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Which is the best semi automatic washing machine in India?

Which is the best washing machine in India?

Click the above image to play the classic Videocon semi automatic washing machine ad from my childhood days. Unfortunately, none of the Videocon washing machine models qualified in the top 10 list of best semi automatic washing machines.

When to buy a semi automatic washing machine? What are the pros and cons of a semi automatic washing machine?

A semi automatic washing machine is the best possible choice for families on a budget. Price wise they are cheaper, yet feature-rich and are good at washing clothes too. So, they provide value for money.

Yes, they have their own set of pros and cons which you can read in this comparison of all types of washing machines.

In short, – the benefits are:

  1. Lower cost price
  2. Works without tap water too
  3. Does the job of washing and drying clothes without a dozen complicated buttons

The pain points are:

  1. Transferring clothes from one tub to another can be tiring (especially after a long day at work)
  2. Requires you to be present at every step of the wash cycle
  3. Consumes a little bit more water and electricity

Despite all the cons – benefits 1 & 2 are enough for you to think about buying a semi-automatic machine.

If the upfront budget is low, it’s better to go with a semi automatic washing machine as their price is less compared to fully-automatic models. (Especially if you do not want to take any loan or credit card EMIs.) After all, lowering monthly expenditure is a part of proper financial planning.

If there is no tap water connection available, fully-automatic washing machines are useless. For people like me who rent the house, will know how difficult it is to convince the landlord to spend on the flat.

Besides, why would I spend money on a house that I will change after every 11 months? (If you own your home, then please do spend some money to get the plumbing done for your washing machine.)

In either case, the semi-automatic washing machine should be your choice.

Which are the top 10 best semi automatic washing machines in India? (with price updated daily)

(or click here to skip to number # 1 best semi automatic washing machine directly)

10. Panasonic 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (NA-W65B3RRB)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Aqua Shower

Aqua Shower Rinse

Aqua Shower Rinse

Normally, when rinsing clothes with clean water – very little water hits directly on clothes. Rinsing starts only once the wash tub has enough clean water.

With this Panasonic 6.5kg semi automatic washing machine, rinsing system is little different. There is a shower located in the center of the tub that sprinkles clean tap water directly on the clothes. And while the shower is spraying water, the tub spins so that water spray forces off detergent stuck to almost all of the clothes.

The only problem is – if tap water connection is not available, this system will not work. So if you put water in the tub using a bucket – this system is useless.

How does this benefit? If you have a tap water connection for the washing machine, rinsing becomes quicker and more effective. You get clean clothes with no leftover washing detergent powder on it. Water spray has force, together with the spinning of the tub – Aqua Shower Rinse system thoroughly cleans all the clothes.

Unique Soak

Unique Soak

Unique Soak

In all honesty, I think this feature is just a marketing gimmick.

What is Unique Soak? At the start of each wash cycle, this machine will “pre-soak” clothes for few minutes and then wash them.

Pre-soaking clothes with detergent for an hour or more can help remove tough stains. I am not sure for how useful is this washing machine as it “pre-soaks” clothes for just for few minutes.

I would recommend – put heavily stained clothes in a bucket with detergent and water for an hour, and then put those clothes in the washing machine tub – that will be more effective.

Rust Free Body

5 Years Warranty on motor + Rust free body in a semi automatic washing machine

5 Years Warranty on motor + Rust free body

Since the body is of polypropylene (robust and high-quality plastic), it does not rust.

The quality of plastic is sturdy enough to last for years without cracking when appropriately used. Another benefit of the plastic body is that the colour doesn’t chip off easily.

Apparently, the internal parts are of metal, and there is 5 years warranty on the most critical part – the motor.

All in all, the Panasonic 6.5kg semi automatic washing machine is built to last long.

Aqua Water Filter

I know, Aqua Water Filter sounds funny. Both Aqua and Water mean the same. So it is like saying Water Water Filter!

Aqua Water Filter

Aqua Water Filter

Ok, to the point – Panasonic has provided a water filter where the tap water enters the tub. So if the tap water is muddy, it filters out dirt particles and ensures that clean water enters the washing tub.

Again, just like Aqua Shower Rinse, Aqua Water Filter is dependant on tap connection. Although most of us have tap connection near the washing machine, there are still few users out there who pour water into the washing machine through a bucket.

