The Haier Laundry Center is a Thing of Beauty
It feels a bit weird to be talking about a household appliance like a piece of art, but that’s exactly the type of feeling that the new Haier Laundry Center evokes. Haier, which is the world’s leading major appliance manufacturer with 15.4 percent retail volume market share in 2018, showed off their forthcoming 3-in-1 washer-dryer machine during the 2019 IFA Global Press Conference in Punta Umbria, Spain last week. And not only was the machine a thing of beauty, but it also felt like the first really true smart appliance that we’ve come into contact with, which we’ll get into in a bit.
Functionally, the Laundry Center takes the stacked washer-dryer concept and packs it into a single, unibody design that allows the appliance to truly stand out in a crowd. The Direct Motion motors integrated into the appliance are beltless, which Haier said allows for reduced vibrations and noise level. Additionally the Laundry Center achieves an A+++ -50 percent Energy Class rating thanks to the direct connection of the motor to the drum, which eliminates friction, thus improving the washing efficiency and reliability.
As a 3-in-1, the Laundry Center allows for 13kg (28.6 lb) wash loads in the bottom drum, which also doubles 7kg (15.4 lb) heat pump dryer. The top drum is a functional 10kg (22 lb) heat pump dryer. Additionally, Haier includes an i-Refresh mode in the bottom drum, which uses a micro-vapor technology to remove odors and reduce wrinkles.