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Best Portable Washing Machine

Unfortunately not everyone has the luxury of having a full sized washer and dryer in their home. Especially if you live in a city, you’re often forced to drag all your laundry down five flights of stairs to a creepy basement only to find out when you get there, that someone’s already using the washing machine. It can be frustrating.

Thankfully somebody has invented the portable washing machine and if you’ve never heard of one before – they might just change your life. They’re washing machines that you either just plug in like any other appliance, fill up with water, toss your clothes in, and you have clean clothes as little as 10 minutes later. Not joking. Now it’s just time to find the best portable washing machine on the market.

They’re perfect if you have a tiny apartment, want to wash your clothes while camping, or maybe your normal washing machine broke and you just don’t feel like shelling out hundreds of dollars for a new one. Whatever your reason, buying a portable washing machine truly has the potential to change your life.

There are even portable washing machines that don’t require you to plug them in! But of course that means you’ll be turning a lever for a little bit. Check out our list of the best portable washing machines to find the one that’s best for you.

The 11 Absolute Best Portable Washine Machines in 2018

Before we get into the detailed reviews, let’s take a quick look at a list of all the products a couple of key features.

Washing MachineWeightCapacity
Panda Small Compact Portable Washing Machine28 lbs7.9 lbs to 15 lbs
XtremepowerUS Portable Compact Washer28 lbs8.8 lbs
Best Choice Products Portable Mini Twin Tub Washing24 lbs8 lbs
Giantex Portable Mini Washing Machine27 lbs7.7 lbs
Ensue Mini Portable Washer Machine35 lbs8 lbs
The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash6 lbs5 lbs
Haier HLP21N Pulsator43 lbs6 lbs
Haier HLP24E61 lbs7.7 lbs
Midea 3kg44 lbs6.6
Midea MAE50-S1102GPS68 lbs7.7 lbs
Bismi Mini Portable Washing Machine11 lbs6.6 lbs

Perfect! Now that you have an overview, let’s jump right into the reviews.

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Panda Portable Washing Machine - Reliable Brand Name

If you’ve done any research on portable washing machines, you probably quickly figured out that Panda is one of the top brands in the industry. They have the most comprehensive line and while a lot of companies have just jumped on the trend, Panda has been perfecting this for a while now.

They’re the Bose of the portable washing machine world and they make a lot of great products. One of the best things about this model is that they actually make it in three different sizes – 7.9 lb capacity, 12 lb capacity, or 15 lb capacity at $149, $179, and $199 respectively.

So for $50 you can get almost double the capacity, not a bad deal. But if you’re short on space, you might have to stick with the 7.9 pound.

This is also extremely lightweight and only weighs 28 pounds! You can easily pick this unit up and move it around yourself with absolutely no hassle.

It’s also super easy to operate – all you have to do is fill it up with water and then you’re good to go. You can either attach the hose to your sink to fill it up or do it manually via pitchers, cups, buckets – whatever vessel you like really. It also features two separate compartments, one for actual washing and one for the spin cycle. So not only will this clean your clothes but it will also get them pretty dry.

Not a bad deal for $150. But just make sure you hang the nook over a sink or bathtub while it’s in use as there could be some water that does leak out.

Another added bonus is that it actually has a lint filter on the side that does the spin cycle to catch all the lint! Panda’s truly thought of everything and squeezes in a lot of features into a tiny machine at a great price. During the spin cycle, it really does a good spin.

The centrifugal force is very strong and you won’t have to worry about your clothes flying out. One downside – there’s no buzzer to let you know when it’s done. But hey, you have to compromise when you’re not buying an actual washing machine. This is perfect for not only apartments but it’s compact enough to be used in RVs, campsites – anywhere you want to use it really.

This Panda Portable Washing Machine is a great first portable washing machine if you’ve never owned one before. You’ll thank us for all the time and money you’re saving.