To make the most out of washing machines, I strongly suggest calling a plumber and getting tap connection installed near the washing machine.

Getting back to the feature – yes Panasonic’s feature is beneficial. Clean water not only cleans clothes better but also extends the life of washing machine.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications

General
In The Box Inlet Pipe Drain Pipe User Manual 1 Washing Machine
Brand Panasonic
Model Name NA-W65B2RRB
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 6.5 kg
Washing Method Double Action Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 800 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color Red
Shade Red
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Panasonic Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: Outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of God or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence.
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types 2
Body Features
Tub Material Plastic
Transparent Window Display Yes
Wheel Support Yes
Other Body Features Chrome Knobs, Rust Proof Body
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter No
Power Features
Power Consumption 400 W
Wash Motor Rating 350 W
Spin Motor Rating 160 W
Dimensions
Width 76 cm
Height 44 cm
Depth 89 cm
Weight 32 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Easy to use
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Water inlet filter for cleaner water while washing
  • Better rinsing of detergent through a water shower
  • 5 years warranty on the motor

CONS:
  • No choice of colours
  • Two of the benefits depend on tap water connection (only if you don’t have – you miss them)
  • Spinning speed is ok, not fast

Where to buy Panasonic 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine online?

Last update was on: October 17, 2019 3:43 PM
Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

9. Intex 6.2 kg Semi Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (WMS62TL)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Powerful Motor

At 1320 rounds per minute, the motor inside this basic semi-automatic washing machine is very fast. Does that matter? Yes, of course – faster motor means faster rotation which will result in better and quicker cleaning of dirty clothes.

Will Intex machine’s powerful motor also dry clothes quicker? Absolutely, the motor is common between washing tub and spinning tub for all semi-automatic machines. That’s why you cannot use both tubs together at the same time.

In short, the 1320rpm motor will also dry clothes quicker.

Rust Free Body

Just like any other semi-automatic washing machine, this Intex model (WMS62TL) is also made of heavy duty plastic.

So the body won’t rust at all, and it is sturdy enough to last for years.

Lint Filter

The lint filter in this Intex model helps keep clothes free of loose cotton threads and tiny cotton balls. The lint filter is inside the wash tub, and it catches lint floating in the water. The best part is – it can be cleaned easily after every wash.

Smart Power Saving

Depending on the load/ weight of clothes in the wash tub, Intex semi-automatic machine can adjust the amount of power to use.

That way, the motor does not take full power when less amount of clothes are in the washing tub.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box Washing Machine Inlet Pipe Drain Pipe User Manual
Brand Intex
Model Name WMS62TL
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 6.2 kg
Washing Method Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 1320 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color Maroon
Dryer Type Spin Air Dry
Wash Cycle Duration 15 min
Spin Cycle Duration 5 min
Shade Maroon
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Intex Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: Outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of God or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence.
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types - Regular, Heavy
Body Features
Tub Material PP
Wheel Support Yes
Other Body Features Layer of Cabinet: 1, Quantity of Water Inlet: 1, ABS Control Panel, PP Base, Water Inlet Selector, PP Cabinet, Wash Lid / Spin Lid: ABS, Rust Free, PP Pulsator
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features Easy Inlet Selection, Unique Impeller Design
Power Features
Power Consumption 340 W
Spin Motor Rating 125 W
Other Power Features Smart Power Saving
Additional Features
Shock Proof Yes
Other Features Real Spin Capacity: 3.6 kg, Water Temperature Available: 50°C, Spin Speed at 60 Hz: 1070 rpm, Sleek and Fashionable, Spin Efficiency: 115%
Dimensions
Width 73.5 cm
Height 84.5 cm
Depth 43 cm
Weight 19 kg
Other Dimensions Wash Tub Dimensions: 413 x 404 x 483.5 mm, Spin Tub Dimensions: 227 x 364.5 mm

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Easy to use
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Power saving feature
  • 2 years warranty on internal parts
  • Best semi automatic washing machine under 8000 but above 5000 INR.

CONS:
  • No choice of colors
  • No warranty on the body
  • After sales service is not great

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

8. Whirlpool 7 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (Superb Atom 70S, Grey)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Smart Scrub Station

Firstly, the design is a smart move and will help you to scrub heavy stained clothes on the washing machine itself.

