Maybe you’re tired of dragging your laundry four blocks to the nearest laundromat every two weeks. Maybe you took a trip to the laundry room in your daughter’s dorm building and now you can’t stop thinking about that funky odor coming from the washers. Maybe you’re looking to upgrade your RV before a cross-country road trip. Whatever your reason for wanting to find the best portable washing machine, we’ve got you covered.
The benefit of a portable washing machine is that it can be wheeled on over to a kitchen or bathroom sink (or other water source) when you need to run a load, then moved back out of sight once you’re finished. And while they don’t usually have the capacity to fit quite as many dirty towels or stained sweatshirts as your typical washing machine, they are often more eco-friendly and require less detergent. In fact, they actually work best with high-efficiency, or HE, low-sudsing detergents like Tide HE Turbo Clean Liquid Laundry Detergent ($12).
We read through hundreds of reviews to track down which portable washing machines are worth the investment—especially if you have specific requirements for your portable washer. So, without further ado, here are our top picks.