Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just do a superfast load of laundry, with a few select items, so you could lengthen the time between loads? Pretty soon, you’ll be able to with a foot-powered machine that takes just a little water and no electricity. The 15-pound, 22-inch-tall Drumi takes five minutes, 10 liters of water, and a little bit of soap to clean five pounds of clothes, or about six to seven items. And now, the final design of the Drumi has been released and slated for delivery by early 2017.
What is the Drumi? The Drumi is a foot-powered washing machine that requires minimal amounts of water and no electricity. It is compact and easy to maneuver.
What is the maximum loading capacity per cycle? Each cycle can hold up to 5 pounds of clothing. This measures up to approximately 5 – 7 personal items (t-shirts, undergarments, etc). We do not recommend towels or bed sheets as they are a bit too heavy.
“Each cycle can hold up to 5 pounds of clothing”
How long does it take for a cycle with the Drumi? It takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes for a wash: approximately 3 minutes for a wash, 2 minutes for a rinse and 1 minute for a spin.
How much water does the Drumi use per load? Approximately 5L – 10L of water is required for a wash and an additional 5L – 10L for rinse. The lid of the Drumi can be used as a way to measure and add water; it can hold 5L at once.
What is the Drumi made of? The Drumi is made of a combination of stainless steel, aluminum, and engineered plastic.
How can I store the Drumi? The Drumi is very compact and portable, making it easy to store in small spaces and areas. Because of its materials, it can be stored in both wet and dry areas.
Do you offer any different models? Currently we are offering the newest version of the Drumi. We plan to develop other models down the road in order to meet the needs for our various user segments.
To use it, you lift the plastic lid, add clothes to the drum, along with five liters of water, then close the lid and add the detergent to it. Pump the pedal for two minutes, then push the button to empty the soapy water. Add another five liters of water, pump the pedal for another two minutes, release the water, then pump for an additional minute to act as a “spin cycle.” The pumping motion turns the rounded drum, tumbling the clothes inside.
The updated design of the Drumi promises to improve the stability and overall efficiency, as well as the aesthetics of the device. While the capacity of the little machine hasn’t changed, the Toronto-based product design company says it’s created “a better laundry experience.” Included in the new features are a new flat-topped lid and built-in measuring markers. Further, rather than a set of side handles, you can now pick up the Drumi by way of its aluminum top handle. Finally, the interior drum has now been made removable, which allows you to clean the Drumi between washes.
While the Drumi isn’t meant to be a replacement for a full-sized machine, it can conserve water and electricity. A standard washer uses 27 gallons (about 102 liters) of water per load, while an Energy Star model uses 14 gallons (about 53 liters).