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Giantex portable washing machine review

Semi-automatic washer

Our new washing machine arrived...and I got so excited I washed pretty much everything I own immediately. After four loads of laundry, I'm ready to give my review --- I love it!

Please keep in mind I've been using a wringer washer for the last ten years, so I have no clue what someone accustomed to a modern American washing machine would think. But I was pleasantly surprised by the capacity (about half of a normal load for me), thrilled by the agitation (clothes end up three times cleaner than in the wringer washer), and impressed by the spin cycle (non-jeans end up dry enough to finish when draped overnight in the house).

The model I purchased does have a lint trap, which is a bit fiddly but pulls out about 60% of the lint. On a less impressive note, the instructions are fascinating as a study in computer translation but are nearly unreadable --- good thing there's a how-to video in the Amazon reviews. The gravity drain system is more positive and removes enough water that I'm pretty sure I can safely store the machine on the porch.

Overall, I'm thrilled with our choice and look forward to dirtying up some more clothes in the near future. Definitely a good addition to our homestead!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Would it be possible for you to build an addition (say around 16 feet square?) onto your trailer so you'd have more room for storage? My neighbor did that onto his trailer and it made a big difference for him.
Comment by Nayan Mon Oct 17 13:19:33 2016
Yay for you guys! Great that the washing machine is working out! I'll look forward to an update in mid-January when you're not fussing with the wringer in frigid temps. 😀
Comment by Jennifer Mon Oct 17 20:39:28 2016
I love my wringer washer's agitation . . . but I very much miss a spin cycle. My clothes take forever to dry - the benefit I guess is the weight of the remaining water pulls out any wrinkles. Thanks for the review, maybe when I'm ready for an upgrade!
Comment by Charity Mon Oct 17 22:21:07 2016

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