If you’ve ever looked for a new washing machine you’ll see there’s a vast array of brands available, with newer brands launching new products all the time. This makes it a tough decision.
Sometime back we reviewed three of the most popular top-loading washing machines in the market. To find the best top loading, fully-automatic washing machines for you, we subjected three of the best washing machines to weeks of testing, running them through numerous washing tests (including daily use, extreme stains, woollens, delicates, and even blankets), usage tests, and looked into the installation and service experience, and costs you’ll incur after you’ve decided to buy your machine.
In the end, we found the Whirlpool washing machine offered the best cleaning performance of the three. With quite a few months being passed we thought of revisiting this space and looking for any improvements in the market.
To do just that, we went to offline home appliances dealers like Reliance Digital, Adishwar and Pai Electronics to understand the market, the latest innovations and must have features for customers.
Best top loading washing machine in india
Whirlpool 6.2 kg Washing Machine (Stainwash Deep clean)
The Whirlpool washing machine was certainly a looker and it stood tall in the cleaning tests, usability tests and of course it was literally the tallest machine here. The Whirlpool machine with its top-mounted control panel was easy to use and had little tricks, like a deep clean option, a detergent indicator, an easy to load/unload door. The machine perfectly cleaned almost all the stains in the cleaning tests we conducted which was brilliant.
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Samsung 6.2 kg Washing Machine (WA62M4100HY/TL, Imperial Silver)
With a great design, metal build and a ton of features the Samsung makes for great value. It has a powerful 700 rpm motor, cleans clothes really well and gives the user a lot of control over the programs. You also get the backing of Samsung strong service network to help you in the event of an issue.
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Midea 6.5 kg Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine Grey (MWMTL065ZOF)
The Midea washing machine brings forth the value proposition that is too hard to ignore, it is priced at least Rs.3,000-5,000 cheaper than the competition without a lot of omissions. You get a 700 rpm motor which lets you dry your clothes better, useful wash programs and a well designed and easy to use control panel all for under Rs.11,000.
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Why trust us?
The last time we reviewed washing machines we washed a total of 22 loads of clothes over the course of a week to find out which washing machine gave the best cleaning. We also soaked 12 bedsheets in sambar, tea, mud and ketchup and then washed them to see which washing machine gave the best clean.
To simulate a real-world experience you’ll have in your day-to-day life, we had used all the relevant washing programs such as your daily washing load, a quick wash, a delicate wash, and extreme soiling. We measured the running costs of each machine to understand the water and electricity use of each one and what this means for your bills. We even managed to get an idea of the service situation for each machine.
With our experience testing top loading washing machines we had a very good idea about what to look for and what not to look for when buying a new product. We knew the products we reviewed previously and the ones that we found as the best would stand the test of time and they actually did.
Most of the technology websites we visited still mentioned the Whirlpool, LG, and IFB washing machines as the best. But we still decided to look for some more picks as the products we had reviewed previously were priced over Rs.15,000 and we wanted to find ones that were a lot more friendly on the pocket.
With that in mind, we selected a few picks from the many technology websites, even adding a few best sellers from Amazon and Flipkart. Finally, we sought the help of offline home appliances dealers to understand the necessary features, peoples average budget, common sizes, new technology and so on.
How we selected?
We spent hours researching all the products available on Amazon and Flipkart before shortlisting thee three best washing machines.
We then removed any machines that were variations of the same product, such as the same model in a different size or colour. We then listed out all the features and specifications we felt were important for extended daily use, so wash settings, drum material, warranty, power consumption, water type used, etc. From here we selected our top three contenders, selecting each on their combination of features, price, and brand reputation.
The following were the three contenders we had selected last time.
IFB 7 kg TL- SDW AQUA)
LG 6.2 kg (T7208TDDLM)
Whirlpool 6.2 kg (Stainwash deep clean)
Given that our previous picks we priced above Rs.15,000 we decided that this time we are going to suggest picks that are priced much below that so we added products from other websites that were priced below Rs.15,000.
Next, we turned towards Amazon and Flipkart best sellers and added any suitable products. Here we also got a chance to see what verified customers thought about the best products.
Our selection also took into account inputs that we gathered when we visited the dealers. Important points we gathered we the most common sizes people prefer, the most requested features, brands they trust, service quality etc. This helped us to finetune our best picks in terms of features and size.
How we tested?
To test the washing machines, we came up with a three-fold test to help determine which was the best.
