Best Washing Machines For Large Families In India
A washing machine for a large family with 6 plus members needs to have at least 8 Kg capacity. In addition, it has to have a robust built quality, excellent durability and variety of wash programs to endure the heavy load and cater to the unique needs of different members.
1kg of laundry is equal to two bath towels OR one shirt and one pair of jeans or 5 shirts.
Keeping these aspects in mind, we bring to you some of the best washing machines for large families in India.
Out of all the options, we highly recommend LG FHT1208ZNW with 8 Kg capacity. It has a variety of wash programs and you can download wash programs of your choice from Smart ThinQ App via NFC technology. You can wash the clothes in water as hot as 95 degrees Celsius. It also has functions like Intensive, Pre-Rinse, Laundry Add, Tub Clean etc that improves the wash quality and makes it more user friendly.
Among the top loaders, Whirlpool 360° ULTIMATE CARE 12.0 with 12 Kg capacity and an in-built water heater is an excellent choice for larger joint families.
Which Are The Best Washing Machines For Large Families?
- LG 8 Kg Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine FHT1208ZNW
- IFB 8.5 kg 5 Star Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine Executive Plus VX ID
- Bosch 8 Kg Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine WAJ28262IN
- Samsung 9.0 Kg Inverter Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (WW91K54E0UX/TL
- LG 9.0 Kg 5 Star Smart Inverter Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine T90SJSF1Z
- Samsung 10 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine WA10M5120SG/TL
- Whirlpool 12 kg 5 Star Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine with In-Built Heater 360° ULTIMATE CARE 12.0
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Best Washing Machines in India For Large Families
LG FHT1208ZNW is a mid-range front loader from LG with 8 Kg capacity. You can wash clothes in temperature ranging from Cold to 90 degree Celsius and the maximum RPM is 1200 cycles.
One of the most important aspects of LG washing machines is its inverter direct drive technology. This means, the motor is directly connected to the drum to tumble and spin the clothes without using a belt via a pulley mechanism. This reduces noise and vibration, optimizes energy consumption and allows easy movement of the drum in both directions. Hence, the drum moves in 6 motions namely stepping, tumbling, filtration, scrubbing, rolling and swinging, to clean stains without damaging the clothes.
The wash programs available in this washing machine are Cotton, Cotton+, Mix, Easy Care, Duvet, Allergy Care, Baby Steam Care, Sportswear, Gentle Care, Dark Wash, Stain Care, Silent Wash and Quick 30. Using the Smart ThinQ app, you can download wash programs like Beach wear, Color Care, Denim, Eco sanitary, New Clothes and Small Load ( depending on the model). However, the 13 in-built options are more than enough for most families.
Out of the 13 wash programs, 2 are steam functions. They are Baby Care and Allergy Care. In this, a jet of steam is injected to the drum to eradicate allergens like dust mites and also improve the wash quality. However, the efficiency of steam functions is debatable as the steam is injected to clothes which are drenched in hot water.
Other functions available are Intensive and Pre-Rinse which can be individually used for washing heavily soiled clothes; Time Saver- which reduces wash duration; Rinse+ which adds an additional round of rinsing to completely remove detergent residues; Crease Care for minimizing tangles; Delay End for stopping the time delay; Add Item- to add clothes in the middle of a wash cycle; Tub Clean to periodically clean the drum and remove scaling and finally Child Lock.
LG front loaders generally have excellent washing performance and the FHT1208ZNW also follows suit. Be it poop stained baby diapers or soiled uniforms, the washing machine takes care of it with ease. As it has 8 Kg capacity, you can even wash a double duvet in it comfortably.
Overall, it is an excellent option for large families with members of different age groups as it can cater to a variety of requirements.
If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, then you could consider LG FHM1208ZDL with 8 Kg capacity. It is a front loader with just 10 wash programs and you can wash clothes at a maximum of 60 degrees Celsius only. Also, it doesn’t have many of the functionalities like crease care, laundry add, Rinse+ etc.
IFB Executive Plus VX ID is an ideal choice for a joint family. It has 8.5 Kg capacity and has numerous wash programs and functions.
The main advantage of IFB is the Aqua Energie Feature which is an in-built device that breaks down the carbonates and bicarbonates to soften the water and improve lathering. But note that the upper limit of the TDS it can handle is 250, if TDS is more, then you will have to invest in an additional water softener.
In this washing machine, clothes can be washed at a maximum of 90 degree Celsius. It has a maximum spin speed of 1400 RPM, which removes excess moisture efficiently. But it still needs air drying.
The wash programs are Express Wash, Delicates, Bedding, Anti-Allergen, Woollen, Babywear, Uniform, Synthetic, Cotton Normal, Sportswear, Cradle Wash, Spin and finally Rinse+Spin.
The additional functions are Anti-crease, Time Saver, Eco, Soak, Soilage, Laundry Add and Prewash.
The wash quality of IFB VX ID is pretty good. The various functions help dislodge even stubborn stains with minimal effort. While spinning at maximum speed, there is a bit of noise. But the vibration is minimal. This is partly because of the strong and sturdy built quality and weight of around 75 Kg.
Overall, with excellent wash quality, variety of wash programs and silent operations, it is a great choice for homes with slightly hard water.
The Bosch WAJ28262IN comes under the Anti-Tangle series, which as the name suggests reduces tangling and creases in the clothes.
The washing machine comes with 8 Kg capacity and has a maximum RPM of 1400 cycle and temperature can be set at a maximum of 60 degree Celsius.
Few of the unique features of Bosch washing machines are EcoSilence Drive which reduces noise and vibration; Speed Perfect that can reduce wash duration by up to 20% and Active Water Plus that adjusts water consumption depending on the clothes and load.