PROS
  • Well-known brand
  • Easy to operate
CONS
  • No buzzer to let you know when it's done
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XtremepowerUS Portable Compact Washer - Ideal For Delicate Clothing

Up next we have a portable washing machine from XtremepowerUS. They feature a nice clean design with a clear top so you’re able to easily monitor the water levels to make sure everything is going alright. The machine is also extremely lightweight and only weighs 28 pounds!

So it’ll be super easy for you to pick this up and move it whenever you need to. It won’t use up much electricity either – the washing cycle only uses 300 watts and the spin cycle only uses 150 watts. Really not too bad.

One thing to note if you do go with this machine is that the capacity for the washing side is different than the capacity on the spinning side. You’re able to wash up to 8.8 pounds but you’re actually only able to put 4.4 pounds in the spinning side.

So you’ll have to split your laundry in half when you go to do the spin cycle. Not the end of the world, but something to pay attention to when you’re doing laundry.

This portable washing machine is ideal for delicate clothing but also has the durability and strength to wash sheets, duvet covers, and some of your heaviest jeans.

The drain pump is also extremely powerful and once you’re all done with your laundry, will quickly drain the water from the machine. One thing to note is that the plastic on the machine does have a bit of a weird smell. The smell does diminish over time and will eventually go away.

This is no cause for alarm however and it will smell normal after just a little bit of time. Another down side is that there’s no actual lint trap in this portable washing machine. So just be careful as to where you’re draining it after you’re done because you don’t want to clog up your pipes.

After the spin cycle, the clothes are surprisingly dry! You might need to leave them out to dry for a few more minutes but if you’re in a pinch and just need to wear your work shirt, it’s definitely wearable straight out of the machine. All in all this is a powerful washing machine, especially for it being so portable.

Also it’s 10 bucks cheaper than the 7.9 pound capacity Panda machine we just reviewed and has almost another pound more in its capacity so if you’re not sold on the Panda model, this could be your pick. Either way, you can’t really go wrong.

They’re both lightweight, powerful machines that clean your clothes easier and quicker than going to a laundromat.

PROS
  • Has two separate compartments
  • Clothes very dry after spin cycle
CONS
  • Doesn't collect any lint
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Best Choice Products Mini Twin Tub Washing - Bang For Your Buck

The last two are definitely portable washing machines but this one takes portability to a whole new level. This is truly a portable mini washing machine.

The last two weighed a little over 28 pounds and this one is a full four pounds lighter at only 24 pounds. You would think that with such a light machine that you’d have to compromise on the load capacity, right? Not the case with the Best Choice Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine.

You can still fit a hefty eight pounds of laundry into the washing compartment and five pounds in the spin compartment. It has a cute little design and even if you don’t like the design, it’s compact enough to stow away whenever you don’t feel like looking at it anymore. We won’t lie, one of the best parts about this portable washing machine is the price. It’ll only run you $99! That’s an amazing price for a machine with so much capacity and portability.

This one even includes a timer for both the wash cycle and the spin cycle so no guessing when it will be done and you’ll be able to do your laundry even more efficiently.

Because of its tiny size, this machine is also extremely quiet. You can barely even hear it when it’s going so if you’re the type of person who does chores at odd hours, you won’t have to worry about disturbing those you live with – even if it is in a tiny apartment.

It does come with a hose for you to both fill and drain the machine but you’re also able to fill it up manually if you wish. If the hose doesn’t fit your faucet initially, you might have to run to Home Depot to pick up an adapter of sorts. Not to worry though, these usually will only run you a few bucks.

The proof is in the pudding with this washing machine when you do a load of whites. They will come out looking sparkly and refreshed even without using bleach!

This little guy really does an amazing job at pulling the dirt off your clothes. It may look “cheap” and plastic-y but seriously do not let that fool you.

This is a very powerful, sturdy machine that truly does wash your clothes. And it washes them well. Like with a lot of the plastic portable washing machines, you will experience a bit of a strange smell when you first start to use it but it will go away in time. This machine is extremely compact, easy-to-use, and very powerful.

