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Old 13.12.2012, 22:10
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Portable Washing Machines

Does anyone have any experience with these? Care to comment?

We are moving to a new apartment in the New Year however there is only a laundry room which charges 3 CHF a load and 1 CHF for the dryer. I would rather buy a washing machine however there is no set-up for this in the unit. My colleague lives in a similar building and uses a portable washing machine. The type where one end screws into her faucet and the other end is drained at the sink.


Are they loud? Do they work as well as regular washing machines? We'd likely do a load every other day, is this excessive for such a small device?

FWIW, I have a toddler, exercise frequently as does my husband and have a relatively small wardrobe. Please spare me your stories about how you managed to raise 3 kids with using a twice-a-month laundry schedule AND you hung dry and ironed everything. I would lose my fool mind. Not happening.

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Re: Portable Washing Machines

First, check with your landlord that you would be allowed to use a portable washing machine in your flat. If allowed, check on restrictions to use (quiet hours, etc.) And be sure to get it all in writing. Check also to see if/how your Nebenkosten calculation might be affected.

That said... I had one years ago - hopefully they are better now. Mine only did a tiny load, had a seemingly interminable run time, rather loud, a bit of a pain to connect/disconnect, and not terribly convenient - but certainly far, far better than not having one.

Good luck!
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