There are no Small Apartments, Only Small Washing Machines
We all need clean clothes. Clean clothes equal jobs, dates, the approval of family members, and improved general hygiene. However, a lot of us live in very small (like, really really small!) spaces. So fitting a regular washing
machine in there is impossible. That’s where compact washing machines come in.
The usual problem is width. The majority of front-loading washing machines are about 59.5cm wide or wider. If the space you’re trying to fit it into is even a bit narrower, you’ll find that it’s impossible. There’s not much wiggle room when it comes to washing machines.
If you’re dealing with a very short space, you may have some more options. Many washing machines come with an option to change the lid to a flat version. Or you may be able to replace the feet with shorter ones. Check with your supplier as it may be unsafe to do this on your own.
Luckily, there are a bunch of compact washing machine models out there that will fit even the tiniest habitation.
Among the absolute smallest washing machines we could find was the oneConcept SG001. It measures a wee 48
x 40 x 36 cm, and has a wee price tag to match – about £50 and up. In fact, this washer is so small it’s sometimes
advertised as a “camping” or portable washer, although it can also be used for a one-person household as it holds
1.5 kg of laundry. The oneConcept has a very bare-bones design. It has no water heater so if you want a hot wash you need to insert the hot water yourself. On the other hand, it uses a tiny amount of electricity. And users report that it cleans clothes very well.
oneConcept also makes 2.8 kg and 5.8 kg capacity compact washers, the SG002 and DB004. These ones look a little more like a normal compact washing machine and less like a toy. The DB004 is still diminutive though,
measuring just 40 x 70 x 80 cm. They cost £100 or less.
The BEKO WM5100W is a compact washing machine with a front-loading door and a 5kg capacity. So it’s on the
larger side for compact washers. But at 85 x 59.5 x 48 cm, it’s still pretty compact. Still, this one is definitely more like a standard washer, with lots of standard washer features, so the price is higher: around £160. Users report that it’s relatively quiet – quiet enough not to keep anyone up if it’s running at night. A few users complain that the standard wash takes too long, about two hours, but note that there is a quicker cycle that only takes about 30 minutes.
Another good bet for a compact washer that acts like a standard washer is the Zanussi ZWC1300W. This one measures 67 x 50 x 52 cm, so it’s on the narrow side, and has a middle-of-the-road 3 kg capacity. Users report that it’s great at medium temperatures, but not as great at higher temperatures. Like the Beko, customers found it to be quiet while running. One downside is that it doesn’t have a time remaining display, so you have to keep checking back to see if your load is done.