i am contemplating buying a washing machine. while in principle neither the paramour nor i mind doing the laundry at the laundromat, in practice we rarely actually feel like going when go we must. sink laundry is therefore not uncommon in this household. and my poor hands are unhappy about it. also, felting is a bitch without a machine.
we don't want to buy a full-sized washer. we don't have the room. i am also thinking of the boat, even though who knows when we'll actually be ready. still. it's always at the back of my mind. so i am contemplating one of three solutions:
i don't know whether one can even get these
here. i used to have one many years ago when i was a student (not this exact one, but the same principle). they do an ok job, but in actuality for fewer clothes than advertised; the motors tend to be wimpy. they're messy, too; water can easily slop out the top even with the lid down. definitely not suited for a boat. also, have to wring out clothes by hand. but, small, and lots cheaper than a regular washer. ah yes, further search finds different models on the same principle such as this cylone model
the wonder wash
seems like just the thing for the boat. it closes completely. also, it washes under pressure which might actually get the laundry cleaner. maybe. and it works without electricity -- crank power, baby! i'm plenty cranky enough for that. i could do all my felting and possibly dyeing in it. disadvantage: at U$42.95 i can't imagine that we're getting primo quality components. how long will this thing last? also, 4 lb isn't a lot of laundry. but if we have it right here, we could do small loads often. except for blankets and the like, which we'd still have to take to the laundromat. again, hand wringing required. *sigh*.
then we make a big jump off the boat-compatible washers and arrive at compact washing machines such as this haier model
. they spin! they're still small enough to fit into our shack (and can be rolled in front of the sink for washing).
anyone have personal experiences with any of these types that they feel like sharing?
(dear LJ -- stop fucking with the posting time, will you?)