Does what I hoped it would do.
Jun 17, 2018
Well, this is rather a mixed review, I think. First off, the washer came very promptly. It was much much lighter than I thought it would be. I quickly put it together - the directions on assembly were not great, with just tiny pictures that didn't even show all the parts, but I managed. I did 6-7 loads. The suction cups? HA! They came bent, did not adhere to the counter, and were worthless. I had to hold the unit down with one hand while turning the crank with the other - until towards the end. They straightened out, and while they did not actually stick/suction to the surface, they did keep the unit from sliding and I didn't have to hold it down anymore. I think it was just that they were new, and needed the weight of the full tank to straighten them out, so give it a few tries if you have that problem. There are little covers that cover the areas where the brace joins together. I think every time I used it, anywhere from 1 to 4 would pop out. The drain cover came off during the 3rd load - I pushed that back on and didn't have any more trouble with it. I did feel little spits of water when I was turning it, but not every time. I think, maybe, that it was water that spilled out when I was taking clothes out or drips left in the drain spout. It does leak when you put the drain tube into the spout. There is just that split second where the release valve has been engaged, but the tube has not clicked into place. Easy to clean that up, as it is not very much. Probably unavoidable, tho. Now - despite all of this - my clothes got clean, maybe even cleaner than a regular washer. When you first start cranking, it is hard, but then it seems to get into a groove and suddenly starts going easier, smoother, and faster. A full load is just under 5 pounds, but depending on what it is, you may not be able to fit five pounds into it. A set of sheets weighs less than 5 pounds, but you can only fit one sheet in at a time. By washing least soiled clothes first, I was able to use my wash water twice, on the first couple of loads, and I collected my rinse water and used it as the next wash. That way I was able to do my 6 full loads with only 8 gallons of water. Since my pressure tank has sprung a leak, I am without running water, so water conservation is important. I used my washing machine spin cycle to spin out my clothes before rinsing and drying, but if you don't have that as a resource, think about investing in a spin dryer or wringer - your hands will get very very tired if you don't. I am a little concerned about how long it will actually hold up, but it cleaned my clothes just fine, I was able to wash the things I needed, and if I can do this 4 more times, it will have paid for itself in savings from not going to the laundromat. It looks like it will be a wonderful addition to my long term camping gear. Would I buy it again? If it lasts a few months, you bet.
Oct 2, 2017
This is a wonderful clothes washing device. It is easy to put together and easy to use.
Apr 9, 2017
This little washer is a must if you have an RV or camper. Simple to put together, it washes and rinses clothes quickly and easily. The picture online shows the older model, I think. The newer model has a redesigned lid that is simple to close and seal. These are a few tips that aren't mentioned in the instructions: 1) if the drain pipe doesn't lock in place it's because you're turning it the wrong way. With the washing machine to your left on the kitchen counter, place the drain pipe onto the drain at the bottom of the washer and turn the drain pipe towards you a quarter turn. It will immediately lock in place. If the drain is leaking the pipe isn't locked into place. Also, if you put warm water into the washer and wash your clothes, then immediately drain that water and add cold water and rinse the clothes, the lid will become vacuumed on and you won't be able to remove it. To solve this problem simply lock the drain pipe in place, start the water draining, and tilt the washing machine to the side a bit and it will release the air inside, allowing you to then remove the lid. This is a great little washer than doesn't rely on electricity to use!
Nothing but praise and joy!!
