We have had a 3kg washer on board for the past 8 years. Our first finally died in Malaysia
and we were not able to revive or replace it until we arrived in Taiwan
Wendy wouldn't be without it. Just the saving alone in laundry
bills is worth while and they pay for themselves and often pay for a marina berth. Laundrettes in Japan
are expensive and send out services in the Philippines
were about $2 per kilo and the quality was questionable.
One load can handle both double sheets
or 6 shirts or 2 pair of jeans with a couple of T shirts. Best thing is it's automatic. Throw them in and walk away. A load takes about 25min and the machine is silent.
We are now sailing in Korea
and 3kg washers are readily available in most Electrical
Appliance Stores. We could have fitted bigger capacity machine except the companionway
is the size limiting factor.
Front Loaders are heavy as they require large weights to balance them. Samsung, LG and the Daewoo are the common brands. The LG and Samsung are the same face size as a regular front loader only not as deep. So they will fit down a modest companionway
. LG also has a 3 kg front loader that lays horizontal in a draw, it was designed to fit under their larger machine and designed for smaller loads.
We chose an upright as the front loaders were not available when we first installed ours so the space suits it. They weigh about 10kgs. They use a logic card to balance negating the large weight. A medium load uses about 20 liters per wash.
The clothes are spun so dry they only take about an hour hanging to dry.
Our first was a Lemair the one we brought in Taiwan is a Haier. Samsung also produce one. We payed $186 for the new Haier in Taiwan. An LG Front Loader is about $500.
This is a photo
of the new Lemair before I installed it.
I will be writing a entry in our maintenance
blog on the install soon. I hope the information is useful. Happy wife - Happy life.
sv Spirit of Sobraon