No More Laundromat: Portable Washing Machines for Small Spaces

Clean clothes, wherever you go.

Portable washing machines don’t require complicated installation or high-powered outlets or hot air vents. Instead, they plug into a water source like a sink or showerhead. But do they actually work? Incredibly, yes.

Dries, Too

This laundry cleaner has dual compartments, so you can rinse and dry at the same time. SUPER DEAL

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Portable washing machines are easy to set up. Plug one into a regular outlet and a water source—a sink is ideal—and load up with your dirty laundry and detergent. The machine swishes and agitates them around, just like a regular washer. They don’t have the power to run huge loads of clothes, but they’re surprisingly quick and efficient.

Many Different Cycles

Despite its size, you can clean a nearly 10 pound-load at once in this model. Giantex

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Portable washing machines don’t have dryers, exactly, but they do have drying options. All of them have a “spin cycle,” which quickly rotates the inner drum, driving out water. It is, essentially, a salad spinner. Your clothes won’t be warm, fluffy and dry, but damp—a little time on a drying rack will complete the drying process.

Really Small

At less than 2 feet tall and wide, you can toss this in a car or move from room to room as needed. SUPER DEAL

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Portable washing machines, paired with a drying rack, can handle just about any item of clothing. They’re also great for those who want to watch their energy use: when paired with cold water and a drying rack, even frequent use will barely show up on an electric bill.