A modern washer in a retro design

The '50s-style exterior of this washer hides an energy-efficient machine that even incorporates a sink on top.

Abbi Perets
Abbi Perets has been writing about technology and family and consumer issues for over ten years. Her work has been featured in print and on the Web, and she has taught courses on consumer and business electronics for HP, Sony, AOL, and other companies. Abbi has also written extensively about business technology for Tech Republic, Gantthead, and other tech sites. Abbi's passion for home appliances stems from the kitchen remodel she managed in her new home in Houston, TX where she lives with her husband and four children.
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Available in other colors, but so pretty in pink. Smeg

I'm always jealous when I see that a friend's laundry room has a sink in addition to a washer and dryer. But getting a sink into the laundry room that doesn't already have the necessary plumbing is an expensive hassle. Which is why this retro-style washing machine with an integrated sink from Smeg is so brilliant. Also, it's pink, and super cute.

With an 11-pound capacity, this machine is smaller than we're used to seeing here in the States, but it's a standard size in Europe.

And by the way, don't let the '50s-style exterior fool you: open the door to reveal a thoroughly modern machine with five buttons, 15 programs, variable spin speeds, an LCD screen, Aquastop (a water detection and leak prevention system), and other contemporary amenities.

It's also energy efficient, rated AAA, which is similar to our Energy Star ratings here.

The sink on top is about 12 inches by 13 inches by 5 inches deep, perfect for hand washing a few items.

And did I mention the pink? How cute is that?