We bought our camper washing machine about a month ago. About our chose and reason why we need one read here.
This is our first impression for LEISURE DIRECT GLW-82706 230V PORTABLE WASHING MACHINE.
First of all our requirements are:
- big enough to put in a double sized duvet cover (200 cm x 220 cm)
- small enough to store in a caravan or at the back of the car while traveling
- low wattage
big enough to put in a double sized duvet cover (200 cm x 220 cm)YES small enough to store in a caravan or at the back of the car while travelingYES
- spinner NO
This washing machine doesn’t heat the water, and we didn’t look for one that did, cause then it won’t be low wattage. But this is! And that’s good! We tested it and it is low wattage indeed. Washing cycle altogether (wash + rinse) was only 45W! We will do laundry on sunny days and 45W won’t be a problem cause we plan to install 3x92W solar panels.
Let’s talk about washing cycle:
- SET-UP.Fill it up with soapy water and add detergent but be careful not to add too much – bare in your mind, that you have to rinse it out! Since the main dirty cloth makers in our trip would be kids the rinse part is very important. Plug it.
- WASH. Add your dirty cloth and start the washing machine. The only thing you should decide is: wash it for 15 minutes or less. I’ve tried 9 minutes (maximum is 15 minutes)… still dirty! I was shocked how different this washing machine is from a households standard washing machine! I increase the washing cycle up to 15 minutes and still wasn’t happy with the results. I guess I need to presoak or prewash spots and extra dirty white socks.
- RINSE. After the wash comes rinse. With this washing machine simply drain the soapy water and fill with clean water. Watching review videos: only one washing cycle and only one rinse cycle. For me – no! I should drain and fill up the washing machine 3 times before I can say that clothes are rinsed and clean from the detergent. That is about 50 liters of water!!!!! AND that made me think… where we will get that amount of water!!!?? (we prefer to stay in remote areas or free parking, not in caravan parks). So… the answer is still coming….
- SPIN. This was funny! I squeezed the cloth before put them in the spinner. After a 9-minute long spin cycle, I still can squeeze the water out. So… I decide to squeeze my cloth by hand.
At the end: so much manual work and a waste of water. To save the water I decide to wash white cloth first, then in the same water pink&red ones and then dark ones. I did the same with the rinse cycle, too.
Testing was done at home, but we will see on the road soon!
P.S. Image credit: motorguarduk