Ok, I don't ever write reviews, and I am not easily impressed. I am also an engineer... so I really "get" appliances, tech stuff etc. I give this review because many who could use this machine advantageously, may not "get" it, because it is not like the conventional washer and dryer. First off, this machine is an excellent buy, if you know exactly what to use it for, how to use it and where to use it. It is suitable for apartments where small families or college housemates live, or houses where a regular washer/steam dryer is not an option and you don't have the laundry hook-ups or rental places where the landlord won't put them, laundromats are unsafe places etc. There is practically nothing to install. You can get it running in a few minutes. Light enough and easily positioned. Looks fine- plain and elegant. Sturdy. Drains into a sink. Fixes to most sink water faucets easily. If you have a spare bath or half-bath you can leave it permanently set-up. Gentle and regular washing cycles. You choose the time to wash (about 5-7 min), and time to rinse (3-5 min, 2 rinses). The one thing you may not expect is that you need to monitor the water filling up, and also turn on the drain motor after each wash or rinse cycle. This is not a big hassle if you consider that a model with automatic water management will be generally $200 more. The wash tub is surprisingly large- it will take most stuff, even bedding sheet sets, to small comforters. The dryer is a spin dryer, so the clothes come out with 75-85% dryness, depending on the material and garment- but takes only 3-5 minutes. You need to hang the clothes to dry on a clothesline for a short time. It can wash anything from wool to thick cotton and field materials; may be extremely think fabric won't suit the spin drying action-- it is a fast spin dryer 1600 rpm rating (many single tubs run at 900 rpm). Washes really clean. It is not a toy machine like some of the portable washers tend to be- like the Brazilian egg shaped one. This is more like the machines they use in the sunny tropical countries, where the cottons they use are better hang-dried than steam-dried etc etc. But, it is a "serious and really useful" machine; not a toy or a curio. If you have lots of clothes to wash, you can use it almost daily- it is about 400W-420W, not a whole lot more. Be sure to read their "wash/drain time" and detergent guide in the manual. These are different from regular machines. If you don't have closet or other space to dry clothes, consider getting a retractable or other clothesline dryer. If you have a floor fan handy and use it- in 15-20 minutes, most clothes will be dry. We do this sometimes, if in a rush. If you do this, total wash-and-dry time is comparable to the conventional machines, may be a tad shorter depending on how fast your water fills up in the tub. As I said earlier, if you know exactly what to expect from it and know how and when to use it, it is a fantastic buy. And walmart used to ship it for reasonable price too, but now it is only site-to-store where I live. Excellent value for money, from the manufacturer and from Walmart... no matter what you may think of one or the other in a different context. Repeat: This is an atypical machine. Get it only if you know it will suit you and yours. If you "get" the machine, you will see it is a terrific buy. Fun fact: This machine comes from Canada. (Quebec I think,- merci beaucoup, mes amis.)
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