Some people are at points in the lives where they don’t have all the money in the world. Believe me I’ve been there. Most people have at one time or another. That’s why we’ve added a number of budget market Washing Machines to our site. The Haier HWM58-020 Fully-Automatic Top-Loading Washing Machine (5.8 Kg, White) is a further addition to that group. It’s not perfect and I’ll be going through the potential problems with you, but it does represent value for money at the price. So while you’re not going to get the Taj Mahal for just over 10,000 Rupees, you might get something that’s not too far away. Everybody ready? Let’s discuss all of the inclusions and piece together this offering.
by Haier [Haier]
Price: INR 14,990.00
- Fully Automatic
- High Spin Speed
- 6 Wash Programs
- 5.8Kg Capacity
- Quite Noisy
The Capacity here is 5.8Kg. So If you are a family of three or less, it’ll do all of your washing in one load. If you have a family of four you’ll more than likely need to throw a few pieces of clothes in a second wash. For just over 10,000 rupees though there is value here since that is about the average at this price.
You see a lot of Top-Loading machines in the budget ranges because they’re cheaper to build. One advantage of these is that you can throw laundry in halfway through the wash. They also cost much less to repair than front-loaders, so you’ll save money on that. But, they use a little more water than front loaders do and you’ll need to lift the clothes up to put them in the machine. You won’t have to do much bending though, which will be a relief to many people. Now that I’ve laid out the pro’s and con’s of Top-Loaders, you should ask yourself if they appeal to you.
I mentioned that Top-Loading machines use more water. Well, Fully-Automatic machines are more water efficient. So in an ideal world for the maximum efficiency and the least amount of running costs, you’d be getting a Fully-Automatic Front Loader. But they cost a lot more than this to buy.The next rung down, in terms of water efficiency and therefore running costs, are Fully-Automatic Top-Loading machines. Which is exactly what you’re getting here. Having a Fully-Automatic machine also means less work. It’ll do the whole wash and dry cycle without the need for any rinsing, Tub replacing, or button pressing on your part. Just set the program and leave. Simple as that.
Quadra Flow Pulsator Wash
It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s pretty simple to explain. Quadra Flow Pulsation is the method your machine will use to wash your clothes. Method matters because it determines how strong the wash is going to be. This machine pumps water into the Drum from 4 different angles, shifting the clothes around in a circular motion. It’s Haiers branded upgrade to a basic Pulsator Wash, and it’s their attempt to solve the problem with pulsation. Which is that they’re too gentle to get really tough stains out in one cycle. It works well and it is tougher than a normal pulsator, but it’s still not as tough as an Agitator Wash. It’ll get most stains out but really bad ones will need another cycle. The upside of pulsation is that clothes never get damaged due to the natural gentleness.
Spin Speed determines wash and dry times along with how thorough each wash will be. The 1000RPM’s you get on this is pretty fast and it certainly helps the Pulsator Wash Method out with bad set-in stains. But, as I’ve said, you’ll still need two washes for really bad stains. What 1000RPM’s does do is it reduces wash and drying time. Although Top-Loaders tend to take longer on each cycle anyway.
The noise level is 53DB which is quite loud for a Washing Machine but certainly not the loudest on the market. You might want to think twice about putting this washer on at night.
There are 6 different wash programs here ranging from gentle to harsh. That’s not as many as on the higher priced machines but you will have some choice here as to how your clothes get washed.
This is a really good washer if you follow a few rules.
1. Don’t fill it too high even though there will be a tendency to that with it being a 5.8KG machine
2. With it being a Pulsator you’ll want to avoid the gentler wash programs altogether
3. Don’t wash at night
Other than these three rules there are no other hidden problems here. I was very surprised that you could get a Fully-Automatic for just over 10,000 Rupees. Especially one with 6 Wash Programs and a 1000RPM Spin Speed. It dries too and it’ll do the wash and dry cycles without you there. You you can go do other stuff. Unless you like hanging around a Washing Machine and if so then by all means stay. It can get quite noisy, but nothings perfect at 10,000 Rupees. And, you do get 6 good Wash Programs along with the high Spin Speed, which somewhat makes up for the gentle Pulsator Wash Method. All in all this is excellent value for money.