One of the luxuries of living in a big house is having a dedicated space to wash and dry your clothes. But just because you live in an apartment or townhome and may not have room for a full-size washing machine doesn’t mean your only option is to trek to the laundromat or hand-wash items in the sink.
A portable washing machine is a great alternative for small space dwellers and for those who don’t have access to permanent hot and cold water hook-ups. These mini machines are usually big enough to handle small t0 medium loads, say, a few bath towels, bedding, underwear or workout wear, even several pair of jeans. And most are on wheels so they can be moved up to a sink when you are ready to run a load. All of our Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab recommendations below — except for the non-electric models — have wheels for easy moving. Not all machines that claim to be portable do. In our opinion, that’s what makes them portable, so we eliminated any that weren’t on wheels.
Though we haven’t tested the specific models listed below, we selected them from brands whose full-size washing machines have performed well in previous Cleaning Lab tests, brands who have long-standing experience in all types of compact appliances, products with favorable consumer