This is definitely a top contender for best portable washing machine and is going to be a tough one to beat – especially since this is under $100! We have to say that we didn’t expect so much power from this machine but we’re so glad it delivered. Best Choice Products does not disappoint.

PROS
  • Extremely quiet
  • Controls are easy to use
CONS
  • Plastic has a strange smell
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Giantex Portable Mini Washing Machine - Perfect For Camping

Next up is another extremely compact portable washing machine. While some more closely resemble traditional washing machines, this one is definitely on the other end of that spectrum.

The benefit being that it’s extremely portable. This one is ideal if you live in a studio apartment and truly do not have even one square foot to spare. It’s also ideal for camping or if you’re living on the road in your RV. It is tiny and also just has a 100 volt plug so you can plug this baby in just like you’d plug in your toaster. Super convenient, right? And it’s just as easy to use as it looks.

Right out of the box you’ll be able to plug it in and be doing your first load of laundry in under 10 minutes. It has an eco-friendly design that uses less water than even traditional portable washing machines. Since you’re using less water, you also will ultimately end up using less detergent which will also save you money in the long run.

This Giantex portable washing machine features spin wash, spin dry, as well as gravity drain to get rid of all the water once you’re done.

One thing to note – make sure you’re watching the water levels when you’re initially filling it up as it won’t automatically stop. You can either use the hose for this or do it manually. You wouldn’t want to add mopping to the list of chores to do after your laundry.

This particular hose most likely won’t fit your sink straight out of the box so you might need to purchase an adapter. Or if you don’t mind, just fill it up manually! It really isn’t that much trouble. Another thing to emphasize – you really do not need a lot of detergent with this machine to get your clothes clean. You should really only be using about 20% of the amount that you would use in your normal washing machine.

The spin cycle in this machine is also surprisingly efficient and your clothes will come out extremely dry.

This is a great little machine for the price. You won’t even have to compromise on capacity with this either! You can still fit up to 7.7 pounds of laundry in here.

We love this little machine. If you’re looking for an inexpensive solution to having to hand wash all your clothes while you’re out in the middle of nowhere camping, this is definitely your machine. Giantex really knocked it out of the park with this mini washing machine.

PROS
  • Extremely compact
  • Eco-friendly design
CONS
  • Hose doesn't fit a lot of sinks
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Ensue Mini Portable Washer Machine - Just Plug In and Wash

Ensue is another reliable name in the wonderful world of portable washing machines and they have an extremely reliable, efficient product with their mini portable washing machine.

This is a bit larger than the last two we’ve reviewed so it might not be ideal for RVs or camping but hey – if you can make it work, make it work. It really excels in smaller apartments if you don’t feel like having to go to the laundromat every time you want to wash your work clothes. It is a bit pricier than the last couple we’ve reviewed and comes in at just under $150.

Still, that’s not a bad price for a washing machine (albeit a mini one). It has one of the larger capacities that we’ve seen so far as well. You can wash up to 8.8 pounds in one go! But be careful because you can only spin up to 6.6 pounds so you’ll most likely just want to split it in half.

Ensue also manages to allow you to use this machine within the regular voltage so you’re able to just plug it in, throw some water in there, and you’re on your way to cleaner clothes.

This of course comes with a built-in pump making it super easy to drain once you’re done with your washing. Also by designing the spin compartment smaller than the wash compartment, it does a better job at getting your clothes dry the first time around.

So while it may be a bit annoying to have to split one load of laundry into two to use the spin cycle, your clothes will come out significantly than if it had been designed to have a 1:1 ratio.

This is a great mid-sized portable washing machine. It’s not quite small enough to be truly portable enough to bring to camp sites, etc. and it’s not necessarily large enough to be able to compete with an actual washing machine.

Overall though, it definitely gets the job done and will provide you with 8.8 pounds of clean clothes every time you use it. All you have to do is plug it in, add water, and you’re good to go. If you’re over paying $4 every time you want to wash and dry your clothes, make the investment in this portable washing machine from Ensue.

You’ll be glad you did while you save money.