Typically, we need to scrub heavy stains in the bathroom and then wash clothes in the machine.

Now you can stand tall & scrub clothes/collars/sleeves on top of the washing machine, without the painful bending. This scrubbing station on the machine has a flow back design that allows water and detergent to flow back into the wash tub. These two benefits can prevent backaches and water spilling on the floor!

The best part is – it has a waterproof panel. So, even if the water touches the button panel too often – it won’t damage it.

Inbuilt Memory – Auto Restart

Yes, you guess it right.

To put it briefly – after a power cut, the machine remembers where it stopped; later it starts from the exact position when the power comes back.

Water Proof Panel

As I mentioned earlier – this Whirpool Semi Automatic washing machine has a waterproof panel with all the knobs.

As a matter of fact, the front panel is the most sensitive part and is often the first thing to go faulty. Replacement of front panel can be costly as it is not covered under the extended warranty.

The fact that, too much water exposure is the most common cause of panel going faulty – a waterproof panel will undoubtedly help.

Large Wash Tub – 66L

Whirlpool claims that large tub can hold more water (66 litres) and can help wash clothes in a better way.

According to Whirlpool – more water =  better cleaning. Unfortunately, that is somewhat true. But there are technologies available which can give better cleaning with little water.

I guess, being a semi-automatic machine – it has its limitations.

At least they shouldn’t put that as a feature, considering how precious is water these days.

340W Powerful High-Efficiency Motor

Indeed, the motor inside Superb Atom 70S is mighty. It can rotate at up to 1450rpm (rounds per minute). Which is breakneck rotational speed!

Faster spin speed means more powerful washing and drying in less amount of time.

Multi-utility Tray

This tray helps you sort and carry dry clothes. A special vent helps the water flow back into the wash tub.

A nice add-on, but I still prefer to carry dry clothes on my shoulders 😛

Supersoak

It claims to remove tough dirt by continuous soaking & scrubbing action for 25 minutes with Super Soak Technology.

This technology is useless, soaking clothes for just 40 minutes (max soak time) may not help. Clothes with stubborn stains require at least an hour of soaking. Sometimes, I soak clothes overnight.

I am still unsure if soaking for 25 minutes will help at all.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box 1 Washing Machine Inlet Pipe Drain Pipe
Brand Whirlpool
Model Name Superb Atom 70S
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 7 kg
Washing Method Impeller
Maximum Spin Speed 1450 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color Grey
Dryer Type Air Dry
Wash Cycle Duration 15 min
Spin Cycle Duration 5 min
Shade Grey
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Whirlpool Warranty
Covered in Warranty The following will be covered from the Date of Purchase Wash Motor Spin Motor Wash Timer Spin Timer Drive Assembly and Capacitor Covers all Manufacturing Defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence
Warranty Service Type Techinician Visit
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types 3
Other Wash Modes Dynamic Soak
Body Features
Outer Body Material Hi-fiber
Tub Material Plastic
Wheel Support Yes
Other Body Features Rust Proof, Multi Utility Tray
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features Built-in Scrubber, Buzzer
Power Features
Power Consumption 350 W
Wash Motor Rating 350 W
Spin Motor Rating 150 W
Additional Features
Shock Proof Yes
Other Features Spin Capacity: 6.5 kg, Auto Drain Leveller
Dimensions
Width 79 cm
Height 95 cm
Depth 45 cm
Weight 30 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Waterproof front panel for even more durability
  • Super fast motor for more powerful cleaning
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty
  • Best semi automatic washing machine in under 10000 but above 8000 INR

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 40 minutes
  • No extended warranty on motor

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

7. Samsung 7.2 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine – Indus2 (WT725QPNDMP)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

EZ Wash Tray

Indeed, this feature is similar to Whirlpool’s Smart Scrub Station.

Samsung semi automatic washing machine - EasyWash Tray

EasyWash Tray  – Image courtesy – samsung.com

Samsung’s implementation is one step ahead. The tray is 2 in 1. You can scrub clothes and drain off water in the tub or you can slide the scrubbing tray to the other side to close all the slits and use it as a small rinsing tub.

Overall, scrubbing stations are very helpful – especially to remove stains from hard to reach places like collars and sleeves.

