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Welcome to our big mini washing machine test 2021! Here we present all the mini washing machines that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best mini washing machine for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on our site that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a mini washing machine.




Summary

  • Mini washing machines are particularly popular among students, singles and campers because of their space-saving shape. They are also much cheaper than normal-sized washing machines.
  • They weigh at least 20 kg and can process from 1 kg to 5 kg of laundry in one wash cycle.
  • They come in different sizes and with different features that offer useful functions.

The Best Mini Washing Machine: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a mini washing machine

Who is a mini washing machine suitable for?

A mini washing machine is basically suitable for anyone who doesn't have a lot of space and doesn't have a lot of laundry to wash.

The handy mini washing machines are therefore particularly useful for students, singles and campers.

The washing process in a mini washing machine is not really different from that in a normal washing machine. (Source: pixabay.com / Phillip Ruch)

Especially for campers, there are models that can be used without a water connection or without an electricity connection and are therefore very suitable for travelling.

The low weight of a mini washing machine makes it easy to move around in flats or when travelling.

Because of their compact form, mini washing machines are enormously space-saving and therefore also find room in small student flats or single households. Mini washing machines can also be perfectly accommodated in caravans or tents.

How does a mini washing machine work?

The operation of a mini washing machine is basically not very different from that of a conventional washing machine.

The washing process itself is hardly any different, but not everything always works completely automatically, so you have to carry out some steps manually.

For example, if you use washing powder, you have to mix it with water beforehand.

Due to the fact that most mini washing machines do not have their own water connection, the water must also be added to the drum manually.

For a mini washing machine without a heating function, you will need to heat the water to the desired temperature using a kettle or saucepan. A thermometer can be very helpful.

After the washing process, you must then pump out the water with hoses, if available, or simply pour it into a washing drum.

In addition, the washing process with a mini washing machine does not take as long as with a normal washing machine. It usually only takes 10 to 20 minutes.

How much does a mini washing machine cost?

Depending on the quality and the respective manufacturer, mini washing machines can cost between 50 and 700 euros.

It should be noted that the price is usually higher if the mini washing machine has several functions, such as an integrated dryer or a spin cycle.

Compared to normal washing machines, however, they are much cheaper, so students in particular will get their money's worth. Here you can see an overview of the most popular manufacturers of mini washing machines and their respective offer prices.

Manufacturer Price range
LG 650€ - 840€
OneConcept 60€ - 160€
Syntrox Germany 80€ - 180€
EASYmaxx 50€ - 60€
TecTake 120€ - 140€

What are the alternatives to a mini washing machine?

A mini washing machine is already an alternative to conventional, full-size washing machines, but depending on the purpose you want to use it for - for example, for washing clothes while travelling - you can switch to hand washing paste in a tube or a bucket.

Hand washing paste can be bought for just a few euros, is available in every drugstore and most supermarkets, and its small size makes it easy to store in your luggage.

Decision: What types of mini washing machines are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, a distinction can be made between two different types:

  • Mini washing machine with water connection
  • Mini washing machine with pump
  • Mini washing machine with spin dryer
  • Mini washing machine with heating

We will explain the advantages and disadvantages in the following paragraphs to make your decision easier.

What is a mini washing machine with water connection and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Only very few mini washing machines have a water connection.

The advantage of a water connection is that you don't have to add water manually for the washing process, but a water connection prevents you from easily changing the appliance.

Advantages
  • Water is added automatically
Disadvantages
  • Appliance cannot be changed over at will

What is a mini washing machine with a pump and what are its advantages and disadvantages ?

Mini washing machines equipped with a pump allow the water to be pumped out through one or more hoses after the washing process.

This saves you from having to drain the water manually at the end of the wash.

Advantages
  • Water is pumped out automatically
Disadvantages
  • None

What is a mini washing machine with a spin cycle and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A mini washing machine with a spin function is very practical to prepare the laundry for the subsequent drying process in the dryer or in the air.

By spinning the laundry, the excess water is removed from the freshly washed clothes and the drying time is considerably shortened and you do not have to wring out the laundry by hand.

Mini washing machines with a spin function are available in either a single-chamber or dual-chamber system. In the two-chamber system, the spin drum and the washing compartment are separate.

Advantages
  • Short drying time of the laundry
  • No wringing out by hand necessary
Disadvantages
  • With the two-chamber system, the laundry must be put into the spin drum manually

What is a mini washing machine with heating and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If your mini washing machine has a heating function, you don't have to manually heat the water to the desired temperature, because your washing machine does it all by itself.

Advantages
  • Water is heated automatically
Disadvantages
  • None

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to evaluate and compare mini washing machines

Before you buy your mini washing machine, you should think about what you want to use it for and what requirements it has to meet for you in any case.

For example, if you are a student, you will probably not have much space and only a small budget.

