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The Machine that doesn’t leave you in a spin


Rating: ★★★☆☆

When our original washing machine was playing up it was time to get a new one.

Now there’s not too much to a washing machine, a drum, a heating element and a motor, and these days the cycle will be controlled by a tiny 8-bit processor or the like. So with this in mind we thought there wasn’t much point to paying over the odds for an expensive brand when the internals are going to be pretty much the same. So we opted for the Haier HW70-1401.

For us it was an unknown brand, but we went down to the local appliance store and had a look at one before nipping home and ordering one from the online store.

It arrived a few days later and the delivery guys were kind enough to hook it up for us (took a couple of minutes), there is only a cold water connection, a drain and a plug.

We put a load on (up to 7kg which is nice) and were surprised by how long the estimated time was, although this is to be expected as the machine doesn’t use hot water, so it heats cold to the desired temperature. However it’s a washing machine so you don’t have to stand over it or anything, it’s not so much of a problem.

It has a useful timer feature so you can program it over night and it will wash your clothes ready for when you get up, so you can hang out your washing and go about your business for that day without having to wait.

Unfortunately there are a couple of issues with it. Occaisionally it doesn’t spin at the end of the cycle, we’re not sure why this is, but we have caught it displaying the “clrf” error code (which helpfully disappears at the end of the cycle). With a bit of research we have discovered that this corresponds to clear foam, not as we initially assumed clear filter. We’re still not entirely sure what to do when this occurs. Anyhow you can just put the washing on a spin cycle when this happens it’s more of an irritation than anything else.

The other issue, the machine is too light. Great for the delivery guys, but it does mean that it has a tendency to move across the floor with a heavy load and it can mean the vibrations are quite substantial even though it does its best to balance the load before a spin.

Overall, I doubt I’d buy this model again, it’s not so bad that we’re going to replace it any time soon and it was a cheap option, but I think paying an extra £50 would be worth it for a machine without the problems mentioned.


  • 7kg Load


  • Very Light
  • Doesn't always spin


It’s a budget option for a washing machine, if you can afford a small amount more I would go for a different model, but it does what it says on the tin and washes clothes.