Best Portable Washing Machine 2019 – Buyer’s 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.

Specifications

  • Size: 57 x 60 x 36cm
  • Washing Capacity: 3.5kg
  • Drying Capacity: 2.5kg

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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

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.

Specifications

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

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.

Leisurewize Portable Eco Washer Washing Machine

Able to spin both ways for a really deep clean and better rinse, this Leisurewize machine is the latest in their line of portable washers.

The most important thing to mention first is that it is a manual machine. So rather than plugging it in and allowing it to do the work for you, you have to turn the hand crank at the top of the machine.

You could argue that this actually makes it the most portable item on our list though – no need to hunt for a plug or be restricted with positioning. Perfect for that wilderness camping.

It comes complete with suckers on the bottom for keeping it in place, so even if you go a bit wild with the manual turning, everything is safe. Great for those emergencies, university halls, caravans or even just washing those smaller items of clothing which are needed immediately.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 34.3 x 35 x 35cm
  • Washing Capacity: 2L
  • Drying Capacity: N/A

We like

  • Manual - no need for electricity
  • Spins excess water out well

We dislike

  • Manual work could also be seen as a negative for some

Final Verdict

If you're willing to put in the arm work, then this is by far the best answer to your portable washing needs

FitnessClub Portable Twin Tub

A huge 7.6kg capacity overall makes this portable washer one of the largest out there, which is great if you need something which can cope with huge loads but is still smaller than a freestanding washing machine.

It will wash and dry. Timer control allows for control over both functions, choosing between 1-15 minutes for washing and 1-3 minutes for dry. Because both functions use separate chambers, everything is kept in really good condition and you can also use both at once to save precious time.

This does make it one of the biggest portable washer dryers on our list, but the sheer adaptability is worth it.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 60 x 36.5 x 70cm
  • Washing Capacity: 4.6kg
  • Drying Capacity: 3kg

We like

  • Capacity
  • Washes and dries at same time
  • Timer switches

We dislike

  • On the larger side

Final Verdict

Despite the size and fact it takes a little while to get used to, this is a fab overall washer dryer which will save your dirty washing basket on several occasions

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.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 76 x 36.5 x 60cm
  • Washing Capacity: 4.6kg
  • Drying Capacity: 3.5kg

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

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.