I moved into an apartment with no washer/dryer hook-up, and I was simply hating the laundromat routine (even though I found a good one). I'm an older woman, single, no children, btw. I did TONS of research on a portable washer, especially one that was somewhat reasonably priced. Haier seemed to be the one everyone talked about. I mean, I read a LOT of reviews and decided on the HLP21E because it was not the smallest or the largest - and the best price was at Walmart, pretty much. At 199.98, I could have it delivered to the store, pick it up, and save about $45. I don't have a van - I just have a big old car. But the specs said it was only around 60 pounds in the box, so I figured I'd go for it. Well, today it arrived after only waiting about a week and the man at the store was able to put the box in my front seat with the seat back down flat. It's big, no doubt, but it worked and I was very grateful! If you have any trouble, you can always remove the outer box and inside is a smaller Haier box - or you could even remove the Haier box if your car is small. The problems people have had with the washer is screwing in the bottom plate. Haier has now labeled it very clearly so you will have no trouble at all knowing which way is up. HOWEVER, Haier still hasn't gotten the holes drilled correctly, so like most people I had to try to line up the holes for the screws as best I could. What is up with that? The other thing is before you do the bottom plate, you must decide which way you want the water outtake hose to go - right or left? I wanted right so I had to move the hose internally - and that meant popping out the right hole cover (near the bottom) and realigning the hose to the right side. Sounds easy but there are several things you must do to accomplish this. Also, I used a level to make sure the machine was sitting level - and you can adjust the right leg to make it level, btw. Level is the key. I was very slow and careful as to how I did everything. I do recommend using pliers to tighten the connection to your faucet and to connect the same hose to the machine. Don't overdo it, but make sure its sealed pretty well. I will say this - I was actually impressed at how nice the machine looks, how easy it is to maneuver it where you want to put it (it's not that heavy), and yet even though it appears "small" it's actually a rather nice size inside. Seriously! I was surprised! I had seen some YouTube vids and the inside looked very small. But for a single person, I think it is rather "big." I mean, I was NOT disappointed at the inside size. I put the machine on a rug - an small outdoor mat used to wipe feet before entering (actually, I bought it at Walmart for $2.97 a couple weeks ago not realizing I'd use it for this). I turned the rug over so the carpet end was on the bottom and the rubbery end was up against the machine legs. This way I can scoot the machine a foot to my sink and then move it back again with no trouble at all. Okay, I hooked everything up to my kitchen sink - and one thing I did is NOT use the S shaped attachment for the outgoing dirty water (the output hose). It's supposed to hook over your sink. It was slippery and I didn't trust it. What I did was attach that hose to the hose attached to the faucet - you can tie them together - and made sure it drained into my sink and didn't move as it did it. Another thing I did beforehand was buy HE liquid detergent. Others had recommended that - and I am glad I did. I bought ALL but TIDE also makes HE and WISK does too. It makes for lower suds. Okay, I hooked up everything and wanted to try it out. You are not supposed to overload but here is what I put in: seven pair of my nylon undies, bottom/top of nylon/polyester pj's (slinky kind, not cotton blend), seven hankies, two pairs of socks, two bras (one was in a mesh bag!), and a cotton/poly blend pullover blouse (no buttons; faux turtleneck, short sleeves, I wear it during winter months). For me, that was a lot! And I still had some room. It washed on normal - though I experimented with a medium wash and then used the 'manual' function to put more water in as it filled. WELL!!!! It worked beautifully. NO spills - everything I hooked up went perfectly - though the faucet connection does dribble a little into the sink. The sound of machine is not loud at all while washing, and goes intermittently - "uhhhh" and then short silence - "uhhhh" - and then short silence as the machine is moving the clothes around. Nothing overflowed either - I think the key is keeping an eye on the whole process until you get used to it - AND using the HE detergent (I used 3/4 of a cap). Even though things were spinned dry pretty well, I decided to spin it again. You have several options as to what you want to do by pressing the cycle button. I hung my things up in the bathroom and then decided to wash some towels. They're washing now - I put in several hand towels, about four washcloths, and three big towels! Set the water level for high. Looks good so far - the cycle finished and I decided to give it an extra rinse/spin. I will hang the towels, etc. up... BUT NOW...I want the darn Haier dryer!!!!!!! I mean, I cannot believe how pleased I am with this washer. NO more laundramats. Another tip I found online in regard to the Haier is to buy a paint strainer screen to go over the outflow dirty water - apparently some guy put it on with a rubber band and I think that is a good idea. I mean, I would hate to have my drains clog up with lint (even though there is a lint device in the machine) and have the apartment complex owners have a tizzy to see that I have a portable washer! Sorry this is so long of a review - but I am very pleased thus far with my portable washer, more so than I thought I would be. And I only just got it tonight! I paid, with tax, $212 and change, and I hope it lasts a good long time. If I have to sell it, I guarantee you that someone will gladly purchase it for half what I paid for it. If I encounter any problems with it, I will come back here and tell everyone. I'm uploading two pictures - one is the inside of the haier washer with my towels in it that have just spun dry. The other is the Haier hooked up to the sink (I've fooled with the outline of the picture because I don't want to give away where I live in case it's recognizable by the apartment owners!!)
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