Washing machine power consumption | How much it consume

A washing machine is a good investment for our home. It is reliable and saves us time. However, you might not consider how much you will pay after purchasing the washing machine.

In simple words, how much your washing machine consumes power? Which ultimately shows in the electricity bills.

The question is quite simple; your washing machine’s power consumption mainly depends on the type of washing machine and how you use it.

Didn’t you understand? Let me explain in detail in this guide.

How much does your washing machine consume power?

Type of washing machine- Front Load vs Top Load.

To understand the electricity consumption of the washing machine, you must look for the type of washing machine: the Semi-automatic, Fully-automatic Top load and Front load washing machine.

When you consider the semi-automatic washing machine or top load washing machine, you must consider that they consume less power and less water than the front load washing machines.

There are the following reasons behind it-

  • No inbuilt heater in the semi-automatic and top-load automatic washing machine.
  • Less Spin speed as compared to the front load washing machine.
  • The duration of wash programs is larger in the front load washing machine than in the other one.

Temperature an inbuilt heater.

When you use a front-load washing machine, you will get different temperature options for washing your clothes thoroughly.

The reasons might be anything from the deep cleaning of clothes or killing all the microbes of the clothes in washing. However, these temperatures will lead to more power consumption via the washing machine.

Please note that the wash programs with higher temperatures take more time than the low-temperature wash programs.

In the end, it ultimately consumes more electricity.


You might not know, but front loaders have a wide range of wash programs for around minutes to hours. You might be surprised that the duration of wash programs is gradually less in top loaders compared to the front load.

Longer duration ultimately leads to more power consumption of washing machines. 

You can look at the number of wash programs of Bosch and IFB washing machines to get to know me.

Spin Speed in the washing machine.

When I look for the IFB front load washing machine, it has a spin speed of around 1000 RPM; when I consider the LG front load washing machine, it has a speed of 1200 RPM, which is even more.

On the other hand, when I see the top load washing machine of the IFB and LG, which has a spin speed of 720 RPM and 700 RPM.

You can compare here that the front-load washing machine has a larger spin speed than the top-load washing machine.

A larger spin speed will lead to more washing machine electricity consumption. 

BEE star Rating is the Key to saving energy.

Looking for the star rating of any appliance will help you know how power efficient your appliance is.

If your washing machine is old and has been working fine for years, there might be a chance it will consume more wattage.

Make sure your selected washing machine has the latest model and highest star rating. Let’s say IFB 7 Kg 5 Star Front Load Washing Machine is the model of June 2022, which can be considered more electricity efficient than your old washing machine.

IFB 7 Kg 5 Star Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machine 2X Power Steam (NEO DIVA BXS 7010, White & Black, In-built Heater, 4 years Comprehensive Warranty)
  • Fully-automatic Front load washing machine: Best Wash Quality, Energy and Water efficient
  • Capacity 7 Kg: Suitable for 3 – 4 members
  • Energy Rating 5 Star: Best in class efficiency
  • TRISHIELD PROTECTION : IFB washers come with India’s best warranty 4 Years Comprehensive Warranty + 10 years Motor Warranty + 10 years Spares Support
  • 1000 RPM: higher spin speeds helps in faster drying

Washing machine electricity consumption- [Semi Automatic Vs Top Load vs Front Load]

Let’s start with the semi-automatic washing machine. As I told you above, the reasons for washing machine wattage consumption are the spin speed, durations, In-built heater, and so on.

The semi-automatic washing machine has a low spin speed and fewer modes with a maximum duration of around 40 minutes. It does not have an in-built heater and is considered the most electricity-efficient washing machine.

Similarly, the top-load automatic washing machine has a lower spin speed than a front-load washing machine. However, it might consume more water.

At last, the front-load washing machine consumes most of the wattage for all the reasons mentioned in this guide. However, it also provides more reliability and options than the others.

Tips of reduce washing machine electricity consumption

 1# Wash your clothes within the fully loaded washing machine, as it comes with sensors which detect the load of the washing machine, adjust the working, and select the duration and mode according to it. It will also save you time.

2# Use good quality and suitable detergent for your washing machine; for example, for your front load washing machine, use liquid detergent for the front load only as some washing machine has the features such as a foam control feature, which gets activated when the excess foam is detected. And leads to another cycle to rinse, which leads to more electricity consumption.

3# You can use the low-temperature modes for the normal washing of clothes, saving more wattage on the washing machine.

4# Dry your clothes in Sunlight if possible; it will reduce the working of your washing machine, ultimately leading to the reduction of electricity consumption of the washing machine.

5# If it is possible to you to use the dryer at low spin speed, then do that. It will save power for your washing machine.


I hope you have liked our blog post on how much washing machine consumes power. And last, I hope it helps you use your washing machine much more efficiently.

If you have any doubts, please tell me in the comments. Also, please share this blog post with your friends who are having a washing at their home.

Last update on 2023-09-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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