Kara Zorn on May 9, 2014 0 Comments Most people are still under the impression that there are only two options when it comes to laundry, both of which may be very inconvenient under a number of circumstances. Many homeowners like the convenience of a traditional washer and dryer, but many do not have the space or proper connections if your home or apartment is older. Though it’s usually the fall back plan, bringing laundry to a Laundromat can be inconvenient, time-consuming, and costly. With the advent of portable washers, there is now another alternative to investing in a traditional washer and dryer set or lugging laundry to the laundromat. These compact washers do not need very much space at all, and there are many benefits that come along with owning a portable washer. Wonderwash Portable Hand Crank Mini Washing Machine These machines allow homeowners with no extra room to have an alternative to using the laundromat. They are also a very cost efficient and energy efficient option, perfect for small spaces or for people who travel frequently. Portable Washers: A Compact Alternative While there are many different options for this type of washer, for the most part, they are compact, top-loading and do not require a connection to a water line. They are generally smaller than 3 feet high, with most of them having a depth of about 2 feet. As there are a variety of options, the weight of each unit will vary; some weigh less than 50 pounds, while others check in at over 100 pounds. The water capacity of these washers also varies, though the range generally falls somewhere between 1 and 2 cubic feet. There are several settings available for these washers, and while each unit will vary, most offer settings for the level of water, the cycle, and the speed. How Do They Work? One of the main differences between a portable washer and a traditional full-size washer (aside from the obvious size and portability differences) is the fact that the portable unit does not require a permanent water line. This means they will need to be filled manually or temporarily hooked up to a water source. Many of the portable units have different setups, including those that include a hose to connect to a faucet for a convenient yet temporary setup. There are also units that are not equipped with a hose, which may allow for easier portability. There Are Variety of Different Types of Washers There are many different varieties of portable washers, but the easiest way to categorize them is based on whether they have a hose connection for water or not. Which option is best is really dependent on the needs of the consumer, and there are a number of considerations that should be taken into account: Haier 8.8 Lbs. Portable Washer (Model: HLP23E) Size and weight of the unit Settings (spin speed, how many cycles, etc.) Preset or customizable settings Portability What Is the Capacity of These Washers? Since portable washers are smaller than their traditional counterparts, a fairly common question among consumers relates to its clothing capacity. The amount of clothing that each unit can handle is going to differ based upon the size of the unit, but the average portable washer can hold about 9 pounds of clothing, with most units having a capacity between 6 and 12 pounds. The consumer will have to decide which capacity is optimal for their specific needs, though there are such a broad range of options that there is likely a convenient choice available. Drying Clothes Is an Easy Issue to Solve These portable units offer a number of convenient features, but one of the few things they cannot do is dry clothes. There are several options available to owners of a portable unit, including the use of a portable dryer. If this is not a viable option, then drying clothes without a dryer can be easily accomplished. When the clothes have completed their wash cycle, they should be removed immediately and transferred to a drying rack, preferably one that is positioned where there is good circulation. The clothes should be repositioned at some point so that they dry faster and no drying lines are left behind. To ensure softness, many people use extra fabric softener or a natural softener (vinegar), but not every machine may be equipped to do so. Travels Easily Avanti Top Load Portable Washer 12 Lb. Capacity Even if you have a traditional washer and dryer in your home, a portable washer is still a good option to consider if you travel a lot. Not so much for business trips and the like, but families that camp multiple times a year or enjoy extended road trips and summer vacations, may find that a portable washer is a life changing travel companion. Instead of having to pack the exact number of clothes you’ll need, or sacrifice family bonding time to make that dreaded trip to the Laundromat, a portable washer can save you from both of these issues. They’re compact enough so that they won’t take up much space in your car or camper, but large enough to be able to handle the dirty laundry of a family. A Convenient and Space-Saving Solution Through the use of portable washers, there is now another viable alternative for getting the laundry done. These portable units save a great deal of space and energy, and they are also very portable. Whether a laundry solution is needed to accommodate a small living space or someone who frequently travels, a portable unit may be the best choice.