However, if you need a mini washing machine for your camping holiday or other travels, it is recommended that you pay special attention to the fact that the device is very handy and mobile.

To help you decide when buying a mini washing machine, we have outlined specific criteria below to help you evaluate and compare mini washing machines. The criteria include:

  • Use
  • Equipment
  • Dimensions
  • Weight of the machine
  • Capacity

Utility

As mentioned above, it is particularly important to consider when and where you will use your mini washing machine before you buy.

The primary use of the mini washing machine has a significant influence on all subsequent purchase criteria, which is why it is the most important purchase criterion.

Small mini washing machines are particularly suitable for single households and students, whereby students will probably have a somewhat lower budget for the purchase and will benefit from a particularly fast washing process that can be easily integrated into the stressful university routine.

However, if you want to use a mini washing machine for your camping holiday or other trips, you should pay particular attention to the fact that the device is handy and mobile.

Lightweight mini washing machines without connections to water and electricity are an advantage here.

Mini washing machines are very practical for longer trips and are particularly popular among campers. (Source: pixabay.com / Ryan McGuire)

Features

Mini washing machines are available with many different features, and you should think carefully about which ones are relevant and indispensable for you so that you don't miss anything when you use your mini washing machine later.

Basically, there are mini washing machines with or without water and electricity connection, pump, washer and heater. In the table below, we have listed the different features with their respective functions.

Features Function
Water connection Automatic addition of water
Pump Pumping out the water after washing
Spin Removal of excess water at the end of the wash cycle
Heater Automatic heating of the water

Dimensions

While normal-sized washing machines are usually about 60 cm wide and deep and 85 cm high, mini washing machines are about half that size or even smaller in dimensions.

Generally speaking, the smaller the dimensions, the less space the mini washing machine requires at its installation site and the lighter and easier to handle the appliance is.

Connections

A conventional washing machine usually needs a permanent water connection and a connection to the mains. Mini washing machines can do without these connections and are usually available without them.

This is very practical for travelling and allows them to be placed anywhere in the room. However, you then have to add the water for the washing process manually and make sure the battery is charged or power the machine by hand.

Weight of the machine

Depending on the size and features of a mini washing machine, it can weigh between 5 kg and 60 kg.

If you want to take your mini washing machine with you when you travel, you should make sure that the machine is lightweight so that it is mobile and easy to handle.

Also, if you are thinking of placing your mini washing machine on a sideboard or table, a lightweight machine is an advantage.

Capacity

Before you buy your new mini washing machine, you should also think about how often you want to wash clothes and how much laundry you have to wash on average.

Conventional washing machines usually have a capacity of 9kg.

Mini washing machines can usually wash between 1 and 5 kg of laundry in one cycle. The larger the capacity of a mini washing machine, the larger the overall size of the machine.

Facts worth knowing about mini washing machines

Can I mount a mini washing machine on a wall?

If you want to mount your mini washing machine on a wall, you will need a specially designed product, as this is not possible with all mini washing machines.

So before you buy, find out whether the appliance you want is suitable for wall mounting.

You also need to know the condition and load-bearing capacity of your walls. The lightest mini washing machines weigh about 20 kg.

Add to this the water, the textiles to be washed and the forces generated by the rotation of the washing drum.

Suitable walls for wall-mounting a mini washing machine are:

  • Concrete walls
  • Solid brick walls
  • Solid sand-lime brick walls
  • Sand-lime hollow brick walls
  • Hollow brick walls

Most mini washing machines require a water and a power connection for wall mounting. For this reason, and because special equipment is required for installation, the installation should definitely be carried out by a professional.

How can I make sustainable detergent myself?

Detergents from the supermarket or drugstore are expensive and bad for the environment. Not only do the chemical ingredients harm our planet, but also the plastic packaging waste that is left behind.

To avoid all this, you can easily and cheaply make your own detergent at home! Everything you need is listed here:

  • 4 tablespoons washing soda (often called "pure soda" or simply "soda ash")
  • 30 g curd soap (preferably organically produced)
  • a few drops of essential oil or fragrance oil, if desired
  • Water canisters or bottles for storage

The subsequent preparation is easy and quick:

  1. Grate the curd soap with a kitchen grater.
  2. Pour water into a tall saucepan.
  3. Stir in the curd soap and grated soda with a whisk and bring to the boil briefly until everything has dissolved.
  4. Leave to stand for an hour and then boil again briefly while stirring.
  5. Leave for 6-24 hours until the mixture thickens (depending on the soap used, the surface may even become solid).
  6. Heat again and stir until everything is liquid again.
  7. Allow to cool and add scented oils as desired.
  8. Transfer the finished detergent into a container for storage.

You can find the ingredients for homemade detergent in many supermarkets and drugstores. (Source: pixabay.com / Monfocus)

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