Bargain buy: washing machine

Here we highlight the most and the least expensive models in a product category. This time it's washing machines.

     Print Edition: February 21, 2008

Price is not the same as value. The most expensive product isn’t always the best value for your money. This section highlights the least expensive model in a product category. If price is of no consequence, check out the most expensive model.

OUR PICK

Videocon SA 43

Videocon SA 43

Price – Rs 3,990

Features – Semi-automatic, 3 kg wash capacity, top loading, angular pulsator, two preset programmes, 5-15 min cycle timer, prewash soak, simultaneous wash and spin shower, 2 wash/spin baskets, buzzer, lint filter, water level indicator, bi-directional drain hose

For: Price-conscious buyers who do not have time or help to wash their clothes

SECOND TIER

Whirlpool - Splash

Whirlpool - Splash

Price – Rs 10,740

Features – Fully automatic, 5 kg wash load, top loading, agitator wash method, 4 preset programmes, water level selector, agitronic soak, delicate wash and quick wash, spin shower facility, double rinse, 3 dispensers for bleach, detergent and softener, automatic drainage, pre-programme washer to fill and store water

For: Those looking for more than basic washing.This model is good value for money product

TOP OF THE LEAGUE

LG - WD 14331 AD

LG – WD 14331 AD

Price – Rs 42,990

Features –Washer and dryer, fully automatic, front loading, 8 kg wash capacity, 56 litre drum capacity, one wash/spin basket, digital display, tumble wash method, 90 min cycle time, nine preset programmes, condensed drying, quick wash, bleach dispenser, detergent dispenser, wash load sensor, child lock, automatic water control

For: Those who want their own laundromat and prefer not to hang their clothes in the house for drying

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