The Best Portable Washing Machines to Fit Any Space
A portable washing machine is a great alternative to a full-size appliance and is just as effective at cleaning clothes. "Using a portable washing machine doesn't have to mean compromising," says Jawad Ahmed, a laundry dealer at The Home Depot. "With just a smaller load capacity, a compact washer can penetrate deep into fabrics to remove dirt and odors, saving you water and energy with the same outstanding cleaning performance as a full-size washer."
We researched the best portable washing machines based on capacity, convenience, noise level and power source. Our favorite is the Magic Chef compact top-loading portable washer because it's easy to use, quiet, and as powerful as a full-size washing machine.
Below, the best portable washing machine options on the market.
Our Top Picks
Timing and spin function - This washing machine performs simple washing and spin cycles. Its maximum washing time is 10 minutes and the wash can be spun after washing. You can adjust the time according to the number of garments.
Practical washing machine - This small washing machine weighs only 5.1 kg and can hold up to 2.5 kg of laundry. It is ideal for washing light clothes such as ties, underwear and baby clothes as well as for washing different garments separately.
Portable & space-saving design - Thanks to the compact design, this washing machine is ideal for limited spaces such as dormitories, single rooms and small apartments. It has a light weight and is easy to carry, so it is also perfect for on the go, e.g. for hotels, youth hostels and caravans.
Safe to use and low consumption - This washing machine is made of high-quality PP and the non-slip coasters ensure that the washing machine is stable during operation. In addition, it is designed to consume little water and electricity and save energy.
Easy to use - All you need to do is insert clothes, add water and set the timer so that the washing machine starts washing. After washing, the excess water is automatically drained from the drain hose.
Though it may be small, Super Deal’s compact washing machine is mighty. The top-load machine spins at 1300 RPM (rotations per minute)—enough power to give clothes a thorough cleaning, but gentle enough to keep them in good condition. Yet despite its wash power, this tiny machine doesn’t rock and roll when cleaning your clothes thanks to its stable weight distribution.
Super Deal’s mini washer comes with an easy-to-attach drainage tube, which allows you to remove water from the wash side while your laundry spins on the other. Some customers said the tube was a little short, and used the machine in the tub for some extra protection against leaks.
Keep in mind this machine can only handle about 5 pounds of laundry at a time, which is not ideal for the person who waits until they’re out of clean underwear before washing their clothes. But because the machine works fast—up to 15 minutes for wash cycles and 5 minutes for spin cycles—you’ll be able to work through any pile quickly.
If you're traveling to a destination without electricity or just trying to be more eco-friendly, it's worth investing in a non-electric washer. Fortunately, the Laundry Alternative Wonderwash is a powerful and affordable machine.
The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Washing Machine is designed to handle 5 pounds of laundry at a time—think 10 T-shirts, a few pairs of leggings, or a bath towel. And while that may seem like laundry will take longer, the machine can thoroughly clean most items in less than 2 minutes. (Fuller loads or heavier items, like a pair of jeans or a sweatshirt, may take a little longer.)
With all that manual work, you may think the machine won't last more than a few loads. But because it doesn't have any motorized parts that often require repairs, the machine is built to last. Not to mention, the lack of a motor means clothes don't get snagged or tangled during the wash.
Now, this machine is not meant for the impatient types. You may have trouble assembling it at first, and you'll need to get into a good rhythm when turning the hand crank. Turning it too slow can result in dirty or somewhat soapy clothes, as can turning it too fast. However, once you're in a groove, this non-electric washer is easy to use and drain, thanks to a detachable spout.
4)Best for Camping:Lavario Portable Clothes Washer (Manual Non-Electric Portable Washing
If you're going to be roughing it for an extended period of time, then a non-electric washing machine is a must. The Lavario Portable Clothes Washer doesn't require a power source, just a nearby hose or spout to provide water. That said, it's still powerful enough to remove the dirt, stains, and grime that come with camping activities.
The machine works by submerging a basket of clothes in water and pumping them up and down. Your once-dirty clothes will be completely clean within 20 minutes of pumping the basket. To dry your garments, simply wring out excess water and hang them up to dry.
And don't think you have to wash one item at a time. The Lavario's 0.6-cubic-foot "drum" is comparable to other non-electric models on the market, providing plenty of room for multiple garments.
Although tent-pitching campers need a hand-powered washer, RV lovers can opt for an electric model—while still being mindful of space, of course. The Panda Portable Washing Machine provides the power of other electric washers, but at 1.34 cubic feet, it doesn’t take up too much space.
The smaller size doesn’t mean the Panda model lacks features. You'll have 10 cycles and five water level options at your disposal for tackling tough stains. Additionally, the stainless steel tub helps to sanitize your items, keeping everything clean as you hit the road. Cycles run quietly, and there's even a fabric softener dispenser so you can enjoy the luxuries of a permanent home while in your movable one.
You will want to figure out a plan for storing this machine before buying, as it isn’t easy to move. Either pick a permanent spot in your motorhome that is out of the way, or invest in a dolly for moving and storing it when it's not in use.