|Item Weight||83.4 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||40 x 23 x 23 inches|
Avanti W798SS Washing MachIne Steel 12Lbs Auto
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This portable Avanti top loading, fully automatic, 12 lb capacity washing machine is perfect for a small apartment, or dorm room. Imagine not having To trudge to the Laundromat on a cold, and rainy day. Just connect to a sink, with a drain, and wash your clothes in the comfort of your home
Detergent Case Pulsating Bottom Increases Washing Power and Ensures Tangle-Free Operation Easy to Move with Rollers and Inset Handles Two Separate Inlets for Hot and Cold Water Drain Hose Rustproof Base One Touch for Water, Level Adjustment Multiple Water-Level Settings Digital Display Control Panel Multiple Wash Settings Color Platinum (Stainless Steel) Dimensions 37H x 21.25W x 22D Weight 77
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*Fits in small space, mine is tucked into the bathroom and while not tiny, can fit where a normal washer wouldn't
*No plumbing required, have simply hooked the drain spout into the top of the toilet, and screwed water hose onto sink's faucet.
*It has never overflowed, and have only once had trouble with an unbalanced load (washed small rug and bathmat) but even then, simply opened lid, readjusted, and it was fine
*Washes delicate items and even dry clean only beautifully. I'm the kind of person who just throws it in the washer and hopes for the best, and so far it's been great. Gentle cycle and line dry; haven't had a problem yet.
*Place to add softener
*Attractive silver machine, with nice display and many settings
*Clothes are clean without having to leave the house!
*If you are used to a full sized washer, or those huge industrial machines, you will find the load size to be small. Our household is myself, husband, and dog (she does dirty things!) and I find myself doing laundry about every two days. This is fine for us, just have to readjust how I think about doing the laundry.
*Did require a trip to that hardware store after it arrived. Needed to get a longer hose, but after that has been fine.
*Place to put soap is a bit flimsy and leaks detergent onto my clothing. Has yet to actually cause a problem, but I don't really like it either.
*Having to plug in the machine and attach the hose to the sink every time is a bit tedious. I wanted to plumb it to the toilet, but was advised against it by a plumber as the line to ours isn't big enough.
*Line drying the clothes is a problem. Granted, this isn't the fault of the washer, but I would give a heads up that things aren't as soft and it does take a while. However, it is easier on the clothing, and the spot for the softener has allowed me to use that, which helps.
In summary, this is a wonderful machine and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a laundry solution for their apartment or condo. If you have a big family or just lots of laundry, it might not be for you. Otherwise, a great machine with few problems.
It does have a lint screen. I do, however, notice more lint on my clothes but I hang my clothes on the line during the summer and wondered if I dried my clothes in the dryer that it would take care of that problem. It also comes with automatic soap and softener dispenser which will be great when I can use it in fully auto mode.
Also I don't have the proper sink faucet to hook it up to my sink but I can run it manually. I just fill it with the hose on the sink, choose the time for washing and spinning. I skip the rinse and use a short wash as the rinse cycle. So if you're not using yours because you don't have the proper faucet, all is not lost! You can put a "T" hook up under your sink if you want to hook up the hoses that way. Lastly, when my laundry room is complete I can hook it up just like a regular washing machine and it will be totally automatic (can't wait.)
It also comes with casters if you need to move it around but they don't work that great. It is a bit of a pain to move the washer up to the sink as the casters do not pivot, but the washer is light-weight enough that I can move it where I need to.
All in all its a great washer, takes up little space and does a lot of work, quietly.
First of all, it is not exactly portable. Yes, it has wheels, but they are useless on carpet (nothing cushy, just cheap, matted, old-apartment carpet), and the machine itself is quite heavy to walk through a room (for me, anyway). This however is not a huge issue for us, since we set it up permanently in the second bathroom - the sink is still usable because we purchased a Y divider. The hoses do leak occasionally, but you can tighten them by hand and they will be fine for a while. The machine leeks somewhere on the bottom occasionally too, as there are sometimes small puddles in the bathroom when the sides of the washer and everything visible is completely dry - this happens rarely and it will be fine the next day without me adjusting anything. But if you are planning to set it up on a wooden or carpeted floor, even the occasional spill might be a problem.
There seem to be a large number of combinations to program the washing cycle, which I liked when I made the decision to purchase this machine, but in reality your choices are: 12, 9, 6 or 0 minutes of wash, 1 or 2 rinses (and an additional option for the spray rinse, which does not work on my machine) and 1,3, or 5 minutes of spin. The preset programs are just a combination of these - so the gentle wash is just shorter, but the agitation is the same, and so is the speed of the centrifuge. It does have the option for several water levels, but the cold/warm water selection only works if you hook up your washer using two hoses, i.e. the machine does not warm the water (which I thought it would).
My biggest problem with the washer is that it destroys the clothes. I think it is due to the small diameter of the drum (the capacity is decent but the machine is tall), so everything gets tangled up during the wash - even small items (think baby onesies). If the item is stretchy (e.g. woven cotton), it will be stretched or deformed: I had long sleeve t-shirts that came out ~4 inches longer (both overall length and the sleeves). I am not overloading the machine: I have put in as few as 4 man's shirts (about 10 oz each, I weighed them), and the sleeves still were all knotted together (at least linen doesn't stretch though). The clothes also come out incredibly wrinkled, which is a bit of an issue for me, as I don't use a dryer. My other issue is that it does not rinse the clothes well: the water that is released after the rinse is perfectly clear, but what comes out form the clothes (i.e. during the spin) is sudsy, even after the second rinse.
I still don't exactly regret the purchase, as I needed a machine inside our apartment. I get mad sometimes when I pull out yet another malformed shirt... but the clothes do come out clean - I wash diapers in there too. I just wish there was a larger market for small appliances; I had way better compact machines when I lived abroad.
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