Having a washing machine can save you a lot of time, trouble, and money, but a lot of people don't live in homes where they can install a full-size washer. That's where portable washing machines come in. With a portable washer, you can clean small loads of laundry from anywhere that has a faucet and a power outlet, and you can easily move the machine out of the way when you need to. Here's a list of the best portable washing machines of 2021.
The Avanti STW20D2P is a small yet sturdy portable washing machine. In its 2 cu. ft. capacity, it holds six wash cycles, three load size options, and three water temperature settings. Meanwhile, its soft-closing glass lid, easy-touch buttons, and bottom rollers mean that using it is simple and pleasant. It's even compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which makes it more accessible to anyone in your house who has impaired mobility.
With its 800 RPM maximum spin speed and 2 cu. ft. capacity, the Magic Chef MCSTCW20W5 is one of the most powerful washers on this list. Its digital control panel is easy to read and manipulate, its pulsator changes the flow of water to ensure a thorough wash, and its quick connect kit makes it easy to connect this washing machine to a sink faucet. It automatically shuts itself off after each cycle, saving water and power. This combined with its delayed-start capability means you can run your washer based on your own schedule instead of waiting for it to finish.
The GE GNW128PSMWW is the most spacious of the portable washing machines on this list, holding 2.8 cu. ft. of clothes. Its stainless steel drum spins at 750 RPM, and it has eight wash cycles, as well as a presoak function and deep rinse. In fact, it has nearly all the features of a full-size washing machine, including separate dispensers for fabric softener and bleach, but its casters help it slide effortlessly out of the way when it's not in use.
The Danby DWM065A1WDB6 is a compact workhorse among washers. Its simple user interface allows you to choose between its four wash cycles to wash up to 2 cu. ft. of laundry per load. Its pulsator dynamically adjusts the flow of water throughout the cycle, using the water itself to help agitate your clothes and preventing wear on the stainless steel drum. It has ten water levels in total, and it's self-balancing, which you can wash everything from delicates to beach towels in a unit that isn't even three feet tall.
Do you leave the faucet on the entire time a portable washing machine is running?
Yes, you have to leave the faucet open while the washer runs. This doesn't mean the machine is constantly filling with water, though: much like a hose with a sprayer attachment, it only takes fresh water when it's needed.
Are portable washers more efficient than traditional ones?
While a portable washing machine will use slightly more water per cubic foot of capacity than one of its traditional counterparts, portable washers can be the most cost-effective option for a lot of people. If you don't generate a lot of laundry, having a portable unit can save you money and time (especially if the alternative is going to the laundromat).
Where can I place a portable washing machine?
Always pay attention to the owner's manual of your specific machine, but in general to place a portable washer, you need a faucet, a drain (or a large bucket), and a power source. Many apartment dwellers place their washers on their balcony or patio while they're in use, and bring them back indoors for storage.