Do the Mini Washing Machines really work?

Mini Washing Machine Review

I moved into this little house that had no washing machine or dryer hook ups. Having back issues, and no car I am not able to make it to the laundromat often enough. So I looked into these little washing machines I saw on Amazon.

After using it for almost six months now, I thought I’d write out the pros, the cons and some tips to help you make a decision whether getting one of these mini washing machines would be helpful for you or not.

This is the model that I got and am reviewing:
Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub Washing Machine.

Pros

  • Great for small apartments or houses.
  • Affordable.
  • Convenient for small loads.Works pretty well for basic laundry needs.
  • Nice when my pet has accidents on small carpets.
  • Nice for when grand kids come and i have a small load of washcloths or baby clothes.
  • Fits sheets and pillowcases in one load.
  • It’s quick.
  • It agitates well and does get stains out pretty good.

Cons

  • Not for big loads.
  • Can’t wash comforter.
  • Does not get cat/dog fur out. You will need a lint roller to remove pet fur or lint.
  • Clothes are wrinkled after spinning.
  • Water uses gravity to drain so need something to boost it up a bit so hose can drain into shower. Not sure why the manufacturer didn’t put higher legs on it.
  • The hose to fill the washer tub is useless. You’ll need a bucket or shower head to fill it up with water.
  • The clothes spin dry, which does not dry them completely. They are not drenching wet, but they still take a couple hours to dry. You will need to hang them up somewhere to dry.
  • Clothes, especially towels and jeans dry really hard.
  • After awhile underwear and shirt collars get stretched out from hanging and not running through the dryer.

Tips

  • Since gravity is used to drain the water, I use the Styrofoam that came in the box to prop it up. I’m sure someone who is handy could make a small wooden stand of shelf to get it to the proper level.
  • I positioned the washer in my bathroom right next to the shower so that it can easily drain and so that I can fill the washer tub easier with water from the shower head.
  • There is a hole where you are supposed to be able to attach the hose to add some water to the spin cycle to rinse out soap, but it doesn’t fit on anything. So instead of rinsing while spinning, after i empty the water from the wash cycle, I fill it again with just plain water and run it through another 5 minute cycle to get the suds out.
  • Put a hair catcher screen over your drain in the shower or a nylon pantyhose over the end of the tube to catch lint and hair that comes out so you don’t clog your shower drain.
  • Only use a very small amount of soap.
  • Some say that using vinegar will make the towels and jeans softer, not quite working for me.
  • At least once a month, take your clothes, especially towels, to a laundromat to dry them to refluff them back up again.
  • If you can afford it, they do have  mini dryers you can buy too such as the  Panda Portable Ventless Cloths Dryer or Magic Chef MCSDRY1S Laundry Dryer.

I hope this helps some of you to decide if you want to get one or not, or if you have to one, to make the best use out of it! If you have some tips, please post below in the comments!

Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub Washing Machine

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