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  • Christie Bolster

I Tested And Ranked The 3 Best Portable Washing Machines

Whether you live in an apartment, dorm, boat or RV, a portable washing machine is a wonderful alternative to a full-sized model. I personally tested and ranked the 3 most popular options you can find on Amazon right now.

FYI, Prices and ratings are accurate as of time of writing.


1. COMFEE’ Portable Washing Machine

Top-rated: 4,081 ratings


COMFEE’ Portable Washing Machine

Highlight: Features the 6 most commonly used programs: Normal, Quick, Heavy, Bulky, Delicate, and Spin Only.

Helpful review: "First, delivery was awesome - within 3 days of ordering. Delivery was directly from Amazon and 2 gentleman brought this washer up two flights of stairs and placed it inside the doorway of my apartment home - this was a Sunday delivery as well -so much appreciated that service! Unpacking was super easy- I chose to cut the side of the box open as opposed to pulling the machine up and out of the box ( too heavy for that ). From delivery at my door and set-up to actually washing the first load of clothes was less than 30 minutes! Again, super easy! There were NO dents, NO damage, NO errors and NO issues. The machine was in perfect brand new condition and very well packaged! I did laundry this day from 12 noon to 10 p.m. that evening, many, many loads truly testing it out!
Now, to the questions:
1. Does it hook up to kitchen sink? YES it does.
2. Does it have all the attachments you need including a sink adapter? YES it does. There is a small silver
connector you attach to the faucet first, then a simple push and pop secure connector placed over the silver connector.
3. Does it have both hot and cold water hoses included? YES it does.
4. Is it easy to read and work the control panel? YES it is.
5. Could you use it at your bathroom sink as well? YES you can.
6. Does it leak? NO it does not leak - simply ensure your hoses are securely connected.
7. Is it loud? NO it is not loud at all and will NOT disturb your neighbors.
8. Does is spin well? YES it spins exceptionally well, so well you could simply hang your clothes on hangers to dry overnight if you do not have a dryer!
9. How long does it take to do a full load of laundry? Start to finish is 44 minutes for a full large load and approx. 14 to 25 minutes for the quick smaller loads.
10. How much does the washer weigh? The washer weighs 75 pounds.
11. Are there handles to move it? YES there are grip handles on both sides of the washer. My unit did not have wheels but, it is not difficult to move on linoleum, wood or otherwise- carpet might be a little more challenging but, with an extra hand no problem!
12. How big is the washer? This is a large kitchen counter height washer - for a good depiction of height and width.
13. What is the inside drum like? The inside drum is stainless steal with no center agitator.
14. What is the washer's lid like? The lid is soft close and is "see through" but, it does have a darker cast to it even after you remove the protective covering from shipping - you cannot truly "see" your clothes washing if using hot water as it will steam the lid - with the cold water option you are able to see them slightly better.
15. Can I open the lid and add more clothes anytime I want? YES you can.
16. If I don't have hot and cold water hook ups can I still use both? YES you can, simply connect both hoses as you normally would to the back of the washer and switch them out as needed during the cycle. The machine will stop and beep an error if the correct temperature hose is not hooked up ( example would be washing hot and rinsing cold ) - when paused - simply switch out the hose and press start and the cycle will finish.
17. Is there a warranty from the manufacturer? YES there is.
18. Is there an instruction manual included? YES there is.
19. How does the washer drain and is there a drain hose included? YES there is a drain hose included. This is a long white plastic hose connected to the bottom left when facing the washer - this hose runs up and over and into the sink, it is more than long enough for a kitchen counter and/or a bathroom counter.
20. What electrical outlet do I need? A standard home three-pronged outlet is perfect.
21. Is the power cord included? YES it is.
22. How much can I wash in this washer? This is a generous size washer drum for sure! I would NOT overload but it is more than adequate for a single or small family.
23. Can I wash sheets and blankets? YES you can. A full size or twin blanket, a Sherpa style blanket or thin larger blanket would be fine but, not a king, queen or full comforter, however sheets and pillow cases of all sizes are fine!
24. Can I wash full size towels in this washer? YES you can. I have fit all sizes of towels in this washer!
25. Can I wash rugs in this washer? YES you can but, it would depend on the size of the rugs. I was able to wash bathroom rugs (large size) runners from my hallway as well as toilet lid covering and small step out rugs from bathtub area. All my rugs have rubber backing and are nice quality thick ones from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
26. Can I use liquid detergent? YES you can.
27. Can I use powdered detergent? YES you can.
28. Can I use fabric softener? YES you can.
29. Is there a separate compartment for the detergent? YES there is however, I have used the compartment and also added detergent directly to the wash with no problems.
30. Will I love this washer? YES YOU WILL! I am exceptionally happy with this washer and after reading and reviewing quite literally every price point and every portable washer from Amazon to Home Depot to Lowes - I am confident I made the right choice and I'm certain you will be too! Hope this review helped and if so give it a thumbs up!
UPDATE 06-16-21 -- STILL LOVE IT!! STILL WORKING PERFECT!!! Best washer!!
UPDATE 10-22-21 -- STILL LOVIN' IT! STILL NO ISSUES AND STILL WORKS GREAT! Highly Recommend!!
UPDATE 01-02-22 -- STILL LOVIN' IT! STILL GOING STRONG!! Terrific Purchase!!
UPDATE 04-17-22 -- STILL GOING STRONG! No Issues, Just finished up four loads!! BLESSING ON EASTER!" — Buckeye Baby

