Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Greg0
Haier’s Portable Washing Machine: Small, Efficient
We’re not taking out clothes to the laundromat today or tomorrow. Dirty laundry piles up fast though, and while we still have running water, we’ve actually been rushing through a few loads. As with most New York offices and apartments, we don’t have a lot of space, so we’re always interested in ways to save room. Also, installing special electrical hookups isn’t an option for most people, nor extra piping for water.
That’s why we’ve been testing out the Haier Pulsator 1 cubic foot portable washer (model HLP21N). It’s cute, reasonably tiny at just about 3 foot x 2 x 2, and isn’t ultra lightweight but liftable or rollable on the built-in wheels by most people, at about 40 pounds. Setup is easy- there’s a quick connect cable and adapter for the water hose that you just attach to any sink (similar to the recently-reviewed counter-top dishwasher).
Controls are also pretty simple- you can choose from low, medium, or high water levels and heavy, normal, or quick wash cycles. There’s a pause button as well, should you need to add or remove an item. The company claims that you can add up to six pounds of clothing, and that’s probably true- we ended up doing primarily loads that would count as small for most any other machine. Despite the lack of an agitator which frees up some internal space, you’ll still probably only fit two complete sets of clothing, or a set of three towels. This should be enough for most apartment dwellers or those looking for a convenient way to wash their stuff in an RV or mobile home.
We were impressed at the quality of the results though, in a few ways. For starters, compared with many other laundry machines, this one is surprisingly quiet. There might not be a lot of fancy settings or features, but it gets the job done remarkably well. Clothing came out bright and clean, well-scrubbed, and even reasonably dry thanks to a strong spin cycle. Some tips: don’t overfill, and use bags to protect more delicate clothing. We wish there was a slightly better system for adding fabric softener, or to set the Haier to a long spin-cycle only, but it’s a solid bargain on a nifty, compact washing machine. Available online and in stores for around $250.