This past week, we conducted a poll with Tiny House Joy readers which asked, “In a tiny house, how would you wash clothes?”
You want a home machine. Some 43% of respondents chose an automated washer/dryer combo. Another 13% sought a regular washer, and 11% picked a standard or spinner dryer. Only 18% preferred any manual, off-grid options.
While living in a tiny house, over half of you want to fit a machine. Some plan to head elsewhere to use machines. And a few stalwarts would do hand-washing and air drying. (Tiny House Joy poll, 2014)
So here’s to our love of washing and drying machines, even if the drying cycle takes longer with the ventless models. The good news is these combo machines already get installed, as seen in these examples below — and they run fine with (lots of) electricity.
At Tumbleweed’s Boulder workshop, participants toured a brand-new home. You can see the automated washer-dryer unit tucked under the kitchen galley. (Tumbleweed Houses)
Take a close look at this Minim house in Upstate NY, to spot the washer-dryer unit under the shelving and before the bathroom. It fits just fine here. (Minim NY)
How do you clean clothes while living in a tiny house? There’s a surprising spectrum of conventional, powered or manual cleaning options. To quantify preferences, we cordially invite all readers to answer this question below.
Stay tuned for your washing selections. In the the meantime, let’s look at a handful of smaller washers, dryers and combos already used by some tiny housers.
Click and watch how this newer hand-cranked washer and spinner works. (The Laundry Pod)
The Wonder Wash is a hand-cranked washer that’s popular with tiny dwellers. (Laundry Alternatives)
This tiny electric dryer, the Nina, receives kudos as a powered spinner. (Laundry Alternatives)
Among the 110 Volt washer-dryer units, the little Sonya gets very good reviews. (Sonya, Amazon)