Washing Machine Buying Guide in India for 2024

Do you want to replace your old washing machine with a new one? However, with so many choices, buying a new one can be quite confusing. But, do not be afraid as our comprehensive guide will take you through everything that you need to know to find the right washing machine for your home and lifestyle.

According to the reports by ‘Statista’ in 2024, the Washing Machines market in India recorded revenue of US$4.46bn. Semi-automatic washing machines make up the largest market share of 45%, followed by fully automatic top-load washing machines making up a market share of 40%. Moreover, online purchases of washing machines in urban India account for about 35% today. Energy efficiency is a key factor, with more than 80% of consumers mostly seeking a 3-star or better-rated model.

Currently, the average price of washing machines in India stands between ₹30,000 to ₹80,000 and more for front-load variants. As you might already know that the market is led by top brands such as Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Bosch, IFB.

If you understand the factors that you must consider while buying a washing machine you can easily make the right shopping decision. Keeping the same in mind our research team spent weeks studying minutely into all aspects and compiled a guide for your convince.

In this guide, we will present all the key factors in detail to provide you with all the necessary data to choose the best model of the washing machine according to your laundry needs, preferences, and budget. So, let’s get started!

Things to Know When Buying a Washing Machine in India

01. Type (top load, front load, and semi-automatic):

The first major decision that you will have to make is between the top load, the front load, and the semi-automatic washing machine.
In India, top-load washing machines are the most popular, constituting about 75% of the market. These machines have the drum standing upright, and the clothes are loaded through the top lid. Top load machines are in general cheaper with less complicated controls and wash programs. 

Lg front load washinng machine in a store
Lg front load washinng machine in a store
LG Top loading washing machine in a store
LG Top loading washing machine in a store

They consume more water per wash cycle compared with front-load models. Top load machines can be either semi-automatic, where you have to manually fill water and move clothes between wash and spin cycles, or fully automatic where the machine handles these tasks automatically.

The front load washing machines place the laundry drum horizontally, and you put clothes through the door in the front. Front-load machines are costlier, but they are more water and energy-efficient. They also have faster spin speeds that reduce the drying time. The tumbling is softer, which makes front loaders more suitable for the delicates. Front load models tend to have more wash programs and settings.

When deciding between top load and front load, take into account budget, laundry requirements, water availability, and efficiency requirements. The front-load machines are the best for everyday laundry and gentle fabric care. The other option is top load models which are more cost-effective for occasional or smaller laundry loads.

02. Capacity:

Besides, the volume of the washing machine that is measured in kilograms (kg) should be taken into account based on the number of people in your family and the average amount of laundry.

In India, washing machines typically vary from 6kg for individual or couple users doing small loads, to 10kg for large families with heavy daily laundry. Some high-end models can go as high as 12kg or more.

As a general guideline:

  • 6kg models are for 1-2 persons.
  • 7kg models are suitable for couples or groups of 3-4.
  • The 8kg capacity can wash clothes for 3-5 individuals.
  • For large families of 5+ members, 10kg models are perfect.

Choose a machine with a slightly larger capacity than what you currently need because your laundry loads will probably increase in the future. The drum size should be large enough to hold bulky items such as blankets and bed sheets easily.

On the other hand, massive machines will consume more water and power. Therefore, strike a compromise between capacity and efficiency in your home. Overloading the machine will result in poor wash performance and will overstrain the motor.

Take your lifestyle into consideration, washing frequency, fabric types, and future growth into account when determining the optimal capacity washing machine for your needs. Choose a size that caters to your laundry needs without wasting resources.

03. Wash features and programs:

The modern washer has several wash programs and features that can handle different fabrics and washing needs.
The basic wash programs consist of normal cotton wash, gentle or delicate wash, colour wash, and quick wash ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour. Specialized programs such as woollens, sarees, jeans, baby clothes, antibacterial wash, etc. are available in the higher-end models.

LG top loading washing machine's washing programm menu settings
LG top loading washing machine’s washing programm menu settings

Some useful features to consider are preset timers to delay start, memory backup to continue the wash cycle after a power failure, child lock for safety, waterfall/shower rinse for better rinsing, air bubble wash for gentle cleaning, and foam control.

Most of the new machines also have automatic load sensing to regulate the water levels and detergent dosage according to the load size. Steamwash and built-in heaters assist in getting rid of stubborn stains.

The high-end models have smart diagnosis that allows detection of problems before they occur as well as smart app connectivity that allows remote monitoring of cycles.

