When I was contacted by Lavario to review this product, I got nervous because Jaimie has a track record of slamming other off grid washers. But she looked over the Lavario website and was intrigued with a number of the features. In fact, the more she looked at it online, the more she wanted to try it. So I agreed to have the company send one over as long as they promised to send one to a contest winner over at our Patreon page.
The Lavario Portable Clothes Washer arrived and Jaimie was excited to get it out of the box and begin to look it over. We initially sat with the box and chalk talked the possibilities and what we hoped the washer would accomplish. Would it meet Jaimie’s expectations?
What Makes A Good Off Grid Washer?
- It must be light in weight
- It can’t make a mess with splashed water
- The load size must be worth your time
- Built with quality
After getting the washer out of the box, we looked it over and put it together. Assembly was easy and the included color instruction manual was full of pictures.
Jaimie decided to run a test on a small load of laundry that included t-shirts, socks and a pair of shorts. She has since used it inside but this first test was out at the laundry building we have on the homestead. The whole load took just over 30 minutes total with us filming. You may notice that we probably could have used more water in the wash and rinse. It will easily hold 5 gallons.
She was really impressed with the washer and like I said above, has used it multiple times since we recorded the video.
Things We Would Improve
- A couple of times when using the washer with hot water, the handle has detached. Perhaps the hot water softens the plastic and doesn’t allow it to hold as well when using cold water.
- Also the lid to the wash basket doesn’t seem to be tight in hot water. It would be better if the heavy duty plastic used would stay hard and tight with the use of hot water.
That said, this had been the best off grid portable washer Jaimie has ever used. the biggest downfall of the other washers on the market is the limited load size. This washer allows you to run a good size load in a short time making the effort worth it.
Reasons to use a Lavario Washer
We understand that most people don’t live off grid. But imagine a world that is suddenly unplugged. Staying clean and keeping clothes clean is a big step in staying healthy. The Lavario Portable Clothes Washer would be great for:
- societal collapse
- off grid living
- extended primitive camping trips
- mission trips
- third world living
- saving money at the laundromat
- use in apartments and dorms
- gently wash delicate fabrics
- friendly for the environment
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