First, we soaked 12 bedsheets in tea, sambar, mud and ketchup (fn: This needed a small bucket of ketchup and a lot of sambar). Then we threw four soaked sheets into each washing machine and washed them using the most thorough cleaning function to test the power of each washing machine. After washing we inspected to see how clean each sheet was.
Next, we stitched four strips of cloth together and soaked each in tea, turmeric, mud and ketchup.
We created three stripes like this and threw one in each washing machine along with a regular load. (This is similar to the process followed by BEE) Our aim was to see if the washing machines could find the strip and wash it.
Finally, we ran a variety of regular programs such as a daily load, woollens, delicates to see which washing machine provided the best cleaning.
A washing machine is something you will be stuck with for the next ten years or more. You should buy from a company that services you well and on time. With that end in mind, we grilled the customer care reps of each brand on maintenance, annual maintenance contracts, service and warranty related queries.
Apart from all this we also made sure to factor in our analysis of water and power consumption.
From these tests, we found the Whirlpool machine to give the best washing experience when compared to the IFB and LG machine. Hence, we decided to keep the Whirlpool machine as it was a great performer and was still selling very well on Amazon and Flipkart.
How to choose the best top loading washing machine- inputs from the dealers
Apart from inputs on customer preferences to brands and features we also got some valuable tips on making the right purchase when to comes to washing machines from the sales personnel over at Reliance Digital, Pai Electronics and Adishwar
If you are new to washing machines and are concerned about sizes check our dedicated section below that talks about washing machine sizes with respect to your laundry size.
While washing machines have various sizes and types and these are what a lot of people pay attention to, and it is important, don't forget to have a look at the control panel design. Our best pick, the Whirlpool machine has a well-positioned top mounted control panel as it is far from the reach of kids and doesn't get in the way while removing/ inserting clothes into the machines.
A feature that the dealers suggested as must have in your next machine is “Child Lock” as it offers good safety and doesn't allow kids randomly pressing the control panel to stop/ alter your wash cycle.
Wash programs are something that can be very tricky to understand given the variety of names that each manufacturer uses. So given the sheer number of wash programs anyone can get confused as to what they do (Heck, even we were a bit overwhelmed when there were three machines and each had a ton of programs to offer). Here are some of the common programs found in machines and their explanations.
Fuzzy: Use for daily use, the default program on IFB
Gentle (Wool): Use for woollens clothes, delicates
Quick Wash: Reduces cleaning time by 30-40%
Air Dry: This program sucks in air from the top vents to help dry the clothes faster during the fast spin cycle.Useful during the rainy season.
Smart Sense: The default automatic program on IFB. If you set on Smart Sense you only have to press start and your washing machine will take care of everything for you.
Express: Reduces cleaning time by 30-40%.
Hygiene +: It is a wash program which enables better detergent removal with the help of an extra rinse cycle. This is helpful for people who are allergic to detergent residue on their clothes.
Blankets: Use for stained bulky items like bed sheets
Delicates: Use for Saris, Embroidered Churidars
Daily: Use for daily use, the default program on Whirlpool.
Delicate: Use for Saris, Embroidered Churidars
Stainwash: Use for heavily soiled fabrics
Sari: Use for Synthetic Sarees
Woollens: Use for woollen clothes
Dry: A normal spin dry system (Whirlpool machine) and doesn't have an Air dry system like the LG or IFB machines.
Express Wash: Reduces cleaning time by 30-40%
Deep Clean: Extensive Cleaning for better cleaning action
An important tip that the dealer gave for new buyers is that to make sure you run the drum/ tub clean program at regular intervals to keep your machine working without issue.
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Winner of the washing & usage tests
Top located control panel
Easy to remove and insert clothes in the drum
10-year warranty on motor
The buttons have a confusing layout
The rear cover is made of a styrofoam-like material
The first thing you notice about the Whirlpool is its sleek, inky navy-blue exterior, which sets it apart from most other washing machines on the market. With a black-tinted frameless door, a pleasant slope on top, and top-mounted control panel, it's designed to stand out amongst the horde of white and grey machines that we see daily.
We loved how easy this machine was to use. Standing at 100cm tall it was the highest of the three we tested, making loading and washing very easy. Its drum is placed snugly against the opening and allowed clothes to be piled in easily. The control panel is safely out of reach of children and is protected from any water spillage.
One feature we liked was once you’ve put in your laundry it tells you how many cups of detergent to use, a feature that’s particularly handy for new users. Overall the Whirlpool was very easy to use. Only the IFB came close.
But the Whirlpool is more than just a pretty appliance. It also has a lot of power behind it, as we found out in the washing tests.