Dec 10, 2016
I agree with reviewer who said that "complainers have not read the instructions". I bought two in 2003, one for myself and one as a gift for a niece heading off to college knowing that if she didn't want it, it'd be great at our off-grid cottage... and it was! We all loved it so much that our extended family would drop by just to use it while cottaging on the lake. That was one of the old original models that did have some lid issues. We broke 3 or 4 before we learned to be gentle, and the manufacturers redesigned. Yes, they are flimsy, but if you use it as directed, it performs FABULOUSLY and can last for years! Handle falls off if you crank it too fast? Directions say to tumble SLOWLY... Doesn't work well with cold water? That's because it's design requires WARM WATER to create the pressure in the sealed drum! Lid leaks? Trust us, there's a sweet spot on tightening the lid; not tight enough & it'll dribble, too tight & you'll crack the lid which can also become brittle if you leave it in an unheated cabin over the winter. Our whole family loves how well this works, how much faster and easier it gets clothes clean as compared to hand washing, how easily it stores and how very affordably priced it is (hence the "flimsy" plastic... a design choice to keep it affordable to make, to purchase and to ship). We love it SO much, our extended family now owns 4, 1 old original and 3 new redesigns. When I upgraded to a new model, my 15 year old original model was donated this past year to a transitional housing program for recently homeless/newly homed individuals. It's even holding up well for them and some of them can (and do) break everything! The newest design upgrades are huge improvements too. LOVE now having the bottom drain, and the redesigned lid is far less finicky to seal than the original was! This washer is worth every penny and then some!
Jun 5, 2015
It would be nice if it was available. August is a long way off. Can't you buy it else where?
Jun 11, 2014
I finally got around to washing some hand-knitted goods with this last night. It assembled easy, almost didn't even need the pictorial instructions. It's likely that the manufacturer has responded to some of the build-quality concerns, because it seemed sturdy enough to me for the size loads it's built to wash. The included cotter pins kept everything firmly in place, and I saw no expansion in the mounting arms. I used about one third of the amount of detergent the instructions suggested, and my items were thoroughly sudsy after a couple minutes of agitation. I'm a fan of how simple this washer is to assemble and use, and I'm impressed with how little water it uses. Disclosure: I am a Lehman's employee.
Jun 2, 2014
I really like the product and have owned two. I had to buy the second one just to get a new lid and now this has broken. Hoping just to buy a new lid.
May 7, 2013
I think this really washes well, but after several years, the frame split. I've got it taped with duct tape--so far so good. Now the handle has broken off. Sigh...How can such a nifty product come with such a flimsy structure?
Mar 29, 2013
The frame is not sturdy, it could be more robust, have quick release clamps to lift the barrel out. I use it in the tub where it fits but with little room, it gets the clothes well washed, the soap gets in. But the cotter pin holding the crank handle kept clipping me. After cranking it for a while I drain, open the top further agitate and remove to rinse - the frame is not sturdy - hope it lasts. I purchased it because the high dollar products being produced seem to be built with intended obsolescence. This was an alternative to buying expensive junk.
Jan 28, 2013
I raised 10 children and at one time to save money bought one of these. I eventually bought a 2nd one to do my husband's work jeans in. I loved it then and one of my children wanted mine so I am about to buy another one. I have washed sheets, adult sized work jeans, towels, etc. in these and always got clean clothes. The drain pipe is NOT suppossed to be permantly attached. It locks securely in place. If it came off with only 1 pound of pressure you did not have it completely locked in place. In 13 years I have never had the lid come off. I do wish I had gotten a wringer and bucket for heavier items and will be doing this time. I really believe many of the complainers are not properly using their machines. You must use hot or warm water, that is what causes the pressure, thereby locking the lid and assisting the cleaning process. I suggest you read the instructions.
Sep 28, 2012
I used this to process gallons of cream at a time into butter. It works 2x faster and with less effort than any churn I have ever used.
Aug 29, 2012
My wife and I travel a bit pulling a travel trailer to always accomodate pets. We love the little thing. Holds up okay. I just tried to size it up structurally, and, treat it with some care. Use it some on countertop, sitting in chair, left hand lightly on base, right hand cramks. Rinse as much as needed. And, dont use too much soap. I read another review in here and they made great point.. If you use regular washer/dryer, wash at least once with NO SOAP, then start using your little hand washer. If you dont, like they said, you have a hard time getting out that first batch of soap out of it. SEriously, does well. treat it easy. should have it a while. we have.
