The Portable Investment

In these days of the Coronavirus, and increased violence due to racial injustice, we are all having to make adjustments in our day to day living. Some of these adjustments are minor. Some these adjustments are major. The last thing we need added to these adjustment is more inconvenience.

One inconvenience already existed for some. Now, the inconveniences may have increased for a few who live in the circumstance of not having a washer and dryer. Although, rare some laundry-mates still accept coins. Unfortunately, those depending on this type of laundry-mate are having to look harder for coins, do less laundry, or seek a laundry-mate that will accept debit cards.

From there the inconvenience may extend into the overcrowding of a laundry-mate that is equipped to accept debit cards. Yet, still not forgetting that having to spend any extended amount of time in a crowd increases the chances for contracting COVID-19. Especially, when the crowd is hauling baskets of dirty laundry around.

It is understood that having to go to the laundry-mate during COVID-19 can be daunting. As if it was not, before COVID-19. Yet, having clean laundry is just as important as the increased need to practice good hygiene and to wash our hands more regularly. All of the extra efforts are toward prevention. Going to the laundry-mate, on the other hand, can seem damned if we do or damned if we don’t.

Money is tight for a lot of people. Unemployment is skyrocketed. Anyone that has had the Cornavirus, has had to be hospitalized, and without health insurance has current medical expenses. Not to mention, other added expenses to just daily living. This brings to question; is going to the laundry-mate more cost effective than owning a washer and dryer? Especially, if it poses a greater risk for contracting COVID-19?

The washer/dryer alternatives may cost less over a year’s time than going to the laundry-mate. These alternatives are portable. They could either resolve the problem of having to go to the laundry-mate, at all; or reduce the frequency of going, and the amount of laundry that must go to the laundry-mate. This depends upon the capacity of the washer and dryer. Portable washers and dryers cost at least 50% – 75% less than traditional washers and dryers.

For example, when I bought my portable washer and dryer I paid a total of about $415.00 for both. My washer (made by Haier) at the time was on sale for about $165.00. My dryer (made by Magic Chef) was about $250.00. This was approximately 2 years ago. I have never been happier with an investment since my car! When the Coronavirus hit, I was even happier with my investment! I could obey the stay at home order and not concern going to the laundry-mate.

My washer and dryer.

I only wash for one. I opted for the 1.5 cubic capacity washer, and the 1 cubic capacity dryer. I would have selected a larger dryer, but I live in a small space. So, the dryer needed to be smaller in order to hide it.

There are other brands in portable washers and dryers. One is made by Samsung (washer). Other types and brands are coming out with their versions. The prices vary from high to low, but they are all about 50% – 75% less costly than a traditional washer and dryer.

Here is the gist. I spent an average of $35.00 per week on laundry. Multiply $35.00 X 4 weeks in a month average. That is a total of $140.00 per month on laundry. That does not include laundry soap, dryer sheets, etc. If you subtract the cost of going to the laundry-mate from the cost of my portable washer, the result is $25.00. So, in about a little over a week of using my washer, the washer paid for itself. You must also factor in increased water expenses. Where I live, I have free water. I am lucky.

A Quick Review

  • The washer (made by haier) is different, but great. On a scale from 1 – 10. I give it a 10! It has a flat beater that rises and falls from the bottom. You can order castors and a tray to roll it around. There is also a stand to place it under, and the dryer on top. It has multiple cycles. Including, a gentle cycle. It has multiple load sizes; small, medium, large, and extra large. It beeps when laundry is finished washing. It’s rinse cycle is spin and rinse. Except, for the gentle cycle which fills with water and rinses. It works excellently!
  • The dryer (made by Magic Chef) is about a 4 on the scale. I think it’s because it is so small, and extra precaution was taken toward fire prevention in the making of this product. To this degree, I am 5’4″ tall and I weight about 140 lbs. My jeans are small. It takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to dry one pair of jeans. Two large towels take about the same amount of time. All in all, It takes about 3 hours to dry an extra-large load from the washer. That doesn’t bother me, because I am at home and doing other things. For that reason that the dryer is small and slow, I wash daily. Compared to other dryers, there are some that seem a little hotter (by reading product descriptions and review) in temperature than mine, but I’m good. I can’t complain. I really am happy and will not buy a different one at this time, and there has been no great increase in my electric bill. It is hard to notice any increase.

I am absolutely happy with having a washer and dryer in my rental. As far as the dryer is concerned, I could hang my jeans and towels up to dry and be just fine. Since it makes no great impact on my electric, I just let them dry in the dryer. The wrinkles are not near as removed as would be a bigger dryer, but they are reduced. I hope this helps you consider an investment in a portable washer and dryer, if needed!