Double Storm

Double Storm, a powerful dual jet system that varies the flow of water to move fabrics around the drum. Horizontal and vertical currents of water deeply clean clothes and sheets without tangling or twisting them.
In simple language – it controls the flow of water within the washing tub to ensure powerful water currents clean the clothes.
Air Turbo Drying System
Samsung semi automatic - Air Turbo Drying System

Air Turbo Drying System

Samsung has smartly adopted the idea from engine designers. The drying compartment has vents to draw air while drying clothes.

What that means is – quicker and better drying of clothes as more air gets sucked in while clothes are spin drying at breakneck speed.

Soak

I agree that soaking clothes in detergent water for a long time helps loosen stubborn stains. And I appreciate that now soaking can be done directly in the washing machine tub. This feature sounds very convenient,

What I do not agree with is the soaking time you can set. Few minutes of soaking will not be enough to remove stubborn stains.

To give more time to soak, I would suggest soaking clothes in the tub while the machine is off. After an hour or more, switch on the machine and soak as per the machine program.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box 1 Washing Machine Inlet Pipe User Manual Outlet Pipe
Brand Samsung
Model Name WT725QPNDMPXTL
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 7.2 kg
Washing Method Centre Jet Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 740 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color White
Dryer Type Air Turbo Drying System
Shade White
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Samsung Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence.
Warranty Service Type Technician Visit
Wash Modes
Other Wash Modes Intensive, Normal, Delicates, Soak
Body Features
Outer Body Material Rust-proof PP Base, Rust-proof PP Body, Durability (Rust-proof Plastic Body)
Tub Material Plastic
Wheel Support Yes
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features Buzzer, EZ Wash Tray, Easy to Move (Big Wheel / Two Way Inner Handle)
Power Features
Power Consumption 350 W
Additional Features
Other Features Scrub Board, Double Storm
Dimensions
Width 80 cm
Height 93.5 cm
Depth 50.2 cm
Weight 24.5 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Scrubing and rinsing tray adds to convinience of scrubbing collars and sleeves directly on the wash tub
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty + 10 years warranty on the motor WOW!

CONS:
  • Spinning speed is not the fastest (1000 rounds per minute)
  • Maximum soak time is just 15 minutes

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

6. LG 7.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (P8541R3SA)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

All the features and functions of LG 6.5kg Semi Automatic washing machine are the same as the machine at #3 spot – the LG 6.5kg model.

The only difference between the two is size. #6 spot has 7.5kg capacity while this one at #3 spot has 6.5kg capacity.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box Inlet Pipe Outlet Pipe User Manual 1 Washing Machine
Brand LG
Model Name P8541R3SA
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 7.5 kg
Washing Method Roller Jet Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color White, Maroon
Shade BURGUNDY
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive LG Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Warranty does not cover Any consequential or resulting liability ,damage or loss to property or life arising directly or indirectly as result of appliance failure / breakdown Defects caused by pets, rats , or any other animal or insect Normal wear & tear of parts or any other acts of God Warranty does not include preventive checks, routine maintenance , cleaning.
Warranty Service Type Techinician Visit
Body Features
Outer Body Material Plastic
Tub Material Plastic
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Power Features
Power Consumption 410 W
Dimensions
Width 80.5 cm
Height 97.5 cm
Depth 47.8 cm
Weight 37 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Protects against damage from rats!
  • Better drying of clothes
  • A high rotation speed of 1400 rpm
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 40 minutes
  • No extended warranty on motor

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

5. Whirlpool 6.2 kg Semi Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (SUPERB ATOM 62I)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Just to be clear – features of Superb Atom 62L are exactly the same as those of Superb Atom 70S.

The only difference between these to Whirlpool semi automatic washing machines is the capacity/ Superb Atom 70S has a 7KG capacity, and 62L has – 6.2KG capacity.

Then why have I ranked this machine as #5 and the larger one as # 8?

Answer – 6.2kg size is more suitable for small families (4 people). It is more affordable as the size is small yet enough for Hum Do Hamare Do families.

Smart Scrub Station

Firstly, the design is a smart move and will help you to scrub heavy stained clothes on the washing machine itself.

Usually, we need to scrub heavy stains in the bathroom and then wash that cloth in the machine.

Now you can stand tall & scrub clothes/collars/sleeves without the painful bending. Also, the convenient flow back design allows water and detergent to flow back into the wash tub. This feature can prevent backaches and water spilling on the floor!

