Haier HLP140E Dryer Review
This Haier is cute and compact... and that's about it.
A dryer that only costs $239 dollars? A dryer that plugs into a conventional 120v outlet? A dryer so teeny it inspires exclamations like, "Awwwwww" and mounts conveniently to the wall? This Haier HLP140E sounds too good to be true!
Indeed, it is. The box says "Haier Dryer," but it must be a typo since this thing is less powerful than your average Conair. It plugs into a regular outlet, true, but it still needs an outside vent. If convenience trumps performance, and three hour cycles weirdly don't bother you, spend your quarters on this compact dryer instead of a visit to the laundromat.
Design & Usability
Few options mean simple handling, aside from one little trouble-maker
This is a tiny dryer that mounts to a wall. It plugs into any outlet, but still requires outside venting—so check with your landlord before you buy it.
With four cycles and a plastic door, this dryer is as basic as it gets. Cycles are chosen by plastic membrane buttons. When a cycle is on, a nearby light glows. There is no LED timer or custom options.
Lastly, this is the most complex lint trap we've ever tested. It requires pulling a plastic cover from the rear of the dryer, removing a pre-filter, and brushing the lint from the inside of a synthetic filter. Put it back in order, or you might start a fire.
Performance & Features
The only features this dryer has are its small size and its low price.
Four cycles are on offer: Normal, Heavy, Delicate and Timed. The Timed cycle allows for you to choose anywhere between 30 and 120 minutes, though you'll need twice that to get clothes dry.
There are no custom options available. Aside from High and Low Temperature or Air Dry, your only options are hanging laundry out to dry on a clothesline or visiting a laundromat.
Don't expect full-size power from a compact dryer—especially not this one. "Speed" and "performance" are relative terms here. There's a reason most dryers require a 240v outlet, and that's because they just can't get enough power from a conventional 120v socket to dry clothes effectively. We weren't surprised to see just how long it took this Haier to get clothes dry, and you shouldn't be, either. Ideally, if you decide on buying a compact dryer, you should plan laundry cycles ahead of time or risk waiting for long periods for clothes to finish. If you can adjust your lifestyle around the dryer's limitations, the Haier HLP140E might work for you.
Despite its abysmal performance, it's hard to truly hate the Haier HLP140E.
It's cheap, compact and kind of gets clothes dry—which is what you should expect from such a bare-bones, tiny unit. It's hamstrung by a low-wattage heating element, but that means it can be plugged into a conventional 120v outlet. It does, however, need an outside vent and therefore may not work for many apartment dwellers.
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