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Apartment size washers and dryers - a review of the wonder washer

Updated on September 8, 2013

If you live in an apartment and do not have the hook up for a washer/dryer unit you still have some options besides going to the laundromat every time you want to wash clothes. The wonder washer is a 3 gallon bucket with a spinning mechanism that will allow you to wash a few items of clothing at a time. Typically, for one load, you can fit in either several pieces of underwear or 3 pairs of pants for example.

Below are some pros and cons for using the wonder washer. At the end of the day, I think the pros outweigh the cons and that the wonder washer is a good investment if you do not use it every time you need to wash. Only use it for small items and alternate this with going to the Laundromat.


  • Very economical. The wonder washer costs $50 on average when you comparison shop with multiple vendors. The typical apartment size washing machine will cost anywhere from $250- $700. After the actual purchase, the wonder washer will continue to be money saving. For example, if you are able to cut you family trips to the Laundromat just in half, you might save as much as $500 at the end of the year. Indeed the cost of washing ($1.50-2.00) and then drying ($1.50-2.00) a load of clothing at the Laundromat may cost up to $4.00 for each load.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Convenient.


  • The wonder washer offers no drainage so you will have to pick it up at the end of the soap cycle, pour the water out and refill for the rinse cycle. Then pour the water out once more, wring the clothing out by hand and place the clothes on a line or holder to dry. Alternatively you might have a dryer, purchases separately from a washing machine and you can use it. It might be best to make laundry day the same day as bathroom cleaning day. In the morning, you can do the laundry and pour the dirty water into your bathtub. In the afternoon, you can give your bathtub a good scrub down, cleaning it thoroughly with bleach.
  • All the above makes washing with the wonder washer very time consuming. It takes a lot of time to wash very few clothing items.


With all the pros and cons in consideration, I definitely recommend the wonder washer to anyone who does not own a home with a washer/dryer and who does not rent an apartment with a washer/dryer hook up. Even if your home is conveniently located near a Laundromat, you might prefer using the wonder washer on some weekend days and save a few bucks while you're at it. If you have to travel a great distance to get to a Laundromat, the wonder washer would be all the more beneficial for you to use.

The Wonder Washer

inside the wonder washer
inside the wonder washer
the base of the wonder washer
the base of the wonder washer
the wonder washer, fully assembled, your washing machine alternative
the wonder washer, fully assembled, your washing machine alternative


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Apartments for rent, if it is of great concern to you, I would suggest you discuss this with your landlord or property management. This is something that bothers a lot of people unfortunately. Rented homes are often entered into frequently and sometimes unexpectedly for various maintenance issues. You are not afforded the privacy you get when you own your own home. Good luck to you.

      sunshine & cornflakes, thanks for your comment. I certainly agree with you there.

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      sunshine & cornflakes 6 years ago

      I just wished it came with a drain basket that could be inserted after discarding rinse water(think lettuce spinner). Seems like the agitation would be sufficient to spin out enough water to avoid ringing clothes out by hand.

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      Apartments For Rent 7 years ago

      Apartment manager goes inside apartment several times when I am away. How normal is this?

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi R Burow, Sandyspider, kiran8, Nancy, ajm5050 and BkCreative. Thanks to all of you for stopping by and posting comments! I'm glad to introduce you to something new. It's quite a few of you who have never seen wonder washer before. Nancy, to answer your question, I think it does clean the clothes really well. Just add the right amount of detergent to the water and bleach as needed. You will use less of both because there is much less water to fill wonder washer than a regular machine of course:-)

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Sounds good to me! Thanks! I'll consider it!

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      ajm5050 8 years ago from NY

      LOL~ I agree R Burow, the wonder washer is really cute. I haven't seen anything like it, I used have a small sized average washer looking one in the past but this one really looks great for a small apartment. Thanks for the review Journey~

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      WOW, I've heard about these but never gave them a try...How well do they clean your clothes?

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      I had never seen one of those...thanks a lot for the details :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I haven't seen anything like it. Very interesting.

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      R Burow 8 years ago from Florida, United States

      Good hub! The Wonder Washer is cute. I have never even seen one before. I am surprised to know it really works.