Best Portable Washing Machine 2019 – Buyers Guide

Portable washing machines are smaller and cheaper than their full-sized freestanding or integrated counterparts. Essentially, they can also be taken on holiday, camping trips or in caravans.

They may also appeal to anyone who doesn’t have space for a washing machine or needs a separate smaller appliance to deal with delicate clothing or those moments when you realise you’ve not washed your work trousers and you need a quick solution.

Picking the correct one could be just as important as picking any other home appliance. There is a lot to think about, so before you buy, take a look at the ones we have rated highly and the details of our buying guide.

The Best Portable Washing Machine – Our Top Picks

Best Portable Washing Machine

Leisurewize Twin Tub Portable Washing Machine

Able to wash 3kg of clothing and spin 1.3kg, this is a handy portable model if you need the best of both worlds and need it to be done as effectively as possible.

Because of its effectiveness, it isn’t just for those camping trips and holidays when you don’t want to pay extortionate cleaning fees. If you don’t have space for a full-sized model in your home, or you need to occasionally wash delicates/baby bibs/dog blankets without hunting around the house for a full load, it can help you out.

You also don’t have to wait around forever for it all to be done. A wash takes around 6 minutes and a dry around 2 minutes. Just plug it into the mains, and pop the draining pipe over a sink.

The carry handle is a little flimsy, but you’re probably not going to be holding it long enough for this to go awry. It isn’t possible to use both sections at the same time, either. But apart from these minor issues, it still cleans well and is a nice size to be transported.

We like

  • Quick times
  • Nice generous size

We dislike

  • Parts seem a little flimsy

Final Verdict

For under £100, it is an effective piece of kit which will help you out when hand washing is a no-no

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3kg
  • Size: H57 x W60 x D36cm

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Leisurewize Twin Tub Portable Washing Machine User Manual

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EASYmaxx 3KG 260W Mini Washing Machine

Perfectly compact to make it easy to store, carry and transport, this mini portable washing machine is the perfect camping companion.

It is also great for keeping at home as a backup washer or for those little bits and bobs you don’t want to hand wash or throw in with everything else. Whether you need some clean trousers for work tomorrow, want to keep the baby clothes separate, or you don’t want to risk your delicates in your large, rather ferocious machine, this little mini model can help you out.

Yes, it is basic and a bit fiddly, but for those little jobs, you couldn’t wish for any more. Washing turns out better than expected, and there are enough functions to get the job done.

There is quite a bit of shaking from the device when it is in operation, but as long as you keep it secured or held down for the spin part then it shouldn’t be an issue; just keep an eye on proceedings.

We like

  • Size
  • Generously sized opening

We dislike

  • Can only use liquid detergent - tabs and powder don’t dissolve

Final Verdict

Fail-safe and reliable, this is the only washer you need for taking away with you.

+ Specifications

  • Dimensions: 50 x 34 x 36cm
  • Drying Capacity: 1.5kg
  • Washing Capacity: 3kg

Portable Washing Machine TG23

Capable of both washing and spinning your clothing, this portable device is perfect for taking on trips or even using to wash and part-dry some of your more delicate items. The washing capacity is 3.6kg, and the spin is 2kg, so it is slightly larger than the majority of others on the market. A wash can run up to 15 minutes and a spin up to 5 minutes, so there is plenty of chance to get everything done.

It only weighs 11kg, so won’t be too heavy if you are using it in a caravan or motorhome and need to carry it about. All you need is access to a power point and a drainage area, as well as the washing powder and water. A drainage tube is included in the box.

It isn’t just for anyone wanting a part-time travelling device; it is perfectly good enough to use as a backup to your larger machine if you have any small mid-week washes such as school uniforms or pet towels/blankets.

We like

  • Compact
  • Easy dials to change settings

We dislike

  • Vibrates a lot with the drying cycle

Final Verdict

Quick to use and with a very generous capacity, it doesn’t just have to be for emergencies or travel

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3.6kg
  • Dimensions: 69.5 x 60 x 38.5 cm

Twin Portable 3.6kg Washing Machine

Weighing only 11 kg, this is an ideal portable washing machine for taking on your next staycation.

It will wash 3.6kg and spin 2.5kg, so is perfect for an individual or a couple. There is one filling hole at the top which you can use a tube with, or simply fill from a bucket/tap. A wash can be set to run for 15 minutes and spin for 5, but these can both be stopped at any time if you would prefer to air dry the rest of the time.

The upper lids are a good size, and they are really easy to open and close. Water drains out manually, so you have to lift it up to let the water escape.

We like

  • Handles on side to transport
  • Clear outer casing so you can see the contents

We dislike

  • Instruction manual is a bit confusing

Final Verdict

Able to hold more than expected and with two separate compartments, it is a great pick for any holidays you have coming up

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3.6kg
  • Size: 54.5 x 38.5 x 55cm

Costway Mini Twin Tub Washing Machine

The largest capacity machine in both washing and spinning capability, this portable device isn’t too far off the capacity of some larger washing machine appliances.

You can select the timing between 1 and 15 minutes for the wash and 1 to 3 minutes for the spin, so you have plenty of scope to cater it all specifically to the contents. Draining is gravitational, so make sure it is over a suitable surface when the time comes.

Whether you want it for the caravan, in student accommodation or as an in-between substitute to keep on top of the washing pile, it is suited to any environment.

It can be moved around and carried with ease, and has the bonus of wheels. There is a water hose included if you want to fill it up this way, or you could do it directly from the tap.

We like

  • Great size and capacity

We dislike

  • Emptying hose is very short

Final Verdict

Great capacity and easy to use makes this our best overall pick

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 5kg
  • Dimensions: 63 X 35.5 X 72cm

OneConcept Ecowash-Pico Mini Washing Machine

For something pretty different to all of the other mini portable washing and drying machines on the market. This OneConcept model is unique in design, colour and shape.

