UPDATE: Whirlpool had the last laugh. At the time of installation the service engineer sold another Rs. 5065 of goods. They are:-
I-Glyde (Stand with castors) – 1865
Calstrait Filter (for water inlet) – 1600
Scale Ion (De-scaling pack) – 1600
I-Glyde is a sophisticated stand from Whirlpool. They want the washing machine to be stable and say its not advisable to buy cheaper plastic stands from market.
Calstrait Filter works similar to the filters in RO Water purifying system. Salesman noticed there is big impurities in the water we use for our household.
Scale ion is a master pack with 10 smaller packs. Each can be used for cleaning once in 1 1/2 month (for the load we give to the machine, yours may vary).
Thus my total expenses on washing m/c exceeded 20K making it Rs. 22,565
I had the big dilemma to choose the right washing machine for my wife. I did some research on what was available. I went to a small store which had many washing machines (mostly LG). The shop owner was more interested in the IPL. However he managed to answer my questions in between, which mostly I forgot.
Next I went to a nearby Reliance show room. The sales girl was very keen to sell Samsung Top Loading machine and failed to demonstrate LG Pulsator + Punch, which the small shop owner explained before. Also with Samsung there is no Diwali gift and reduction. Though we had mostly samsung electronic goods at home, somehow they developed some problem or the other. This could be mostly due to the poor voltage regulation with our earlier rented house.
Then we checked with our sister-in-law on her whirlpool machine. My wife had only good things about it. It had many programmes, sixth sense (adjust many wash functions based on load) and heater to supply hot water. Unfortunately whirlpool at this time removed hot water from its white magic series. I have to shell out 22K to get one with heater.
My wife had many criterion for the selection process, given below are the vital ones.
1. Ability to rinse clothes that were washed seperately by hand.
2. Should not exceed our budget of Rupees 20,000
3. Stainless steel drum basket.
4. Should fit in to the small provision we made in our flat at the construction stage.
Samsung surpringly had very little information in their website. Could be its superior to LG and Whirlpool models that are at par with it. In the show room I noticed the machines were little wider and shorter. This is bad for us because we can live with a taller machine but not wider ones. They could be wider because they are trying to reuse the front loading form factor for top loading also.
LG had very similar features like the Whirlpool one but I have to decide against LG because of higher MRP and did not dare to go against my wife’s wish :-). LG also did not mention about the drum basket in their website or I missed it.
Finally we visited the nearest whirlpool dealer and bought what we thought was the best front loading washing machine Whitemagic 650SDI . We paid 17,500 including door delivery charges and some feebries (stainless steel pan and philips hair dryer).
PS: Excel I used to compare the different washing machine brands is here