Skip the Laundry Room: Portable Washers & Drying Racks

Skip the Laundry Room: Portable Washers & Drying Racks

Jason Loper
Mar 14, 2012

We've all faced it at one time or another. You walk into the laundry room, fully weighted down with a bulging basket of dirty clothes, only to discover that every machine is being used ... and there's a queue of other baskets stacked up next to it. Skip the laundry room, head back to the comfort of your apartment and freshen your clothes with these portable washers and drying racks.

The Laundry Pod is a manual table top washing machine. Think salad spinner for your socks. You can wash up to 10 garments at a time by placing them inside with a little detergent and water, cranking the handle, and spinning the clothes for a few minutes. Rinse and spin again and you've got clean clothes ready to be dried. Janel first saw it at the Housewares Show last year and now you can purchase it directly from the Laundry Pod website. $99.95
• Avanti Portable Top Load Washer is a small electric litter brother to the standard machine. The unit can be attached to a standard kitchen sink. Available from AJ Madison for $341.
• This Vintage HandyHot Portable Electric Washing Machine from Ebay proves that people have been trying to avoid the laundromat for years! This small electric washer was originally intended for use in an RV but it could be a lifesaver in an apartment. $155
• Panda Portable Compact Washer is another handcrank machine. Found on Amazon, this little washer has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews from users. $99.99
• The Wonderwash Portable Hand Crank Washing Machine seems a bit smaller and a little more primitive than the others. But at $55 from Compact Appliance, it's worth the money if you're only planning occasional use.

• This Pegasus V Duo Landry Drying Rack from Leifheit fits over the bathtub,making it great for small spaces! $40
• The thing we love about this Window Clothes Drying Rack from Vermont Country Store is that the drying clothes get the added whitening power of sunlight, even when you can't get outside. $49.95
• If you're lucky enough to have outdoor space, The Laundry Dome from seems absolutely perfect. The plastic drying shelter allows you to use a drying line even in the rain. And on sunny days the heat created under the shelter would dry the clothes in a jiffy. $99.95
• The D-Rack Clothes Drying Rack, also from, is compact when you don't need it and expansive when you do. The unit can be attached to a wall or used freestanding. $89.95
• For small spaces, the coat tree shape of the Household Essentials Plastic Drying Rack may be a good fit. With its slender shape, the rack requires little floor real estate. You might even set it up in front of a window. Available from for $34.99.

• We're a bit obsessed with things that attach to the ceiling so of course we love LOFTi Laundry Drying System. A unique pulley system lowers the rack when you're ready to use it. The New Clothesline Company $79.99
• Moerman Laundry Drying System from Amazon is just your basic drying rack, but with a modern shape and skinny profile. $22.99
• The ANTONIUS Height adjustable clothes dryer from IKEA is a cheaper version of the ceiling mounted rack. $14.99

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