Doing the laundry is an absolute necessity for all of us. Unfortunately, not everyone has easy access to laundry machines, or has the room for full-sized appliances in their apartment. A good solution for this problem is the portable washing machine.
Portable washing machines operate quite simply. You just hook them up to a standard bathroom or kitchen faucet via a connecting hose, fill it with water, plug in the machine, and start washing. However, with their small size, are portable washing machines any good? Well, although they’re not as powerful as the typical, much larger washing machines, most modern portable washers hold up quite well and feature a surprising number of technological amenities. But what is the best portable washing machine to buy?
If you’re looking for the best apartment washing machine, Appliances Connection has you covered with this lineup of small washing machines that clean big.
This compact 18-inch Magic Chef washer has a 0.9 cu. ft. capacity, a stainless-steel drum, and five wash cycles: heavy, gentle, normal, rapid, and soak. Instead of an agitator, it has a water pulsator to manipulate clothing. It has an automatic shut-off after the wash cycle is complete, saving on your electric bill. A convenient see-through lid lets you monitor the clothes as they are washed. It has an automatic off-balance detection and adds more water to redistribute clothing evenly. It also comes with four adjustable legs to keep the washer stable.
Avanti’s 22-inch portable washer has a capacity of two cu. ft. of wash capacity and six wash cycles including normal, heavy, delicate, quick wash, bulky, spin, plus an extra rinse cycle. Its bottom pulsator moves clothes around instead of an agitator. It has flexible wash options with three temperature settings, three load size settings and hot and cold water inlets. The control lock-out keeps anyone from changing your settings and a delay start option lets you start your wash at a later time. When a wash cycle is done, the washer turns off automatically. It’s also ADA compliant, has easy-to-use electronic controls, and a digital temperature gauge.
The 21 in. Magic Chef portable washer has a 1.6 cu. ft. capacity and six wash cycles: normal, heavy, delicate, quick, bulky, and spin only. Pulsating water agitates the clothing and detergents, and you can select from three water levels and three water temperature settings for proper cleaning. You can delay the start of the wash cycle, and after it’s done washing, the machine automatically powers down. A quick-connect kit is included to connect to your faucet. And the whole device sits on four rollers for extra ease of movement.
The largest washer on the list is 24 inches wide with a 2.8 cu. ft. capacity stainless-steel basket, and a ton of big washer features. It has 11 wash cycles including normal, casuals, delicates, heavy duty, towels, whites, and jeans. And it has five extra wash options including deep fill, deep rinse (for use with fabric softener), extra rinse, extra spin, and presoak. It also has a fabric softener and bleach dispenser. Its spin cycle goes up to 750 RPM to remove the maximum amount of water from the clothing. It has an LED display that tells you the wash progress and how much time is left, and a signal to let you know when the cycle is over. It also has a child lock to keep the lid from opening during operation.
The 23-inch portable washer from Danby offers a 1.7 cu. ft. capacity stainless-steel drum with a water pulsator that cleans both bulky and delicate clothing. You can choose a specific wash cycle from normal, heavy, gentle and jeans, with ten different water level settings to accommodate different load sizes. An auto-balancing feature keeps loads from crowding on one side of the drum. To prevent spills, it has a child lock on the lid as well as overflow protection. And the rear legs have rollers for easy movement.
If you’re in the market for a portable washing machine, be sure to keep in mind this list of the best models on the market—at least in the opinion of the professionals at Appliances Connection. But what do you, the reader, think? Have you ever used a portable washer before? Any particular brand? Perhaps you have some first-hand experience or knowledge you can share with us and others? If so, leave a comment or suggestion below.
Are portable washing machines allowed in apartments?
That depends on the apartment. If you aren’t sure, look over your lease contract for any stipulations regarding having a portable washer, or ask your building manager or landlord.
Can you use pods in a portable washer?
Yes, but you will want to make sure you place the pod on top of the laundry load near the water flow to make sure it dissolves completely.
How does a portable washer drain?
There is a hose at the bottom of the machine that you use to empty the washer into your sink.