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Any ideas on a portable washer/dryer? Brand? Suggestions? (USA)

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11213 points ) January 14th, 2010

My maiden aunt is quite old and ill, but she likes to keep busy. One of the things that she likes to do is laundry——but the problem is that the laundry is in her basement. She fell and hurt herself doing that and everyone is agreed that we need to do something different.

Her home is very small. There is no room for a full-sized washer/dryer upstairs. In the UK, however, we have portable washers/dryers (combination) that actually sit on the counter. We also have a regular sized washer that also dries in itself (in one unit, not like a stackable).

Because I don’t live in the States, I have no idea if you even make these portables that sit on counters or a dual washer/dryer that is portable that you can just plug in and move when you are done.

If anyone has ideas/name brands/suggestions…or even what these are called…I would appreciate it. I need some leads to begin some researching. Thank you very, very much!

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Ron_C's avatar

I actually looked into them a couple weeks ago. I was at a Sears store and the unit was made by either Maytag or LG.

I had a washer/dryer combination years ago. It worked o.k. but we found that the clothes were stiff when they came out as if they were overheated. A couple years ago we used a unit that had a washer on top and dryer below that was installed in a laundry cabinet in our time-share apartment. It worked quite well and was a good size for one or two people. I also had a similar unit in China, it was made by a very large Chinese company but I can’t remember it’s name.

The point is I probably wouldn’t by a combination washer/dryer but would buy a “stacked” unit. They appear to work as well as individual units but can only handle smaller loads. Further you have to have at least a 220 VAC 15 AMP power available for the dryer.

I hope this helps.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Thanks, Ron! I appreciate your help!

Ron_C's avatar

@DarlingRhadamanthus I am in the process of rebuilding our laundry room and have been thinking about these things.

If your aunt has a large closet, you could build in the washer/dryer, ironing board (with storage for the iron), and a folding table. Personally, I am more interested in designing and improving the room than actually doing laundry. Glad to help!

Val123's avatar

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of such a thing! Honestly…my initial response was, get a big bucket, fill with soap and detergent, put clothes in, put in trunk of car and drive about on rutted roads. Then, wring clothes out, drape them around the inside of the car and roll the windows down. Can’t get more portable than that!

I’m glad you asked this question. This knowledge may come in handy some day…..how big are they and how many articles can one wash at one time?

Ron_C's avatar

@Val123 here’s a link with specifications and comsumer ratings: http://www.consumersearch.com/washer-dryers

Val123's avatar

@Ron_C Thanks….expensive puppies, ain’t they!

Ron_C's avatar

@Val123 yeah. Our washer and dryer are 20 years old and they’ve been used hard. My washing machine even survived a fire (caused by the dryer). It is time for a new set and I guess, since I’m in my 60’s it will be the last set I ever buy. Since that is the case, we are looking closely at the purchase.

It is weird, the next car I buy will probably be my last also.

SHEWHOSHOPS's avatar

OUR WASHER SURVIVED A FIRE..ALSO! IT IS A SEARS KENMORE WASHER…THE DRYER HAD A SHORT IN THE THERMOSTAT THERE WAS A FIRE..WE JUST SETTLED WITH SEARS…I KEEP MY MACHINES IMMACULATELY CLEAN FREE OF LINT IN EVERYWHERE..TURNS OUT IT WAS THE MACHINE’S FAULT..WE JUST GOT A NEW DRYER..SO FAR….SO GOOD!!

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