The best part is – it has a waterproof panel. So, even if the water touches the panel too often – it won’t damage it.

Inbuilt Memory – Auto Restart

Yes, you guessed it right.

To put it briefly – after a power cut, the machine remembers where it stopped and starts from the exact position when the power comes back.

Water Proof Panel

As I mentioned earlier – this Whirpool Semi Automatic washing machine has a waterproof panel with all the knobs.

As a matter of fact, the front panel is the most sensitive part and is often the first thing to go faulty. Replacement of front panel can be costly as it is not covered under the extended warranty.

The fact that, too much water exposure is the most common cause of panel going faulty – a waterproof panel will undoubtedly help.

Large Wash Tub – 66L even in 6.2kg model

Whirlpool claims that large tub can hold more water (66 litres) and can help wash clothes in a better way.

According to Whirlpool – more water =  better cleaning. Unfortunately, that is somewhat true. However, there are technologies available which can give better cleaning with lesser water.

I guess, being a semi-automatic machine – it has its limitations.

At least they shouldn’t put that as a feature, considering how precious is water these days.

340W Powerful High-Efficiency Motor

Indeed, the motor inside Superb Atom 62L is powerful. It can rotate at up to 1450rpm (rounds per minute). Which is really very fast speed.

Faster spin speed means more powerful washing and drying in less amount of time.

Multi-utility Tray

This tray helps you sort and carry dry clothes. A special vent helps the water flow back into the wash tub.

An excellent add-on, but I still prefer to carry dry clothes on my shoulders 😛

Supersoak

It claims to remove tough dirt by continuous soaking & scrubbing action for 25 minutes with Super Soak Technology.

This technology is useless, soaking clothes for just 40 minutes (max soak time) may not help. Clothes with stubborn stains require at least an hour of soaking. Sometimes, I soak clothes overnight.

I am still unsure if soaking for 25 minutes will help at all.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box 1 Washing Machine Inlet Pipe Drain Pipe
Brand Whirlpool
Model Name SUPERB ATOM 62I
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 6.2 kg
Washing Method Impeller
Maximum Spin Speed 1400 rpm
In-built Heater No
Shade Dark Grey
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Whirlpool Warranty
Covered in Warranty The following will be covered from the Date of Purchase Wash Motor Spin Motor Wash Timer Spin Timer Drive Assembly and Capacitor Covers all Manufacturing Defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence
Body Features
Wheel Support Yes
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features Smart Scrub Station, Water Proof Panel
Power Features
Power Consumption 340 W
Dimensions
Width 79.3 cm
Height 90.5 cm
Depth 49.1 cm
Weight 21 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Waterproof front panel for even more durability
  • Super fast motor for more powerful cleaning
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 6.2kg is optimal size for most of the modern nuclear families
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 40 minutes
  • No extended warranty on motor

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

4. Onida Liliput 65 – 6.5 kg Washer Only (WS65WLPT1LR)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Anti-Rust Fibre Body
Just like most of the semi-automatic models, this one is made of fibre too. Which means no rusting and longer life.

Compact & Easy to Move

Indeed, this machine is extremely compact – good for a studio apartment or a cosy little house.

Its compact size ensures that it fits in any corner of your house, be it the bathroom or the balcony, or even the kitchen corner. Its small size makes it easier to manoeuvre it around.

Only Washer (No Dryer)
Basically, true to its words – this is a basic “washing machine”. It can only wash clothes, cannot dry them.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box Water Inlet Hose Water Inlet Hose Connector Drain Pipe Drain Pipe Clip
Brand Onida
Model Name WS65WLPT1
Type Washer Only
Washing Capacity 6.5 kg
Washing Method Normal Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 780 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color Red
Water Level Selector No
Wash Cycle Duration 15 min
Shade Lava Red
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo NA
Warranty
Warranty Summary 1 Year Onida Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: outer cabinet and plastic parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence
Warranty Service Type NA
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types 2
Fuzzy Logic No
Hot Wash No
Pre-wash Soak No
Quick Wash No
Body Features
Outer Body Material Plastic
Tub Material Plastic
Transparent Window Display No
Wheel Support No
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Tub Self-clean No
Preset Timer Yes
Wrinkle Prevention No
Lint Filter No
Power Features
Power Consumption 270 W
Power Requirement AC 230 V, 50 Hz
Additional Features
Child Lock No
Auto Power Off No
Dimensions
Width 49 cm
Height 89 cm
Depth 46 cm
Weight 12 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • The most compact 6.5kg machine
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty
  • Cheapest of all washing machines

