A washing machine can be a life-saver. To find the best front loading washing machine we surfed through the internet to find the best products recommended by other websites. We also looked through the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart to find the best front loading washing machine in India.

​Best washing machine in India (front loading)

Bosch 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine

With a large drum size, great cleaning, a ton of features and value price, the Bosch WAK24268IN Front Loading Washing machine makes for an ideal washing companion. It is also quieter and consumes much less water than top loading machines. Furthermore, it can also clean much gentler using the hot water functions making it one of the best washing machines in India.

​Best washing machine in India (budget front loading)

IFB 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine

Similarly specced as the Bosch, the IFB Senorita Aqua SX is just a little smaller and slower. It too has a whole lot array of wash programs along with Hot wash options. IFB also offers a long warranty over the Bosch and is priced slightly lower.


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Why Trust us?​

When you get a washing machine you need it to have all the bells and whistle so you can clean anything from a sock to a dirty blanket. With this in our mind, we went online to look for what most websites were suggesting as the best front loading washing machine. Here found a lot of great picks from brands like IFB, Bosch and more. We then decided to see what verified customers felt about these machines so we searched on Amazon and Flipkart for their reviews. Lastly we also added some of the best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart to our shortlist.

How we selected?

Our search for the best front loading washing machine started with a look through what other websites were suggesting. Here we found a lot of suggestions for Bosch, IFB, and LG machines because they boasted of great performance, features, and price.

Searching for best sellers on Amazon and Flipkart yielded the same products and the verified customers of those washing machines had very nicely detailed the pros and cons of each machine.

Best washing machine in India (front loading)

Pros

  • Large 7kg capacity

  • Low water consumption (47 liters)

  • Lots of wash programs

  • Easy to use control panel

  • 15 minutes quick wash program

  • Fast 1200rpm speed

  • ECARF certified

  • Option to pause washing available

  • 2 year machine warranty + 10 year warranty on motor

  • Good value

Cons

  • Consumes more electricity than top loaders

  • Customers noticed high vibrations at max speed

  • No wheels for easy movement

  • No dedicated dryer

With its understated gray exterior, the Bosch Washing Machine looks no different than the machines you might have seen in any American sitcom. But the washing machine is a functional device that doesn't really care about aesthetics. The controls are laid out in a very easy to use manner with a single large knob to select the programs, the start/pause button and the display with extra controls. The Led display is large and easily readable, in fact, it's much bigger than even our budget pick, the IFB washing machine. This large screen lets you clearly see the wash time remaining, the temperature or the program selected.

Talking about programs you get a lot of useful wash programs tailored for your different needs. You have the usual programs like Synthetics, Jeans, Delicate/Silk, Daily wash, Wool, Cottons, Kidswear, Sari, Sportwear. Some specialized programs are Monsoon (Uses warm water to remove odour and moisture from clothes to make them dry quicker), Allergy Plus (Washes away the detergent residue to prevent allergies), Super 15/30 (Cleans lightly soiled clothes up to 2kg in 15-30 minutes) and a rinse only and spin the only program. The Allergy Plus program is so effective that the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) honored the Bosch washing machine (1st in the world)  with the ECARF Seal of Quality for products and services suitable for allergy sufferers. ECARF claimed the longer and more intensive washing and rinsing cycles remove flower pollen, animal hair and detergent residue from the clothing almost entirely.

Some useful technologies onboard the Bosch that help you improve your washing experience are as follows.

  • ActiveWater senses the weight of the clothes and accordingly uses the right amount of water, thus saving on the water and in turn the electricity.
  • Anti Vibration Design is a technology that is designed to reduce noise and vibration during the spin cycle.
  • SpeedPerfect helps reduce wash time by 65%
  • Reload Function lets open the door to throw in or remove an article of clothing in the machine without having to completely turn off the machine.
  • VoltCheck checks for any voltage fluctuations and will even resume the washing from its previous state in case of power shutdown.
  • Vario Drum is a specially designed drum to allow better water circulation and reduces the need for soaking of clothes 

The Bosch Machine has a lot of features and programs that will come in handy during your wash programs, but what makes it better than the rest is it has a huge 7kg drum for the same price at which IFB offers a 6.5kg drum. The 7kg drum is sufficient for 3 shirts, 3 Jeans, 2 Dish Towels, 2 Small Towels and 2 Pillowcases. It is also much faster at 1200rpm so it will clean much better than the IFB which is limited to 1000rpm.

Verified customers of the Bosch Washing machine liked the machines quick wash program, the huge wealth of specialized wash programs, the quality of the machine, the speed and the temperature washing. The Bosch machine doesn't come with a dedicated dryer but customers said that the clothes they put for wash would come out at least 75% dry and needed only 1-2 hours of sun drying. What they did not like was that the machine was a little noisy during spin cycles (which they claimed was still less than top loaders). Some users even complained of vibrations during the spin cycle but that is true for most washing machines especially given that the Bosch spins at 1200rpm which is more than most top loaders.

