Haier HLP23E Review
The Haier HLP23E portable washing machine comes in as our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner. This is the least expensive of the lot,b ut don't confuse low cost with low quality. This tidy machine lacks some convenient features, but for its slim size and price tag it is quite the package.
Standing a mere 35 inches tall, 21 inches wide and 22.5 inches deep, this washer is one of the most compact models we compared. The stainless steel tub holds up to 1.45 cubic feet of clothes and pulsates to get them clean. Don't base the Haier's intelligence on its small size either, because this machine is as clever as it is compact.
Each of the portable washing machines we reviewed up to this point has had some additional soak function. The Haier HLP23E is no exception. The heavy-duty cycle soaks super soiled items for about 20 minutes, prewashes them for 8 minutes, then soaks them again for 5-minutes before completely the rest of the cycle – wash, rinse and spin – proceeds.
The Haier HLP23E has every essential operational feature we expect from a portable washing machine. You can delay your wash up to 24 hours, set an automatic cycle, or customize elements to create a cycle all your own. The four automatic cycle options are standard, heavy, gentle and quick wash. The standard cycle works for most types of laundry. Some users were completely satisfied with the quick wash cycle for their everyday needs and others found the heavy cycle to be excessively long, though thorough.
Ease of Use
The Haier HLP23E does not have every luxury, but it is not burdensome, either. If you're used to super advanced machines the likes of laundry drones, you might be disappointed with some of the missing conveniences of this portable. But if you are graduating from a barely functioning antique of a washing machine, this compact will suit you just fine.
This model does not come with casters for added mobility, but at 65 pounds, cabinet handles serve to make the machine easy enough to move. The Haier HLP23E has only one water inlet valve, where several of our other portable washing machines have two for the option of stationary installation. If you only need to use your washer portably, one inlet valve is perfect. However, you may need to purchase further plumbing material if you want to put your washer in one place permanently.
This unit has four automatic water levels. Depending on your load size, determine how much water you need, from extra low to high. Remember to proportion your detergent accordingly, as a little goes a long way even in a high cycle.
You will have to resort to distributing detergent by hand, as there are no dispensers for detergent, softener or bleach in this portable washing machine. You can, however, pause a cycle with a touch of the control pad and manually add softener at the appropriate time without losing any cycle settings.
If the Haier portable washing machine is inclined more than two degrees, it will not operate. That is when the adjustable leveling legs come in handy. A level machine also operates more quietly, though this compact washer is hardly noisy in the first place.
Help & Support
Basic Haier customer support is simple enough to contact and work with. If you need to speak with corporate support, be prepared to dedicate a generous chunk of time to the task. Once you are through, representatives are very helpful and forthcoming and getting answers to your questions is a non-issue.
The user manual for the Haier HLP23E is available online, though it's so partial and confusing that it's of little actual use. Despite Haier's frustrating manuals and relatively slow customer support, Haier HLP23E owners are nothing but pleased.
The Haier HLP23E is small and functional. It does not have every special feature, such as casters or detergent dispensers, though some users will prefer the simplified approach of automatic cycles and water levels, and not much else. It is made to wash clothes and wash clothes it does. This portable washing machine is not afraid to get its metaphoric hands dirty to get your clothes clean.