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2. BLACK+DECKER Portable Washer

Top-rated: 3,956 ratings | 747 answered questions


BLACK+DECKER Portable Washer

Highlight: Features an 8-cycle selection for specific laundry needs: Normal, Cotton, Gentle, Speed Wash, Spin, Whites, Heavy Soil, and Tub Clean..

Helpful review: "Years ago I found out about portable washers but at the time I had a roommate that disagreed on getting one because of our limited space but fast forward and I have my own place now and I purchased this and am so happy with this purchase! I have never in my life had the privilege of having a washer and/or dryer in my home. At first I was a bit distraught as the included attachment didn't fit on my bathroom faucet (its a weird faucet) I was able to purchase an adapter kit (which still didn't work with my bathroom faucet) but I found out that the right combo of 3 of the adapters put together fits on my shower hose just right and I've been able to do laundry that way, takes a few minutes to set up and I have it drain out into the shower tub which I think is better than the sink cause my tub has a hair/lint catcher already.
But I'm fascinated by how this machine cleans my clothes so well. I have had it for a bit over a month now and recently purchased the Panda dryer and although I can't put all my clothes into one load it still saves me the hassle of lugging my stuff to the laundromat and spending $15-$30 every week.
I have been able to wash all my clothes, jackets, throw blankets, bed sheets, large towels, small towels, even a thin comforter and even my bath mats! I use less soap and since its just me I no longer have to add laundry sanitizer which I did previously because of the shared machines at the laundromat, so there's more savings there!
I also was able to purchase the dolly even though I leave the washer in my bathroom next to the tub (because its a rather large bathroom), its nice to be able to move it around when I need to mop underneath or to move it closer to the shower hose and outlet when in use. I keep up with the maintenance of the machine cause I want it to last for a long time so after every use I wipe it down make sure inside of the lid edge is all clean, I unscrew the little filter in the back and drain it and make sure its clean and I clean the inside of the drum lint filter as well as it gets FULL of lint and cat fur.
Something else I found really helpful was because the machine is on the dolly it makes it way taller than my sink and tub so I had noticed at first that when I had the drainage tube set up over the tub and draining into the tub it would drain while also filling up and I thought that I got a doozy BUT in order for the drum to fill up you just have to make sure the drainage tube it set where its either higher than the machine or at the same level and not way down below the drum. Once I set it up in the tub that it was higher all was good and the drum was able to fill up properly.
I did a lot of research before purchasing the machine like water usage, and that it barely uses any electricity and I watched a ton of YouTube video reviews of the same machine to see how they set it up and worked with it and made me more confident in the purchase since it was a bit of a bigger purchase for me. I did the same with the panda dryer and I've been happy with both. If it means not being at a dirty, loud and gross laundromat and I can do laundry in my home no matter how long it takes, I am happy.
I would 100% recommend this machine. It arrived within 2 days, set up was easy, doesn't take much water and uses a minimal amount of electricity and does like a normal washing machine would do just smaller." — Suzy

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3. Giantex Portable Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine

Top-rated: 12,405 ratings | 1000+ answered questions


Giantex Portable Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine

Highlight: Ideal for small loads and delicates.

