loader for my grandparents few years ago. So far there has been no issues.

Most common errors and error codes

The most common error codes are 4E and 5E. Error 4E (4C) refers to issues with water supply. This could mostly be due to blocked or kinked (bent) hose pipe. 5E (5C) error refers to problems with water draining.

For more details on how to fix these errors, check out Samsung's official website.   ​

PROS
  • ​Diamond drum is Samsung's proprietary ​drum with diamond shaped ridges and small exit holes that are gentle on clothes
  • ​Waterfall technology delivers a powerful spray that allows proper mixing and distribution of detergent
  • ​​Eco tub clean allows for cleaning of drum preventing accumulation of chemicals
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    ​​Air Turbo ensures quick drying 
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    ​​Magic filter removes lint and other dust particles that come out of clothes
CONS
  • ​Though Samsung uses brushless motor, unlike LG it still uses belt and pulley system. More moving parts mean more wear and tear
  • ​4E and 5E are common error types

3. Bosch WOE654W0IN, 6.5kg

Bosch top loading washing machine

​As mentioned for Bosch front loaders, the build quality is excellent. It boasts of Powerwave wash system that combines the pulsator, controls water flow movement and intelligent drum movement to give better wash results. 

​Delay start option lets you to schedule the wash cycle anytime in the next 24 hours.​ Power Off Memory ensures that the wash cycle begins when power is restored in the even of a power failure. 

​One Touch start helps to automatically select a suitable wash program based on the clothes load. Du​al Dispenser allows you to use liquid or powder detergent. 

​While Bosch claims that it works well with low water pressure, I am slightly wary of it. You might have to get this verified based on the water pressure in your house.

Hard water and low water pressure are the most common reasons why Bosch washing machines give trouble to many customers. This is despite having a superior product quality. 


PROS
  • ​Powerwave wash system combines pulsator, water flow movement and drum movement to give better wash results
  • ​One Touch start automatically selects the appropriate wash program based on the load
  • ​Dual dispenser lets you to add liquid or powder detergent
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    ​​Excellent build quality and noiseless compared to other brands even at higher rpm
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    ​Activ Water feature adjusts the quantity of water based on load
CONS
  • ​Does not advertise much, neither has a strong offline distribution network. So your best bet is buy it online. Making comparison with dealers might be avoided
  • ​Some customers claim that the water outlet pipe is bit short, so best to have it installed near bathroom or where outlet is available

​3. Top Semi-automatic washing machines

Product
Key Features
Our Rating

​1. Samsung WT725QPNDMP, 7.2KG​.

Samsung semi automatic washing machine

1. Double Storm, a ​dual jet system that varies the flow of water to move fabrics around the drum.


2. Built-in scrub board allows scrubbing of clothes to remove tough stains


3. Air turbo drying system ensures quicker drying of clothes


4. Buzzer lets you know when each wash cycle is complete


5. Warranty: 2 years on product and 2 years on motor

​2. LG P7550R3FA, 6.5kg
LG semi automatic washing machine

1. Roller Jet pulsator ensures better wash with less friction


2. Collar Scrubber helps you to scruff collars and cuffs


3. Wind Jet Dry helps to dry the clothes faster


4. Rat Away technology helps to keep rat away


5. Higher spin speed and hence also relatively higher noise



​3. Whirlpool Superb Atom, 7kg
Whirlpool semi automatic washing machine

1. Impeller motor allows for clean wash and relatively less noise


2. Super soak technology ensures removal of tough stains


3. Multi utility tray allows for easy sorting and carrying of dry clothes


4. In-built auto restart allows it to continue from where it stopped in the event of power cut


5. Warranty: 2 years on product and 2 years on motor


​1. Samsung WT725QPNDMP, 7.2KG

Samsung semi automatic washing machine

​Samsung clearly leads the pack in the semi-automatic segment. However, I would like to point out that even though Samsung claims this is 7.2kg, there are frequent complaints that the actual size is much smaller. 

Otherwise, it is loaded with features such as a dual jet system that adjusts the flow of water to move the fabrics thoroughly around the drum. It is also equipped with buzzer that lets you know when each step is complete.

As with all semi-automatic machines the noise is on the higher side. There are also complaints that soak option is not available.

