It unusual to find a Fully-Automatic model in the 13000 Rupee price-range. So when the Haier 58-020-R Fully-Automatic Top-loading Washing Machine (5.8 Kg, Red) was released at just over 13000 I was determined to find out how they got the price so low. I was also interested in whether it still represented good value for money. So I sat down with one and took a closer look. This will be a no holds barred review discussing all aspects of the 58-020 and by the end of it you’ll have some idea about whether or not it’s worth investing in.
by Haier [Haier]
Price: INR 15,490.00
- Quadra-Flow Pulsation
- Fuzzy Logic
- Pretty Nice Design
- Very Cheap
- High Spin Speed
- Slightly Small Capacity
Wow, this sounds complex. Really though it’s quite simple. Ordinary Pulsators will send spurts of water into the Drum from 2 directions at high-speed to wash clothes. They’ve been accused of being too gentle and not getting tough stains out. Quadra-Flow Pulsators send that water in at high-speed from 4 different directions so clothes get tossed about more which makes the wash a little stronger. It’s not as strong as Agitation or Roller-Jet pulse 3 Pulsation. These will get any stain out first time. But it is an improvement on your average Pulsator. And for 13000 it’s a fair deal. If you’ve got dried in mud or other really harsh stains you’ll probably need to throw some items in for a second wash though.
It’s a computer inside your machine and it’ll weigh your clothes to determine how much water is needed and also how much detergent is needed. It’s designed to get you the perfect wash for the least amount of money. So it’ll instruct your machine on the exact amount of water and detergent required to wash each load well. Great to see this on a machine under 14000 Rupees. It’ll save buyers money.
Fully-Automatics go through an entire wash and dry cycle on their own without you having to do anything. So just set the program and go about your business. They also tend to get you a better and faster wash because there’s less room for human error. They use one Tub for both washing and drying so there’s no bending down to replace Tubs which will be good news for some buyers.
Slightly on the small side. Buyers with 4 or less people in their family should get all their washing done in one load. A Family of more than 4 will need more than one load.
Most people think Spin Speed majorly affects their wash. It doesn’t but higher spin speeds do mean a rougher wash for better stain removal. When you’re buying a Pulsator they’re always welcome because Pulsators start out gentler than Agitators so a little extra spin speed really helps the stain removal along. Here you get 1000RPM’s which is extremely high for the price and it’s up there with the drum speeds of machines at twice the price.
Spin speeds like this really come into their own in drying. The higher your spin speed the more water will be rinsed from your clothes prior to drying. The more water rinsed, the quicker the drying. So, you’ll get fast dry times here which will of course be offset by longer wash times given that this is top loading rather than front loading. Top loaders generally take longer than Front Loaders to wash.
This is an ease of use feature that allows you to hold clothes in the machine while you’re away doing something. So say you need to be somewhere and you don’t want your machine to go through the entire wash and dry cycle while you’re out. Because. clothes will just sit there dry inside the machine mildewing and by the time you get back they’ll be in need of washing again. You push the Rinse-Hold button and they’ll be stored in the Drum soaking in water. When you return home you push the Rinse-Hold button again to release, and your machine will carry on the process through rinsing and drying as if it where a normal cycle. Call it the pause button. Excellent inclusion.
10 Wash Programs
Not as many as most machines so you’re not going to get a lot of choice here. You do however get 10 solid program’s. There’s even some fabric-specific program’s like Cotton, Synthetics and Mixed. You also get common programs like Quick Wash, Pre-Wash and Wash at 15 degree’s Celsius. The elephant in the room is the lack of a dedicated wash program for dried in harsh stains. Most machines have one.
The lack of a dedicated tough stain program gives the impression that they never really designed this model for getting out hugely tough stains. That’s something to think about. With it being a Pulsator it already washes clothes gentler than Agitators. So despite the Quadra-Flow making it rougher than most Pulsators, you might want to consider looking for something different if you have kids who go out and get serious stains on their clothes. Or do two wash and dry cycles to get the tougher stains out. But for 13000 Rupees I have to say this represents huge value for money for people who typically have weak or moderately stained clothes. It’s very rare to find a Fully-Automatic Machine with this kind of fast spin speed for under 15000. It also has Fuzzy Logic meaning it’ll save you money on water and detergent compared to some other models. 10 Wash Programs isn’t exactly breaking records but given the price and given the fact that all the programs perform well, you must notice the upside. There’s even fabric-specific programs which are next to unheard-of at 13000 Rupees. Thank you for reading.