Washing machines are now available in various designs and with special features that make them more and more consumer friendly. The earliest versions of washing machines were semi automatic which required personal monitoring. Later completely automatic washing machines were produced as a result of periodical up gradation of technology. The modern consumers look for appliances which can save time, energy and physical exertion in the process.
Easier operation methods and zero maintenance costs are some of the advantages of latest washing machines. Even though completely automated machines are more convenient for the busy homemakers, many of them prefer semi automatic type as they are cheaper. Affordability becomes the sole criterion in choosing a home appliance for many consumers with shoestring budgets. Machines tend to become expensive when more innovative features are incorporated in them.