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Inverter vs Non Inverter Washing Machine: Key Differences

08-21 2023

In the world of constantly evolving technology, washing machines have certainly not been left behind! These household workhorses undoubtedly make our lives considerably more convenient. And if you are already in the market on the lookout for a washing machine, you have probably encountered inverter washing machines.

But the confusion does not stop there. Further questions arise like is it better to go for a front load or a top load washing machine? Which washing machine features suit my needs best? 

In this blog, we are here to simplify things for you. We will delve into the world of inverter technology and non-inverter technology in washing machines, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed purchase. And since we are already talking about 'Front Load' and 'Top Load’, it is only fitting that we explore these options a bit closer  - 

Front Load Washing Machine

Front-load washing machines are the type of washer that you can open from the front. They are usually known for using less water and energy compared to top-loaders. These machines use a drum that tumbles horizontally, gently cleaning clothes, and also saving on your utility bills. 

Front-load washing machines are great for tight spaces and provide excellent cleaning performance, currrently making them a popular choice for domestic households. 

Some front-load washing machine options:

Top Load Washing Machine

Top-load is the washing machine model that can be opened up from the top i.e. where you put your clothes in from the top. They are usually easier to load and do not require you to bend down. These machines have an agitator in the middle that moves the clothes around to clean them. 

They are a popular choice for people wanting their washing experience to be a simple and traditional one.

Some top-load washing machine options:

Mechanism of Inverter and Non-Inverter Washing Machine: How Does It Work?

Before getting started,  it is important to note that the inverter in a washing machine is different from the inverter and non-inverter technology used in air conditioners or refrigerators.

Non-Inverter Technology in Washing Machine

Non-inverter technology in washing machines is like a car with only one gear, always running at the same speed, no matter the road ahead. 

In this setup, there is a fixed-speed motor that is either full-throttle or off, irrespective of top-load or front-load washing machines.  So when you start your wash, this motor goes at its maximum power, using a lot of energy and making more noise. This can be tough on some of your clothes and not very efficient in the long run.

So, to summarize, non-inverter machines lack the flexibility of adjusting to the laundry load's needs. This potentially leads to higher energy consumption and rougher handling of your clothes during the wash cycle.

Inverter Technology in Washing Machine

Unlike the fixed speed motors in non-inverter models, the main difference here is that an inverter model has a motor that can change its speed. The motor in an inverter washing machine is connected to a control board (clutch-driven system) that reduces friction. Because there are now fewer moving parts along with less wear & tear, the machine becomes more durable, needs less maintenance, and delivers better washing results.

Now, here is the interesting part - inverter washing machines use a technology called a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) or Direct Drive Motor (DDM). These are like smart brains. They have sensors that weigh your laundry and tell the washing machine's brain, the microprocessor, what program to use and how fast the drum should spin. This not only saves energy but also is one of the factors that make your washing machine last longer and clean better. 

Plus, they are quieter and vibrate less during a wash cycle!

Inverter vs Non-Inverter Washing Machine: What Is the Difference?

Now, let us break down the differences between these two widely used washing machine models. We will keep it simple and straightforward, ensuring you have the information you need to make that important choice -

Washing Machine




Motor Type

Conventional motors

Energy-efficient BLDC motors

Wash Quality

Decent wash quality

Excellent washing performance



Higher initial cost

Power Consumption

Higher power usage

30 – 40% less power consumption

Rotation Mechanism

Only pulsator rotates

Drum and pulsator rotate oppositely (some models)

Vibration and Noise

More vibration and noise

Reduced vibration and noise

Maintenance Costs

Lower maintenance costs

Potential for higher maintenance costs


Shorter lifespan


Which Washing Machine Should I Get?

On your journey to finding the perfect washing machine for your home, when it comes to efficiency, durability, and quality of a wash, the inverter washing machine undoubtedly comes out on top. As the speed of an inverter motor is directly regulated by the control board, this type of washing machine ensures more savings. Thus inverter washing machines are a smart purchase as it means more savings in the long run, outweighing the initial costs. However, you do not need to rush into purchasing one right away! You can also easily maintain your current non-inverter washing machine through the right maintenance and repairing.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use a stabilizer with the washing machine?

In case of frequent voltage fluctuation, a stabilizer is essential to protect your washing machine.

2. Is an inverter necessary for a washing machine?

No, but it can make the machine more energy-efficient and quieter.

3. Is Haier a good brand of washing machine?

Haier washing machines come in many kinds of design models, many with the innovative inverter technology, and make most owners the happiest.

4. What is a smart wash on a Haier washing machine?

Smart Wash on a Haier washing machine enables remote monitoring, control, and alerts through the SmartHQ™ app for convenient laundry management.

5. Can we use different detergents in the washing machine?

No, the standard laundry detergent in an HE (High Efficiency) washer risks suds and violates the warranty.

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