The whole idea behind Portable Compact Mini Washing Machines is that they are of small size and lightweight. So you can move them easily around and place them wherever you want. And these new models do their job amazingly well using even less water than any hand washing would do.
Updated 2018: new products added!
The capacity of these portable washing machines is usually between 5 and 9 lbs. That means the load of clothing will be quite small. You find mini washers as electric washing machines or hand-cranked. The best non-electric portable washing machine available is the Compact Mini Washing Machine by The Laundry Alternative. This is kind of a dream model for every RVer, camper or houseboater (I think I just invented this word…).
How do you use a Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine?
It’s quite simple. You hook the machine’s hose up to your kitchen faucet and fill it with the right amount of water. Then add detergent (liquid works the best, and it only needs a small amount of detergent). And now you add your clothes. You shut the lid, plug the unit into an electrical outlet, if it’s an electric model, and turn it on.
Why would you choose a Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine?
Well, you might live in an apartment complex with a communal laundry room where the washing machines are always taken when you want to do your laundry.
And I don’t think I know one single person who likes to go to the Laundromat – except maybe Maggie O’Connell from the Show “Northern Exposure”. If you know the show, you know what I mean. To the contrary most certainly you too belong to those people who definitely don’t like to go to a Laundromat. Indeed, count me in into this club.
If you’re living in a RV, a houseboat or tiny house where there is simply not enough space for a full washer/dryer combo and you don’t want to wash your laundry by hand – you might be interested to look into portable compact mini washers.
There is a big variety of portable compact mini washing machines out there. Besides being practical some have a really nice design. Usually I’m not the pink kinda lady, but seeing this one pink model in the following list I must admit, it brings such a bright color and mood in the room, alone that makes it worth getting it. So, if you wish to give your RV or small apartment that special color touch, this could be the perfect washing machine for you.
The instructions for the different models of portable washing machines can vary. So make sure that you read the instruction manual before you operate your new model for the first time.
Mini Portable Compact Washer
- Specifications: 0.65AMP, 50HZ, 200W
- Noise: 57 dB
- Capacity: 5.5 lbs. or 19 liters
- Semi automatic
- No spin cycle
The washer is the perfect size to sit on a counter top. I put mine on my kitchen counter next to the sink when I need to do the laundry. The washer is actually fairly lightweight and comes with an easy carry handle, so moving it is not difficult.
This washer does not spin clothes, the tank drains the old fashioned way, good old gravity. This is really nice if you don’t like mangled clothes. It is an extra little washer. It holds quite a little bit of laundry.
It really swishes and turns robustly. I use it when RVing. I think it would be great for an apartment too. Not so keen on hand ringing but this little Panda makes up for it on how well it cleans. Otherwise it can handle a small load very effectively.
Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine
- Capacity: 5 lbs.
- Hand-cranked, non-electric
- Uses 90% less water and detergent
- Patented pressure system
- No maintenance required
I think of my Wonderwash as a hand crank front loader. The key to the Wonderwash is to not over load it. I believe, that my cloths come out cleaner.
The clothes are after washing very wet. That is why I bought a mini-dryer as well, our family cleans delicates and daily wash when we don’t have a full load in these units.
It does crank easily and my arm isn’t sore afterwards. It is well balanced. You turn it at one revolution per second, so it’s a slow turn. I am 75 years old.
Costway Mini Compact Washer
- Specifications: 110V, 60HZ, 200W
- Size: 14″ x 14″ x 20″
- Capacity: 6.6 lbs.
- Washing time adjustable
- No drying function
I am so very pleased with this unit. It does a great job with minimal soap and water. This thing has paid for itself already in the first month. Highly recommend!
The motor is quiet, and the device runs for less than 15 minutes and uses little energy.
We live off grid in the mountains of Colorado and have our solar setup and generator. Got this and LOVE it! Holds a couple outfits and you can set your own wash time. Works great for low energy systems.
Best Choice Products Compact Mini Washing Machine
- Capacity: 8 lbs. for washer, 5 lbs. for dryer
- Quiet but powerful unit
- Portable washing machine with spin cycle
- Overall Dimensions: 23”(L) x 13.5”(W) x 26”(H)
- 1300 RPM motor
It is SUPER powerful and will get your clothes far cleaner than any washer you’ve had before, you just have to do smaller loads. This thing will save you water. This thing will save you LOTS of soap.
Love love love! It’s the perfect size, very easy set up!! I’ve already done 4 loads today! It looks great and works even greater! It’s perfect here for my little tiny apt! It actually fits right on my kitchen counter and just drains into the sink! It’s very powerful, and my clothes are clean! And the spin dryer is incredible, takes out about 90% of the water!
Great for the price! Fits great in the apartment I am in and I use it when I don’t want to pay to do laundry in our apartment building. Isn’t too heavy, fits a decent amount of clothes and then hang dry.
* Prices are good at the time the article was written, but subject to change without notice.