Gadgets 220

Published on November 9th, 2008 | by Greg


Say Hi to Haier’s Handy Dishwasher

The HDT18PA won’t be winning any fashion awards. It uses a fair amount of energy and water, and was at first a bit of a pain to hook up.

But we’ve given Haier America HDT18PA Space Saver Compact Dishwasher a couple of weeks of testing and though it may not be perfect, it’s amazingly helpful. Fast, capable, sturdy, fairly quiet, and just the right size.

We here at TrulyObscure HQ hate doing dishes, but city living has left us an office without a dishwasher… and no easy location to install one either. Haier to the rescue. After unboxing the unit and reading the instructions though, we realized that our knight in shining metal had some drawbacks.

The unit is fairly heavy, meaning that you don’t want to move the dishwasher around all that often or put it on a less-than-solid counter. You need to have an outlet handy, and a window handy for the exhaust pipe, and a sink faucet handy- and the cords, though sizeable, strictly limit potential locations. You need to be able to get fairly hot tap water or the washer won’t work so well. And you need to be careful unpacking the unit, removing all of the hidden tape, few pieces of which are well-labeled or mentioned in the manual.

Hooking it up to your kitchen tap is likely pretty simple- unscrew the filter that is on most faucets, screw the new adapter on. Now you can simply attach the quick-release hose, turn on the faucet, and all should be well… except that it can be really easy to mis-thread the adapter, and that releasing the hose will almost always spray some water around. Once you learn the quirks- where to put the detergent (just on the door), how to attach the cords, which dishes work best where- the Haier America HDT18PA Space Saver Compact Dishwasher is super-handy.

For the price (around $220 street) and the size, it’s hard to beat. When the washer beeps, the dishes are clean and dry, and no major pre-rinse required. And we don’t need to look for new offices. Now if it could only automatically load the dishes for us, and maybe put them away, and perhaps… well, maybe next model.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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