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5 Best Portable Washing Machines

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Doing laundry is something we all have to do, and it is often something which frustrates us. You may live in an apartment or condo which does not have room for a washing machine and have to go to the laundromat every day. There may be space but nowhere to hook it up. You may have extra loads to do and find yourself with a never-ending supply of clothes which you can never get through. Maybe you are a new parent using cloth diapers. You need to wash them but do not want to put them through with your main loads. You may even be a small business owner who needs a laundry option but does not have the means to install a washer.

Well, we have just the thing for you. Something which will take care of your laundry with ease, at a low-cost, and without needing a lot of space. A portable washing machine may be just what you are looking for.

No matter what you need a washing machine for, a portable one will take care of all of your needs. Granted, a portable washer will not generally have as much room as a regular washing machine, but it will get the job done while not using up as much space or energy.

We went looking for the most reliable and durable portable washing machines out there. Let’s look at what influenced our choice.


It goes without saying that a portable washing machine should be small and compact, but even within this product range, there are a variety of sizes. You should take into account that a smaller washing machine will take up less space but will also have less space inside.

Depending on your needs, you may want to choose between a machine which fits into a certain space and a machine which can wash a certain sized load of clothes. You will usually find that a smaller machine uses less water and power than a larger one. A smaller machine is also easier to move. It may be that you cannot position the washing machine next to the sink and have to move it back and forth to connect to a water supply. If you have to do this, then the washing machine should be small enough to move from place to place.

The Price

A washing machine is an expensive product. Thankfully, a portable and reliable washing machine does not cost as much as an installed one. The bad news is that you should still expect to spend some money to get one which is durable and long-lasting. Many machines start at $200, and you can find a good one for less than $400. If you want the most durable machine, then expect to pay a little more. Generally, the more you spend on quality, the longer the washing machine is going to last.


All washing machines use energy, and this can also be factored into the cost of the machine. As conscious inhabitants of this planet, it is essential to try and limit our energy consumption. That limiting of energy consumption also comes with the added bonus of saving us money. The less energy we consume, the less we need to spend. A well-designed and constructed machine will use less energy and save you on your yearly energy bills. Do not be afraid to spend a few more dollars to get a machine which will save you money in the long run.

The Cycles

More control over the cycle you use on your clothes is better for your clothes and will help them to last longer. Longer-lasting clothes mean more money saved. Take this into account when deciding on your washing machine. Try to balance your money spent with what you get for that money. We would always recommend purchasing a portable washing machine with as many cycle options as possible. The ones on our list give a good compromise between affordability and functionality.


How are you going to use your machine? Take a close look at the design of the machine before you buy it. Are you going to install your machine beside a sink? Then, you do not need to worry about the machine being light or having wheels on the bottom. If you are going to regularly move the machine, then you may want to think about the weight of the machine, if it has wheels on the bottom, or if you can attach a dolly to it.

Handles can also make a difference if you are moving your machine often. If the machine is stationary, then handles can be redundant but, if you have a long way to go to get it into the apartment or have to move it back and forth, then handles can make that easy for you.

Do you live in a condo or apartment with neighbors behind thin walls? If you think that the noise from your portable washer is going to annoy your neighbors, then you may want to invest in a portable washer with a noise reduction plate. This will help to limit the vibrations and noise when you are using your machine and keep your neighbors happy.

Giantex Portable Washing Machine

This is a great twin-tub washing machine. You can use one side to wash up to 11 pounds of clothing and the other to spin-dry half the load. It is quick, efficient, and easy to use. This machine will get your clothes clean and save you time while doing it.

For a full cycle, all you need to do is add the clothes, water, and detergent, and let the portable washer do the rest. Fifteen minutes later, you will have clean clothes. That’s right; it only takes fifteen minutes to run a cycle. Once you are done, you can hang the clothes to dry or spin them dry in the second tub. It only takes five minutes to run the spin cycle.

This portable washer is perfect for small spaces and can be placed in storage between uses. If you are strong enough, you may even be able to move it back and forth by yourself. It only weighs in at 17 1/2 pounds, so is one of the lightest portable washers on the market with a generous load size.

We like the addition of a filter net on the side of the washer. If you keep the portable washer in the same place, then you can use that for your dirty laundry too. Instead of having a separate basket which you throw your dirty clothes in only to take it to the washer later, you can throw them into the net, and they are right where they need to be when it comes time to wash them.

There are separate controls for washing and spinning, allowing you to choose the amount of time you need. The portable washer is a low energy machine but allowing you to select the time for your load takes that even further.

A great machine for anyone living in a condo or apartment.

Giantex Portable Full-Automatic Washing Machine

If you are looking for something as small and compact as you can get, then look no further. This machine can take up to 8 pounds of clothes and wash then spin them dry. With multiple cycle options, this is a great machine for all of your laundry needs.

The greatest thing about this machine is the size. It could easily fit into a small kitchen and into storage between uses. It is also light enough to be moved by one person. Have no space? Not a problem. Put the washing machine where you want it and move it when you want it.

There are five programs to choose from depending on the soil level on your clothes, and if you want to wash or dry the clothes. This helps you to save water where other machines would automatically soak the clothes. There are also three water levels available, so you do not need to always do a full load to get the most out of the machine.

You can wash up to 8 pounds of clothes in this machine and dry them after without removing them. The built-in drain will automatically take away the dirty water saving you from the cleanup.

A great washing machine for someone living on their own.

Zenstyle Full-Automatic Portable Washing Machine

With a portable washing machine, you want a great mix between functionality and affordability. This washing machine gives you exactly that.

This washing machine allows you to set the washing and drying settings and then let it get on with its work. No need to wash and then dry, or transfer the clothes from one tub to the next. Simply set the controls and come back when the wash is done. The machine is compact enough to fit into any home while still being large enough to tackle up to 10 pounds of clothing at one time.

The built-in drainage tube and drain pump make it easy to put the machine away when you are done. No need to worry about removing the dirty water as the machine will do it all for you.

The motor in this machine gives you a lot of power while being energy conscious and quiet. Save some money on your yearly bill and keep from annoying your neighbors — a great machine to add to your existing machine or for a small family in an apartment complex.

Kuppet Portable Semi-Automatic Washing Machine

We love the look of this machine. There is something hypnotic about being able to see the clothes as they are swished and swirled around in the water. The translucent look comes in a variety of colors making this machine stylish as well as being functional. You also have a choice of load sizes so you do not need to buy a machine which will wash more clothes than you need.

The fact that you can see inside the drum makes it easy to monitor. You can easily see the water level when the machine is in use and monitor it. Combine this with how small and compact the machine is, and you will save money on your yearly energy bill when compared to similar machines.

There are options when it comes to running a load so you can choose the cycle time and water level. From start to finish, it only takes ten minutes for a single wash, and five minutes for a spin dry. There is also a built-in drain and drainage tube to take away the dirty water. All you need to worry about is hitting the start button and letting the machine do the rest.

A great machine for small dorm rooms or to take camping with you.

Zeny Portable Twin Tub Washing Machine

This is an excellent small and compact machine with separate tubs for washing and drying. The compact size means that it can easily be stored and brought out when needed.

The washing machine may be small, but it packs a punch. This is one of the most powerful washing machines we found. It gives a great performance while saving you space, time, and energy. It only takes 15 minutes to run a full 8-pound load, and 5 minutes to spin a 5-pound load. You can go from dirty clothes to fresh new clothes in 20 minutes.

You can even run both cycles at the same time if you wish, allowing you to do multiple loads at the same time. Say goodbye to long, drawn-out laundry days — a great portable washing machine for taking with you when you are not staying permanently.

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