Semi-automatic washing machines are the most affordable and popular type of washing machine in India.
These last longer and make the housemakers job easy.
If you are looking for a semi-automatic machine then we have thoroughly researched the enitre market to bring you the best appliance only.
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Best Semi Automatic Washing Machine
Best for Family of 2 or 3
This is a semi-automatic washing machine from Intex.
It is ideal for bachelors or couples. If you are a family of 2 or 3 then only choose this.
You can load up to 6.2 kg of clothes in the washer drum and up to 5 kg of wet clothes in the drying drum.
If you favor Indian companies more then it’s good news for you as this machine for Intex is made in India.
The price is on the lower side when compared to Samsung and LG. Semi-automatic washing machines do not have many advanced features.
Their maintenance is low and lasts longer so you can buy any brand’s semi-automatic washing machine.
This product comes with a complete 2 year of warranty. Its body is made of plastic and is rust free.
If you are tight on budget and looking for a cheap but effective washing machine then have a look at this Onida washing machine.
At the time of reviewing this product, it was priced around 5,000/- which is very low from other washing machines of the same wash capacity.
This is a Washer Only Washing Machine. It does not have a drying tub.
You cannot dry your clothes using this machine
That is why its cost is low but no worries you can dry your clothes in the sunlight.
In terms of washing, it is comparable to any other semi-automatic top load washing machine.
Do note that its capacity for washing clothes is 6.5 kgs only. This is ideal for a family of 3 max.
It also consumes low power as the RPM speed is 740 max. Washing your clothes may take a longer time but the efficiency is not low.
This product is covered under 1 year of warranty
Next see this washer from Samsung, unlike the previous two washers this is not cheap. This machine comes with the label of Samsung and so its price will be higher due to the brand value.
The wash drum uses a pulsator instead of an agitator for creating a swirling motion. For preventing clothes from falling down onto the bottom of the washer drum it uses Center Jet technology which generates jets of water from the centre of pulsator, this lifts the clothes that fall down and increases the effectiveness of cleaning.
Being a semi-automatic machine you will need to shift the laundry from the washer to the drying chamber. Both washing and drying takes some time, especially blankets takes a longer time for drying. Its Air Turbo Drying System rotates the drum rapidly, and intakes more air inside, this causes the clothes to dry faster.
The BEE(Bureau of Energy Efficiency) has started to give star ratings to even washing machines. This machine is labelled with 5 star rating. This makes it highly power efficient and will help you save power. By consuming less power it helps protect our environment. For enhanced mobility, the company has attached caster wheels at the bottom. However we found that it can only be moved in a single direction, it is not possible to move it in different directions.
In terms of looks, it looks like any normal semi automatic washer. Its body is made of plastic material. You will find its price slightly on the higher end being manufactured by Samsung.
Best for Family of 4
This is a semi-automatic washing machine from Whirlpool.
Whirlpool is the most popular brand for semi-automatic models.
Its product is durable and lasts long
It features 7.5kg of washing capacity. This weight is ideal for a family of 4.
It comes with an impeller instead of agitators inside the washer drum. There are a lot of benefits of an impeller like more space, less friction, and less entanglement of clothes, etc.
The drum used inside is made of plastic and is rust free.
With its powerful motors, the washer can spin at 1450 RPM max. You can get your clothes dry faster.
To take care of unwanted dirt and lint it has a “lint filter” which effectively collects all the lint.
You get a 2-year complete warranty on this product along with a 5-year warranty on its motor.
If you want only the best brand product then go with this washing machine from LG.
LG is a good brand for all types of washing machines especially fully-automatic ones.
It features 7.5 kg of washer capacity which is ideal for nuclear families of 4.
This is a 2020 model. It is always good to have only the latest model product.
This is a unique semi-automatic washing machine as it does not have an alarm to indicate the completion of wash cycles.
Most machines have an alarm for indicating that the cycle is near completion or is 100% complete.
Its unique roller jet pulsator provides efficient agitation of clothes.
If you often see rats at your home then there is a chance that these tiny creatures might infest your machine but not with this LG washing machine.
Read More: If you are on a budget then do check our article on best semi automatic under 10,000.
This has a 3MM plastic cover added with a rat repellent chemical.
For easy mobility, it has wheels attached at the bottom.
