9 Best Front Load Washing Machine In India 2020
When it comes to choosing a front load washing machine, the majority of consumers opt for one amongst LG, Bosch or IFB. After all, they are market leaders and are among the best front load washing machines in India. Whirlpool, Samsung and Videocon, on the other hand, have minority market share and are yet to establish themselves as contenders as market leaders.
So, when you ask which is the best front load washing machine, we would say that LG, Bosch and IFB are pretty close in terms of performance, durability and customer satisfaction, that it would be unfair to choose only one.
So, we here talk about the main aspects and features that differentiate each brand. This way you can map it with your unique requirement to choose the one that suits you the best.
If on the other hand, you are looking for a budget-friendly front loader, then Samsung WW60M206LMW/TL front loader with 6 kg capacity is also a good choice.
Which are the Best Front Load Washing Machines In India?
|Model||Capacity||Spin Speed (RPM)|
|LG FH0H3NDNL02||6 kg||1000|
|Bosch WAK24168IN||7 Kg||1200|
|Bosch WAK24268IN||7 Kg||1200|
|Bosch WAK24264IN||7 Kg||1200|
|IFB Senorita Aqua SX||6.5 Kg||1000|
|IFB Senator Aqua SX||8 Kg||1400|
|Samsung WW60M206LMW/TL||6 Kg||1000|
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Unlike Bosch and LG, IFB is an Indian brand that is reputed for selling high-quality durable washing machines. As I have mentioned in other articles, my in-laws used an IFB front loader for long 20 years before replacing it with a new washing machine. So, if you take proper care of your IFB machine, you can rest assured that it will last.
A unique feature of IFB washing machine is the Aqua Energie function. It is a treatment device that breaks bi-carbonates in water into microscopic crystals. This crystals flow with the water and thus improves the lathering ability of water.
So, if you live in an area with particularly hard water, then it is highly advisable to opt for IFB as it offers better wash quality, reduces detergent consumption and minimizes traces of washing powder in washed clothes.
Moreover, scaling on components like heater and tub is also minimized with Aqua- energie function. But note however that Aqua energie can reduce the hardness of water up to TDS level 250. If your water is harder than that, it is better to opt for a water softening device.
Of late, IFB has been bringing about a lot of innovations in its products. One such product that has been recently launched is the Alexa enabled 6.5 Kg front load washing machine. With it, you can control the washing machine through your mobile from anywhere using just voice commands.
One of the main drawbacks of IFB is that its after-sales service lacks professionalism and promptness in certain areas.
Bosch requires minimum 1 bar water pressure for proper functioning. While this is not a problem with most households, if you feel the water pressure in your home is low or if you have frequent water supply problems, then reconsider your decision to buy a Bosch Front Loader.
If water pressure at your home is fine, then we highly recommend Bosch washing machines as the German brand is known to be top in terms of durability and performance.
Up till a few years back, IFB was using Bosch’s technology and most experts are of the opinion that this is the reason behind IFB’s performance and durability.
Bosch also keeps innovating and churns out products apt for the Indian market. They keep working to reduce water consumption, improve wash quality and have brought out wash programs for the Indian demographic. They pioneered by bringing “Saree” wash program in their washing machines.
Also, Bosch has wash programs like Allergy Plus suitable for people with sensitive skin. In this wash mode, the clothes are washed thoroughly in 60 degrees warm water for 3 minutes to eradicate even minute particles of detergents and allergens. Bosch is the only Indian brand certified by ECARF ( European Centre For Allergy Research Foundation).
Their monsoon mode is also useful for people living in areas with heavy rain and less sunshine as it can freshen up clothes and eliminate the damp smell in just less than 15 minutes.
You can read our in-depth review of Bosch Washing machines here.
LG washing machine is the jack of all trades. They fare well in almost all aspects. They are durable, high performing and come with a wide variety of wash programs. From baby care for cleaning cloth diapers and nappies to cotton large for washing large bed sheets, they have wash programs for each and every unique requirement of a family.
Something truly remarkable is that their customer service is quite prompt compared to Bosch and IFB.
Of late, LG has come up with some truly innovative wash programs and features like LG True Steam Front Loaders that has steam wash cycle to sterilize clothes and reduce wrinkles. Certain models are also Wi-Fi enabled.
If having easy access to after-sales service, durability and variety of wash programs are your criteria, then LG is a suitable choice for you.
Next, we discuss the top models of each of these brands to help you make an informed purchase decision.
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LG FHM1006ADW is an upgrade to their previous model LG FH0B8NDL22.
The price has decreased and the differences are quite nominal. There are a few differences in the wash program and the control panel is completely touch-based without any buttons.