The wash programs of the WAJ28262IN are Sportswear, Dark Wash, Anti-bacteria, Kidswear, Freshen up, Quick 15/30, Cotton, Cotton 60, Synthetics, Mix Load, Delicates, Wool, Drum Descale and Spin/Dry.
While LG uses Direct Drive Technology, Bosch uses the conventional belt-driven technology whereby the motor and drum is connected with a belt using a pulley system. So, comparatively, it vibrates more and is a bit noisier too.
The wash quality with regular programs is quite good. You can clean various types of clothes efficiently. But if you use the Speed Perfect function, the wash quality is affected. Heavily soiled clothes won’t get cleaned perfectly.
As with most other washing machines in the segment, you have options like Time Delay, Child Lock, Laundry Add ( Reload), and Pre-soak.
Overall, with a budget-friendly price tag, decent options and wash programs, it is an ideal choice for a joint family.
The first thing you notice and love about this washing machine is the “Add Wash” which is a small opening on the door, which you can open to put clothes mid-cycle. For your safety, you can open it anytime the water temperature is less than 50 degree Celsius. In most of the washing machines with Laundry Add feature, you have to wait till water drains out before you can open the door and add clothes you have forgotten, which takes time and wastes water. Samsung overcomes this problem with the Add Wash feature.
Samsung, just like LG uses direct drive technology whereby the motor is connected directly to the drum without using any belt or pulley mechanism. This results in comparatively lesser vibration and noise and better energy efficiency.
Being a washing machine apt for large families, it has numerous wash programs that can cater to different needs. The wash programs are Bedding, Hygiene Steam, Wool, Dark Garment, Super Eco Wash, Daily Wash, Quick 15, Cotton, Synthetics, Delicate, Rinse+ Spin, Spin and Eco Drum Clean.
The steam care program uses a jet of steam for eradicating allergens. That being said, washing clothes in 90-degree hot water is usually sufficient to sanitize the clothes.
The temperature can be set 20 to 90 degree Celsius, with 5 levels of rinsing and maximum spin speed of 1400 RPM. It also has functions like Easy Iron, Time Delay, Prewash, Intensive, Child Lock and Delay End which you can opt depending on your needs.
Two other important features are Samsung’s patented Eco Bubble Technology whereby detergent is dissolved quicker in the water and the numerous tiny bubbles produced removes stains quicker and more efficiently without damaging the clothes. Next, while most of the front loaders come with in-built heater that is made of metal, in Samsung it is made of ceramic which is more resistant to scaling in hard water.
Overall, it is yet another thoughtfully designed washing machine with numerous user-friendly features that is suitable for a large family.
If you are looking for a top loader for a joint family, then LG T90SJSF1Z could be a good choice. It has 9 Kg capacity, maximum spin speed of 780 RPM and has sufficient wash programs and functions. Being a top loader, it costs much less than a front loader of comparable capacity, but it uses a lot more water and electricity.
The washing machines comes with a smart inverter motor that adjusts the water and energy consumption depending on the load.
It also has patented Turbo Drum whereby the pulsator and drum move in opposite directions to provide better agitation to the clothes and thereby dislodge even stubborn stains. Jet spray is yet another technology which introduces water as a spray to reduce overall water consumption. Even so, it uses about 22 litres of water per Kg of clothes.
The washing machine comes with 8 wash programs namely Normal, Turbo Wash, Quick Wash, Strong, Prewash+Normal, Aqua Reserve, Gentle and Tub Clean. For each wash program, you can set the soil level depending on the dirt/stain in the clothes to light, normal or heavy. Similarly, the water level can be set to 10 levels, wash time from 3 to 25 minutes, rinse in 4 levels and spin in 3 settings from low to high and you can invoke air drying too for better results. You can also adjust the beeper sound level.
As with every LG washing machines, you can know the stage of washing on the panel. There are also options like Child Lock, Time Delay, Auto Restart and Smart Diagnosis.
Talking about the drawbacks, it has a single inlet pipe and no in-built water heater. There are also cases of defective products being delivered. So, take care to do a thorough inspection at the time of delivery.
The same washing machine is also available at 10 Kg capacity.
Samsung WA10M5120SG/TL is a basic top load washing machine that is economically priced and large enough for a joint family.
The washing machine comes with a Wobble Pulsator technology which creates gentle agitation to clean clothes without damaging them.
It has 6 wash programs namely, Normal, Quick, Blanket, Delicate, Jeans and Eco Tub Clean. The water level can be set at 5 levels. It also has air turbo drying that can be set for 15 or 30 minutes as per your requirement.
Other features include Time Delay and Child lock. The LED panel also has a display showing the time remaining and an indicator showing the progress of the wash program.
Whirlpool 12 kg 5 Star Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine with In-Built Heater 360° ULTIMATE CARE 12.0
A drawback with most top-loaders is that it doesn’t have an in-built water heater. So, you don’t really have the option of washing clothes in warm water. Whirlpool 360 Ultimate Care overcomes this and you can wash clothes in water up to 60-degrees Celsius. The maximum spin speed is set at 740 RPM.
The washing machine has a 360-degree tumbling motion whereby clothes are thoroughly agitated and the abrasion between the clothes help remove stains and dirt. It also introduces washing powder into the drum as a concentrated solution for better cleansing.
The wash programs are- Daily, Heavy, Delicates, Whites, Stainwash, Baby Care, Woollens, Hot Wash, Sari, Rinse+Dry, Dry only and Wash Only. Out of this, Stainwash, Baby Care and Hot Finish washes the clothes in 60 degree hot water.
The washing machine also has the option for express wash, drying in 4 different levels and fill water either automatically or in 10 different levels manually. It also has a Smart Sensor, Smart Lint filter and Detergent Recommendation technology.
Overall, it is one of the best offerings from Whirlpool and the best top loader for a large family.