Several companies, including Kenmore and GE, offer models ideal for avoiding laundromats.

No washer or dryer in the new apartment or rental home? No problem. There are compact, easy-to-move washers and dryers as solutions. Several companies, including Kenmore and GE, offer models ideal for avoiding laundromats.

Apartmentguide.com shared in July that the portable washing machine works by hooking up one hose to a faucet in the bathroaom or kitchen and positioning another hose to drain into a sink or bathtub. Otherwise, a portable washer works like a stationary unit, except that the load capacity is obviously much smaller. Portable dryers operate just like their big-brother counterparts; they tumble clothes while blowing heat.

Pluses:
— Small size: generally about 3 feet by 2 feet.
— Uses less electricity and water than a regular unit.

Minuses:
— Limited capacity: Fine for a single person who does not soil many clothes, but may not work for someone who works construction or on a road crew; also, cannot handle larger blankets, comforters, etc.
— Might be an inconvenience to hook up the washing machine hose each time; plus, it monopolizes sink and tub space while running.

Most take up little space on a floor, but a few are pedestal models, like ones by LG and Kenmore Elite, resembling a large drawer that can be placed on a counter. New York Magazines’s The Strategist in March spotlighted its top portable washer picks available through Amazon, pointing out that their compact size makes them a fit for some bathrooms. A few designs are even equipped with handles for easy moving. Their number one pick was the Haier at 1 cubic foot.

Some washer/dryer combos, like Della’s, are around $100 on Amazon, shared The Strategist. Generally, however, portable washers and dryers separately cost around $100 for basic models to $500 and more for top-of-the-line, and they are available at most big-box stores, including Walmart, Target, Sears and Home Depot, as well as online.

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