With excellent wash quality and silent operations, it is one of the best front load washing machines in India.
The washing machine has 10 wash programs namely, Baby care, Easy Care, Mix, Cotton Cotton Large, Sportswear, Delicate, Wool, Quick 30 and Rinse+Spin.
The maximum RPM of the washing machine remains at 1000 cycles which is quite sufficient for a 6 Kg washing machine.
The temperature can be chosen from cold, 20, 30, 40, 60 and 95 degree. In the older model, 20 degree was not available—again seems like a difference for namesake.
In terms of appearance, the main difference is the touch control panel devoid of any buttons. It gives a sophisticated appeal. The manufacturers claim the touch control panel to be waterproof. However, to be on the safer side, it is advisable to keep the panel completely away from water.
The wash quality is pretty good, thanks to the 6D washing system that comprises of stepping, filtration, scrubbing, tumble, rolling and swing. Be it ketchup, sweat, coffee or ink stains, the washing machine cleans it all with ease. Bloodstain, however, needs pre-treatment for best results.
As with all LG washing machines, it has invert drive technology that runs without a belt. Manufacturers claim it reduces wear and tear and enhances durability. In our tests, we found it to be more silent than Bosch.
It also has a smart diagnosis app that communicates with the computer at the customer service centre over mobile to help understand the cause of the error and expedite the repair process.
A drawback, however, is that it doesn’t have the laundry add feature like Bosch and IFB washing machines mentioned below.
If you want the same washing machine, but with a larger capacity, then you can take a look at LG FHM1207ZDL with 7 Kg capacity, apt for families with 4-6 members. Its wash programs and features are almost the same, except that for drying larger quantity of clothes, it has a maximum RPM is 1200.
LG FHM1208ZDL is the 8 Kg variant with same wash programs, but higher RPM of 1200 cycles. It is suitable for families with 6 plus members.
Find latest price ( Amazon)While the former front loader from LG was quite a basic one, this option has got some really sophisticated features and wash programs.
The main feature that stands out is the steam cycle in baby care and allergen function.
Though steam cycle doesn’t improve the ability to remove stains, it has a remarkable effect on eliminating allergens. Basically, a jet of steam is introduced into the drum to eliminate up to 99.9% of allergens like dust mite, pollen, pet hair and bacteria. So, if your home has members who are prone to allergy or small babies, then this washing machine is the best option for you.
The wash quality of LG FHT1006SNW is also remarkably good. All types of stains- be it curry stain, pee and poop stains on cloth diapers or dirty uniform and work clothes, the washing machine cleans it all well.
LG attributes this to their 6 motion control technology which moves the drum in different motions to completely agitate the clothes and remove the stains. Of course, the quality of detergent you use also matters.
And like all other washing machines in the segment, programs like Cotton, Baby Care and Allergen take 2-3 hours for completion.
Yet another feature is that using NFC ( Near Field Communication) you can download wash programs and also utilize Smart Diagnosis feature. But to be honest, the 14 inbuilt wash programs are more than sufficient for most Indian households that you won’t really use this feature.
The temperature of other wash programs vary from 20 to 95 degree Celsius and RPM can be set up to 1000 cycles. You do have options like time delay and reload function too.
Talking about noise and vibration, they are quite low. When you compare LG and Bosch, they are almost at par in this aspect.
In LG, this is attributed to the Inverter Direct Drive Technology whereby the motor is connected directly to the drum without using any belt. LG also claims this helps reduce friction and enhances the life of the washing machine too.
Overall, with excellent wash programs, steam cycle and with minimal noise and vibration, it is definitely a great choice for small families that have children or are allergy-prone.
The 7 Kg Variant of this washing machine is LG FHT1007ZNW, which has higher RPM of 1200 cycles. The wash programs remain the same.
The 8 Kg variant is LG FHT1208SWW. It too has maximum RPM of 1200 cycles with the same wash programs.
Bosch sells some of the best quality washing machines in India. With high wash quality and fairly quiet operations, it is one of the best front load washing machines in India for a family with 4 to 6 members.
The washing machine has 14 wash programs and can run at maximum RPM of 1200 cycles, facilitating faster drying. Note however that temperature of individual wash programs cannot be adjusted. Also, the maximum temperature at which the wash program functions is 60 degrees Celsius.
Other noteworthy features include Speed Perfect which reduces wash time by up to 65%. But we found that this function compromises on wash quality. It isn’t suitable to remove hard stains. But clothes that are not soiled can be cleaned up quickly.
Yet another feature is Water Plus which increases wash duration to enhance the wash quality in case there are stubborn stains.