The Whirlpool dominated all of our washing tests, completely removing ketchup and mud stains from our testing strips. It came in as the top performer in our bed sheet test - removing mud, ketchup and sambhar entirely, and lightning the tea stains enough that they no longer bothered us.
It has a total of 12 washing programs which will satisfy all your washing needs. There’s a very efficient default program for your daily needs, along with a few programs like Saree, Delicates, Wool that helps to perfectly clean delicate clothes like sarees, baby clothes and woollen clothes respectively.
The machine also comes with programs for extreme cleaning like Blanket for cleaning heavy bedsheets and the pièce de résistance is the stain wash program which also uses the extra deep clean program to help clean even the dirtiest of stained clothes.
Also present are manual programs like rinse only or spin by which you can reduce your washing time and perform only a rinse cycle or a fast spin/ dry cycle for your clothes.
In addition to the 12 main programs there are also 4 extra programs for added functionality, for example, the express wash program can be clubbed with some of the 12 programs and it will help reduce wash time, the deep clean program is for better cleaning, while the delay wash program will delay the wash time.
The water usage data for this washing machine wasn’t available on their site, and the service centre couldn’t provide us with the information either. We estimate it to consume around 4400 litres per month if you use it every day.
The annual maintenance contract will come to around Rs. 3655 per year after warranty. This is well worth it for the quality of wash and ease of use that you’re getting.
We found Whirlpool’s servicing and installation to be competent and top notch. The company sends out a technician to install your top loading washing machine for you for free—again, excellent for a new user. Many online reviews mentioned delays in installation, this will again vary with your location and the time of the year you order the product (Expect slower installation during festivals and online sales) so keep this in mind.
For any post-purchasing issues, however, there weren’t many complaints at all. Whirlpool assures a turnaround time of 24 hours once an issue is raised, while we can’t guarantee this we advocate checking with your local Whirlpool centre before buying.
The only things we didn’t like about the Whirlpool was the confusing layout of the buttons on the control panel (which we found we got used to after just a few washes), and the low-quality back cover which appeared to be made of Styrofoam.
But the brilliant wash quality, regular two-year warranty, and 10-year warranty on the motor, more than makeup for these slight faults.
At Rs. 18,999 the Whirlpool was one of the most expensive of our picks, but this price is more than justified. With the wealth of wash settings, the ergonomically-placed control panel, and fantastic, stain-free wash quality, the Whirlpool is a standout appliance that will make your home life easier.
Best washing machine in India (top loading) in detail
700 rpm speed
Stainless Steel drum
Monsoon and Quick Wash programs
Air dry option
Low power consumption
Option to pause washing available
2-year machine warranty + 5-year warranty on motor
Consumes more water than front loaders
Confusing control panel layout
No wheels for easy movement
No dedicated dryer & heater
The Samsung Washing machine is quite a sleek looking machine with its cool grey colour and metal finish. It certainly looks more premium than most washing machines we reviewed previously. The control panel is located towards the front of the washing machine which is easy to access but is also in the way (water spills) when your loading and unloading clothes.
You have a large display and equally large buttons that should make using it easy but the layout can be a bit confusing as there is no logical manner in which the programs are arranged. In comparison, we loved the simple colour-coded control panel on the budget Midea machine.
To help you with your cleaning needs there are the usual programs like blanket, delicates, normal and quick wash. There is also a monsoon wash program whose button is given its own spot away from the other programs. You can also manually select between Wash, Rinse, and Spin programs. We loved that the controls are flush and there is not dial which can further hinder when you are loading and unloading.
The Samsung comes with some unique features like Air Turbo which sucks in air through the air vents during the spin cycle to allow better drying of the clothes and also prevents mildew formation. Then there is the drum itself which is made of stainless steel and has a diamond pattern on the inside which is very gentle with your clothes and prevents them from getting tangled. The Magic filter is the lint filter that has a unique hexagon grid for better lint collection as well as cleaning.
You also have a tempered glass door so you won't have a headache cleaning the insides of the drum in case of a drop mishap.
Given the machines 6.2kg drum size, you can wash 3 shirts, 3 pairs of trousers (Jeans take more space) and 2 single cotton bedsheets at once. It has a spin speed of 700 rpm which is lower than our previously tested Whirlpool Machine which spun at 740 rpm. This difference is too less and you should get the same amount of cleaning and drying as the Whirlpool machine.
What makes the Samsung machine particularly good is the price and it's not just we who think that, but a 100% of verified customers on Flipkart felt the machine was value for money. Also, 84% of the customers loved the performance of the washing machine which they claimed was very good in terms of speed, wash quality and noise.