PROS
  • Built-in pump for draining
  • Regular voltage so can just plug into wall
CONS
  • A bit on the larger side
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The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash - Super Lightweight and Eco-Friendly

Don’t panic! We know that you see the handle on this portable washing machine and immediately think that it’s too much work – but hear us out. While electric portable washing machines are great and easy but consider the Laundry Alternative Wonderwash.

First off, it’s really really cheap ($40!). You seriously will not be able to get an electric washing machine at the price, we can guarantee that. And also, you’ll be saving a ton on electricity!

While traditionally portable washing machines don’t use a ton of extra electricity, they will definitely up your electricity bill by at least a little bit. Not with this one.

It can also wash a decent amount of clothes. You can fit five pounds worth of clothes into this tiny guy! Not bad for a washing machine that you crank by hand.

The lid is also very secure but easy to take on/off at the same time. The lid has a patent pending and you’ll have no trouble snapping it on and off and best of all, it won’t leak! This is also extremely environmentally friendly. Not only are you using absolutely zero electricity, you use even less water than you would if you were to hand wash all of your clothes.

Seriously. This is great for camping and is extremely lightweight. It literally only weighs six pounds! You could pick that up with one finger.

It’s also the perfect solution for washing delicates, even something as delicate as cashmere! Or say you work in a restaurant and want to wash your work shirt every night before you wear it, pop in a little bit of water, a dash of soap, give it a whirl for 1-2 minutes and you’re good to go! That’s the thing, while it may be manual, you really only have to spin it for three minutes max.

Overall we actually really love this little machine. It saves you ton of energy and water, is great for the environment, and is extremely versatile. And when it comes down to it, it’s really not that much extra work for all the money you’re saving. It even has a handy little pipe at the bottom for you to easily drain once you’re done. Oh and did we mention that this actually comes with a three year warranty?

So you know you’ll really be able to do a number on it and it’ll stay put together. If you want to do the right thing for the environment and save yourself a ton of money, go for the Laundry Alternative Wonderwash. Or if you’re just sick of hand washing everything while you’re camping, this is the perfect solution.

You won’t have to lug around a 40 pound portable washing machine with your already-heavy gear. This thing is only six pounds and is super easy to transport. Do yourself a favor and spend the $40 on the Wonderwash. We can guarantee you won’t regret this.

PROS
  • Super lightweight
  • Saves a lot of water and detergent
CONS
  • Have to manually turn
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Haier HLP21N Pulsator - Extremely Heavy Duty

Alright, back to the electric washing machines with the Haier HLP21N Pulsator. This is definitely a bit on the pricier side but in exchange, it really does feel more like an actual washing machine. So if you want something that’s a bit more heavy duty and will be using this primarily in your home, then it’s the right one for you.

It has a six pound capacity and actually allows you to choose from three different water levels that corresponds to three different wash cycles. You’ll find this with a lot of the more expensive portable washing machines. So if you don’t even have enough clothes to fill this tiny washing machine, you’re able to choose an even lighter setting if you want to wash say, just one shirt. This will ultimately end up saving you both time and money.

There are electronic controls on the top that make it super easy to control. It even has LED indicator lights to make it even clearer what’s going on. There’s a cycle status light so you know how much longer you have left and then there’s even an end-of-cycle signal so you know when the time is up.

The operation itself is also very quiet. So again, if you do your chores at night then this is for you. It also goes pretty fast for such a tiny little machine at 200 beats per minute! Not too bad. It also comes with an adjustable leveling leg so you can make sure that your clothes are getting washed thoroughly and even more importantly, no water or anything is leaking out. You’ll want to make sure that everything is indeed leveled otherwise you might experience a bit of noise.

We’re going to be getting into the portable washing machines that start to feel a bit more like an actual washing machine. This is even complete with a stainless steel tub.

But still don’t be fooled! It is indeed still portable and only weighs a little over 40 pounds so you can bring it out when you need it, and stow it away when you don’t.

