The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine review

The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine review

  • Is ideal for campers, single persons and even for the housewife with small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers.
  • Hand-crank unit washes a 5-lb. load super clean in just a couple of minutes.
  • Is ideal for delicates such as woolens, silks, knitted dresses and cashmere garments.
  • Has a patented pressure system that forces detergent into the fabric at high speed for a fast, efficient, economic and very easy wash
  • Uses far less water than even hand washing and no electricity.

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The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine review

I decided to buy this product because I needed a way to wash clothes at a vacation camp that was a step up from using the sink and a washboard. I was able to do a few tee shirts and not-terribly-heavy trousers in one go with no sweat.  I’ve had this unit for over a month and have done many loads. To make a long story short, this machine works for me. Here’s my take:

Pros:
– Inexpensive: for what it does, its a fairly good buy at $40. As for detergents, bleach and fabric softener, I only have to use 1 – 2 tbsps. depending on the size of the load or less if the detergent is 2x concentrated. My building laundry costs about $3 a load, I average 3 loads a session, so I figure with the savings on quarters and detergent, this machine will pay for itself in no time.
– Convenient: I can wash a load in my apartment anytime day or night during the weeknight or on the weekend. My clothes don’t pile up as much anymore. I find that I wash my clothes more often because of the convenience.
– Small: The unit only weights 6lbs when empty and is very portable. I live in a tiny one bedroom with little extra space. I can just put this away in my closet when not in use.

Cons:
– The machine is basically made of plastic. The manufacture says that it’s made of the highest, most durable plastic, but at times the brackets do seem a bit wobbly. The washer itself seems sturdy. The base is questionable. Some of the small screw caps did not stay in place, but they are not essential to the unit staying together or washing properly.
– Can be messy: Washing clothes in this unit is not the tidiest of processes. I initially tried it in my kitchen, but I spilled more water than I used, so I eventually move the unit to my bathtub and found that it fits perfectly and I don’t have a problem with water being everywhere.

The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine review

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