Helpful review: "Fantastic! Read for step by step recommendations. I have had this for three years! I definitely recommend either to reduce trips to the laundromat, or in addition to one's regular washer to wash cloth diapers, cleaning rags, sandy beach clothes, stinky stuff, cuddle toys, or delicates. Bought one for my mom at the same time, which recently died. Ours still works. Uses a lot of water, but uses very little detergent. Spinner works better than any full size washer's spinner cycle that I've used, helping clothes dry quickly when hung up.
The washer only drains when the dial is placed on drain, but the spinner drains continually so items can be spun while washing or while draining the washer. Use liquid fabric softener so clothes dry soft, without air-dry stiffness. Using a rubber band, attach a sock or pantyhose to the drain hose to catch lint.
Load capacity: Works best with two pairs of teen or adult sized jeans along with a handful of other clothes, or a couple of sheets, or two to three bath towels, or a small blanket, or a single pillow; basically, if you can fit it in the spinner or in a standard grocery bag, it'll wash well in this tub. Though it can wash twice as much, dividing the load in half to spin, I find that the clothes agitate easily and thus they clean best if washing just what fits in the spinner.
Detergent, fabric softener, and deodorizers/laundry boosters: Just put in a little! A tablespoon full or two (or a little medicine cup full, or just a quick dash) of detergent works great, along with that much fabric softener. I use Gain and Downey, and put them in simultaneously instead of doing separate loads. For heavily soiled items, stinky stuff, wet stuff that sat awhile, peed on stuff, etc, just rinse in the spinner until the water is clear, then wash a couple of times with a deodorizer or laundry booster. I like to use Odoban for the bad stuff, or a bit of Washing Soda and a bit of Oxy Clean along with a dash of Gain. Note: Use fabric softener! Jeans, towels, socks, etc will air dry without stiffness, and all clothes will air dry and feel good to the touch if using softener.
Washing and drying process: I just wash, and rinse while spinning in the spinner, then let it spin for a couple more minutes. For more heavily soiled clothes or stinky clothes, I'd repeat the cycle. I used to wash, spin, then put it back in the washing tub for a couple of clean-water rinse cycles, but now I prefer just using a bucket of water at a time as it spins, or attaching a hose, to rinse until clear and not bubbly. Here is step by step for various types of loads.
For very lightly-soiled loads, delicates, cuddle toys (wash once in washer, then rinse while spinning in spinner):
1) I wash once, with three buckets of water (two or two and a half gallon typical size bucket), a little detergent and a little softener for nine minutes or so. I have also used a hose from the shower or sink, filling anywhere between the lint catcher and the max fill line.
2) I spin the load for two minutes, then remove the clothes.
3) I place one pair of jeans or another heavy item that absorbs lots of water easily back into the spinner one at a time, or half a spinner full of regular stuff. If only half full or less, I do not bother with the cap that stops clothes from jumping up and over the edge while spinning. I pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, then pour in another bucket and let it spin, then pour in another bucket and let it spin. It usually takes three buckets per pair of jeans plus three buckets per half load, with the final spin time of about three minutes, but it might take another bucket of water. Alternatively, attach a hose to the connector above the spinner, and let water continually run in while on spin; this requires about three to four minutes of water flow (the connector is small) plus three minutes of spin time once the water is off. Basically, rinse until the water is clear, then spin for a couple of minutes.
4) Place everything on hangers, using clothes pins or clips for smaller items, and hang a few inches apart in doorways or, even better, on a line running across the room. For cuddle toys or pillows, place in front of a fan for a few hours, then flip for a few more hours. If the air isn't humid and if the window is open or the fan is on, everything should dry in a couple of hours. If it has been raining or it is otherwise humid, just have a fan on and leave it for several hours, while at work, or over night and everything will dry well.
For moderately-soiled or stinky loads (wash once with detergent and laundry booster, spin or rinse and spin, wash with detergent and softener, then rinse while spinning):
1) Decide whether or not you want to rinse until water runs clear before your first wash. If so, fill the spinner no more than half full, and do not bother with the cap unless you fear socks will jump out. Then, pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, then repeat, continuing until the water is pretty clear; usually, two or three buckets is enough, followed by two minutes or so spin time. Alternatively, attach a hose to the hose connector and similarly allow water to flow in until it runs clear, letting it spin for two minutes or so after turning off the water
2) First of two washes: With three buckets of water (two or two and a half gallon typical size bucket), a little detergent and a little softener for nine to fifteen minutes. I have also used a hose from the shower or sink, filling anywhere between the lint catcher and the max fill line. If you want, add a cup of Odoban or a couple tablespoons or so each of Washing Soda and OxyClean.
3) I spin the load for two minutes, then return the clothes to the washer. If I used Washing Soda + OxyClean, I let it spin for a two minutes, pour in one bucket of water, then let it spin for two minutes again. You may want a second bucket if the water is especially dark, because these cause clothes to bleed though they clean very well.
4) Second of two washes: With three buckets of water (two or two and a half gallon typical size bucket), a little detergent and a little softener for nine minutes or so. I have also used a hose from the shower or sink, filling anywhere between the lint catcher and the max fill line.
5) I spin the load for two minutes, then remove the clothes.
