Stores often try to push people into buying products by speaking in jargon, and who can blame them? Afterall, everybody needs to make money, and they expect most buyers not to know much about things like washing machines. Well, next time you come to make a purchase, you’re going to have an advantage over every other customer, because I’m going to tell you a few things, that’ll not only save you money, but it’ll also supply you with the knowledge you need to make the correct purchase. I’ve picked out a popular washing machine, the Whirlpool 7KG Fully Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (WM PREMIER 702SD), and in this article I’ll be letting you in on some information about it that the stores won’t tell you. So forget the jargon, because here’s the real facts you need, to work out whether you want to make a purchase.
- Fully Automatic
- 7KG Capacity
- 21 Wash Programs
- Sixth Sense Technology
- Agitronic Wash System
- 740RPM Spin Speed
- Top Loading
Whirlpool WM PREMIER 702SD Main Features:
For a washing machine priced in the 20,000 Rupee range, the 7KG capacity on this Whirlpool is quite high. Capacity’s fall between 5KG and 12KG for machines used in the home, with anything over 6KG being enough to do the washing of a whole family. So next time stores try to push you into a higher capacity model, that costs a lot more, you’ll know it isn’t worth it, especially as the drum here is capable of holding 7.5KG, with 7kg being the recommended capacity only. It’s refreshingly honest, because most manufacturers quote the maximum capacity to get a higher price, and clothes end up getting damaged.
21 Wash Programs
Another common trick used by manufacturers, is to vastly increase the number of wash programs on a machine, so you think it does a lot more than it’s actually capable of. On most machines you’ll actually use only around 50% of the wash programs it has. Whirlpool have been guilty of this too, but I’m happy to tell you, that while you won’t use all 21 of these programs, you do have 13 programs you’ll use regularly, and they’ll allow you to perfectly wash any fabric.
Agitronic Wash System
It sounds technical doesn’t it? Well don’t worry, because most people will be as confused as you are about what this means. There are two types of wash system: The pulsator method shoots water at high speeds through clothes to get them clean, while the agitator method shuffles clothes around the machine. Both are excellent at cleaning clothes, but the agitator function on the Whirlpool, enables you to use the ‘rinse hold’ function without creasing clothes. Rinse hold, is a wash option that allows you to hold clothes in the last rinse water, while you leave the house. With pulsator machines, they’d become creased in the absence of something to move them around, but using an agitator like the Whirlpool, your machine will constantly shuffle them about, preventing creases. You’ll be able to come home from work, to clothes that are crease-free, and ready for drying.
Sixth Sense Technology
This isn’t something out of a Hollywood Sci-Fi movie, in fact it’s a technology that was invented right here in India. What it basically means is that your machine will detect water, temperature and time levels, to save energy and give you the most efficient wash possible. Whirlpool have been using it for a while now, and it does save buyers money in the long term, so you should look for machines with Sixth Sense Technology available on them.
Spin Speed has nothing to do with the quality of wash your machine will do, but it does determine how long your clothes will spend drying. The higher the spin speed, the dryer your clothes will be when they come out of the wash. It’s simply not worth paying huge prices for very high spin speeds, because you’ll spend far more money on the purchase, than you’ll ever save on drying costs. This Whirlpool has a spin speed of 740RPM”s (Revolutions per minute) and it’s in the kind of price range that offers you the best value for every revolution of the drum.
Whirlpool WM PREMIER 702SD User Experience:
The wheels aren’t great, but they’ve kept the weight down to 33kg, so you should be able to slide it into place very easily, without significant problems.
As I mentioned earlier you will be able to use the rinse hold function, without creasing clothes here, because of the agitator this machine has. So, if you do need to leave the house regularly, you’re looking for a machine like this, that has an agitator wash method. Also of convenience for buyers is the water re-use function, which saves you money, and as such compliments the Sixth Sense Technology. Water is stored inside the machine for use on another wash, whenever you choose to utilize it.
The Whirlpool is a top loader, and this is a mixed blessing, meaning you’ll be able to add clothes halfway through a wash, but it will use more water than a front loader. On more positive note the Lint Filter on the whirlpool, ensures quality by preventing dirt from gathering on the bottom of the machine, where it’s picked up by other clothes. There’s also an excellent digital display, that’s large enough to be readable; many washing machines have displays so small, you have to look really closely to see what it’s doing.
This Whirlpool comes at a very fair price, and at 7KG, it will be large enough to clean the clothes of a whole family. As such I think it will be popular with those who live in cities, have children, and require use of the rinse hold function, to hold clothes while they go to work. If anyone tries to get you to pay more for a pulsator wash method, you shouldn’t because they both wash clothes equally well, but in a different way. This top loading agitator has enough wash programs to clean any fabric, and although being a top loader, it will tend to use more water, Whirlpool have helped you out by putting the water-saving Sixth Sense Technology in. The Verdict: An overall excellent washing machine. One of the best below Rs.20000 in India.