LG is giving a 2-year warranty on the complete product and 5-year warranty on its motor
Godrej is an Indian brand headquartered in Mumbai, India. In our testing we found that its operations are too noisy. With 60dB of noise it can be unbearable for few people.
As you know the clothes go through 3 phases in a wash cycle that is soak, wash, rinse. Its Active Soak feature creates turbulence inside the drum during the soaking phase, by doing so clothes soak faster and the stains also loosen faster. For catching fluff, lint, and other particles, a lint filter is placed inside the washer drum. This can collect lint even at low water levels.
If you buy this washer then do know that it is royal purple in colour. Everyone may not like this colour but you may adjust at this price. You can easily move the machine as it comes attached with wheels at the bottom. Its body is made of polypropylene plastic.
Its powerful motors can spin at a high speed of 1440 RPM during the drying cycle. RPM stands for revolution per minute. The company is offering a 2 year warranty on the product.
One key point to note is that many people do not like the buzzer sound in semi-automatic washers which rings at the ending of a wash cycle, for them it is too loud. If you also do not like the sound of the buzzer then you will be happy to know that there is no buzzer in this machine.
Best for Family of 6
For a big family of six people, we bring you once again a whirlpool washing machine. Whirlpool is king in the semi-automatic category.
Its large washer capacity of 10.5kgs is huge.
Usually, semi-automatic machines have only 3 wash programs but this features 5 wash programs – delicate, gentle, normal, normal plus, stain wash
Its uniquely designed impeller called 3D Turbo impeller with scrub pads provides effective agitation or rubbing of clothes.
The lint that comes with the water gets automatically collected inside the lint filter.
To move a 10.5kg load it uses powerful motors with a max RPM of 1400
We are not happy with its 1 year of warranty. Whirlpool can do a better job by providing a 2-year warranty.
If you want a washing machine that guarantees quality and longer life.
Then go with this LG washing machine. However, this has only 9kg of load capacity.
Good for a family of 5-6 members in which there are 1-2 kids.
Design is compact and unique. Unlike ordinary semi-automatic machines, this looks modern and nice.
Its unique impeller makes the agitation process more efficient leading to better and faster cleaning of clothes.
To protect the insides of the machine, some rat repellent chemical is applied to its cover. This will prevent rats from invading the machine.
This product is covered under a complete warranty of 2 years along with 5 years of warranty on the motors.
LG after-sales service is very good. You can easily get your machine serviced or repaired.
Have a look at this behemoth of a washing machine. This huge capacity washer from LG can take up to 11 kg of load. To cater the needs of a big joint family of 6-8 members LG has designed this machine. With its huge size this machine has got a higher price point too.
You can wash all types of bigger things like bed sheets, double bed blankets, etc. Everything on this machine is bigger – washer drum, the spinning drum. The product specification reads as 65dB noise level for washing, this means it will make good noise during its usage. The spinning noise level is 10dB higher.
LG’s lint filter is called a magic filter, it is circular in shape and catches lint, fluff from the clothes during the wash cycle. If this lint is not collected then it may stick to the machine’s pipe. You already know that top loaders wash cloth via agitation. For increasing the friction via agitation, this machine has the Roller Jet Pulsator which is a uniquely designed pulsator from LG.
To protect the internal parts of the washing machine from rats and rodents, a rat mesh and rat repellent is used on the body. It features 4 wash programs, these are namely normal wash, gentle wash, strong wash, and soak.
Quick Buying Guide
You must know that there are a few setback of semi-automatic washing machines. Check this article which explains difference between semi and fully automatic washing machine
Choose the capacity
You must get the right capacity washing machine depending on the number of members in your family.
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Here it is assumed that all the family members are adults.
If your family has kids then you can buy a lower capacity washing machine as kids clothes does not add much weight when compared to an adult.
If you like to wash big bedsheets, blankets, shawls then you can increase the capacity slightly by 1-2 kgs.
Do note that it takes an entire day or even two days to wash and completely dry the clothes using a semi-automatic one.
Choose the Brand
There are several good brands available in the Indian market.
Few of them are Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Intex, Panasonic, etc
If you prefer products only from the best brands. Then you can go with LG or Samsung.
Otherwise, Whirlpool is doing a good job in the semi-automatic washing machine category.
It offers good, reliant washing machines at an affordable rate.