The body features both a rear handle and cable tidy to make transportation and movement easier. Handy if you have to trail it around when camping. It can hold 3.5kg of clothing at any one time to wash and spin, which reduces both the number of washes and number of clothing items holidaymakers have to take with them.

You can set washing for a maximum of ten minutes and spinning for three. This also makes it much more economical than a large heavy load washing machine – ideal if you live by yourself or just need to occasionally wash baby clothes/the dog’s blankets and bedding on its own.

It is available in black or green, so why not choose the one which will match with all of your other appliances or stand out from the rest?

Instructions are a bit poor, as they seem to have been badly translated into English from German. It also isn’t automatic, so manual draining will be needed. But overall, the price isn’t bad, and the generous capacity and ease of transportation may sway you.

We like

  • Capacity
  • Shape and design are something different
  • Cable tidy area

We dislike

  • Instructions are hard to follow - some guesswork involved

Final Verdict

Very different, very unique, very bold. If you can get past the instructions by using common sense, it is a great little camping accompaniment.

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3.5kg
  • Size: 44 x 35 x 35 cm
  • Spin Capacity: 3.5kg

Leisure Direct Twin Washing Machine

If you need one of the largest capacities possible, then this one will suit you well. Washing is 4.6kg, and spin is 3.5kg, which is almost double many other models. There is the choice of a normal wash or a delicate wash to best suit whatever your load is, and the drainage function will keep everything as mess-free as possible.

Now here is a clincher – you can use both sections of the machine at the same time if needed. So you can be drying the wash you have just had on while loading up another.

It may seem a big price, but it is a much more advanced model than a lot of others. We would even say that it is pretty good for the price. If you live in a flat or accommodation where there is no plumbing for a washing machine, or you don’t have space, it is one of the best options you could get. The power of a freestanding washing machine, without the loss of space.

We like

  • Pumps away used water rather than draining
  • Side handles for easy carrying
  • Two water inlet points

We dislike

  • Struggles to fully dry if full to capacity

Final Verdict

Good size and with an electric pump drain, this is one of the easiest portable washing machines to use and will do a pretty good job too

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 4.6kg
  • Size: 76 x 36.5 x 60cm

AwayDaze Washing Machine & Spin Dryer

With a washing capacity of 3kg and a spin capability of 1.5kg, this lightweight and portable machine is perfect for taking on holiday with you, or simply used as a backup for any quick washes.

There is no plumbing required – fill with hot water and leave it to its own devices thanks to the 15-minute timer. Due to its small size, it can fit anywhere in your home or a caravan/motorhome, without being disruptive.

It shakes a little bit when in use, and it won’t completely dry your clothes, but for its purpose, it is a great little option.

We like

  • Portable
  • Energy efficient

We dislike

  • Drying quality and capacity is minimal

Final Verdict

A good little machine if you’re after a portable model with no fuss

+ Specifications

  • Washing Capacity: 3kg
  • Size: 34 x 33.5 x 51cm

Portable 230V Mini 3KG

This tabletop machine offers an all-in-one washing and spinning solution.

Smaller and less practical than the other models we’ve featured (but just as good), this mini appliance is ideal for people who are very pushed for space, or haven’t got a lot of money to invest right now. If it’s space saving you’re after, then this is the best mini washer dryer you can get.

As it only has one cavity, you will have to alternate between washing and drying and the spinning capacity is only 1.5 kg.

A great little mini appliance, this is a little model that can easily be packed and stowed away in a cupboard when not in use.

We like

  • Weighs only 5 kg so this is ultra portable
  • Mini and compact, perfect for holidays & camping
  • Up to 15 minutes built-in timer
  • Great budget buy

We dislike

  • Some reviewers found this model was actually easier to fill with a bucket rather than use the pipe supplied
  • Spin cycle has tendency to overheat

Final Verdict

Super compact with spinning function

+ Specifications

  • Has a wash & spin function – but as it’s single tub, you will have to wait your turn
  • Washing capacity: up to 3 kg (dry – still pretty good)
  • Spinning capacity: 1.5 kg – smaller than other models
  • 34 x 33.5 x 51 cm (H x W x D) (mini size, even fits on the draining board)

Help and Resources

Portable Washing Machine Buying Guide

Types

There are two main types of portable washing machine:

  • Single Tub: These models have one single compartment. They are usually only washers as opposed to washer dryers
  • Twin Tub: A dedicated section for both functions

Dryer Function

Many portable washing machines can also dry your clothing, and indeed many on our list have this feature.

They usually hold less clothing to dry than wash, but still take out most of the water. Take note of the spin speed to check how great they are at the job.

Price

Portable washing machines often start at around £60. This is usually for the basic one tub models. Ones which are twin tub and have higher specifications can often reach upwards of £100.

Capacity

Think about what you will be washing. Will it be bed sheets and towels or just baby clothes and delicates? You need an appliance which can hold them all so bear this in mind.

FAQs

What Is A Portable Washing Machine?

They work by hooking up to a tap and sink for filling and draining water, so don’t need a permanent connection. They draw in the water, spin the clothes as usual and then draining is done either by hand or automatically.

The only other thing you need to do is give it an electricity connection. Detergent and conditioner are added straight to the tub.

Are There Any Disadvantages Of Portable Washing Machines?

They have less load capacity, which is a positive as it makes them easier to move but at the same time can be frustrating if you have a large load to get through.

They’re less effective than full-sized machines, especially if they have a dryer function. Needing to connect up to a tap can also be frustrating depending on the layout of your kitchen or laundry room, and if it needs to be manually emptied, this can also be a bit cumbersome.