Whether you’re downsizing, in retirement, or fed up with too much stuff, there are unique challenges to lifestyle change as well as opportunities. I’m living in a much reduced physical space with fewer things that require maintenance.
Once I moved into a new (only new to me), apartment, I looked at it as another phase, another challenge. Like all challenges, there’s a need to find solutions.
The basic problem facing apartment dwellers who don’t have clothes washing facilities, what do you do?
There’s really no room for a conventional washer dryer and there’s nothing within the building. A nice commercial laundromat is close by, but that’s not as convenient or as inexpensive as having your own.
Yes, there’s an up front cost to purchase your own, but where do you put it, use it, what do you purchase and is this even a practical idea?
Now, looking at the Internet and watching people talk about their experience, I found several that seemed to meet my criteria.
– useful & practical
Stainless steel tub with water jet cleaning instead of agitator. Clothes came out very clean
Two other criteria came to mind after seeing what people use. I refuse to buy and use the twin tub types. They wash clothes in the larger tub, then you have to transfer the clothes to the adjacent and smaller tub when the wash was completed, in order to spin dry. The spin tub is typically half the size so full wash loads require more than 1 transfer.
Forget that, as they’re mostly made of plastic including the wash tubs. I guess that’s fine if you want a more portable, lighter weight machine. I wanted a conventional style wash machine, and one with a stainless steel tub with a metal fabricated cabinet.
I shouldn’t be this excited over something as simple as a wash machine, but this is something different.
I got everything I wanted, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how well this washing machine functions. It’s well balanced, sturdily constructed, and very quiet in operation.
I will include a short video later, on just how quiet this operates. I purchased this online from Walmart and received free delivery to my door. If this is something you might want, shop around. There are frequent sales. Be aware there are some very small units with slightly under 1 cubic foot capacity (imagine wadding up your clothes within a 12 inch cube.) I chose a 1.6 cubic foot design. I live by myself. Those who have 2 adults and a child in a household, might want to consider a 2 cubic foot portable. When the size you select is 3 cubic foot, you’re approaching the smaller end of full size washers. That’s still useful if all you have is a single, sink water hookup and 110 volt ac power. It’s just a matter of portability and purchase price.
Multiple load capacity, water temp, bulk, normal & delicate settings. Soak and extra rinse are also available
I’m waiting for the delivery of a compact dryer. It’s uniquely designed to fold up similar to a patio umbrella, but it’s completely enclosed with a dryer / blower. In the meantime, I’m using an over the door drying rack.
Clothes hung up temporarily over door to dry