Think of which fabrics you often launder and what your main laundry requirements are – whether these include tackling difficult stains, hygienic washing, or gentle treatment for fine items. Selecting a machine with suitable programs and functionalities that align with your use demands can help in simplifying and improving the washing process.

User reviews can also provide a valuable perspective on how useful various wash programs are in practice when deciding on a purchase.

04. Energy Rating:

Energy efficiency is one of the most important factors in the case of appliances such as a washing machine. Considering the increasing price of electricity, an energy-efficient washing machine can result in huge savings in the long run.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in India rates washing machines from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the most energy efficient. 3-star is the new minimum, but choosing models with 4 or 5-star ratings can give even greater savings. An average 5-star washing machine uses about 30% lesselectricity than a 3-star machine.

LG Washing Machine with 5 star energy rating
LG Washing Machine with 5 star energy rating

The higher the star rating, the less water and energy-efficient wash programs, motors and spin cycles. Energy-saving features such as replacing hot water wash with built-in heaters, high spin speeds of 1000 RPM and more to extract more water and reduce drying time, load sensing and auto adjustment of wash time and water based on load size are some of the key ones.

Therefore, verify the BEE star rating before purchase. The higher the rating, the less you will pay on the electricity bill in the long run.

05. Water Consumption:

The amount of water used by a washing machine for a wash cycle can range from 50 to 150 litres on average. Another factor to consider is water efficiency, especially in areas where water is scarce.

LG Top load washing machine with Jet spray feature for water saving
LG Top load washing machine with Jet spray feature for water saving

As a whole, front-load washing machines use less water than top-load machines. For instance, a 6kg front load machine may only consume between 40-60 litres per cycle, while a top-load machine of the same size may use up to 100+ litres per use.

Before making the decision, verify the product specifications to determine the water use in litres for different wash programs. Water usage is also enhanced by auto load adjustment, pressure sensors, and water recirculation features.

06. Noise Levels:

The washing machine is a household device that operates for hours each day; therefore, noise is an essential factor in terms of comfort and convenience. Quieter models incorporate features such as foam insulation, quiet motors, and vibration dampeners to reduce operational noise. The noise rating is measured in decibels (dB). 

The quietest performance can be achieved with models with noise levels lower than 55 dB.
Some of the operations such as the spin cycle are noisy. 

Therefore, select a machine that maintains noise levels at the minimum over functions, but does not cut short on the wash performance.

07. Smart Connectivity Features:

The washing machines have evolved to higher levels in the recent past and are now offering smart connectivity through Wi-Fi and app integration for added convenience and control.
Key smart features to look for include:

LG 10 Kg washing machine with wi-fi control
  • Remote control – Start, stop, or watch wash cycles from your smartphone. Useful if you are away from home.
  • Wash cycle tracking – Apps that allow you to monitor and adjust various wash cycles and notify you when a cycle ends.
  • Troubleshooting – The smart diagnosis features enable early detection of faults and quick fixes via the app.
  • Energy monitoring – Monitor electricity and water usage per wash. Helps optimize usage.
  • Voice assistant – Control your washer via Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled devices using voice commands.

Although these connectivity features may need some extra investment, they may have some useful functionality and upgrades during the life span of your machine.

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08. Budget:

The price of a washing machine in India can be as low as Rs 5000 for basic models and Rs 50000 for premium fully automatic front-load machines with smart features. It is also important to set a range of budget before you start shopping.
As a general estimate:

  • Semi-automatic top load: ₹5,000 – ₹10,000
  • Fully automatic top load: ₹10,000 – ₹25,000
  • Front load: ₹25,000 – ₹50,000

Although there are high-end washing machines that provide more efficiency, features, and performance, you can find good quality budget and mid-range options from reputed brands as well.

Create a list of essential features and watch for promotions. If you can stretch your budget slightly to accommodate better energy ratings or more functionality, then be flexible. A good washing machine can serve you for 10-15 years. Therefore, look at it as a long-term investment.

09. Brand Reputation and After-Sales Service:

Staying with a known reliable brand will bring comfort, particularly when it comes to a big appliance such as a washing machine. Some of the top brands in India are Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Bosch, IFB, Godrej, etc.

Go online and compare customer reviews and ratings of various models. Reputed brands also enjoy a wider authorized service network spread across India in case the need arises for repairs. Most of them also provide extended warranties.

