The new normal in washing machines; It’s a game-changer

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How Portable Washers are changing the status quo. These are not your Grandma’s washing machines.

A new washer can cost anywhere from $800 to 2000.  Then you pay $100+ for delivery and $35-50 for the hookup. You may need to buy a special warranty.  Later, when your life changes again, you may move across the state or across the country. Do you really want the trouble and expense of moving a large appliance?

People are waking up.  There are more than 15 portable washer models available on Amazon, and you may be surprised how well they are selling. I certainly was. Who knew?

Of course, models vary according to their use case. If space is at a premium, then you would choose the smallest portable washer. Others feature a side-by-side washer and dryer, but it takes up more room. If that is not an issue, then you have more options to choose from.  There are even washers that don’t use electricity, for example in the event of a power outage. They are especially popular for camping trips, in RVs or for road travel in general. If you travel frequently for your job, it’s a no-brainer.

A portable unit will save you physical energy and money.  No more coins or cards at the laundromat. No more wasted water, detergent, and power to wash just a few items.  No more carrying heavy basket loads.

It’s the right thing to do. It’s also the minimalist, eco-friendly thing to do. Reduces waste and our carbon footprint.

Have you also noticed that the newer larger washers and dryers are high-tech? the ever-popular Internet of Things that run your smart doorbell, your smart refrigerator, and of course, your smart washing machine. IoT.  Sounds expensive, doesn’t it?  Can you imagine what they cost to repair? This may excite some of you techies, but the majority of us do not delight in reading an extensive technical manual and engaging in troubleshooting every time we wash our clothes.  Honestly, it’s easier to dial 1, 2 or 3 on a portable washer, and choose the water temperature we want to pour into the bucket.  Maybe we don’t want to spend 40 to 60 minutes waiting for a traditional wash cycle to end.  Bucket and portable washers have wash cycles that run 2, 5, and 10 minutes.  This leaves you with a great deal more free time and far less waiting. Simplify. It’s what’s trending these days.  

Gone are the days of high-maintenance fabrics that require starch and substantial ironing. Most people get wrinkles out of their clothing by hanging them in the shower and letting the steam do the work. If you take the clothes out of the washer as soon as the cycle is done, your clothes won’t wrinkle.  When your truly gets distracted and forgets to set the timer, I wind up putting most of the clothes in the bathroom and wait for the next hot shower to do the trick. That’s extra work. Profit from my mistakes.

Why are so many people buying these Nano-washing machines?  When I first heard about them, I was skeptical.  But the numbers don’t lie.  Millennials and Gen Z folks aren’t buying homes in their 20s, except as investment rental homes.  They aren’t getting married until later, if they marry at all. The traditional home ownership framework has evaporated over time, and a new wave of more savvy consumers has taken its place. These ‘bright lights’ understand that spending decades in debt doesn’t make sense.  Their end game is better-strategized than in previous generations.

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