Small Portable Clothes Washers

Small portable clothes washers are becoming an important item of small space living. They are easy to store, easy to move around, as well as being particularly effective at getting a small load of laundry clean. One of the best small portable clothes washers around is the pressure washer that weighs just 4lbs and measures just 17 inches high by 12 inches wide. It operates particularly effectively if you don’t cram it full; ideally no more than 5 shirts or just 1 pair of jeans at a time. However, small though it is, the clothes come out clean at the end, and that is the main thing.

The Lemair Top Loader

The Lemair top loader washing machine weighs just 17.5kg, with a 2.5 liter drum capacity. It runs on mains electricity although, as with other small portable clothes washers, it is suitable for motor homes, camping and RVs with electric hookup and has the capacity to operate efficiently with a DC battery that incorporates a 300 watt sine wave inverter. The Lemair will take a 2.2kg laundry load, with a choice of three programs: ordinary, dirty and dirtiest. The cycle to clean the heaviest soiling takes approximately 45 minutes and, for such a small portable clothes washer, this little machine is particularly efficient.

The newest model of Lemair small portable Cloth washers is 1100mm high when the lid is open, or 695mm with the lid down. It will fit into a space just 438mm wide and 438mm deep. The whole machine weighs just 18kg. This may be one of the small portable clothes washers but this does not detract from its efficiency. The Lemair has an integral spin cycle, operating at 800rpm, on 240V at 5 hz and even incorporates an alarm to notify you when the washing cycle has finished.

Dometic Space Saver Washing Machine

Yes, I do mean ‘Dometic’ – that is the name attributed to this small portable clothes washer, slightly heavier than the Lemair, at 54kg. This washing machine is a front-loader with the capacity for washing a 3kg laundry load in its stainless steel drum. The Dometic model includes a range of wash and spin cycles, completing a full washing cycle in approximately 90 minutes. This small portable clothes washer does need to be vented outside although it is ideal to be used in an RV.


Whilst the Lemair and the Dometic are debatably the ‘Rolls Royce’ of small portable washers, there are a number of others on the market that work fairly efficiently, some more robust than others. The all provide a clean wash at the end of the laundry cycle so they certainly fulfill their functions. The end choice remains with the customer, however, because at the end of the day, the choice of which of the small portable clothes washers is most suitable is completely subjective, determined by individual preferences and circumstances, as well as the price you are prepared to pay.

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