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04. 06. 2006

The Traveller portable washing machine

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I don't know how well this portable, collapsible washing machine works, but if it works well, I can imagine a few situations where it would come in handy. Though it may be designed for travel, I can see having one of these if I lived in a tiny apartment in the middle of Seoul or even a studio apartment in New York ((like the East Village hovel my sister used to rent). Even if you send out larger loads of laundry to a laundromat, there are times when you'd want to wash out a few small things (panties, bras, socks).

It weighs just 4.4 pounds, and can hold 1.7 gallons of water when inflated. Apparently, it'll be out in June and available from Astone for $70. I couldn't locate information about how it operates, though I would guess it runs on batteries.

As for design, I prefer the whimsical look of the egg-shaped portable washer Jenna wrote about here on Popgadget.

Via Newlaunches.com.

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And...why can't someone just use the hotel sink? Tell me about the portable dryers out there...now that's something I might be interested in, seriously.

I agree that it might be good for people who live in small places. Maybe it would be good when they don't have time to go to the laundromat. It would be cheaper to go to the laundromat though. Oooo, maybe it would be good if you are going camping or some place far away from cities :)

Theresa:

You people must not live where I do,,,in the hurricane prone south...Katrina knocked out my power for a full month and I washed on a wash board! This looks like something that could have lightened my extremely heavy burden!

It is a great idea. However, the capacity is extremely small, so it would be difficult or impossible to wash larger items such as jeans. Lots of companies are starting to sell mini washers, but with such small size capacities, larger items can't really circulate very well.

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