Buying a washing machine is an important decision- it is what helps you get into clean, fresh-smelling clothes every day without any stress. When you select the right washing machine, it can last you a lifetime and will perform well throughout. This washing machine buying guide will help you choose a washing machine as per your needs and preferences. It will also give you tips to maintain it well and mistakes to avoid.

Let’s start by looking at how to choose a washing machine.


What type of washing machine should you choose?

Every household’s laundry requirements are different. Before you buy a washing machine, you need to consider the different types (semi-automatic, fully automatic unit, top-load, front load, etc.). You might also want to consider various personal factors, such as budget, space constraints, and water supply. Additionally, you should think about the features you want, such as load capacity, power consumption, labor intensity, etc. Here's how you can buy a washing machine based on the factors most important to you.



Semi-automatic washing machines are amongst the least expensive, and are available between Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000, while fully automatic units start at about Rs. 13,000 and could go over Rs. 1 lakh.



Most washing machines can handle loads of about 6-7 kgs per wash, which is sufficient for a family of four. If you have a bigger family, you may want to consider an automatic machine as it can handle larger loads on account of its single drum.


Space constraints

As the name suggests, the difference between a top load and a front load machine lies in the position of the door. If you have limited space for a washing machine, a top load model works best.


Electricity and water efficiency

Semi-automatic washing machines are more resource-efficient as you can control the amount of water you use and can pause between cycles, which means they consume less power in the long run.


Washing quality

The position of the drums in front load machines is considered to offer the best washing quality, in addition to being gentler on clothes.


Front load or top load

In a front-loading machine, the drum is positioned horizontally with an opening towards the front, making it slightly broader in width. Top loading machines have the drum opening at the top, which makes them slimmer.

Power consumption of a washing machine


The power consumption of your washing machine depends on two major factors – the electric motor that spins the drum, and the heating equipment that provides the hot water to clean the clothes.

To understand how much power your machine uses every day, here's a formula you can use:

kWh = Wattage x operating hour / 1000


  • kWh = Kilowatt-hour or one unit of electricity
  • Wattage = The rate at which the washing machine consumes electricity. You can find this on the box of your washing machine
  • Operating hour = The number of hours your washing machine has been running


For example, if your washing machine's wattage is 2400 W and you run it for one hour every day, the total units it consumes is:

2400 x 1 /1000 = 2.4 kWh or units


Tips to reduce power consumption

If you find that your washing machine is adding a heavy load to your power bill, here are some tips to help you reduce the power consumption.



Tips to maintain your washing machine

Once you buy a washing machine, it is crucial that you also maintain it well, so it continues to serve you for a long time. 


  1. Clean the lint filter regularly as it allows more air to flow out and prevents the buildup of bacteria.
  2. Inspect the water hoses every month to make sure there are no cracks. If you find any, make sure to replace them immediately.
  3. Don’t overload your machine as it will result in damage over the long term.
  4. Use detergent as advised by the manufacturer. Using too much detergent can leave behind residue and cause harm to your machine.
  5. Wipe the drum and door of your washing machine to make sure it stays and smells fresh. 


Dos and Don'ts of a Washing Machine


Once you have narrowed down which washing machine you want, you can leverage the power of Kotak Smart EMI to finance your new appliance. With No Cost EMI from Kotak Smart EMI, you can buy a washing machine that suits your budget and needs at no additional cost and with convenient installments. Apart from this, you can customize the loan tenure anywhere from 3 to 12 months and repay it in pocket-friendly installments.

A host of pre-approved offers, along with minimal documentation, make your buying experience hassle-free. Remember to take advantage of the attractive discount offers and cashback deals offered at various Kotak Smart EMI partner stores such as, Flipkart, Croma, Reliance Digital, and many more. Find a store near you to purchase the right washing machine for your needs!



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