Bottom Line Up Front
This person-powered portable washeris a marvel of engineering, cramming a laundromat’s worth of cleaning power into a small(ish) package.
For most RVers, the Lavario portable clothes washer means that whoever’s doing laundry spends less time at the laundromat. (If you’ve ever been to a laundromat, you know this is a great thing.) For boondockers, it means that with nothing but some elbow grease and H2O (about 10 gallons is ideal according to the manufacturer, or less if you limit your load size), clean clothes are within reach. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and so long as you follow the installation instructions carefully (there are four plastic locking clips on the basket lid that seem to be a weak point), its otherwise sturdy construction should last you a long time. It’s not the cheapest manual washer out there, retailing for a nickel under $160, but it’s the best we’ve seen, with few flaws and huge upside.
Features We Love
There are very few parts and pieces, and you’ll have this thing out of the box, up and running in five minutes or less.
No electricity required. Just water, a sprinkle of detergent (too much makes it a little harder to rinse), and muscle power.
Easy on the Back
Its closest competitor is probably just a bucket, and the Lavario gives a much easier washing mechanism, with less strain.
Made in the U.S.A.
The Lavario is American made, BPA-free, and recyclable. The company offers a 30-day return policy; you just pay shipping.
OK, everything’s relative. You can only wash a handful of items at a time, basically an entire outfit in one wash. But that still beats most competitors, most of which can’t handle the same capacity.
Quick and Easy
Most of your basic loads you’ll finish in just a few minutes. For more soiled loads, soaking for an extra 30-60 minutes is going to give you the results you need, but still only a few minutes of actual wash.