What Are Portable Washing Machines?

You may have heard of portable washing machines and want more information because you are considering purchasing one. The first thing you should know about these appliances is that many models are a combination washer and dryer. Instead of having to worry about purchasing a separate appliance to dry your clothes, a combo model incorporates both washing and drying functions into a single appliance. You also do not require any sort of dryer venting or connections because the appliance has a ventless condensing drying system. This allows your clothes to be dried using water vapor and a condenser. As water is extracted from the clothes, it is simply pumped out of the washer discharge hose and right down the drain.

The types of connections required with portable washing machines are access to a standard three prong outlet, a kitchen sink conversion kit which includes wheels. The kitchen sink conversion kit is connected to your Kitchen faucet. You simply slide it onto your kitchen faucet any time you want to do a load of laundry, and turn on the water. The washer draws the water directly from the faucet and pumps discharge water right down your kitchen sink. The wheel kit is required, because it makes it easier to roll your combo washer and dryer from its storage location up to the kitchen sink.

Because both washing and drying functions are completed in the single appliance, you need to be aware that total cycle times can take around 2 ½ hours to complete. Since both functions are completed by a single appliance, it is recommended you break your laundry schedule over several days, rather than attempting to do all of your laundry in a single day. While this might seem like a large amount of time, it is only slightly longer to dry in these machines than a conventional dryer.   Conventional dryers need vent runs and 220 Volt electricity.