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Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Greg


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.

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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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