There are some things in life you can't do without. A washing machine is one of these!
Sometimes though, having a full-size one is a bit of a problem. You could be away in a caravan, on a boat, or staying in a bedsit for a
short undetermined amount of time (I've been there!).
In such cases, a mini washing machine makes a lot of sense. They're small, portable and best of all - they're cheap.
We took at look at the best portable washing machines on the UK market. Here are the top 5 you can buy in 2019 (scroll down for reviews!).
The Best Mini Washers For 2019
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How Does A Portable Washing Machine Work?
Portable washing machines work a little differently to their full-sized brethren.
You usually need to fill them with hot (or cold) water to start washing clothes. The larger models come with a hose you can hook up to a tap. The smaller ones you can put in a sink or use a bucket or hosepipe to fill.
Draining is also slightly different. Most of these models don't have an automatic pump. Some use gravity and a hose to drain the water. So you'll need to put the hose in a drain or sink. The smaller models can just be emptied out once your finished.
Features To Watch Out For
Here are a few things you need to consider when looking at the different mini washers on the UK market.
Size – this is the defining factor of these portable models.
You need it to be small enough to be placed on a table top, for example, or in a very small space in your caravan, boat, bedsit or wherever you need it.
Among the five models reviewed, you will see that we provided the size, so you can check if it is small enough for you – we reckon all of these will pass the test!
Capacity – you are never going to match the load capacity of a standard washer, but you still want it to be able to launder a load that will get you through the holiday, for example.
We’ve given you the capacity of each one in the description, so you can compare and decide.
Simplicity – ease of use is of paramount importance with these appliances.
You don’t want to be fiddling around with complex controls when you have limited time and space, so being able to simply set it to wash and leave it to do the job is an attractive option.
Portable – Another key feature. You want something that you can either take on holiday or with you when you move.
Some of these have built-in handles that make them easier to move around. You should also check the overall weight of the item.
Functions – don’t expect all the features and functions from your home machine, but still look for the best range of features for you.
If it’s for holiday use, for example, a good fast-wash feature is a bonus.
That’s a few of the things you need to consider when comparing the models on our list, now let’s have a look at them in greater detail.
Mini Washer Reviews
When considering the best mini washing machines of 2019, we kept in mind all the key features that we outlined above.
We're confident you'll find something on our list that fits with your budget and space.
The first on our list is a a great choice for a boat, caravan or other limited space use.
You get a 2.8kg capacity load; this is great for a caravan trip and may also be perfectly suitable for a student or single-person household.
Weighing just 7.3kg, it's not the lightest on our list. Still, it will be a lot easier getting this into a top floor flat or on a boat than a regular washer! There are side-grips to help lift it, too.
Like most mini washers, this one is a top loader. It has two simple programmes, one for sensitive and one for standard wash, and is very simple to operate.
It comes with all the hoses and there is also a timer which you can set for 10 - 15 minutes.
Some users have complained that the inlet pipe is short and a bit brittle, but if all else fails you can still fill this with the use of a bucket.
And you do need to know that there isn't a spin-cycle. This is in common with these portable washers. A spinner could help you cut down on drying time though.
All in all, this is an ideal if you're going camping and want to wash a few items quickly.
This model from the Syntrox, a German brand that makes a number of very neat such appliances. It comes with some impressive credentials.
Measuring just 41cm x 67cm x 38cm, it's compact enough to fit on a table top or inside any caravan.
With a weight of just 8kg it is also surprisingly light, making it entirely suitable for carrying around between locations.
It has also been awarded with Energy Rating "A" efficiency - which is high for this style of washer.
Another big plus is you can get a full 4kg load inside. That’s enough for a single person home, and more than enough for a holiday machine.
There are two timer settings: one is for the wash cycle (0 - 15 mins), and the other for the spin (0 - 3 mins), which gives you a 300rpm speed. Please note you can only spin half-loads (2kg) though.
The spin speed is a fraction of a standard washer, but seeing as most don't have a spin-cycle it's certainly better than nothing!
This is one of the more expensive on our list, but for German engineering and those who want a portable washer that doesn't look too cheap - it's ideal.
Many people love the "Twin Tub" design and they're very popular outside of the UK. This model is compact, yet it's pretty powerful with a large capacity.
The extra size is put to good use though. You can wash up to 13 lbs (just under 6kg) in the two tubs. 8lbs ( 3.6kg ) in the washer and 5 lbs (2.4kg ) in the spinner.
Best of all, the spin speed is 1300 rpm, which is about the same as a regular washing machine.
So with this one, you get a fairly decent capacity and a spin speed which will really cut down the drying time.
Both the washer and the spinner are controlled by a timer, which up to 15 minutes and 5 minutes respectively.
People love this particular design as it doesn't need to be plumbed in. There are 2 hoses, one for the intake (about a meter long) and one outflow hose. You also have the option of filling with a bucket, too.
If you have a bit more space to play with and won't be moving it anytime soon, this is an excellent choice.
If any on our list can lay claim to being truly "mini"; this is the one; it measures just 21.9" by 14.8 by 23.2" - and is just 60cm from floor to top. This means it should fit easily into most kitchen cabinets.
What's really impressive about this one is it has a relatively large washing capacity - 3.5kg. You'd probably get away with 3 T-shirts and 4 pair of jeans, or a lot of socks and pants!
It has a 220V electric motor which is pretty quiet when it's working. You wouldn't get any complaints from neighboring caravans.
There is a spin dryer, too. This is smaller at 1.5kg and a few users have commented that it's not the best (while praising the washing function).
You can fill this little washer using either a hosepipe or bucket. Some people also use it in their bath tub. It gravity drains and you can put the hose into a sink or drain.
For the price, this is a fantastic mini-washing machine to take care of your essentials.
Our final choice is the second twin-tub model in the selection, and while not as portable as some of these, it uses its size to great effect.
It can handle a 5kg wash load and a 3kg drier load. This is more than ample for a student or single-person home, or for caravan or boat use.
The drier also spins at 1300rpm, which is as good as some standard machines.
Again, this is a model that would be best placed where it is going to stay. It would suit somewhere like a static caravan, a motor-home or University halls of residence.
It’s also sensibly priced, so worth adding to your shortlist.
We had to include this Candy Aqua model - even though it's more expensive than many regular-sized washers.
To give you an idea of how far the 3.5kg capacity goes, it could wash 4 t-shirts and 3 pairs of jeans. At a stretch, it might handle a couple's clothes for the weekend!
Candy also claim the Aqua features are in-line with it's larger cousin, and to some extent that's true.
There are 18 programs including a 32 minute quick wash, a wool and dedicates program and the choice of either a 3,6, or 9 hour timer-delay.
In terms of energy-efficiency, it's rated A+ and put out 78db during high-spin and 56db during normal operation. Again, this is about the same as an average 7kg washer.
Still, if you want a front-loading washing machine for a caravan or small space, this one is the pick from a small selection (no pun intended!).
If you're interested in this one, it's worth checking out Appliances Online as they have this at a good price.