I’ve just found my ‘forever’ washing machine, and it’s from Hisense! Yes, this washing machine with real STEAM ticks absolutely every box for cleaning and sanitizing clothes in a busy family household. I don’t like to part with big cash for appliances but this 8kg Hisense washing machine with steam is already paying its dues in clean, crease-free, and virtually dry laundry every day.
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Hisense washing machine review (2023)
Sounds crazy, or at least very futuristic. But that’s what Chinese appliance company Hisense has pulled off. Their latest range of front-loading washing machines is equipped with a steam function at the end of your laundry cycle that penetrates the fibers of your clothes with piping-hot steam. Also, this is the first washing machine that I have seen lift brown scum out of my laundry load – and not because my clothes were muddy.
Hisense washing machine that steam cleans your laundry!
This is a fantastic washing machine feature, making this Hisense washing machine ideal for anyone who:
- Has allergies or sensitive skin
- Washes clothes for babies and young children
- Washes and sanitizes heavily soiled laundry
- Wants soft, clean clothes and bedding
- Needs a dependable washing machine to support a holiday letting business
2023 large capacity washing machine review
I hadn’t seen or heard of Hisense washing machines until early this year when I needed a replacement washing machine. I usually have no problem with purchasing second-hand, but Gumtree and local shops were coming up short.
For my household, an 8kg front-loading washing machine is a must, given the propensity for everyone to amass large amounts of clothing that are just dumped in the machine and the need to wash duvets and blankets from time to time.
After the customary Google search, I came across this Hisense 8 kg washing machine with a steam function which compared favorably with prominent brands like Samsung, Hotpoint, and Whirlpool. The Hisense machine appeared to have not only great looks but also the specs (see below) you’d expect from a washing machine that is much more expensive. It was a bit of a gamble to save cash by opting for Hisense but I am very pleased we did.
Hisense is a Chinese electronics and appliance manufacturer that was founded 28 years ago. It is based in the manufacturing heartland of Qingdao, Shandong Province, China. Hisense also has subsidiary companies and R&D centres around the world, including the U.S., Israel, Germany, and Slovenia.
Hisense mainly produces electronics like TVs, and smartphones, but it also has a great reputation for its appliances, including fridges, washing machines, and electric ovens. Many of its appliances are OEM.
Is Hisense a good brand?
I was wondering the same thing, but can reassure you that Hisense is a reputable brand that is a strong competitor of Samsung and LG in Asia. Hisense has forged a reputation for being great value for money and punching above its weight in terms of quality. It seems that Hisense is seeking to corner the market for good quality affordable appliances, and in my humble opinion, they are succeeding.
A closer look at the 8kg Hisense washing machine
Let’s run through everything you need to know to decide if a Hisense washing machine is right for your household. I like to do my homework before making a big purchase like this, so here’s my workings out:
Hisense 8kg washing machine with steam specifications
|Type||Freestanding, front-loading washing machine|
|Price||Check today’s price|
|Energy rating||B: B is a rating that indicates that the washing machine is energy efficient. New models are unlikely to be able to achieve the A rating immediately.|
|Annual energy consumption (kWh)||185|
|Annual water consumption (litres)||10,309|
|Max spin||1400 RPM (Class B spin efficiency)|
|Noise level||Washing: 53 dB Spinning: 74 dB (not harmful to hearing)|
|No. programs||16 (see below)|
|Type of motor||Inverter motor with Stable Tech technology to reduce vibrations|
|Display/controls||LED display with touch button controls|
|Pause and add||Yes – in the early part of the cycle|
|Anti foam sensor||Yes|
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT|
|Dimensions||600 mm x 850 mm x 545 mm (23.6 in x 33.46 in x 21.45 in)|
|Weight||67.2 kg (148 pounds)|
Features of the Hisense 8kg washing machine with steam
I am so excited about the cool features of this washing machine. It is going to take me a while to try everything out. However, here are the stand-out features that are worth knowing about if you’re considering this washing machine:
16 programs to choose from
If you’re the type of person who is happy with a one-stop-shop 60-degree cycle for everything, other special programs will pass you by, but I felt the range of cycles available with this washing machine was impressive.