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Basic 800RPM Hydrologic Pulsator (common technology, nothing new or unique)
  • No extended warranty on motor
  • Cannot dry clothes

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

3. LG 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (P7550R3FA)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Collar Scrubber
Just like Whirlpool & Samsung, LG’s offing also comes with a “unique” collar scrubber that helps you scrub cuffs and collars, saving your time and efforts. There is no uniqueness here to be frank.

Nevertheless, scrubber built into the machine is a useful and convenient feature.

Roller Jet Pulsator

Typically, the rotating plate (pulsator) at the bottom of wash tub has 3 to 4 flat wings which force clothes to spin.
The rollers located at the base of this machine’s washtub cause added friction to the clothes, removing dust & mites. This results in a better quality wash.

LG 7.5kg Semi Automatic - Roller Pulsator

Roller Jet Pulsator – Image taken from LG.com

 

Rat Away Technology

Ah! Those rats!

Both my mom and my wife are scared of rats. I am not afraid – just hate the damage they cause.

Luckily, P8541R3SA (this semi-automatic washing machine) has a 3mm sturdy plastic cover at the bottom.

The bottom cover also has a rat repellent chemical which drives away rats. LG claims that the rats hate to bite off plastic from this washing machine as it is coated with rat repellent chemical.

All these features ensure any harm done to your washing machine by rats is reduced, thereby enhancing the durability.

Don’t worry, it is safe for pets and humans.

Wind Jet Dry

Basically, the spinning tub sucks air while drying clothes. And as we know, constant sucking of fresh air from outside dries clothes in a better way. LG’s so-called “Wind Jet Dry” feature has 2 real benefits.

  1. Dries clothes in a better way.
  2. Dries the tub so that leftover water does not cause fungal growth (which causes odour and is harmful to health)

The Wind Jet Dry system is pretty basic but very useful and beneficial to users.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box Washing Machine Inlet Hose Owner Manual
Brand LG
Model Name P7559R3FA
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 6.5 kg
Washing Method Roller Jet Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 1000 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color Maroon
Shade Burgundy
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Warranty from LG
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Parts: Outer cabinet and plastic parts. Any accessories external to the product. The product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual. Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel. Modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set. Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine. The serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine. Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of God or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence.
Warranty Service Type Techinician Visit
Body Features
Tub Material Plastic
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Power Features
Power Consumption 360 W
Additional Features
Child Lock No
Dimensions
Width 79.5 cm
Height 97.5 cm
Depth 47 cm
Weight 35 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Waterproof front panel for even more durability
  • Super fast motor for more powerful cleaning
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 40 minutes
  • No extended warranty on motor

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

2. Samsung 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (WT657QPNDPGXTL, White, and Maroon) 

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

EZ Wash Tray

Samsung 6.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (WT657QPNDPGXTL, White and Maroon)

EZ Wash Tray is convenient (image from samsung.com)

The Samsung 6.5kg semi-automatic washer & dryer has EZ Wash Tray which helps you easily handle multiple laundry tasks. You can use the washboard to scrub stubborn stains out of shirts, slacks and more. Or you can slide the EZ Wash Tray over so you can rinse your laundry without having to drain the water in the tub.

BIG Wheels

Samsung Big Wheels in Semi Automatic washing machine

Bigger Wheels for more comfortable movement (image from samsung.com)

I stay in a one bedroom kitchen apartment (1BHK) and do not have enough space to dedicate to a washing machine. Moreover, I do not like crowded passage as well.

So what we do is after using the washing machine, we move it to a corner so that it is not a hindrance near the bathroom door. Unfortunately, our washing machine did not come with wheels so we had to purchase a trolley separately.

Luckily, if you buy this Samsung machine, you get big wheels for quicker and smoother movements. That is of course only useful if you plan to move washing machine regularly like me.

Double Storm Pulsator

Samsung Double Storm Pulsator

Samsung Double Storm Pulsator (image from samsung.com)

How does double storm pulsator work and benefit you – the user?