Bosch claims the washing machine consumes about 47 liters of water per run. Bosch provides a detailed list of electricity consumption values on their website as shown below. 

  • Energy consumption for (30C) delicates: 0.21 kWh

  • Energy consumption for (30C) woolens : 0.22 kWh

  • Energy consumption for (40C) color: 1.08 kWh

  • Energy consumption for (40C) easy care:  0.79 kWh

  • Energy consumption for (95C) cotton: 2.30kWh

  • Bosch claims an annual energy consumption of 174 kWh

Note: 1kWh = 1 unit of electricity = Rs.6-8/ unit in Bengaluru 

Bosch offers a 2 year warranty on the machine and 10 years on the motor, they also offer door step service but only in major cities. Although many users were satisfied with the service offered by Bosch from the installation to door service, some did mention that the service was a little slow in some areas. 

If you are in the market for a fine washing machine that has all the features, the necessary and comes with a great price the Bosch Front Loader is the one to pick. It comes with a whole host of programs is one of the fastest in its class and comes with a large drum to allow more clothes.

Best washing machine in India (budget front loading)

Pros

  • 15-minute turbo wash mode

  • Low water consumption (43 liters)

  • Lots of wash programs

  • Easy to use control panel

  • Option to pause washing available

  • 4 year machine warranty + 10 year spare part support

Cons

  • Consumes more electricity than top loaders

  • No dedicated dryer

  • Slower and smaller than the Bosch

  • No wheels for easy movement

The IFB Senorita Aqua SX looks pretty much like the Bosch machine with just a little change in the screen position. The screen is also a little smaller than the Bosch but you have a similar number of programs controlled through the mode dial. You have programs like Wool, Synthetic, Baby wear, Whites along with programs that are based on the amount of stains on your clothes like, heavily soiled program, lightly soiled etc. We liked this arrangement as it is more useful to people rather than just names of cloth materials. 

Some technologies that are present on the machine are as follows:

  • Aqua Energie helps to wash better even with hard water
  • 3D wash uses specially placed nozzles around the drum to ensure better circulation of water
  • Crescent Moon Drum has patterns on the inner drum to prevent the clothes from rubbing against the wall
  • Auto Imbalance System stabilizes the washing machine in case the clothes are unevenly loaded which can cause an imbalance
  • Laundry Add is similar to the pause function in Bosch where you can open the door during a wash to add or remove an article of clothing.

The 6.5kg can hold up to 3 shirts, 3 pairs of trousers (Jeans take more space) and 2 single cotton bedsheets. It is slightly smaller than the Bosch washing machine as well as slower by 200rpm at 1000rpm but customers did not specify that the machine was slow by any means. Most customers we happy with the product, the features, the wash quality and even the service offered, although some people did complain about extra charges taken during installation for descaling powder, stand, stabilizer. Another issue was that of the washing powder where you have to use premium front-loading powder only which was a problem with even the Bosch machine.

The washing machine uses about 43 liters of water which is less than the Bosch, but this is due to its smaller size. It also uses 93 kWh of electricity which is more than most top loaders but is common with most front loaders.

IFB offers 4 years of warranty on the product and 10 year spare part support. IFB has a service network of 450 franchisees across 1500+ towns.  

If you want a slightly smaller washing machine, which has all the features of the Bosch but also has a slightly better service coverage than you can pick the IFB Senorita Aqua SX.

After-Sales Service

Bosch offers 2 years warranty on its washing machine and 10 years on the motor.  They offer installation and doorstep service as well. However we did find some complaints from customers regarding slow service in some areas, this is because Bosch service is available in major cities only. There were also the complaints about installation personnel recommending buying connectors, descaling powder etc. which can add up the costs. 

IFB meanwhile offers a better 4-year product warranty and gives 10 years of spare part support. They have a slightly better service network than Bosch with around 450 franchises across 1500+ towns.  However, their service also falters when it comes to some rural and suburban regions. IFB too pushes their customers for additional accessories like washing machine stand, cover, additional powders, water softeners etc.

Who are our best picks for?

Our picks require very little human intervention and give you very clean clothes irrespective of how dirty they were before.

If you already have an old top loader or a semi-automatic machine than the front loader will make your life even easier. The front loading machines are much quieter, clean much better and also use 1/3rd the water used by top loaders. Yes, they are more expensive and will consume more electricity but that is because they are far superior in performance.
 

Space taken by each of our picks

Dimensions and Weight of the Bosch and IFB washing machines

​Final Thoughts

If you are planning on adding a swanky new washing machine to your home and want nothing but the best, get the Bosch Front Loading washing machine which has been the best seller for a long time. It has a large 7kg drum, has the fastest speed, a ton of cold and hot wash programs and a very good price. 

If however, you need a slightly smaller machine which still has a good wealth of wash programs and performs very well get the IFB Front Loader which has consistently been the second-best seller on Amazon.

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