Washing Machine- Managing daily choresBuying Guides in Washing Machines

Washing machine is becoming more and more a need with washing becoming a weekly affair due to limited availability of time. We can select amongst loads of washing machines available, based on size of our family, type of machine and price we have in mind. Thankfully the categories aren't too tedious to choose from.

Types of washing machine:

A semi-automatic- As the name suggests, it will involve some manual work. For one thing, these are top loading twin tub machines where the washer and the dryer are separate units. So, we have the task of loading and unloading a couple of extra times.

A fully automatic- These are on the other hand, can be either front or top loading, and only require us to load the dirty laundry and unload them after the wash. It goes without saying that a semi-automatic is cheaper than the fully automatic machine.

Our usage pattern (how often we will use the machine and type of clothes we will wash) will determine the type of washing machine we should buy. For instance, if we wash very often then a machine with a stainless steel drum is a good investment. These are slightly expensive but are more durable in the longer run. However, if we don't use the machine too often then the high-grade plastic tubs will suffice. These won't cost us as much. Also, if our wash includes a host of different materials then a machine with more wash programmes like soak, mild, delicate, wool, etc will be a worthy investment. Of course, the prime criterion as always is the bite it will take out of our pocket.

Mention are some essential factors that affect our buying decision:

Wash Load

The wash load is the amount of clothes that the washing machine can handle at a time. It is the maximum weight (in Kilograms) of dry clothes the machine can hold in a single cycle. Home-use washing machines in India have a range of 3 kgs to 10 kgs. For a family of two or those living alone, a 3 kg machine is more than sufficient, however, a bigger family will need a bigger capacity machine. Even a family of four, especially with small children will require a high-capacity washing machine as children go through several pairs of clothing in a single day. A rough statistic explains: for those who wash clothes three times a week, depending on the family size will need a washing machine that is 3 kgs if you are 2 members, 4 to 6 kgs if you are 4 members, and above 6 kgs if you are 6 members. Accordingly, the price of the machine will be Rs 3,000 and above, Rs 5,290 and above, and Rs 6,500 and above respectively.

Other Features

Auto Restart

If the wash process is interrupted due to power failure, this feature restarts the machine from the point when the cycle was interrupted. This saves us from the trouble of restarting as well as reprogramming the machine and is particularly useful for areas facing frequent power cuts.

Automatic Drainage

Automatic drainage is very useful, as it saves us the bother of walking up to the machine to push the drain button. Also, automatic drainage ensures clothes don't soak in water unnecessarily once the wash cycle is over. This feature is quite common in automatic machines and not so common in semi-automatic machines.

Child Lock

This will not accept any program changes without the authorized code. It is a very handy feature to have, if you have ever-curious tiny tots at home. To avoid miss-happenings or hassles with the working of washing machine in the presence of children at home, this feature would be of great help.

Hot Water Wash

High-end washing machines come with the hot wash option. Here the machine washes clothes in steaming hot water. It comes handy for washing extremely murky clothes. This feature is usually found in fully automatic machines.

Wash Load Sensor

High-end washing machines have sensors that are able to programme, modify the wash cycles and help balance the machine in case of overload on any one side due to entangled fabric, etc. In the absence of a similar sensor, we may find that our machine hop and shake at times due to an imbalance of the load inside. If we generally have a huge wash load, chances are that the clothes might get entangled.

Plastic Tub or Steel Tub

The top end models have stainless steel tubs. Plastic tubs are also an option that will last the life of the machine. Some tubs are made of porcelain-coated steel, which can deteriorate if the porcelain chips.

Energy and Water Saving

It's always good to look for machines, which can help us save water and energy. In this case, front loaders would be the best choice for us because they consume less energy and water when compared to top loading machines.

Therefore, depending upon the above mentioned tips, one can certainly hop in the store and get the best suitable washing machine for them. These tips not even will help him/her clarifies any doubt about the product but will also make it a best buy.