– Inner and outer blades rotate to create 2 powerful water currents

– Tornado-like currents enhance washing and rinsing power

Clothes do not get tangled, knotted or twisted (This the best benefit)

You can read more about Samsung’s double storm pulsator here.

There are other standard features too which are found in almost all of the semi-automatic models.

Lint Free filter, Rust Proof body, and soaking are the other standard features present in this machine that is common in every semi automatic washing machine.

Soaking in particularly is useless inside a washing machine. For better cleaning of tough/ stubborn stains – soak clothes in a bucket and for a more extended period.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box 1 Washing Machine Inlet Pipe User Manual Outlet Pipe
Brand Samsung
Model Name WT657QPNDPGXTL
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 6.5 kg
Washing Method Pulsator
Maximum Spin Speed 1400 rpm
In-built Heater No
Color White
Dryer Type Air Turbo Drying System
Shade White and Maroon
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years Comprehensive Samsung Warranty
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Warranty does not cover, parts Outer cabinet and plastic, parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence
Warranty Service Type Technician Visit
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types - Intensive, Normal
Pre-wash Soak Yes
Other Wash Modes Delication
Body Features
Outer Body Material Plastic
Tub Material Plastic
Wheel Support Yes
Other Body Features Rust Proof PP Body and Base, Easy to Move: Big Wheel, Two Way Inner Handle
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features Scrub Board, EZ Wash Tray, Buzzer
Power Features
Power Consumption 350 W
Additional Features
Other Features Soak
Dimensions
Width 80 cm
Height 93.5 cm
Depth 50.2 cm
Weight 24.5 kg
Other Dimensions Gross Dimension (W x H x D): 855 x 990 x 560 mm, Gross Weight: 29 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Bigger wheels for easy movement of machine
  • Super fast motor for more powerful cleaning
  • Looks hot!
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty +  5 years warranty on motor

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 40 minutes
  • Motor speed is 1000rpm which is ok ok, not the fastest. Being on the slower side makes it the second best semi automatic washing machine

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

 


1. Whirlpool 8.5 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (Ace Turbodry 8.5)

PICTURES:

FEATURES:

Large capacity

Yeah, the capacity is huge! An 8.5kg machine can easily handle clothes of a big joint family! 2 children, their parents and their grandparents! 6 family members 1 machine! Wow!

Value for money

Considering the extra large capacity of this washing machine, the price is a steal deal! And Whirlpool is offering 5 years warranty on motor, this beast is meant to last for a long time so that you can vasool ek ek paisa from its price!

Whirlpool ACE TurboDry Wash Station

The wash station (image source – whirlpoolindia.com)

ACE WASH STATION

You can sort, stack and carry your clothes on the machine itself with the new ACE Wash station. There is an adjustable tray attached to the machine which can move in 2 positions as per your requirements. You can put clothes on this tray to sort them out or stack clothes one above another without requiring any bucket to do so.

The best part is – this machine – Ace Turbodry 8.5 is easily movable. So even if drying line/rope is far away from where you keep the washing machine, you can quickly move the machine instead of carrying a heavy bucket of washed clothes.

Big Tyres & Smart Handle

Whirlpool ACE TurboDry Smart Handle

Smart Handle

Whirlpool ACE TurboDry Big Wheels

BIG Tyres

Yes, the above two features make it easy to move machine wherever required.

No need to buy a trolley.

TurboDry

The powerful 1450 rpm motor spins clothes so fast that you get almost dry clothes after spinning.

I really appreciate the fact that Whirlpool has honestly mentioned that clothes are not 100% dry after spinning.

The fact is – none of the semi-automatic washing machines would give you 100% dry clothes after spin drying.

Whirlpool has honestly mentioned that clothes will require additional 15 minutes of drying in the sun to be wearable.

