How To Choose The Best Portable Washer 2017
Not all people want bulky washing machines in their houses. This is especially true for students and young professionals who are either living in dormitories or are starting to live on their own by renting an apartment. There is the option of going to the laundromat now and then, but isn't that too much of hustle, not to mention quite expensive?
Well, for people who are not yet ready to invest in a full sized washing machine and hesitate to pay for their laundry every time, the portable washer is for you. Focusing on convenience while not compromising effectiveness, the portable washer is very ideal for small spaces and can be connected to the faucet of your kitchen sink.They are preferable than others which cannot be moved easily.
So now that you have decided that what you needed all this time was a portable washer of your own, you can go ahead and buy one. But wait! Not all portable washers are the same; some may work for you, some may not. To save yourself from possible grief and buyer's remorse, read first these guidelines on how to choose the best portable washer.
How big (or small) should it be?
If you are getting a portable washing machine, make sure it is portable enough, which means that it is not too small for your laundry load and not too big for your kitchen sink. A good idea before you go out the store is to measure the size of your sink as this is going to be the most likely place where you will hook the portable washer up.
Most portable washers are top loaders that are 17 to 29 inches wide. Find a size in between this range that matches the guideline set in the previous paragraph. Also, most portable washers are designed to wash laundry loads weighing around 6 to 12 pounds, or less than two cube feet. You are required to make several batches of laundry but do not attempt to fit in all of your clothes into the already full bin because then they will not be thoroughly cleaned.
You should also ensure there is the availability of space to store the portable washer in. What's the use of buying a portable washer if you cannot keep it out of sight? At the department store, you can also try carrying it. Try to buy a washer that is light enough for you to conveniently carry. This way, you will not have any trouble carrying it to the sink. Also, you can carry your washer during road trips and the like. It is very light.
Features and efficiency
As I have said, not all portable washing machines are the same. They have a narrower range of features as compared to full sized washers, yes, but it doesn't mean you don't have to choose between different kinds of portable washers.
You are also better of with a unit that has two basins. One basin is for washing, and the other is for spinning clothes and draining water. A double basin portable washer usually measures 36 inches in height and 28 inches in width.
Some features you can also consider are the number of wash cycles, fabric and bleach dispensers, water level and temperature adjustment and even a delay start option. Of course, you should see to it that your unit comes with durable wheels for you to be able to move it around more freely. Check the wheels to see if it is high enough and will not break easily.
The price is right! (And it should be right.)
As a young professional who thinks that a portable washing machine is a right thing for their lifestyles, chances are you also don't have all the money in the world. Standard portable washing machines are usually priced around $200 to $700 while the more expensive all-in-one combo units are priced around $500 to $1500.
Think of the features that you need. Sometimes a unit is priced higher because it has more features, but that does not necessarily mean that it is better than a cheaper unit. Then again, if you can afford the higher priced ones, then go for it. Just make sure that the washer you buy gives you the best value for your hard earned cash.