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The Washing Machine for the Bathroom

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Making the washing machine a bathroom fixture

Yet another home appliance concept from Electrolux: SHINE is a washing machine designed to save as much space as possible. The two variants unveiled at the recent Eurocucina expo at Milan integrate into a bathroom cabinet or cupboard respectively.

Any similarities with other washing machines end with the circular door. The SHINE housing is ceramic, to help match it with the toilet and sink better. The door is ringed by ambient lighting (all for soothing the user according to the design team), which turns into a circular progress indicator. As the washing cycle nears completion, more of the lights turn on until they fill up the ring. The press release talked about a display embedded above the progress ring that lets users choose washing programs for different garment types, but it doesn’t show on pictures from the expo.

The concept setup shows one SHINE unit embedded right beside the kitchen sink, and another mounted directly on the wall. The depth of the wall-mounted version doesn’t advertise a high-capacity, but as a space-saving solution right in the bathroom, Electrolux's SHINE is apparently designed for piecemeal wash jobs—as a laundry hamper replacement perhaps? At the very least, stuffing clothes into a washing machine without bending down will be a plus for many a bad back.

Will the appliance company actually turn SHINE into a retail product? Your guess is as good as mine, but stay tuned for any updates on this as they arrive.

Electrolux SHINE Laundry Concept Launched in Milan

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    drwho1 , April 30, 2010 4:14 PM
    This looks a lot like an XBOX Read ring and everything...
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 30, 2010 4:12 PM
    I would just buy one really nice outfit to wear forever and wash it every night. :) 
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    Parsian , April 30, 2010 3:37 PM
    it looks cool and very compact
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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 30, 2010 3:37 PM
    "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux"

    If you haven't heard that one look it up!
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    rakizzta , April 30, 2010 3:46 PM
    a space saver decoration????
    looks like an artwork on he wall
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    hellwig , April 30, 2010 3:54 PM
    If its efficient enough that washing a days-worth of clothes at a time won't raise water and power bills, I'm all for it. As it is now, I save up 3-4weeks of old clothes before I do laundry, because I hate walking down the street to my apartment complex's laundry room. If I could install something like this in my apartment, that would be fantastic.

    Even when I lived in a house with a washer/dryer, you had to save up enough clothes to make the wash worthwhile (I have no kids, so that takes me a few days, not a few hours).
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    milktea , April 30, 2010 3:56 PM
    Electrolux makes nice elegant products. Love their small re-chargable vacuum.
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    tester24 , April 30, 2010 4:12 PM
    Yay now I can wash one shirt or pair of pants at a time! Just what I always wanted to be stuck doing laundry for 3 days....
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 30, 2010 4:12 PM
    I would just buy one really nice outfit to wear forever and wash it every night. :) 
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    warmon6 , April 30, 2010 4:14 PM
    Now where the dryer to go with it?
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    drwho1 , April 30, 2010 4:14 PM
    This looks a lot like an XBOX Read ring and everything...
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    Onus , April 30, 2010 4:16 PM
    Looks like a hideous waste, especially of power. Roll up your sleeves and wash a couple of shirts in the sink!
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    bobusboy , April 30, 2010 4:29 PM
    looks like the first part of the portal gun....wonder where it lets out.
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    dark_lord69 , April 30, 2010 5:06 PM
    I guess it wouldn't be too bad to end a day buy just putting that day's clothes in the machine then all of your clothes would always be clean!
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    nforce4max , April 30, 2010 5:13 PM
    Red ring of clean.
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    reklatsa , April 30, 2010 6:11 PM
    Nice aesthetic. Not so sure as to its usefulness.
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    thepontiff , April 30, 2010 6:45 PM
    This will be awesome for when we all just wear the same linen shirt and pants in the future. You can fit alot more days worth of less bulky clothes in it. Jeans are doomed.
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    bloody llama , April 30, 2010 7:20 PM
    So it can wash 2 shirts at once! And then where to wash the sheets? And as already commented, it'll need an equally small dryer.
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    gogogadgetliver , April 30, 2010 8:21 PM
    milkteaElectrolux makes nice elegant products. Love their small re-chargable vacuum.

    Yeah I've got one of those chunks of crap..
    1. Get it just the slightest bit dirty (ie..the filter isn't PURE white) and it loses enough suction that it can no longer grab cheerios off the main use with a kid around. Ironic because the box picture shows that exact task.
    2. The switch on the breakout handvac has gone so you can only use it as an upright.
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    LLJones , April 30, 2010 8:36 PM
    Has no one ever taught you people how do to laundry? All you need is a garbage bag. Put some dirty clothes in the garbage bag + some sort of powder freshener, whatever you can find, blow some air into the bag, twist end closed and shake bag for about 5 min.,just like shake and bake. Viola clean clothes in under 10 min min.

    You would swear none of you had ever been bachelors. :) 
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    Marco925 , May 1, 2010 2:26 AM
    I know if i shit my pants on the way to the washroom, i'm covered!
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    falchard , May 1, 2010 3:03 AM
    Smaller washing machine in the bathroom makes sense for single people. Its a good concept, but poor design. Its too small to wash more then the clothes you take into the bathroom. Maybe if it was meant to have a portion of it embedded into the wall it would be a worthwhile investment.
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