The Samsung machine can draw 330 Watts during the wash cycle and a maximum of 240 Watts during a spin cycle. These are pretty low and you shouldn't expect a huge hit to your electricity bills. You can expect an increase between Rs.60-Rs.100 over your existing electricity bills.
Samsung did not mention how much water is required by the machine per wash but we had previously calculated for 6.2-6.5kg machines and found that they can consume around 150-200 litres (worst case scenario) which can give you a monthly bill of around Rs.100-150. To know more about the electricity and water consumption click here.
Samsung offers a 2-year warranty on the machine and 5 years on the motor, they also offer door step service. Samsung has a very good service network across India with 535 service vans, 6000+ taluka presence, and 3000+ service points. Up to 83% of customers said they were very happy with the installation service and we also did not find many complaints with regards to after-sales service.
If you want a powerful top loading washing machine from a reputed brand with a great service network without having to spend a ton, have a look at the Samsung WA62M4100HY/TL which costs about Rs.14,000. It gives you a steel drum, decent wash programs, powerful motor and low electricity consumption.
Best washing machine in India (budget top loading) in detail
Easy to use 5 button control panel
Has a quick wash and deep clean program
Option to pause washing available
2-year machine warranty
Consumes more water than front loaders
No dedicated dryer and heater
No wheels for easy movement
Service network not as great as Samsung
No detergent tray
The Midea 6.5 kg Top loading washing machine despite being the cheapest here still managed to look good. Being priced at under Rs.11,000 this machine represents a huge saving over the other machines in its market and it's not like Midea has skimped a lot. It gives you a quality stainless steel drum, a speedy 700 rpm motor and a large enough capacity.
To make using the washing machine that much simpler Midea uses a Smart Touch feature that allows you to start the washing process at just the push of a button. Water level, wash type and all other parameters are calculated by the machine depending on the laundry weight so you do not have to worry about it.
Furthermore, the control panel too has this easy to use philosophy when it comes to the design. There are five large buttons on the panel with two colour coded ones for on/off and start/ pause. The other three buttons are used to control the program, water level and function options. This tidies up the panel tremendously and makes it simple to use without having to read the manual. Sadly there is no display to show additional information, you just have LEDs to show you the various cycles the washing machine is at currently.
There wash programs present are standard, fast, heavy load, deep clean, delicate and active. The manual wash, rinse and spin options are available too. Previously we had recommended a Haier washing machine that too was affordably priced but had an inferior plastic drum, this machine, however, uses a better quality stainless steel drum just like the Samsung machine.
One place where Midea has cut costs is by not having a detergent tray in the machine, you just have to pour detergent into the machine directly or use liquid detergent.
If you live in an area with frequent power cuts, the Midea machine comes with a memory function that allows it to continue from the previous state without having to start over again.
Water usage is mentioned as 47 litres similar to other 6-7kg machines. Midea’s website lists the power consumption as 400W which is higher than Whirlpool and Samsung. To see how much electricity and water costs you may incur for a 6-7kg machine click here.
Midea offers 2 years of warranty on the product. They also have doorstep service in major cities of India.
If you need a washing machine that is very good at cleaning away just the stains on your clothes and not your money than the Midea Washing Machine is your best best. It costs significantly less than its competitors without any significant omissions, instead it is faster than most of them.
Who are our best picks for?
If you don't have a washing machine and need to buy a machine that doesn't burn too large a hole in your pocket than the fully automatic top loaders make great sense, they are priced very well, come in many sizes, offer great features and don't consume a lot of electricity.
In this regards, you can pick the Samsung or the Haier as they are quite affordable and have great customer ratings. If however, you need a bit more cleaning prowess, look at the Whirlpool machine we reviewed earlier.
Do note that while the top loaders cost less and consume less electricity, they need 3 times more water than front loaders- approx. 120 litres per wash. So if you need something a little less wasteful than look at our best front loaders here.
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 washing.
Space taken by each of our picks
Will this size be enough for my home?
A 6-7kg washing machine is sufficient for families of around three or four members. Machines of this size can adequately take a 4-5kg laundry load, which for a 6.2kg model looks something like this:
3 x shirts
3 x pairs of trousers (note that jeans take up more space)
2 x single cotton bed sheets
Which type of washing machine is best for you?
Not all washing machines are equal, and each type has its own pros and cons to take into consideration.
Semi-automatic machines are the most affordable type you’ll find and feature two separate compartments, one for washing and one for drying. Having these two compartments means you have to manually shift your laundry from one drum to the other, and the presence of a second drum makes them bigger than an automatic washer.
