hi satish Before somebody goes around shopping for any product, getting conversant with some ‘technical terms’ will stand him or her in good stead. Industry-specific, equipment-specific jargons are floating around all the time and it pays to understand clearly what each term stand for and mean. Before evaluation of different models of WM is done, some annotation of “washing-machine-jargons” is perhaps in order. The true import of various words mean to differentiate product features, like “Fully-automatic, semi-automatic etc” (is there a non-automatic?) needs some clarification.
To start with, lets recapitulate ourselves the different wash stages and respective wash parameters (given in itallics) from knowledge of traditional washing; mind you, this all of us KNOW and DO sub-consciously. Defining them for present context only merits the efforts. Lets take them in the logical order.
1. Quantity of clothes to be washed (say measured in kgs of dry weight) appears the main aspect when one sets off to wash. There seems to be gross agreement on this score, with most domestic models designed to handle 4-8 kgs of clothes per session.
2.Next comes Soaking (time of soak) with water and soap together; soap could be flakes, powder or even liquid. All models are alike in this aspect too. There is an option to use water as it comes on the tap or heat it up a little say upto 40°-100°C. The choice of when to use hot water however is selectable if one wishes to. Most ‘intelligent’ or ‘fully-automatic’ machines simply use a rule-of-thumb-that is… hot water only for cottons & highly soiled wash load. However, many WM do not bundle this option in the entry or even mid-range models. Cost of heating coils, electricals, controls etc jack up the price by a cool Rs.3000 or higher. This hot water is used only for initial soaking and subsequent stages use only ambient water.
3.Next is Agitation with water and soap (as to methods we hear of tumbling or rotation or turbo-wash, straight & contra-rotation, and combinations thereof. Simpler models do just one action, may be rotate (top loading models) or tumble (front loading models). Some shape-profiling and contouring of the drum and/or the rotary drive give rise to additional motion effects to the soaked clothes along with soap-water, which improves the washing (mixing) effect.
Additionally some models permit combinations of basic steps like plain agitation, agitation-drain-agitation again, soap once-agitate-drain-soap again-agitate, soak-tumble-spin-tumble-rinse etc. These are meant to address varying extents dirt-load and toughness of clothes. While cotton clothes are considered tough & rugged, clothes made of nylon, polyester, woolen & silk are considered more delicate, and in that order. Parameters could be number & time-duration of soak/agitation and number of stages of combination steps.
4. Rinsing: After draining the soap-water that has hopefully dislodged all the dirt from clothes by now, rinsing is done. Most machines pump out the soap water; that is they do not depend on gravitational pull for draining the spent water. Fresh water is taken in and once again the same agitation-rotation or tumbling or whatever is repeated, of course without soap in rinsing. Often this is done a more rapidly than washing. Soap-froth laden water is thrown out at the end of rinse cycle. To ensure complete removal of soap the rinsing is repeated. Most machines have minimum two rinse cycles. Some even have five. This is again a stage where water is consumed in large quantities. Paradoxically hard or saline waters need fewer rinsing cycles than soft water to get rid of the soap-froth. Some machines have a combination here too. Rapid spin (causes squeezing effect) along side rinsing & reverse-spin to promote un-coiling of clothes are some value-additions that we get to have. Here again, the sales-person would mostly not know and hence could not tell you all these details. (that’s precisely I set about writing this post) Please ask your friend, host or demo-person to let you observe (yes.., you might need to spend some one hour or two to fully appreciate all these action).
5. Spin-drying: This is the last stage, when all the water content is squeezed out by the centrifugal action of the fast-rotating drum. Speed & time are essential in this aspect. Typically 300 rpm to 1000 rpm is the range of domestic machines. Higher speed could mean ‘effective squeezing’ AND perhaps also ‘higher maintenance’ costs. Because the force the drum body experiences and the frictional-load on bearings etc increase phenomenally with faster rotational speeds. Slow rotation does not mean dripping clothes either. One user tells it is better to have the clothes a little wet at the end, before they are put up for ‘drying’ in the clothes’ line or on hangers for air-drying; a smart swish & tug helps to get rid of wrinkles, I was told. Too dry at the machine leaves the clothes with permanent wrinkles making ironing (pressing) mandatory. Well air-drying is recommended and necessary with all Indian models. Some full-fledged driers have also come into the market. That’s separate matter.
Most machines allow no interruptions during the above processes; doors are locked and could be opened only after wash cycle is over. This is more strictly enforceable in front loading machines. Most machines also give audible sound alarm to let you know the completion. A lot of lint from clothes, solid suds or coins from pocket etc is usually collected at the strainer before the pump inlet. This is cleanable; the user is urged to check this occasionally.
