- Apr 11, 2007
If you buy the model that Gannu bought your max load will be 29 litres per wash. If you get the LG it will be 25 litres. The ones that fit your budget are in your post which i modified. Expand it to see the 6kg Bosch & LG. I then went on to advocate a larger size.
When i wanted to buy a machine i measured the drums then got some chart paper and made a model. It's quite simple. Staple a rectangular strip into a circle of the same diameter and depth of the two drums. Now try and fit your usual laundry load into both models. Which size is acceptable. Do this exercise with your family before you spend.
I concluded that the 55 litre drum was better than the 36 for the LG i wanted to get. It's 50% larger. Siemens does not offer the smaller size that Bosch has. Siemens begins with 58 L. That mean anything ?
I was chatting with a cousin yesterday and few years back they got a 5.5 kg samsung which is the same as the LG with the 36 L drum.
This is a family of four and i thought it insane. Sales guy must have convinced them and it was their first front loader. People adapt. You do more washes. This means more cycles and ultimately shorter life.
Think of the machine as having 2.5 - 3k duty cycles if you look after it. No overloading, no hard water etc.
So i asked them how the samsung was doing and to my surprise they told me they upgraded to a bigger Bosch. The 58 L model. After several years they concluded the samsung was too small. He'd load up the machine and it would refuse to start because it was overloaded. I didn't know there was such a provision with samsung.
The strangest thing was to hear him say these machines work best when they are loaded to 50 - 60% and no more. Wash better, less stress on the machine etc.
But you pay a premium.
Up to you to decide whether its worth it. Whether paying 10k more upfront is worth the extra life.
10 -12 years instead of 6 -8 years
I prefer to do less laundry