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Buy Mini Portable Washing Machine

Even if you do have communal laundry, a portable washer can offer a much more personal and reliable option: You don't have to wait for the machines to be free, or acquire a giant bag of quarters, or worry about someone taking your wet laundry out and dropping it onto a dirty counter. They're also popular in the RV and boating communities, and can be a good option for tiny houses or apartments, and some dorm rooms.

buy mini portable washing machine


After much research, I purchased the Magic Chef 0.9 cu ft Compact Washer, which has a footprint of about 21 square inches. It was among the most compact washing machines I saw on the market. In the seven or eight months I've been using it, this machine has always operated smoothly, is simple to set up each time, and leaves my clothes feeling and smelling fresh. It also hasn't run up my electricity bill at all.

Every portable washer is a little different, but all operate on the same premise: an inlet hose that connects to your sink tap to fill the machine with water and an outflow hose to drain. When you set up your washing machine, you'll follow manufacturer instructions to connect the hoses to the body of your machine. You'll need a wrench to make sure the hoses are connected tightly to the unit.

If the nozzle included with your machine doesn't fit your sink tap, you can purchase a pack of adapters from Amazon and see what works. A good fit means minimal leaking from the area around the nozzle (minor leaks can be okay). Once the nozzle is installed, push the hose with the quick release onto the nozzle and turn the water on.

The first load of laundry I did with my portable washer, I sat next to the machine and turned the water tap on and off every time it switched from filling to agitating. This is not the right thing to do. Leave the tap running the entire cycle. Depending on what you're washing you can either set the tap to cold or hot water. I prefer cold water because it's easier and makes colors less likely to run, but you may wish to use hot water for undergarments, sheets, and towels.

To minimize any excess spilling, I store the ends of the hoses inside my washer when not in use. Even though the portable washer has a small footprint, it is deceptively heavy. This appliance dolly by Spacecare makes moving your portable washer around much, much easier. Plus, it only adds a few inches to the machine's footprint, so you can still store the washer in a small closet or corner of a room.

For a fraction of the cost of other portable washing machines, you can buy this portable model from Danby that has many of the features you might find in those more expensive models. This washer has five wash cycles, a stainless steel drum and an automatic load-balancing function that keeps garments from moving to one side of the drum during a cycle. All of the cycles are highly customizable, allowing users to select the duration of rinse and spin cycles and the water level in the machine. Because of its light weight, it is likely the best model for users who plan to move their portable washer often.

In addition to keeping the size and weight of a portable washing machine in mind when shopping for a model for your RV, another important thing to keep in mind is water and energy consumption given the limited supply on the road. This model from Avanti allows you to control the amount of water that goes in by selecting a small, medium or large load size and offers the best combination we found of large capacity and low electricity use per year.

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