Finally all washing machines will need some gentle wiping dry & cleaning; let the doors-ajar for a brief while to ensure stench-free operations subsequently. well i had whirpool white magic semi automatic WM.I am very happy with the working of it.It washes very well & also spinning work is good.
i suggest you to buy the -- SAMSUNG 5.5kg Front Loader Fully Automatic Washing Machine With Silver Nano Technology..
feautures of this machine are --
# Samsung India offers various models of Fully Automatic Front Loading Washing Machines. Samsung`s WF-6550S7W1 is a 5.5Kg Front Loader Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Silver Nano Technology. This technology generates silver ions that remove bacteria and fungus, thereby creating an invisible shield that protects the clothes from germs and unpleasant odors. 5.5Kg Front Loader Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Silver Nano Technology costs Rs. 23,900/ Salient features of 5.5Kg Front Loader Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Silver Nano Technology: Ag+ Silver Nano technology, to reduce the mold and bacteria in clothes. # Ag+ Technology uses cold water temperatures # Provide the highest-quality washing experience # Ensures that each load of laundry is as hygienic as possible # Protects against unpleasant smells # Prevents bacteria and mildew from building up inside the drum # Anti-bacterial effect keeps fabrics free from odour-causing bacteria # No more musty-smelling clothes even if they`re unused for long # Specifications of 5.5Kg Front Loader Fully Automatic Washing Machine with Silver Nano Technology: Capacity: 5.5Kg # Silver Care: Yes # Heater: Yes # Wash Program Number of wash program: 14 # Option Child Lock: Yes/
If you want to purchase semi automatic washing machine, I would suggest you to purchase either Whirpool or Godrej Machine. We have this Whirpool machine at our hostel. You know how hostel students use the machine, but still it has not given any problem till date and washes clothes very nicely. Here are the details of the machine.
Whirphool Superwash Si 60 It has two wash modes Normal and Heavy Wash. A separate dyer is available. You can use both dyer and washer together. It's capacity is 6 kgs and comes at a price of 7500 rupees. But you can get it at a cheaper price now.
I also have a godrej machine at home. I am using it since 4 years without any maintenance. It also consumes a little lower power. Its best for Indian homes and comes at a lower price. The details are as follows.
Godrej GWS 6201 Its price is around 6200 rupees. It also comes with two wash modes. It's body is rust proof. Its capacity is 6.2 kgs.
emi Automatic Washing Machines LGEIL has a total line up of 11 models in SAWM offering capacity of 6.2, 6.5, 7.0 & 7.2 Kgs. The highlight of the Semi Automatic Range was India’s first 6.5 Kg capacity semi-automatic washing machine, developed through the efforts of LGEIL’s robust in house R&D & Product Planning Team, with an investment of over 25 crores. This washing machine has been designed taking into consideration the aspirational as well as functional needs of Indian consumer. The new Semi automatic machine launched has international looks and elegance.
LG WASHER & DRYERS The LG Dishwasher is a technological miracle with high performance levels, dependability, energy efficiency and convenience. The uniqueness of the LG dishwasher is that it enables 50% fold down times to enable washing of large vessels, various washing systems and an aqua stop which will detect water leaks. It also has a triple filter which increases the efficiency of use of water and energy . The dishwasher can be hailed as the gadget of the millennium since it requires least water consumption has more programs & comes in sleek design.
LG’s Washer Dryer, unique in its offerings marks entry of this segment in Indian market. Consumers would be offered complete Wash & Dry solution with this compact machine which has a large capacity of 8 kg washing and 4 kg drying capacity. Its features of auto dry and max spin speed of 1400 RPM making LG washer dryer a value for money Proposition.
The Dryer comes loaded with latest condensing technology for drying clothes thus eliminating the need for air vent and duct which is commonly observed in current Indian offerings . It has dual lint filter and can handle bulk load upto 7 Kg .
Each LG solution comes out with the 2-year warranty and assured service support. Aesthetically very appealing every LG product has a unique blend of eye-catching design, simple controls and superb washing and drying solutions.
AJIT WAGH, Featured Member on
This information comes from my own knowledge.
Any model from LG in your budget. But I will recommend you go for fully automatic model from LG. Fully automatic machine only can give you for which you are buying the machine. Semi-Auto will involve you much where as full auto relieves you from many things like power off, program selection etc. Initially it may cost you more but it pays you off. I have LG fully automatic machine without a single problem (touch wood) or service since I bought it. It has already paid back my extra money it terms of simplicity and peace of mind. Mind well once you buy one you are not going to buy new one within short span. Instead you buy fully auto machine (FROM LG ONLY) may be you will have to wait till your budget is created or increase your budget. All the best, Ajit
Hey i am also having a similar semi automatic washing machine go for Lg or whirlpool they give long life and little maintainance , my machine is running for 6 years i use it 4 days in a week but still its running smooth and suttle.Hope this info helps you.
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YOu didnt mentioned your budget here for purchasing Washing Machine. Hence I request you to visit http://compareindia.in.com/products… , as you have a list of 88 washing machines which have a capacity upto 6 Kgs. Visit this site & compare different types of washing machines.
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