What is the best washing machine for me?

Buying a washing machine is a deeply personal decision, especially since no household has the same laundry requirements. Before you buy a washing machine there are a few factors you need to consider.

Choosing a washing machine? – top-load or front-load and semi-automatic or fully-automatic - Ariel

Size

How much space do you have? If you only have a tight or narrow space in which to install your washing machine, that may factor in your decision when it comes to picking the right machine. For fully-automatic washing machines, a top load machine may be narrower than a front load one, for example.

Price

The price of the washing machine is a deciding factor when it comes to finding the right washing machine. Depending on your budget, how much you can pay may also skew you towards certain machines. You can see more about the price ranges in our washing machine buying guide.

Eco-friendly

Having an economical washing machine is not just good for the environment, but can also help you with the bills. While the cost of the washing machine may initially be higher, you may end up saving on the bills as they can save power or water in the long run, so the long term running costs of the washing machine are much lower than for a washer that’s not eco-friendly.

Fully-automatic or semi-automatic

Washing machines come in two variants – fully-automatic, which does everything for you at the touch of a button, and semi-automatic, which can come with two tubs. If you use a twin tub semi-automatic washing machine, this means you may need to move your clothes from one tub to the other during the washing process. These machines can also use less water and allow you to pause between cycles. However, if you’re after a convenient wash, a fully-automatic washing machine will do everything for you.

Top or Front Load

The difference between a top and a front load machine primarily lies with the position of the door of the washing machine, being on the top or on the side, but each machine has different pros and cons. Find out more about the different types of washers.

Child Locks

If you live in a house filled with curious children, you may want to buy a washing machine that comes with child lock functions. This can either be on the door or a program that can’t be changed once the machine is going.

Capacity

Do you have a big family? The size of your household and projected laundry loads play a big part in your washing machine requirement. You can get a variety of washing machine sizes, for example, a washing machine with a capacity of 6-7kg should be ideal for a family of four. If there are fewer people in your house, then you may want a smaller machine, and if you’re a bigger family than opt for a larger machine.

Ease of use

If you’re buying your first washing machine or you find some aspects of owning a washing machine overwhelming, you might want to prioritise ease of use when choosing a washer. Are the labels on the controls clear? Is it easy to set the programs or dose the detergent? When it comes to which washing machine is good for you, see if the machine you’re looking to buy has a clear and functional control panel that makes it easier for you to use.

Features

Various features, like speeds and settings, depend on what you’re looking for in a machine. For some, having too many features can make things confusing. Possible features include fast cycles, specific cycles catering to whites, woollens or delicates. Some ultra-modern machines even have sensors that do things automatically so you don’t have to worry about getting the right program in gear.

Laundry needs

There are many choices when it comes to buying a washing machine in India, but it really comes down to your laundry needs. But if you choose to buy a fully-automatic washing machine, it’s important you get the right detergent for your machine. Ariel is specially designed to meet your needs and is uniquely formulated to ensure the best performance inside your washing machine. Ariel offers a range of detergents from regular Ariel (for your semi-automatic washing machines) to Ariel Matic Front Load (for your fully-automatic front load washing machine) and Ariel Matic Top Load (for your fully-automatic top load washing machine), to ensure you get the best stain removal in 1-wash.