RV Laundry With Wonderwash Or Cyclone Washmate

Question: Hi Luise: I love taking trips in our Coleman Camper, and I would really like your opinion about the Wonderwash and Cyclone Washmate. Have you ever tried using a small, tabletop washing machine? I don’t like to take all my personal clothing to the Laundromat, and was wondering what your experience was regarding washing clothes while on the road. I found the Wonderwash on the web at www.laundry-alternative.com/ Thanks, Billy Lu

Dear Billy Lu: A lot of people who can afford to are by-passing this whole issue by buying one of the grand, new RVs that have the Splendid Washer/Dryer built in. I never made it that far up the food chain, so I’ve squandered many hours in Laundromats over the years. If you can go the grand route, the women I’ve talked with say it’s like dying and going to heaven!

The answer I eventually settled for was to find a local Laundromat that had a washing/drying service. I dropped my stuff off and picked it up later, all done. Yes, I know that’s the chicken way out but it works!

I have heard of both of the units mentioned above and they have plus and minus points to consider. You need to know that your jeans, sweatshirts, sheets and towels are not going to work in them. They are for underwear, lightweight blouses and shirts, dishtowels…things like that. They work very well within those parameters. The down side is that they are large and take up valuable room. Each person has to decide about storage priorities. Since you have a tent trailer, if you pull it with a pickup you may have some space available.

If you can stand to wear synthetics, they wash and dry much better than cottons. Drying is also an issue. You will really need a portable dryer, and the best one I know of is the Home Pride. A hand wringer also decreases drying time.

So, why not hit the web and research the Wonderwash, the Cyclone Washmate and the Home Pride Portable Clothes Dryer? Then, measure your available storage and see where you might tuck them in, (unless that space is for someone’s fishing gear!) Blessings, Luise

9 Responses to RV Laundry With Wonderwash Or Cyclone Washmate

  1. ana October 1, 2007 at 10:58 am #

    DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THE LAUNDRY ALTERNATIVE INC. This is the absolute worst company to purchase items online from. They have awful customer service representatives who are so rude and unhelpful. I simply emailed them to ask them how long my order would take to arrive, and I was called difficult and unfriendly. I’m not sure what I did wrong… it was just a question. The wonderwash doesn’t do much more than what you could do in a bucket or in the sink, and it is just as much work. The spin dryer really doesn’t cut down on drying time enough to spend $150 on it. Also, this company has no interest whatsoever in being environmentally friendly. They are simply trying to make money by overcharging for very simple items.

  2. Luise October 1, 2007 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks for your input, Ana. Blessings, Luise

  3. The Laundry Alternative November 30, 2007 at 7:28 am #

    Actually the Wonderwash can easily wash 1-2 pairs of blue jeans per load, it can also wash towels and even sheets.

    The spin dryer is certainly not expensive, it is actually significantly under priced if you look at the world spin dryer market. The spin speed is over 3,000 rpm, must faster than even the most expensive front loaders on the market. It removes as much water from the clothes in 2-3 minutes as a tumble dryer would in 30-35 minutes, using a fraction of the electricity. It does not get them all the way dry, but quite close to it.

    Both products have their pros and cons, some people will like them and some won’t. It isn’t correct to say they are “good” or “bad” as everyone is different. With the Wonderwash it is a hand-crank washer, so people who think this might be a hassle would be better off not buying it. We are open to criticism- like any company we are not perfect- but it would benefit people more if the criticism were more accurate and fact-based. Regardless of whether someone likes our company, it is a fact that our prices are actually well below market level. Secondly we are environmentally conscious and have been so for many years (before it was hip).

  4. Sam January 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    The Laundry Alternative, is a horrible place to purchase from. I too purchased an item from them and have not received the item or got a reply to my endless emails and phone messages. I believe this company is a scam because as you read above I am not the only one taken for a ride.

    Check there status on the Better Business Bureau website: http://www.bbb.org/online/

    They have horrible ratings.


  5. Lillian May 6, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Hello, I just want to let everyone know that the Laundry alternative is the best company. I ordered a spin dryer from them. I fast received confirmation and a tracking #. My shipment arrived just in a couple of days. I will tell everyone to keep this in mind they do offer excellent service to everyone.
    i will highly recommend to everyone.
    Lilly from NJ

  6. Michelle May 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm #

    How many believe Lilly’s comment is ligit?? Very obvious it was written (and rather poorly) by a co. rep.

  7. Corey August 18, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    Lilly’s comment is most certainly legit, this is the company writing and we’ve never heard of her. If we have something to say, we say it directly.

    We have recently made several additional product improvements, most importantly making the frames and handles from a much sturdier material than before. Broken handles and frames were the most common issues in the past, and we have addressed this. After all, if it ends up in the landfill in a year or two, we can’t fairly call it eco-friendly.

  8. Luise August 18, 2008 at 11:41 am #


  9. sarah December 8, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    “Lilly’s comment is most certainly legit, this is the company writing and we’ve never heard of her. If we have something to say, we say it directly.”

    Haha, well if you say so…

    I am very glad I did some research before placing my order. Word-of-mouth-marketing is very much alive and well in the Internet era, and Laundry Alternative just lost my business.

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