May 9, 2012
Does everything it is supposed to, gets the wash so clean. Underwear, curtains, socks. Supplements the wringer for the little and delicate things. I use it outside which is easier and fun.
Apr 24, 2012
this does do what it says it does. It does get your laundry clean, but it does not work well w cold water. It does not rinse well at all and the drain that comes with it is basically worthless. the frame is flimsy but usable, and the suction cups leave a lot to be desired. All in all it is decent for the price, far better than hand washing. I am just going to have to find a better set up for the rinse loads.
Mar 13, 2012
I love this machine. Saves water, soap, time and does a perfect job. Especially good when the power is out. Just read the instructions if you want a good, clean wash load!
Jun 13, 2011
Ok... I agree, the crank handle is crap. Throw it away. The drain tube? Yeah. Crap. Throw it away. But after throwing those two things away, you've got a real gem!! Turn the tub end-for-end by hand. I don't find a lot of difference if I just rock it back and forth and only go 360 deg. but every 10th time. If you get a dribble or two out of the top, so what? Buy a cheap bath towel and put the unit on top of that. If my frame ever breaks - and it shows no sign of doing that after doing ALL my laundry for the last 3 months in this jewel - I'll build another. If the tub cracks I'll buy a new one. Here's a tip, though... If you've been using automatic washers, run your clothes through one last time when they are ready to be washed. BUT DON'T USE ANY DETERGENT!! Your clothes have retained so much soap that if you try to use the handwasher, you'll be very frustrated trying to get all the soap out the first time you try to rinse them. Then, be VERY careful how much detergent you use. I find that 1/2 tsp is fine for a 1.5 - 2-gallon wash load. And you can wash two to three loads of clothes in that original wash water. What a water saving device!!
Apr 4, 2011
I bought this fully aware of the review regarding it's flimsiness. Assembled in a few minutes, it was even more lightly built than I had expected, but used carefully, it is doing what I wanted it to do. I touched the drain pipe inadvertently after a few loads and it separated from the collar that lug-locks it to the drain. Less than a pound of pressure. Apparently the pieces hadn't even been glued, just put together slip-fitted. I repaired it using crazy glue. Never pick this thing up when it has anything in the tub. The frame pops right off and the fastener covers pop out. I discovered that when I tried to pour out the liquid by picking the thing up and pouring after the drain pipe separated. If you can give it protected floor space that's level, and have a smooth surface to use it on it is superior to hand washing. A shame. The drum is sturdy, and if they had used ABS or even another 1/16th thickness of the members this could have been a good machine. It definitely could not survive a move assembled. I haven't attempted to disassemble it, so don't know if that is feasible. Not the quality I expected from Lehman's.
Apr 4, 2011
Very flimsily made. Not stable while in use. Lid broke after five loads. Handle falls off when turned. Leaks. That having been said, the concept is good. So I threw this piece of junk out, and bought a large pickle jar with a clamp-down lid with a rubber seal. I put the clothes in there with some hot water and soap, then roll it back and forth briskly for a few minutes. The pickle jar works better than this silly contraption. I use this method to get out deep, long-standing stains, and to brighten up clothes that look dingy despite laundering. Works like a charm.
Jan 29, 2011
This pressure washer was just plain crap! It requires one person to hold it and another to turn the handle...and the thing leaks after two uses. The handle can come off if turning fast too. Poorly made plastic. buy something stronger made of better materials. This is just not worth it!!!
Dec 23, 2010
This is an awsome product. I was so excited when I saw the box, that I had to try it out right away. It took about five minutes to put together, which was nice. The second handle that came with it stumped me a bit till I figured out that it was an extra piece. I put in some of the soap nuts that Lehman's sells along with some old stained washcloths. It took me less than 10 minutes to get them all clean! I'm very pleased with this washer. The only downside is that it's made from plastic, which I wasn't expecting.