Do not take into account the upfront purchase price only. Long-term costs are also affected by after-sales service quality. Dependable brands minimize the possibility of regular breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Tips for using a Washing Machine:

Following are some useful tips on how to use and maintain your washing machine so that it can last for years and years and be your washing partner:

  • Refer to the manual and adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines on use, maintenance, and care. This will give specific directions for your model.
  • Do not overload the machine. Overfilling puts pressure on the motor and mechanical parts. Use the suggested load size for each wash cycle.
  • Distribute the weight of heavy items such as jeans to equalize the load. Unbalanced loads can lead to vibration and wear.
  • Clean the washing machine regularly. Clean the drum, dispensers, gaskets and door to prevent the growth of mould or mildew. Once a month, run a hot wash cycle using bleach or a cleaning agent.
  • Keep the door open in between washes to allow evaporation of moisture and prevent mildew.
  • Use the right amount of detergent. Excessive use of detergent leaves a residue that leads to buildup and clogs.
  • Do not slam the door and close it carefully ensuring that you will not hurt the latch mechanism.
  • The water inlet filters should be cleaned frequently. Pressure problems may arise due to clogged filters.
  • Set the right settings for the type of laundry. The cycles are meant for different fabrics and soils.
  • Do laundry every day of the week. Small loads are washed to reduce the amount of wear and tear.
  • Before cleaning or maintenance, disconnect the machine. Always disconnect the power first.
  • Ensure the machine is level. An unbalanced unit can vibrate, create noise, and wear out parts.

Pros and cons of owning a Washing Machine:

The popularity of washing machines in India has taken a hike in recent years, as it make washing clothes so effortless. However, even such great invention also has limitations. Our research team strongly believes that buyers should know the product’s pros and cons to make the right decision. So, in this section, we will highlight the major pros and cons of owning a washing machine and place them side by side, so that you can understand if it fits your requirements or not. 

Pros of Owning a Washing MachineCons of Owning a Washing Machine
Washing machine eliminates the need for manual washing of clothes. Simply load the clothes, add detergent, and press the start button. It uses hot water, detergents and mechanical action to make clothes cleaner than hand washing. Besides, this allows for better elimination of bacteria, germs and odours.
It uses electricity to operate and requires a constant flow of water. This adds to utility bills, a major issue in summer.

Water in many parts of India has a high mineral content and is hard water. This may result in scale deposits within the machine.
Some of the latest models are fully automatic and very easy to use. All you have to do is touch a button and it will wash, rinse and spin dry your clothes.Water in many parts of India has high mineral content and is hard water. This may result in scale deposits within the machine.
The rotating movement of a washing machine drum is softer on fabrics than hand beating or rubbing clothes on rocks. This extends the life of clothes. 
The machine cleans clothes more uniformly as compared to hand washing.  

Expert opinion:

To purchase a washing machine in India, it is important to take your budget, family size, and the kind of clothes that will be washed into consideration. Front-loading machines are more water and energy efficient consuming about 30-40 liters per wash while top-loaders have higher capacities about 50-100 liters. It is recommended to choose a well-known brand such as LG, Samsung or Whirlpool that provides long warranties of up to 10 years and good customer service. Their prices are most likely to fall between ₹10,000 for a standard semi-automatic and ₹90,000 for a top-end fully automatic machine.


Well, that is all we have to offer. We hope our detailed guide will help you find the best washing machine for your specific needs and budget! While composing this guide of team of researchers spent weeks to ensure that you get all the information you need to make a well-informed decision when buying your new washing buddy.

But, you must note that initially, the choice of a model can look challenging. However, if you break it down step-by-step consider your unique needs, and consider the types, features, brands and prices, this process will become more straightforward.
We hope with this guide’s tips, you will be able to navigate the options with confidence. Balance the advantages and disadvantages, conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis and choose the perfect washer that maximizes efficiency, comfort and fabric protection for your family. 

Madhurima Dhar

Madhurima Dhar

Madurima Dhar is an electronic appliances expert with over 10 years of reviewing refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges and more. Her expertise lies in large appliance efficiency, performance and ergonomics. Madurima has conducted hundreds of real-life appliance tests in her state-of-the-art home lab to give impartial, thoroughly-researched advice to consumers. Her appliance reviews have been posted on popular websites such as Engadget.com and Techradar.com. She has done B.Tech in Electronics and Telecommunication on appliance energy testing from MVJ College of Engineering, Bangalore. Apart from testing or reviewing the latest ground-breaking appliances for The Readers Time, she likes to travel the world and visit new destinations. Her adventures are usually what inspire her to write. Armed with her rich hands-on testing background and passion to offer reliable advice, Madurima now stands out as a powerful opinion leader in the appliance industry, speaking for both consumers and brands.

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