PROS
  • ​Double Storm, a ​dual jet system that varies the flow of water to move fabrics around the drum.
  • ​Air turbo drying system ensures quicker drying of clothes
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    ​Buzzer lets you know when each wash cycle is complete
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    ​Built-in scrub board allows scrubbing of clothes to remove tough stains
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    3-wash programs: Normal, intensive and delicate lets you to customize based on the fabric type
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    ​EZ Wash tray has a scrub board for scrubbing and also rinsing the laundry allowing multiple tasks to be accomplished
CONS
  • ​Some customers claim that despite being a 7.2kg washing machine, the drum size is smaller. 
  • ​Some customers ​have mentioned the fact that soak option is not available

​2. LG P7550R3FA, 6.5kg

LG semi automatic washing machine

​Not surprisingly LG gets featured in the semi-automatic segment as well. LG's semi-automatic machines are equipped with rust free plastic base. In fact, the whole body is made of plastic. 

There are 3 wash programs; Gentle, Normal and Strong. The Roller Jet Pulsator removes stains efficiently. The Collar Scrubber helps to scrub cuffs and collar before beginning the wash cycle.

There are in-built wheels, hence you don't have to buy a stand separately. Since the bottom is also plastic, you do not have to worry about rusting.

As with all semi-automatic ones, noise could be on higher side due to vibration. Unfortunately, this is a trade-off one has to live with if buying any semi-automatic.

PROS
  • ​Roller jet pulsator allows proper washing of clothes with minimum friction
  • ​3 wash programs: Gentle, Normal and Strong allowing you to customize
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    ​Rat away technology with chemicals to keep rats away
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    ​Air Dry feature for faster drying of clothes
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    ​Collar Scrubber lets you to scrub tough stains on collars and cuffs
CONS
  • ​As expected from a semi-automatic washing machine noise is on the higher side

3. Whirlpool Superb Atom, 7kg

​4. Whirlpool Superb Atom, ​6/6.2kg

Whirlpool semi automatic washing machine

​Whirlpool has been a household name in India especially in the budget segment. However, over the years, it is punching above its weight by introducing lot of advanced features. 

For instance, it provides impeller motor which makes it relatively less noisy. It comes with an in-built scrubber that helps to give a thorough wash. There is also lint collector to collect lint and dust.

Super soak technology allows continuous soaking and scrubbing for 25 mins, to ensure easy removal of tough stains and dirt. A multi-utility tray allows you to sort and carry dry clothes.

While the noise is relatively less, one drawback is that you need to manually cut off water supply  after wash is over. Otherwise, the water will overflow.

PROS
  • ​Impeller motor allows for clean wash and relatively less noise
  • ​Super soak technology ensures removal of tough stains
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    Multi utility tray allows for easy sorting and carrying of dry clothes
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    ​In-built auto restart allows it to continue from where it stopped in the event of power cut
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    ​Large wash tub with 66L capacity giving enough room for clothes
CONS
  • ​Separate water inlet for wash and rinse. It does not cut off water supply automatically. So you need to manually turn off the water supply else it will overflow

​4. Conclusion

Semi-automatic washing machines are essentially budget machines. It is most suited ​in following cases:

  1. ​You live in an area where there are issues with regular water supply. 
  2. ​You don't have a heavy load but need to wash few clothes frequently
  3. You are under budget and do not want to spend a lot
  4. ​You can't be bothered to spend a lot on maintenance
  5. ​If you do not want lot to remember lot of controls and happy with limited options
  6. If you move cities frequently this is easier to transport. Though they look bulky, they are pretty easy to move around. You also don't have to worry about electronics conking off during transportation.

It is not suitable in some cases:

  1. ​Especially if you aged parents live alone. It could be hard for them to manually move clothes from one tub to another. Remember wet clothes are much heavier
  2. ​If you have space crunch as these models tend to occupy lot of space

Due to the frequent manual intervention people generally prefer fully automatic machines. Within fully automatic segment, top loaders are most popular in India as they fit into the budget of most people.

However, some people prefer front loaders as they have superior performance which also makes them expensive. Having said that, there are mind boggling variety of premium top loaders which give front loaders a run for their money.

​So now, you should be clear about the advantages and disadvantages of these models. Hope this helps you to decide.

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