This is a hefty little machine that will do more than get the job done. One thing is for sure and it’s that Haier does not disappoint with the HLP21N Pulsator. It’s a superb alternative to a regular washing machine and you’ll love every minute that you use it.

PROS
  • Good design
  • Quiet operation
CONS
  • Need to make sure load is perfectly balanced
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Haier HLP24E - Super Fast RPM

If you’re into design and really care about the aesthetics of your appliances, you’ve landed on the right product. This is the previous product’s older brother and brings a much-welcomed design upgrade. Of course this comes at a price however. But the price upgrade brings with it many upgraded features as well.

First off, it washes your clothes at blazing speeds, at 800 RPM! That, is fast. For comparison’s sake, the last machine went at 200 beats per minute so this is four times the speed!

Wild. You also can choose from four different wash cycles or four different water levels allowing you to tailor it specifically to your needs. Of course with the higher price you get a nice, clear electronic control and LED display. This machine is insanely sturdy and is about as close to a regular washing machine as you can get while still labeling it a portable washing machine.

This does not leak whatsoever and comes with a single water hose connector as well as a quick connect sink adapter. So there will be no unexpected runs to Home Depot to find an adapter for your sink.

You’ll be good to go straight out of the box. Also included is two separate lint traps doing double duty to collect the lint. This ensures that your machine will be running smoothly for years to come and nothing will be getting clogged.

As you can probably tell from the photo and the description, it is in fact a portable washing machine, but it’s not necessarily the most portable portable washing machine – if you know what we mean.

For that reason we don’t necessarily recommend this for camping or RV life. Hey, if you have a giant RV or don’t mind lugging it around, don’t let us stop you. It is 61 pounds however so you might want to grab a friend to help you move it.

We wanted to include a wide variety of products on our list so you can choose what is going to work best for you. That includes everything from a hand-powered six pound portable washer to this 61 pound Hair HLP24E that feels more like a typical washing machine.

If you plan on doing a lot of laundry or just prefer a more traditional machine, your expectations will be more than met with the HLP24E. It’s sturdy, doesn’t leak, has four different wash cycle to choose from, two lint traps, and spins your clothes at 800 RPM. All for $344. Fair play, Haier. Fair play.

PROS
  • 800 RPM
  • 4 different wash cycles
CONS
  • On upper end of price spectrum
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Midea 3kg - Compact But Sturdy

Up next we have a 6.6 pound capacity portable washing machine from Midea and is the first of two portable washing machines by Midea that we’ll feature. Midea, not to be confused with Madea the fictional character from a series of Tyler Perry movies and plays, is an extremely well known brand of portable washing machines second only to Panda. This tiny machine is extremely compact but is packed full of features.

It does have the feeling of a more traditional washing machine but is still extremely fairly priced (under $200). It weighs 44 pounds but is thankfully on top of two wheels so you’ll have absolutely no trouble moving it. It gives you five different wash cycles to choose from with three different water level settings. Pretty good variety for such a compact little machine.

This cleans your clothes like no other. One thing we do want to point out is that the spin cycle can be a bit loud but on the plus side, it does a great job at drying your clothes! So if you can tolerate a bit of noise for a few minutes, you’ll be rewarded with clothes that are almost bone dry.

Because of the wheels, you’ll be able to easily transport it around your house pulling it out when you need it and easily wheeling it away when you’re finished. This may not be the most beautiful portable washing machine in the world but it’s heavy duty and surely gets the job done.

If you want something that’s on the sturdier end a little bit more akin to a traditional washing machine but don’t want to break the bank – the Midea 3kg is a great compromise.

You get to choose from five different cycles and three different water level settings, it’s easy to move around, and the spin cycle will almost completely dry your clothes – even if it is a bit loud. It’ll be hard to find something like this at a similar price point. So if you want something heavy duty but don’t want to spend the money, you have found your machine.

Midea is a trusted brand that doesn’t disappoint and no exception was made with their 3 kg edition of a portable washing machine. What have you got to lose? Say goodbye to the laundromat or your gross apartment laundry room and give the Midea 3 kg a try!

