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Small Countertop Washing Machines - Mini Portable Washers For Camping and Apartments

Updated on July 12, 2014

Mini portable washing machines are great little washers to have in a wide variety of situations. These small countertop washing machines are ideal for small apartments especially when you are not allowed to install a full sized washer. They're great for the office too when you need to quickly wash work clothes after a spill or because they need freshening up at the end of the day. They are perfect as a travel washing machine, you can take them on the road with you in an RV and save space and mini tabletop washing machines are ideal for cabin holidays where washers and dryers may not be available.

Some people really like these for washing small items like lingerie, baby clothing, etc. which are too small to really justify running the large washing machine but you still need the items washed, and fast. For burp cloths, bibs, stained baby clothes and suchlike which have a fast turnaround time these are also ideal to have on hand and are perhaps a cheaper alternative than running your full sized washing machine all the time.

Buy A Countertop Washer & Dryer Pairing

It Sure Beats Washing By Hand!

A mini tabletop washing machine certainly beats making trips to the laundrette or washing by hand when you've better things to do. Tiny washing machines like these are ideal for a variety of mobile situations or as a backup machine for small loads or quck washes when you need them. You'e still got to get those clothes dry though and in a small apartment, college dorm room, RV camper and other cramped location, this can be something of a nuisance unless you can hang outside which is not always feasible. The solution to that is to pick the perfect pairing of a mini clothes washer and a mini clothes dryer machine! The little washer and small clothes dryer shown below are a good match for washing clothes at home or on the road when you haven't a lot of space. The washer is a mini electric washing machine whilst the dryer is a spin dryer which drains water out of clothing for faster drying times. Both are well rated and reviewed by customers and will suit anyone with regular small washes to do or who lives alone and doesn't want to make long dull trips to the laundrette.

Mini Portable Countertop Spin Dryer
Mini Portable Countertop Spin Dryer

You've washed it now dry it with a mini countertop clothes drying machine! This portable clothes dryer is small and light enough to take anywhere but it'll spin dry your clothing fast making it the ideal companion to the small portable washing machines seen on this page.


Try A Portable Camping Washing Machine

A Manual Clothes Washer For Camping and Outdoor Excursions

The more eco-friendly alternative to the electric small washing machines on this page is a self-powered manual washing machine known as the WonderWash. This nifty little device is a totally non-electric human powered washing machine driven by nothing more than your arm power and a little bit of patented magic.

A portable washing machine which isn't electric powered is ideal for camping trips, RV travel or for anywhere else where you'd rather not be hunting around for an electrical power point. If you want to cut a little bit out of your electric bill and help save the planet by reducing your electric usage then this is also the perfect little washing machine for you too.

Non-Electric Manual Washing Machine

The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Non-electric Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine
The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Non-electric Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine

This is a hand cranked washing machine which uses a patented pressurized system to force the laundry detergent into the clothing to get them washed clean and smelling fresh. The Wonderwash uses no electricity which makes it ideal for camping trips or other outdoor excursions but also perfect too for washing small frequent loads like baby clothes and reusable washable diapers. There is no water hook up required, you fil it with water, pressurize it and with a few cranks of the handle you've got clean clothes! This mini washer machine is capable of washing a 5lb load of clothing clean, fast. This is the perfect portable washing machine for camping trips or if you need a caravan washing machine for smal loads of clothing, then again, this makes an ideal travel companion too as no electrical hookup is required.


A WonderWash Video Review - See The WonderWash In Action


These tiny countertop washing machines are not designed for everybody or to suit all purposes. If you have a family of five with regular large loads of laundry to do, then you will unlikely to be able to cope by using one of these.

They are best suited to washing small items and delicates or baby clothing and diapers to name a few uses but will also handle a blouse, shirt of pair of jeans thrown in there too. They're great to use as an emergency clothes washer when you need something cleaned fast, and don't want to run the full washing machine for one item or wait the whole long cycle either.

If you watched the video review of the WonderWash above then that gives you a pretty good idea of the capacity that machine can handle and it's actually a surprisingly large amount considering the size of the machine.

So yes, not for everyone, but they all certainly have their uses and for what they do, they do it great!

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    5 years ago

    An infant can sure generate plenty of laundry quick but they really don't mount up to a regular load and its nice to get those burp cloths and those diaper leaks taken care of sooner than later. I've used a portable washer while camping and they do work nicely for keeping up with the smaller items that we like to change often. Excellent reviews by you....the camping season is just around the corner! :)

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    kabbalah lm 

    5 years ago

    Great for college dorms

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    6 years ago

    can these washers and dryers be found in stores and if so what stores?

  • Fruitfulvine2 profile image


    6 years ago

    I never knew these existed. Wow! I learned something new today. Thanks.

  • CoeGurl profile image


    6 years ago from USA

    The hand-crank washer in the video really looks like something useful!

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    coolmon2009 lm 

    6 years ago

    I haven't seen a washboard in 30 years, interesting lens.

  • spids1 profile image


    6 years ago

    Great lens very well written.

  • CircusRunaway profile image


    6 years ago

    Handy hints, thanks!