The main reason why semi-automatic machines are preferred is that they use less water, but they are more inconvenient to use (when compared to automatic machines) because of the separate wash and dry compartments. Hence we suggest these washing machines if your budget is strictly below 10k.
Top loading automatic
Top loading automatic machines feature a single upright drum that’s used for both washing and drying. Top loaders take up less space than semi-automatic machines and are more expensive, but you’ll find them cheaper than front-loading machines.
What’s good about top loaders is that they use less electricity than a front loader, and can be stopped mid-cycle if you need to add in more clothes. It’s easier to add and remove clothes from the drum, too.
The Top loading automatic machines fall in between the semi-automatic and front loading machines in terms of price. While they are far more convenient to use than semi-automatic machines, they do use a lot of water, around 4000 litres per month (around Rs. 100 per month) if you use the machine daily at full load, which is a huge waste of money. They’re also much louder, which can be a problem in small apartments.
Front-loading machines work in much the same way as top loaders, but with their drum being rotated 90 degrees to the front. This gives them a lower water usage and much quieter operation, and generally provide a better, gentler cleaning.
We have already established that automatic machines are better to use but the top load especially uses a lot of water, hence people suggest front load machines as they use 1/3rd the water of top loaders, but an issue with front loaders is that they use almost 3 times the electricity as compared to an automatic top loader and they are also more expensive than the other two types of machines.
A note on Water Usage & Electricity Usage
Water and Electricity are daily running costs that you will incur if you buy a washing machine, to help you understand how much of an increase in costs you can expect we have done a few calculations to help you understand the water usage & electricity usage of the washing machines
Data from the LG & IFB manual suggests they use 65 litres & 54 litres respectively per cycle for a full load condition.
Now if we consider a single wash, we see each machine uses 195 litres & 163 litres per wash.
If you consider a daily use of full load for six days a week the monthly water usage is 4680 & 3912 litres for the LG & IFB respectively.
This gives us a monthly bill of around Rs.140 for the LG and around Rs.120 for the IFB.
Since we didn't have any info the whirlpool machine we assume it to be around the same as the two at approximately 4400-4500 litres.
Coming to electricity usage, the LG consumes 325 W per hour while the IFB & Whirlpool consume 360W per hour. If we shall again consider a daily use of full load (90 minutes) for six days a week.
We get a monthly usage of 11.7 units & 12.9 units per month, which gives us a monthly bill of Rs.73 for the LG & Rs. 81 for the IFB/ Whirlpool at a slab rate of Rs.6.25 per unit (200 unit slab)
While a Rs.3.25 per unit slab (30 units slab) will give us a bill of Rs.38 for LG & Rs. 42 for the IFB/ Whirlpool
Unfortunately, it is not mandatory for top loading washing machines to obtain a BEE star rating. This would have helped us more accurately investigate our products.
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After sales Service
Once you’ve placed your order, delivery and installation of your machine are undertaken by the company, usually for free, where they send a service technician to your house within 24 hours of delivery.
Depending on where you purchase your products you will either have a service engineer from the company itself or from a third party dealer.
When we reviewed the IFB, Whirlpool and LG washing machines, all three technicians arrived in under 24 hours for the installation.
Whirlpool offers a 2-year warranty on the machine and 10 years on the motor, they also offer door step service.
Samsung offers a 2-year warranty on the machine and 5 years on the motor, they also offer door step service but only in major cities. Samsung has a very good service network across India with 535 service vans, 6000+ taluka presence, and 3000+ service points.
Midea offers 2 years of warranty on the product. Midea also offers doorstep service in major cities of India.
Washing machines are an appliance that we really couldn’t live without, and they make our lives so much easier—and cleaner.
After in-depth testing, we landed on the Whirlpool washing machine as our best pick. With its sleek and stylish design, it stands out from your usual suspects and provides deep fabric penetration to remove all but the hardest of stains. You can trust it to look after your delicates while washing, and clean heavy items like blankets fuss-free. With a comfortable, ergonomic design, the Whirlpool is a powerful, efficient device that will make your day easier, and take the chore out of doing your laundry.
If you are in the market for a well built, powerful, feature-rich washing machine then the Samsung Top Loader with its 700 rpm motor, stainless steel drum, host of features and Rs.14,000 asking price will help ease your cleaning needs at home.
However, if you do not want to spend a lot and are looking for a much affordable way of getting your clothes cleaned than the Midea Top Loading washing machine with its superb value for money position and a powerful 700 rpm motor will suit your better.