Washing machines can be a significant investment, so we always want to be sure that, when we purchase a new machine, we are getting an exceptional value for money - it’s the matic Mom way! Washing machines come in all different shapes, sizes, and price ranges, and although it’s very tempting to opt for the least expensive model, it’s important not to compromise on functionality or usability.
Semi-automatic washing machines are very common in India due to their low prices, but it’s important to remember that they do have their limitations. Many matic Moms who lead busy lifestyles are now opting for fully automatic washing machines which cost a little more, but which also take the stresses, strains, and hassles out of laundry day. Would an automatic washing machine suit you and your family? Let’s find out.
If you were raised to hand wash your clothes, it can be a bit nerve wracking learning how to machine wash clothes, which is why many mums opt for a semi-automatic machine. A semi-automatic washing machine is a sort of middle ground between hand washing and fully automated machine washing as it still requires manual input - you’ll need to add clean water, drain dirty water, and transfer your clothing to a separate tub for spinning and drying - sounds tiring, doesn’t it? Who has time for all that?
One reason why the fully automatic washing machine is making waves in India is because it’s so easy. Simply add your clothes and your detergent, adjust the settings, and the machine will do all the hard work for you, leaving you with more time to play with the kids, prepare dinner, or just sit back and relax with a cup of tea.
Choice of Front or Top Loading
Semi-automatic washing machines are always top loading - this is so that water can be added and drained without the risk of flooding the laundry room. There are many advantages of top loading washing machines, such as the ability to add more clothing after the cycle has started, but many mums find front loading machines to be better for them.
When opting for a fully automatic machine, you’ll have the choice of a top loading or front loading machine. Front loading machines can be stacked on top of another appliance to help save space at home, and they use less water and power, making them more energy efficient and helping to reduce household bills.
Fully automatic washing machines are obviously much more complex inside, and they contain many more parts than a semi-automatic machine. This, of course, makes them heavier. You might think that this is a bad thing (especially when you’re dragging it from room to room trying to figure out where it will fit best!), but heavier washing machines are actually much less likely to suffer from damage, meaning they can last for much longer.
Lighter washing machines can move about a lot during the vigorous spin cycle, which could damage the casing and create a potentially dangerous environment. Heavier, fully automatic machines, on the other hand, rarely move and, if they do, they can be sat in a base to keep movements to an absolute minimum.
Which is the Best Fully Automatic Washing Machine?
When it comes to washing machines, there is no ‘best’ – the term is subjective, and what is best for one family may not be best for another. A great way to find a washing machine to suit your requirements and preferences is to shop around, or to use Surf excel’s handy Washing Machine Comparison Guide.
One piece of advice, from one matic Mom to another, however, is always choose a washing machine that’s manufactured by a well-known brand, such as Samsung, Siemens, Godrej, IFB, or Bosch, for example. When buying from these renowned brands, you can be sure that you’ll not only be getting the highest quality machinery and the latest technology, but that you’ll also benefit from excellent aftercare should you require help using your machine.