Bosch also has Reload function which allows you to add laundry mid-cycle and Drum clean that removes lint and other residues to enhance wash quality and life of the drum.
In addition, the foam detection technology detects extra foam in the drum and facilitates the additional intake of water to dilute and expel the foam. Though it increases the wash duration, it is a feature that helps expel stain and maintain the wash quality.
The manufacturers claim that the washing machine functions at low water pressure, however, most reviews cite otherwise. Many consumers have faced problems as the washing machine demands water flow of 7-9 litre per minute for optimal functioning.
Something we really loved about Bosch is that it has a drum clean wash program, which we recommend you run every month. It helps descale the drum and the outlet pipe thereby increasing the durability of the appliance. LG lacks this feature which is extremely useful for those who lives in metros where hard water is common.
Overall, WAK24168 is a high-performance washing machine which works by consuming minimal water and electricity without compromising on wash quality, performance or durability. Now, if you would like to adjust the temperature and other settings of each wash program, then we recommend you to take a look at Bosch’s latest offering WAK24268IN.
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As mentioned earlier, Bosch comes out with flying colours if we assess it in terms of performance and durability. It is a bit more expensive than WAK24168, but given its outstanding performance and versatility, it is one of the best front load washing machines in India.
The washing machine is pretty energy and water-efficient. It consumes a maximum of 47 L of water and 1 unit electricity for the cotton program which is the most elaborate of wash programs. Even when it runs at maximum RPM, the vibration and noise are minimal compared to other brand front loaders.
Talking about the features, Bosch WAK 24268 has 15 fully customizable wash programs ( in terms of temperature and spin speed) that can be used to wash all varieties of clothes.
If you need to wash your clothes in a jiffy, you can use the Speed Perfect function that reduces wash time by up to 65%. Of course, you can expect an observable difference in wash quality when you opt for this function.
On the contrary, if you need your fabrics to be completely free of the detergent and other residues, allergy plus wash program will do just that for you. Next, even if you, unfortunately, forget to add a piece of clothing for wash, you can add it mid-cycle with the laundry add feature.
Other features like Ecoperfect reduces water temperature and quantity to minimize water and energy consumption. Though manufacturers claim that wash quality is not compromised, it is seen that its difficult to remove hard stains in Eco Perfect mode.
Otherwise, when you check the wash quality, the performance is quite satisfactory with less vibration and noise. The washing machine’s foam detection system is also quite helpful as it dilutes the lather in case it finds that you have added more detergent than required leading to excessive lathering.
Overall, it is one of the best options for families with 3-6 members, provided water supply at your home has sufficient pressure.
Read the detailed review of Bosch Front Load Washing Machines here.
Bosch focuses now on their WAK24264IN with almost similar features, functions and performance to the previous entry.The washing machine has 15 wash programs and temperature, as well as the spin speed of each wash program, can be individually adjusted within a range. In addition, you can further customize the wash programs using options like speed perfect, eco-perfect and extra rinse. Eco-perfect reduces water consumption by 50% while Eco perfect reduces wash time by up to 65%.The wash programs include options like Daily wash, Cotton, Super 15/30, Allergy Plus, Wool, Delicate, Kidswear, Lingerie, Freshen up– which is more than sufficient for washing almost every type of cloth used in a typical Indian household. You would also want to take note of the Allergy Plus wash program which is a boon for people with sensitive skin as it completely eliminates even minute residue of detergent to prevent any allergies and ensure perfect hygiene.Talking about the other features, Bosch claims to have the largest drum size in the segment compared to other brands. Moreover, its variodrum and wave design ensures efficient distribution of water and detergent to enhance the wash quality and minimize damage to the fabrics.Performance-wise, the wash quality is superior and the washing machine produces minimal noise and vibration even while running at maximum RPM of 1200 cycles. Consuming an optimal level of power and water, the washing machine is quite environment friendly too.The main drawback to this otherwise wonderful appliance is the constant delay in installation. Other than that, you can hardly find a fault with the German technology-powered Bosch WAK24264 7 kg front loader.
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IFB Senorita Aqua SX was launched in 2014 and is still one of the best-selling front load washing machine models in India. It has 12 wash programs and user-friendly features that make it apt for washing a variety of clothes.
As mentioned earlier, its Aqua Energie feature is one of the distinguishing features that makes it an ideal choice for homes in areas with hard water. However, it can reduce salts only up to 250 ppm TDS level.
Other user-friendly features include laundry add, child lock, auto imbalance correction system, crescent moon drum, foam control and 3 D wash.
The newer washing machines have a 4D wash system, which Senorita Aqua SX doesn’t have, which means it has one nozzle less to pump in water for thoroughly dissolving detergent. However, this is not a major flaw and doesn’t make a drastic difference to the wash quality.
