I've never bothered to write a product review before, but this machine is well worth the effort. I wish I'd bought mine years ago; I would have saved a lot of trips to the laundry room, lots of quarters, and lots of time when I could have been doing other things. I explored pretty much every portable washer that is available and read every review for each one that I could find before buying this machine. Some used no electricity so you basically had to do the work of washing things on your own, or they didn't drain the water from your clothes, so again, you had to put in a lot of effort on your own. These machines in some cases were still fairly expensive--close to $100. I consider it well worth the extra $100 I paid to get the Haier machine. It performs very well and allows me to put things in and forget them until they're ready to hang.
In terms of some specifics, it was extremely well packaged in a sturdy box, bubble wrap, etc., so even though my machine was delivered to me upside down, it was still in perfect condition when I began putting it together.
With the revised instruction manual, installation was a breeze. In less than an hour, from taking it out of the box, I was running my first load. The sink adapter was the trickiest part to install--it squirted a pretty small amount of water the first few times I turned the faucet on, but after unscrewing it and screwing it back in a few times, it's been absolutely fine with not a single drop of water leaking since then. The outflow hose that is attached to the bottom of the machine which drains the water out has also been absolutely dry as well. There is a very small amount of backsplash when I disconnect the water line from the faucet at the end of a cycle, but I just cover the faucet with a hand towel before disconnecting.
The machine is very quiet when it runs. The only time I ever really notice it is on the initial spin
cycle--but that only lasts for a matter of seconds, and even then, it's not very loud to begin with. I even use a Downy ball and it's still very quiet. The spin cycle does a very effective job at removing the water from the fabric; within a couple of hours lighter fabric things hung on an indoor drying rack are ready to fold/hang.
The only cycle I've felt the need to run so far is the quick cycle. I think the manual says it takes around 25 minutes to complete, and it's gotten things spotless in that time so I have yet to bother with the longer Heavy or even the Normal cycle. Things are clean in no time whether I've used hot or cold water.
I was pleasantly surprised by the capacity. I've put in as much at one time as an adult size pair of jeans, 3 or 4 polo type shirts, and a few other small items like socks. For a single person or someone with a very small family, it's certainly big enough to do the job. I haven't tried towels or sheets yet so I can't speak to how many of those it will hold.
In the features guides that are available online, you'll note that it doesn't have a bleach dispenser, but that's not really an issue for me as I rarely use it anyway. However, I DO wish that it came with casters as I believe the older model did. Though it's light enough to move from place to place with ease, it would be more convenient to be able to slide/roll it from place to place, especially if you're just moving it an inch or two in one direction or another. I'll likely order the optional caster set that is available separately.
Two small warnings when you're first breaking in your machine: First, as others have written elsewhere, make sure the outflow hose is properly secured in your sink/tub/where ever you plan to drain the water. When the water starts to flow in, the hose will move around a bit. The first load I ran, the hose came out of the sink so I had water on the floor. Now I stick it down into the drain of the kitchen sink and it's been perfect since then. Second, the sink adapter and water intake hose that are included stop the flow of water from the faucet until the machine needs the water to come in. Even though the faucet is turned on, there's no water actually running so you don't hear anything. Just don't forget (as I did once) to turn the faucet off before disconnecting the hose from the faucet or you'll get splashed.
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