The 5 Best Portable Washing Machines of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: RCA 3.0 cu ft Portable Washer at Walmart

"Lower spin speeds make it a great option for eco-conscious people living in tight quarters."

Best Budget: Kuppet Portable Washing Machine at Amazon

"The stainless steel wash barrel ensures long-lasting performance at a budget list price."

Best for Backpacking: Scrubba Portable Wash Bag at Amazon

"This wash bag weighs only 5 ounces and packs down small enough to fit in the palm of your hand."

Best for Camping: The Laundry Alternative WonderWash at Amazon

"This hand-cranked tub is a great solution for places where you don't have electricity."

Best for RVs: Best Choice Twin Tub Portable Laundry Machine at Amazon

"A compact, lightweight unit you can fit in a cupboard or under a bed to take on the road."

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Best Overall: RCA 3.0 cu ft Portable Washer

RCA 3.0 cu ft Portable Washer

 Courtesy of Walmart

This compact, portable washing machine delivers one of the largest load capacities for portable washers without a ridiculous price tag to match. If you’re looking to set up a washer and dryer in your RV or camper, this washer provides high-quality performance without taking up a lot of space.

In addition to its large capacity, the RCA Portable Washer features eight washing modes accessed via it’s LED display that makes it feel like a full-featured modern appliance. You only need to connect the washing machine's sink adapter to your faucet and put the drain hose in the sink to set the unit up. This washing machine also features adjustable feet so it can stay level on uneven floors. 800 RPM spin speeds make for quiet operation and lower energy usage so it's a great option for environmentally-conscious people living in tight quarters. It measures 24 x 24 x 40 inches and is available in white or grey.

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Best Budget: Kuppet Portable Washing Machine

For less than $100, you can have washing machine performance in miniature with this small unit from Kuppet which can handle up to 10 pounds per load. The capacity is small in proportion to the price, but the light weight makes it truly portable and easy to place in an RV, camper, or just to stow away when not in use.

The stainless steel wash barrel ensures long-lasting performance at a budget list price and the three control dials allow you to customize your wash cycles. Simply put your clothes into the washer, fill the tank with water, and set the timer. The wash cycle lasts for 15 minutes and the spin cycle only takes five minutes. It's available in blue or purple colorways.

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Best for Backpacking: Scrubba Portable Wash Bag

If you’re spending days hiking in the great outdoors, you can’t bring enough changes of clothes and doing laundry might seem impossible. Not if you have the Scrubba Portable Wash Bag. This creative solution weighs only 5 ounces and packs down small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Toss your dirty garments in the bag, add water and detergent, and agitate to clean them. The inner washboard works your clothes similar to a washing machine and breaks up dirt while distributing detergent water. The one-gallon recommended load is perfect for about two t-shirts, two pairs of socks, and two pairs of underwear.

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Best for Camping: The Laundry Alternative WonderWash

This hand-cranked tub from the Laundry Alternative is a great solution for places where you don't have electricity such as cabins, boats, or car camping adventures. The unit uses suction cups to attach to a surface and the EZ-Crank handle has an ingenious design to give you aggressive washing without requiring superhuman strength.

To use the machine, simply put your clothes in along with detergent and water. Then, close the lid and crank the handle for 1 to 2 minutes. Once the dirty water is drained, you can refill the tank with new water and crank for 30 seconds to get the detergent out of your clothes. The lack of motors and heavy parts required for electric operation means the unit weighs a lightweight 6 pounds, making it eminently portable.

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Best for RVs: Best Choice Twin Tub Portable Laundry Machine

This small-capacity washer delivers the performance you’re used to from your home washing machine in a compact, lightweight unit you can fit in a cupboard or under a bed to take on the road. The mostly all-plastic design keeps the weight down to a mere 23 pounds and it uses a durable stainless steel basket that protects against mildew.

Do loads up to 8 pounds in about 20 minutes in this unit that measures in at 23 x 13.5 x 26 inches. The left-sided tub is larger for washing, then clothes transfer to the slightly smaller spin tub which gets clothes as dry as possible before hanging.

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