I think this is the most useful feature for people with busy life.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Specifications (Click + to show)

General
In The Box 1 Washing Machine Inlet Pipe Drain Pipe
Brand Whirlpool
Model Name ACE 8.5 TURBODRY
Type Washing Machine
Function Type Semi Automatic Top Load
Washing Capacity 8.5 kg
Washing Method Impeller Wash
Maximum Spin Speed 1450 rpm
In-built Heater No
Wash Cycle Duration 15 min
Spin Cycle Duration 10 min
Shade Coral Purple
Technology Used Turbodry Technology
Installation & Demo
Installation & Demo This product does not require installation. The features of the product are presented in the user manual that comes with it. Hence, the manufacturer does not provide on-site installation or demo for the product. In case of any queries about the installation or the features of product, kindly call us at 1800 208 9898 or (080) 49400000 for assistance.
Warranty
Warranty Summary 2 Years on the Unit & 5 Years on the Motor from Whirlpool
Covered in Warranty All parts excluding outer cabinet and plastic parts from the date of purchase will be covered under warranty Covers all manufacturing defects
Not Covered in Warranty Warranty does not cover, parts Outer cabinet and plastic, parts Any accessories external to the product Product is not used according to the instructions given in the instructions manual Defects caused by improper use as determined by the company personnel modification or alteration of any nature made in the electrical circuitry/ or physical construction of the set Site (where the premises is kept) conditions that do not confirm to the recommended operating conditions of the machine Serial number is removed, altered or obliterated from the machine Defects due to cause beyond control like lightning, abnormal voltage, acts of god or while in transit to the service center's or purchaser's residence
Wash Modes
Wash Program Types 3
Body Features
Outer Body Material Hi Fiber
Wheel Support Yes
Other Body Features Smart Handle, Extendable Spin Lid, Easy Use Panel
Convenience Features
Digital Display No
Lint Filter Yes
Other Convenience Features In-built Scrubber, Multi-utility Tray, Buzzer, Big Wheels
Power Features
Power Consumption 340 W
Wash Motor Rating 340 W
Spin Motor Rating 150 W
Additional Features
Other Features Dynamic Soak / Time: 25 min, Work Surface, Spin Shower, Auto Re-start, High Efficiency Motor, Super Soak, Ace Wash Station
Dimensions
Width 95.6 cm
Height 50.7 cm
Depth 88.6 cm
Weight 27 kg

PROS & CONS:

PROS:
  • Rust free body for durability
  • Super fast motor (1450RPM) for more powerful cleaning
  • Has castors (4 wheels) for easy movement – 2 big wheels and handles on the side make it even easier to move
  • Power consumption is less compared to other large semi automatic machines
  • 2 years comprehensive (covers everything) warranty + 5 years warranty on motor
  • Best semi automatic washing machine from one of the best washing machine brands in India

CONS:
  • No water saving feature
  • Maximum soak time is just 25 minutes

Where to buy online?

Last update was on: October 15, 2019 4:44 PM

Which is the best semi automatic washing machine in the Indian market?

The Whirlpool 8.5kg ACE Turbodry is the best semi automatic washing machine in India. It is the cheapest too considering the size and 5 years warranty on the motor.

It has the most powerful motor, least energy consumption, most comfortable movement and best in class warranty support.

Undoubtedly, Whirlpool 8.5kg ACE Turbodry is the best semi automatic washing machine under 15000 INR.

For small families:

If you have a small family (husband & wife) then I would recommend Samsung 6.5kg semi automatic washing machine.

Even the Samsung model provides easy movement, superb washing and drying at an affordable rate and long warranty period.

For bachelors:

The Onida Lilliput 65 – 6.5kg washer only should be the choice of bachelors.

It is the cheapest semi automatic washing machine; you can save money and spend it somewhere else (books, girlfriend/boyfriend, movies, etc..).

Without a doubt, this is the best semi automatic washing machine under 5000 INR.

Being cheap doesn’t mean it is a bad machine. It is just a basic washer, and it cannot dry clothes. But bachelors have enough time since they are single, why not dry clothes on a clothesline? It will burn some calories and help you stay in shape too.

Where to get the price list, deals and discount offer for above best semi automatic washing machines?

Both Amazon and Flipkart offer superb deals and discounts throughout the year. Don’t wait for a sale unless you want to buy a washing machine during Diwali, New Year or Independence Day.

Doesn’t make sense waiting for a sale to get some additional discount if you NEED something today.

But yeah, if a sale is just a couple of days away then wait.

I’ve already mentioned prices for each of the top 10 best semi automatic washing machines. The price is refreshed on a daily basis so what you see is the most recent price with the best deal already applied.

For other models – you can go the semi-automatic machine price list page with deals and discounts.

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