  • Ardyn25 profile image


    6 years ago

    I thinks these are great...very informative lens.

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    6 years ago

    Pretty cool idea. I wouldn't want to use something like this as a replacement to my normal washer, but I could see it being useful for people that go camping a lot.

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    6 years ago

    Great for small living spaces and hand washables.

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    Onemargaret LM 

    6 years ago

    Wow! This is news to me! Great lens!

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    ecoguy lm 

    6 years ago

    This is a really innovative idea. Thank you for sharing it!

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    6 years ago

    I might get one of these for my mother. She only needs something bigger for sheets, these small washing machines look great for her.

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    6 years ago

    Very convenient appliances. Nice lens

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    Mary Norton 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Wish I have one of these. Easier to do one or two items.

  • Tracie-Fisher profile image


    6 years ago

    Nice to know. Space savers and convenience are two very important things to have in an RV. These little washers provide both.

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    6 years ago

    This would be the ultimate for my wife. She honestly looked at me the other day and said, "we should really get some type of carpeting for the tent."

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    6 years ago

    I'm sure going to want one of these if I fulfill my dream of camper living! So neat!

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    Little Linda Pinda 

    6 years ago from Florida

    These would be great for camping or even the large motor homes that do not have a washer. Good idea.

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    6 years ago

    Looks like they could be very convenient.

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    Steve Dizmon 

    6 years ago from Nashville, TN

    I did not know there was such a thing as these tiny washers. Very interesting.

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    vinodkpillai lm 

    6 years ago

    great idea for a camping trip! Thanks for sharing!

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    sukkran trichy 

    6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    love wonder washer. nicely presented lens.

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    6 years ago

    @robert2704 lm: What a great idea for a new mother! Thanks!

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    6 years ago

    What a great topic and fantastic appliances. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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    6 years ago

    This is a handy thing to have when you only want to wash a few items. Saves energy and water.

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    6 years ago

    I can see lots of uses for these, and would be interested in buying one... IF I knew it could do blue jeans. Do you know if any of these models can accommodate a pair?

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    robert2704 lm 

    6 years ago

    I'm thinking they're reasonably priced enough to be a decent gift to a friend with a newborn. Beats getting the same as everyone else ends up getting. Might be an idea. Glad I found about that since it's something to think about.

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    6 years ago

    That is awesome! I knew about the washers that you can hook up to your sink that are smaller than regular washing machines, but I had not idea they came this small! Perfect for an emergency, just as advertised. Thanks for sharing!

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    6 years ago

    Seriously? After reading this lens I will never, EVER spend money on a full size washer and dryer again. I move a lot and I can't tell you how many sets I've bought over the years. And I'm single and don't really need those full size appliances anyway. Awesome lens!

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    6 years ago

    Very handy for camping!

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    Miha Gasper 

    6 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

    Looks like very practical solution for single persons or backup if the main washer breaks too.

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    6 years ago

    Going to admit this...I had absolutely NO ideas these devices existing. Super awesome!

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    6 years ago

    hello there, nice lens, you or your readers might like to have a quick look at my 'Cool Appliances' lens, many thanks for this, liked! :)

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    6 years ago from Canada

    What great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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    6 years ago

    I have never seen these before either! I need one of these! Nice lens!

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    7 years ago

    Great lens. A subject that is close to my heart because I have to find ways like this to do laundry on my boat (see: Doing-Laundry-on-your-Sailboat)

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    Anthony Godinho 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Wow, this is the first time I'm seeing these tiny washers and dryers. I think they are great for traveling.

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    7 years ago

    I saw the camping one advertised on tv back in NZ about 12 years ago and was fascinated with it back then. I thought 'what a great idea. Save on electricity', but never bought one. They were around $100 NZD back then. I STILL think it would be a good idea, as there is just my partner and I here now and so I don't need to wash anywhere as much clothing. Here is a bit of useless trivia: The FP Duel Drawer Dishwasher was invented/manufactured just a few short miles away from where I lived in NZ! Another great idea for smaller homes. I never use our dishwasher, again because there is just the two of us and a sink full of dishes takes only a few minutes to wash, dry and put away.

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    7 years ago

    I have some ideas about drying the clothes. Thank you for suggesting a green solution.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 

    7 years ago from Ljubljana

    I was thinking about one of these machines as a backup to regular washer... Then I decided not to buy it because could not find in what situations could be used. Now need to think it over...

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    7 years ago

    I once had an earlier version of that Wonderwash. I liked not having to run to the laundromat. I even better liked that I could save the water, strain it and reuse it to pour directly into the toilet bowl and make it flush with recycled water.

    But I didn't like the thing's durability. Looks like the later design addressed some of the things, but it's still made of plastic, so I suspect it won't stand up to much regular use. Since mine broke down, I graduated to something more old school (so I can continue reusing the water)--a washtub with a "Yukon plunger."

    Something else you might want to go along with that particular washer would be a wringer of some sort; otherwise your wash will be very drippy and take a long time to dry (assuming you're line drying it).

    I was glad to see a lens out there reviewing these kinds of laundry alternatives!


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