PROS
  • Very compact
  • Feels heavy duty
CONS
  • Design not that great
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Midea MAE50-S1102GPS - Great With Delicate Fabrics

We loved the last Midea portable washing machine so much we decided to include another one! This one is even sturdier and does an even better job (in our opinion) with the added bonus of it looking a lot nicer!

Again, you get the more traditional washing machine feel with a stainless steel tub, electronic controls, and LED display.

It does come on wheels so it’s easy enough to wheel around your apartment but beware! It weighs almost 70 pounds so if you plan on moving it back and forth between locations, you might need a bit of help.

If, however, you just want an alternative to the laundromat and are perfectly happy wheeling it throughout your apartment or house, then this is the washing machine for you. It has slightly increased capacity over its cousin model and can fit 7.7 pounds worth of laundry.

Not bad. It also has multiple pre-programmed automatic wash cycles including three different temperature selections and six different wash cycles to choose from! This ensure optimal cleaning and that there’s a setting for everyone.

This machine is also particularly good with delicates and you can trust that it won’t ruin any of your expensive clothes. It’s also really good at balancing itself and making sure that you never have to manually rearrange any of your clothes. This is essential to making sure that all of your clothes are cleaned evenly and properly.

It can also be damaging to your washer if it’s consistently off balance so this is something that will save you a potentially big headache later on down the line. Overall this portable washing machine is pretty low maintenance and doesn’t require much work from you to maintain or monitor it.

Just pop your clothes in, set the wash cycle that you want and then you’re good to go!

Really the only sort of downside with this machine is the lack of portability. Yes, it is technically a portable washing machine but it’s probably one of the least portable washing machines out there.

If you just want something that’s significantly smaller than a traditional washing machine or just don’t have the means to set up a traditional one in your home, this will be good for you.

Don’t expect to be able to toss it in the trunk and take it to the camp site however, you’ll be a little disappointed if that’s your goal. All in all, a solid upgrade to the previous model from Midea that will thoroughly clean your clothes.

PROS
  • Great with delicates
  • Stainless steel tub
CONS
  • Not the most portable
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Bismi Mini Portable Washing Machine - Super Lightweight

So we’ve focused on a few heavy duty portable washing machines for our last few reviews but for our last featured product, we wanted to include a truly portable washing machine. It may not feel like a traditional washing machine, but you’ll gain a great deal of portability in exchange.

You’ll also be using much less water and much less electricity which of course will ultimately save you money in the long run. This little guy only weighs 11 pounds but still manages to fit 6.6 pounds of laundry inside! Be careful however because during the spin cycle, you’ll only want about half of that, otherwise absolutely nothing will dry.

To fill the Bismi up you can either use the attached hose or if it’s easier for you, you can just pour the water directly into it. It might be a good idea to let the clothes soak for a few minutes anyway before you start the cycle to loosen up the dirt and make it a bit easier to use.

One thing we do want to note is that the drain hose is a bit short so it might be easier in the long run to just pour the water directly into the chamber yourself. If you haven’t noticed, this is a single chamber system. So there isn’t one compartment for washing and one for drying, it does everything in one.

Because of this, you’ll need to drain it before starting the spin cycle. Not a giant deal as with any machine, you’ll have to drain it eventually. You just happen to have to drain this one before you do the spin cycle, not after. Since it is only one chamber it is admittedly not the best at drying your clothes so don’t plan on wearing it straight out of the machine. You’ll want to lay these out to hang dry for at least a little bit.

It’s a bit of a give and take game when it comes to portable washing machines. If you want a heavy duty machine with an LED screen, multiple wash cycles, and a steel drum – you’re going to have to sacrifice at least some portability.

If you want something easy to store, something you can throw in your car and bring with you to camp, then you’re going to need to sacrifice some of the fringe features that you get with the more stationary machines. For $83, this one still manages to get the job done while being fairly portable.

This is a great option if you plan on moving it around a lot.