The Hisense 8 kg washing machine with steam doesn’t ‘officially’ do a duvet wash, but I have crammed in a light single duvet and it washed through and was steam fresh! It also does not have a boil wash (95℃), but it has a 60℃ wash with steam which kills any bugs!
Here is a list of the programs for the 8 kg Hisense washing machine with steam:
- Large Items
- 95° Antibacterial
- Down Jacket
- 30 Minute Dry
- Quick Wash
- Rinse + Spin
- Drum Clean
- Dark Wash
- Cotton Eco
- Hand Wash
- Silent Wash
The Hisense was the first washing machine I had ever encountered with steam technology. Until recently this was a premium feature (think washing machines of £700+) but it has trickled down to cheaper models like this Hisense washing machine.
Steam is now being incorporated into most laundry cycles because of its great benefits to your wash that include:
- Cleaner clothes: Just like your steam iron, hot steam penetrates the fibers of your clothes, allowing the detergent to do a better job of lifting dirt. I can see that this washing machine brings out a brown scum in the suds as it washes that I had not seen before with my old washing machine.
- Softer, better-conditioned fabrics: The targeted use of steam really conditioned the fabrics and leaves them super-soft. You won’t need fabric conditioner with this machine.
- Great sanitization: Just like steam cleaning your home, the Hisense washing machine steam cleans your laundry. Hisense claims that its washing machine will remove 99.99% of bacteria, yeasts, and other nasties (mite eggs) backed up with laboratory testing.
- Fewer wrinkles: I am iron-adverse, so you can imagine my pleasure at hanging up clothes that are much less creased.
- Reduced allergens: If you have anyone with sensitive skin, eczema, or psoriasis in your family, the Hisense washing machine’s allergy steam removes allergens.
The Auto Wash setting is a handy cycle that gives you the ideal settings for your load including levels of detergent and the amount of water required for a decent clean.
Pause & Add
I really, really like the Pause & Add setting that allows me to pop in that leftover sock or top that someone left out before the laundry cycle gets into full swing. All you have to do is press the pause button and the door will unlock. However, I noticed if you pause the cycle with a full drum of water the door can also unlock which is a bit risky!
The big porthole door is perfect for big loads, blankets, and other bulky items. The 34cm porthole is one of the largest around and is great for a front-loading washer.
Engineered for performance
Hisense has put as much effort into the engineering of this washing machine as its looks and technology. Hisense has designed special 3D beaters that enhance the agitation of the laundry load as it washes. The inverter motor that it uses has Stable Tech technology, which reduces noise, vibrations, and potential damage, lengthening the lifespan of your washing machine. The motor will adjust its rotation for the size of the load, meaning you won’t get that old-school vibration and dancing of your washing machine across the kitchen!
Pros of the Hisense 8kg washing machine
Here’s what I think are the pros of Hisense’s 8kg washing machine
- Low cost for the specifications, quality and capacity of the washing machine
- Steam to clean, condition and sanitize your wash
- Large door for easy loading and unloading of laundry
- Practical selection of cycles
- High spin meaning that your laundry dries within 30 min most of the time
- The ability to pause your laundry cycle and add additional items
- Great design that works well in any kitchen
Cons of the Hisense 8kg washing machine
Here are some of the things, right now, I think could be better:
- A 95℃ wash would be great at this price point, but the steam cycle gets around this
- Some cycles can be as much as 4 hours which I think is simply too long
- The spin and unlocking of the machine can be loud and jarring
Check out the Hisense 8kg washing machine in action
As some of you might know, I am not great with videos, but I have created a quick vid of this cool washing machine in action so you can see how it runs!
This is a great washing machine that comes in at under £450. It has definitely been a step up for us and I am confident that it is a great investment for any family. Take a closer look at the Hisense 8kg washing machine here.
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