Haier HLP23E Review
A better use for your laundromat quarters.
Found on sale for under $250, the little Haier actually does a really good job washing clothes, and it can go anywhere there’s a faucet and a plug. Unfortunately, it’s not very customizable nor energy efficient. The Haier's greatest strength is in its tiny portable size. However, we couldn't help but notice several design oversights, such as its lack of wheels.
Design & Usability
Needlessly cheap user interface
The Haier HLP23E is sold in many different markets worldwide, where many different languages are spoken. Instead of creating different displays with names for cycles, the folks at Haier instead used a number to represent each cycle and slapped a sticker on the front of the washer to provide translation. This works, but it's extremely inelegant. Furthmore, it’s tough to cram clothes in the Haier’s little basket. Due to the lack of wheels it’s also tough to drag it over to the faucet. However, that still may be easier than a trip to the laundromat.
Performance & Features
The Haier HLP23E must ride on its performance, for it has little in the way of features to speak of.
Clothes emerge from a wash without stains, but water retention, fabric handling and debris removal is subpar. In the 47 minute Standard cycle, the Haier HLP23E displayed superior stain removal ability. This would be impressive performance for a washer of any size, let alone a wee portable.
The Haier HLP23E displayed superior stain removal ability. However, this performance doesn't come cheap. If you're paying for your own water, the Haier HLP23E will certainly increase your bill. Despite its tiny tub, the Delicates cycle used a whopping 43 gallons of water, while other cycles used about 27. Your yearly water bill will probably increase by at least $50. If you decide to use hot water for washes, expect a higher energy bill, too. On average, living with the Haier HLP23E for a year will cost $55.
If you hate lugging clothes to a laundry room or laundromat, consider making a small investment in the Haier HLP23E.
It's easily found on sale for under $250, and it does a really good job lifting stains. Expect to notice its presence on your electric and water bills, however, because this little Haier had some of the highest energy and water usage we've ever seen. It is almost to the point that it defeats the purpose of a washer that operates in low space, low infrastructure areas. It used much more electricity than an average full-size washer, too. At least the HLP23E can hold its own against larger washers when it comes to stain removal.
The only feature that matters on the HLP23E is its portability, but for some people, that goes a long way. If dragging your dirty laundry up the block for a public spin is consistently the low point in your week, and if features and water bills are the furthest things from your mind, you may want to consider adopting this little appliance.
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