PROS
  • Super portable
  • Fits a lot for its size
CONS
  • Drain hose is a bit short

Best Portable Washing Machine - Buyer's Guide

As we just mentioned, there are a lot of features that you’ll have to compromise on depending on the level of portability that you want. Knowing what features are important to you and which ones to look out for will help ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting and that you don’t miss out on something that you realize you can’t compromise on. So it’s important to have a list of “must haves” and a list of “can live withouts”.

To help you with that, we’ve included a handy buyer’s guide for you to easily see all the features in one place so you can make those two separate lists and keep them in mind while you shop. Take a look.

Portability

First off, how portable does this need to be? Portable washing machines can range in weight from six pounds to 70 pounds! That’s a huge range. While you might be able to move a 30 pound machine by yourself to and from a campground, you might have a little bit of trouble doing so with a 70 pound machine.

So before you buy what may look like the machine of your dreams, take a look at the weight first. Alternatively if you’re going to just be using it around your apartment and not taking it anywhere, this might not matter to you whatsoever.

Spin Cycle

Each machine’s spin cycle will vary greatly. If you don’t mind leaving your clothes out to dry or have a drying rack, maybe you don’t need a machine with such a powerful spin cycle.

If you live in a tiny place, don’t have a drying rack, or are often doing things at the last minute and don’t want to have to wait another few hours for your clothes to dry – consider one that spits out clothes that are already dry.

Dual v. Single Compartment

This plays into the last factor. Dual compartment portable washing machines will generally get your clothes dryer faster with single compartment ones usually giving you clothes that are pretty wet.

On the flip side, single compartment machines are usually much more compact so keep a look out and get what’s important to you.

Capacity

Are you just going to be washing a couple shirts here and there? Or do you want something where you could wash your sheets and maybe do a half load of laundry that you would normally do in your washer? Make sure you look out for capacity. It can go as low as four pounds and as high as nine pounds!

This can make a huge difference if you have kids or plan on using this as your primary machine for laundry.

Sound

This is also a big one! If you get home late and do your laundry in the wee hours of the night or maybe if you’re just a night person who is more productive at night, you’ll want to make sure you’re buying a portable washing machine that is on the quieter side.

Especially during the spin cycle, some machines can get pretty loud (especially if it’s overloaded or unbalanced).

Dimensions

Capacity doesn’t always indicate size, remember that. There are some tiny machines that have huge capacities and vice versa. So if you have a very limited space to store this or are going to be putting it in your car, take some measurements and make sure it’ll actually fit!

Don’t just go off the photo – some are deceptively large so be careful!

Conclusion


Choosing the best portable washing machine of 2018 was no easy task. We took a look at a wide range of machines that varied greatly. Some large, some small, some quiet, some plastic, some steel – they really were all over the place.

However, as always there was one that stood out from the pack, even if just a tiny bit and emerged as the leader. But there were so many great options! Which one was it? Well the wait is over.

You are seconds away from finding out the best portable washing machine.

And it is…. the Best Choice Products Portable Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine (#3 in the table)! We chose this for many reasons. It’s the perfect blend of portability if you need to take it somewhere and sturdiness if you plan on using it solely in your home.

It’s lightweight, has an eight pound capacity, is extremely easy to clean, is amazing at washing white clothes, and comes with a hose for easy draining.

And our favorite part?

The price. This machine is only $99 but rivals the performance of machines in the $200 range. Were there some portable washing machines that had more similar performance to traditional washing machines? Absolutely. But that wasn’t necessarily the main criteria.

We were looking for ease of use and ease of movement while still giving you a quality clean and feeling like it’s a sturdy machine. The Best Choice machine ticked all of those boxes.

There are a lot of portable washing machines to choose from so we know the process can be a bit daunting. Hopefully you’ll be able to choose from one of these products and that the buyer’s guide helped to organize what features are important to you. You are well on your way to making your life much, much easier.

Not to mention, well on your way to saving tons of money by using less water, less detergent, and no more quarters at the laundromat. As always, thanks for reading and happy washing!