There are many regions in India which suffer from hard water problem. If you live in cities where water comes from the municipality then you need not worry as the water is not hard and can be used with a washing machine or dishwasher without any hassle.
But if you live in an area where water comes from borewell or other sources then it can be hard water.
What is hard water
Hard water is the water that contains minerals like calcium and magnesium in high quantities. The problem with hard water is that soap does not work with it, only detergent can be used with it, that too in higher quantity for washing purpose.
Its effect on clothes and washing machine
Washing clothes with hard water can result in
- Soil buildup on clothes and it do not wash easily
- Fabric becomes stiff
- Tear in Fibres
- White grayish streaks on fabric.
Effect on the Washing Machine
- Scale Deposits on various parts
- Decreased Performance of the Washer
- Life decreases faster
Can Washing machine handle hard water
After researching a ton on the internet, talking to experts, and communicating with brands like IFB, Whirlpool, Bosch, etc.
Only two brands seem to claim that their washing machine can handle hard water. These are IFB and Whirlpool.
But still, in our research, we found washers from these brands can handle hard water with low TDS only and are not very effective. They cannot tackle the hard water problem by 100%.
Best Washing Machine for Hard Water
Whirlpool is a popular brand for semi automatic washers. This is a fully automatic washing machine from Whirlpool. This comes with a capacity of 7.5 kg and is suitable for cleaning clothes of 4 people.
“Special Hard Water Wash Program”
It features 12 wash programs in which there is a special program named hard water wash which is designed for handling hard water problems. The wash programs are daily wash, heavy, delicates, whites, eco wash, woollen wash, bed sheet, rinse + spin, aqua store, express wash.
Its 6th sense smart sensors automatically sense conditions like water level, voltage, load, etc for changing the detergent dosage and spin speed, etc. It uses a pulsator instead of an agitator for creating agitation of clothes. The spiro wash creates a unique circular motion to increase the cleaning efficacy by 20%.
You can also set a timer to start the washing process after some time. Once in a month clean the washer tub using the auto tub clean feature. Devices are becoming smart and so is its smart lint filter whose job is to catch fluff and lint from the laundry.
Do you suffer from water scarcity in your locality? In semi automatic washers one can add water manually but this is not possible in the case of fully automatic washers, these take water automatically using a tap. This is different with this machine as you can store water inside the washer for future use.
And at last, the obvious child lock feature which prevents young children from interrupting the wash cycle. This washer comes with a complete warranty of 2 years on the product.
Once again another washing machine from Whirlpool but this is smaller in size and has a built-in heater that allows the use of hot water wash. All Whirlpool top loaders come with a special wash program called the hard water wash program which handles hard water problems.
Built-in Heater & Hot Water Wash
Not all top loaders come with a heater but you are lucky that this one has one. Hot water wash has its own benefits like better cleaning, better penetration of detergent, and killing of bacteria and harmful allergens. If you worry about electricity bills then let me tell you that this machine comes with a 5-star label meaning it is power efficient and saves energy.
All the other features are the same as in the previous Whirlpool washer like express wash, magic filter, auto tub clean, spiro wash, ZPF technology, 6th Sense smart sensors.
The glass lid at the top is not a soft closing lid meaning it can close with a bang so be vigilant when closing the door and do not injure your hands. Put your clothes, set the wash program, add detergent and forget everything. It will automatically wash and dry clothes within 1 hour. The clothes come out dried out by 70% and will be dry 100% under sunlight.
Next have a glance at this IFB front load washing machine which comes with a built-in heater. IFB is also known for handling hard water in India. It designs its machines keeping in mind the hard water issue in India.
IFB washers come with a built-in aqua filter to handle hard water. The dissolving of detergent in hard water becomes difficult, the aqua energie feature allows better dissolving of detergent in hard water.
This is Front Loading Washing Machine
Front load Washers are famous for better cleaning, low water consumption, increased efficiency. This model is a 7kg variant and can handle clothes of 3 people. You can wash 5 shirts, 5 jeans, 2 pillowcases, 2 towels in a single wash.
Features 11 wash programs to suit different needs. Other features include Crescent Moon Drum which includes grooves on the washer drum that are made in the shape of a crescent moon, Tub clean for cleaning the washer tub with hot water, child lock, cradle wash for washing delicates like silk, wool, lace, etc and ensuring gentle wash.
As usual, IFB is offering a whopping 4-year warranty on this product. We suggest you buy a hard water filter from IFB and use it with this washer, this will increase the longevity of this machine along with the clothes.
This is also a front loader from IFB like the previous washer and is similar in all features except that this is smaller in capacity and suitable for couples of 2.
Its 3D wash system increases the action of detergent by spraying water detergent solution from a nozzle. All the wash programs and advanced features are present here. If your area suffers from temporary hardness of water then you can use the hot wash program.
Front Loader with Smaller Capacity
Stop the nuisance of young children with the child lock feature. Use this feature and lock all the settings. You can add more laundry in between the washing cycle, this feature is unlikely to see in many front loaders.
IFB is the only company in India that offers four to five years of warranty on their washing machines. This washer comes with a 4-year warranty. If you consider buying this product then do note that IFB is infamous for poor servicing and poor after-sales support.
This is a Bosch fully automatic Top Loader with wash capacity of 6.5 kg, ideal for a family of 2 people. Designed with German Engineering for Maximum Performance. The water pouring happens from two sides in the drum for even soaking of water and detergent.
You can add extra laundry or remove some in-between any wash cycle. This is the benefit of a top loader. If your area suffers from frequent power cuts and you worry about the clothes, then worry not as this comes with an intelligent memory function that allows the machine to resume the operation from where it was left after the power resumes.
Its Magic filter can catch lint from the laundry and the door lid is soft closing, this is a must feature and every fully automatic washer should come with this feature. There are 7 wash programs in total for different occasions. You will get a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase.
Hard water causes scale formation on the insides of a washing machine, this decreases the working efficiency of the machine and with time it decreases even more.
A machine working harder to achieve the same results wears out faster and that is why hard water decreases the life of your washing machine.
The hard water handling technology used in the washing machines listed in this article are not very effective and can handle only hard water with low TDS.
Other Alternatives which can handle hard water
- External Water Filter
- Water softener (Liquid/Chemical)
The better and more effective solution is using a external filter that can filter hard water with 100% efficacy.
Check these online
You can use any washing machine with these filters irrespective of inbuilt hard water feature in the appliance.
Another cheap solution includes using of water softeners but the issue here is you need to use it every time during laundary. When using water softener you need to put few drops at initial stage before putting the clothes.
Water softener breaks down the chemicals in the water such that it prevents scale formation and deterioration of clothes.