More time at home might mean more housework — including dirty dishes from lunch breaks and face masks that need to be washed after wearing, not to mention everyday laundry. While dressing down has become popular during the pandemic, your laundry could be accumulating alongside your workload, to-do lists and other household chores. If you’re in a smaller space where a standard washing machine won’t fit, going to the laundromat could be a hassle with a full hamper. A portable washing machine could be an option to avoid carrying weeks’ worth of laundry to and from a laundromat.
“Most operate like your normal full-sized washing machine, but are suited for those on the move or anyone who lives in a smaller space,” explained Jay Ahmed, the laundry merchant at The Home Depot. “It’s different from a standard washing machine in that the portable appliance can be stored away when not in use.”
While washing machines can be pricier — some models from Samsung and Whirlpool start at around $600 — portable washing machines are usually hundreds of dollars less (the No. 1 bestselling portable washing machine on Amazon right now is under $200). It’s important to remember that these machines tend to fit only a few pounds of clothing at a time. Larger loads — think queen-sized comforters — might have to be done elsewhere, added Ahmed.
Best portable washing machines of 2021
A portable washing machine can be plugged into an outlet and attached to a faucet with a short hose, so you can choose between a temporary or permanent set-up, according to Ahmed — you can also take a portable washing machine with you when traveling.
This washer features a transparent top, 6-foot power cord and LED display with five cycle programs — heavy, gentle, normal, rapid and soak — along with three water level options for different sized loads: High, Medium and Low. It’s designed to wash up to 6.6 pounds of laundry at once. The model also includes a built-in lint filter and sink adapter designed for easy setup with a faucet. As a safety feature, when you open the lid, this washer automatically shuts off. On Amazon, this portable washer boasts an average 4.5-star rating over more than 500 reviews.
Like the washer above, this Magic Chef compact washer features a see-through window and LED display. To control the cycle, you can choose between three water levels, three temperature settings and six wash programs. It includes rollers on the bottom for easy movement. Inside, the washer includes a stainless steel tub and detergent dispenser, and you’ll also find a built-in filter, which is supposed to catch things like coins left behind in clothes. You can choose between Dark Gray and White colors. This washer has earned an average 4.3-star rating over more than 900 reviews on Walmart and an…