The performance and wash quality is above satisfactory. It consumes just around 48 L of water for a full wash cycle and most wash programs take about 1.5- 2 hours for a complete wash.
IFB Senorita Aqua SX 6.5 kg washing machine is also available in white colour. If you are not very particular about the colour, it is better to opt for white as it costs about Rs. 2000 lesser.
You can read the complete review of IFB Senorita Aqua Front Load Washing Machine here.
Senator Aqua SX is one of the highly-rated front loading washing machines from IFB. It is economically priced too, considering that it has 8 Kg capacity while at the same price, you get just a 7 kg washing machine from Bosch or LG.
The washing machine has 15 wash programs which can further be customized by adjusting the RPM up to 1400 cycles and temperature up to 95 degree Celsius. Other than the usual wash programs, Senator Aqua boasts of functions like Silk– to wash delicate silk sarees; Curtain– to wash heavy draperies and duvets and Cradle wash function for washing delicates, laces and satin.
It also has options like pre-wash, rinse, easy iron etc, which can be adjusted using the LCD panel. The fastest wash program, express wash finishes in 15 minutes, while elaborate wash programs like Cotton finish in about 2-2.5 hours.
Other useful functions include Aqua Energie- which reduces the hardness of water and improves lathering; Foam control that reduces excess foam to enhance wash quality; Laundry add function that allows adding laundry mid-cycle; Ball Valve Technology that keeps the detergent inside the drum to prevent wastage and improve wash quality. In addition, it also has a Program Repeat function that saves wash program at customized settings for repeated use.
Senator Aqua SX is environment friendly too. It consumes optimal power and elaborate wash programs consume about 60 L of water. Overall, it is a pretty good option for families with 5-8 members.
You can read the complete review of IFB Senator Aqua SX here.
With 6 kg capacity, spin speed of maximum 1000 cycles per minute and temperature control from 20 to 90 degree Celsius, Samsung WW60M206LMW/TL is a pretty economical choice with all basic features and functions for a 3-5 member family.
The washing machine has 10 wash programs, namely, baby care, denim, delicates, daily wash, 15 quick wash, cotton, synthetics, wool, rinse and rinse spin. It also has functions like time delay, time delay end and soak.
Thanks to the diamond-shaped drum pattern and smaller water exit holes, you can be assured that the clothes don’t get trapped and damaged.
Performance-wise, the wash quality is found to be pretty good. Water and power consumption is also optimal and vibration minimal. Thanks to the large LCD panel, it is easy to change the programs and settings.
Overall, the Samsung WW60M206LMW/TL has a pretty good user rating. A drawback, however, is the delay in installation. A few users even had to install the appliance by themselves, which is not quite an easy task for most people.
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Bosch WAT24463IN with 8 Kg capacity, 13 wash programs, temperature control up to 90-degree Celsius and maximum spin speed of 1200 RPM is one of the best front loaders for families with 6 plus members.
The washing machine comes with various wash programs to wash different type of clothes and fabrics. They include cottons, Synthetics, Daily Wash, Delicates/Silk, Wool, Drum Clean, Rinse, Spin/Drain, Sportswear, Shirts, AllergyPlus, Kidswear, Low Tangle, Express Wash, Super15/30 min.
The temperature of cotton wash programs can be set up to 90-degree celsius, while the others can be set up to 40-60 degree celsius. The RPM of all wash programs can be adjusted up to 1200 RPM.
The Bosch WAT24463 also has standard “Bosch features” like Speed perfect to reduce wash duration up to 65%; Water Plus– to increase water consumption for a more thorough wash; Anti-vibration design; time delay upto 24 hours; Reload and Foam Detection.
As with all Bosch washing machines, it is equipped with Ecosilence drive, which ensures minimal friction and hence enables better durability. The drum is also well-constructed with high-quality stainless steel. The drum is designed with droplet like embossments that cleans the clothes without causing damage to the fibres.
Talking about the performance, most users are highly satisfied with the wash quality of the WAT24463IN. It can handle all varieties of clothes with ease. But the drawback is that SpeedPerfect while reducing the wash duration compromises on the wash quality.
The spin speed of 1200 cycles helps reduce moisture to up to 50%. But it does make noise while vibrating, which is noticeable.
The energy consumption is optimal. It varies from 0.2 to 2 units depending on the temperature set and wash program.
Talking about the drawbacks, many users complain that the pipes provided along are too small. Also, compared to IFB Senator, its maximum spin speed is on the lower side. IFB Senator has a maximum spin speed of 1400 cycles.
Though there are a few flaws, it is overall an excellent option for a large family with 6 plus members.
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