6) I place one pair of jeans or another heavy item that absorbs lots of water easily back into the spinner one at a time, or half a spinner full of regular stuff. If only half full or less, I do not bother with the cap that stops clothes from jumping up and over the edge while spinning. I pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, then pour in another bucket and let it spin, then pour in another bucket and let it spin. It usually takes three buckets per pair of jeans plus three buckets per half load, with the final spin time of about three minutes, but it might take another bucket of water. Alternatively, attach a hose to the connector above the spinner, and let water continually run in while on spin; this requires about three to four minutes of water flow (the connector is small) plus three minutes of spin time once the water is off. Basically, rinse until the water is clear, then spin for a couple of minutes.
7) Place everything on hangers, using clothes pins or clips for smaller items, and hang a few inches apart in doorways or, even better, on a line running across the room. If the air isn't humid and if the window is open or the fan is on, everything should dry in a couple of hours. If it has been raining or it is otherwise humid, just have a fan on and leave it for several hours, while at work, or over night and everything will dry well.
For heavily-soiled, peed on, or truly stinky loads (rinse, wash lightly with detergent and laundry booster just to loosen yuckies, rinse while spinning, wash or wash and soak with detergent and laundry booster, rinse while spinning, wash with detergent and softener, then rinse while spinning):
1) Rinse in the spinner until water runs clear; works easiest if spinner is no more than half full. Pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, then pour in another bucket and let it spin, then pour in another bucket and let it spin. It usually takes three to six buckets per half load, with the final spin time of about two minutes. Alternatively, attach a hose to the connector above the spinner, and let water continually run in while on spin; this requires probably five minutes of water flow as it spins (the connector is small) plus two minutes of spin time once the water is off. Basically, rinse until the water is clear, then spin for a couple of minutes.
2) First of three washes: With three buckets of water (2 or 2 and a half gallon typical size bucket), a little detergent, and a cup of Odoban or a little Washing Soda + OxyClean for five minutes, to loosen up the dirt and yuckies. I have also used a hose from the shower or sink, filling anywhere between the lint catcher and the max fill line. Drain, but do not spin the clothes if they're especially yucky and you do not want to touch them unnecessarily.
3) First of three rinses: Decide whether or not to spin and rinse, or simply rinse in the washing side before washing a second time. If spinning and rinsing, use about three buckets of water per half spinner full, by pouring in a bucket and letting it spin while refilling the bucket, then doing so again until the water runs clear. I have also used a hose from the shower or sink, until the water runs clear, then allowing two minutes of spin time. If you do not want to touch truly yucky clothes more than necessary, leave them in the washer, and pour a bucket of water directly into the washer while allowing it to drain right out. Once drained, pour in another bucket, or simply saturate with water for a minute from a hose. Then fill the washer, let it wash (without adding detergents or anything) for a couple of minutes to loosen yuckies, and drain again.
4) Second of three washes: With three buckets of water (2 or 2 and a half gallon typical size bucket) or filling with a hose anywhere between the lint catcher and the max fill line, add a little detergent, and a cup of Odoban or a little Washing Soda + OxyClean for fifteen minutes. Decide whether or not to leave it soaking for a few hours or overnight; if so, be sure to wash for a couple of minutes before draining.
5) Second of three rinses; I spin the load for two minutes, then pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, doing so for about three to six buckets until the water runs clear; alternatively, I use a hose to continually rinse the clothes until the water runs clear, then continue to spin for two minutes.
6) Third of three washes: With three buckets of water (2 or 2 and a half gallon typical size bucket) or filling with a hose, add a little detergent and a little softener for nine minutes or so.
7) Third of three rinses: I spin the load for two minutes, then remove the clothes.
8) I place one pair of jeans or another heavy item that absorbs lots of water easily back into the spinner one at a time, or half a spinner full of regular stuff. If only half full or less, I do not bother with the cap that stops clothes from jumping up and over the edge while spinning. I pour in a bucket of water and let it spin while refilling the bucket, then pour in another bucket and let it spin, then pour in another bucket and let it spin. It usually takes three buckets per pair of jeans plus three buckets per half load, with the final spin time of about three minutes, but it might take another bucket of water. Alternatively, attach a hose to the connector above the spinner, and let water continually run in while on spin; this requires about three to four minutes of water flow (the connector is small) plus three minutes of spin time once the water is off. Basically, rinse until the water is clear, then spin for a couple of minutes.
9) Place everything on hangers, using clothes pins or clips for smaller items, and hang a few inches apart in doorways or, even better, on a line running across the room. If the air isn't humid and if the window is open or the fan is on, everything should dry in a couple of hours. If it has been raining or it is otherwise humid, just have a fan on and leave it for several hours, while at work, or over night and everything will dry well.
10) After drying, does it still stink once it dries? Wash with Odoban or a bit of Washing Soda and OxyClean, then let it soak all day or overnight.
Do the typical wash with detergent and booster additives-rinse and spin-wash with just detergent and softener-rinse and spin. If it dries and still stinks, toss it in the trash." — Mine not Yours

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