PROS / This machine has a folding lid to make room for clothes in compact spaces.
CONS / The Magic Chef is considerably heavy, so it's not an ideal model if you need to carry it upstairs.
VERDICT / This portable washer has all the essential features, such as six cycles and six water levels, and one of the fastest spin times. However, it's missing some extras and can be a pain if you need to move it around often.
The Magic Chef MCSTCW21W2 compact washing machine consumes around 330 kilowatts per year, resulting in around $36 in energy use. Exact costs depend on your apartment or home's electricity hookups, but compared to similar portable washing machines, the Magic Chef 21 uses more energy but remains on the middle of the price scale.
In terms of dimensions, the Magic Chef 21 fits in with other small washing machines. It stands 37 inches high, 21.4 inches wide and 22 inches deep. Its stainless steel washtub is tough and uses a pulsating method to clean your clothes. At 79.3 pounds, this washing machine may not seem as portable as others. Thankfully, its cabinet handles and simple hookups make up for its weight. This washing machine can hold up to 2.1 cubic feet of laundry, among the most in our lineup.
The controls on this mini washing machine are easy to find and follow. The large power and pause button sits on the left of the control panel. With the large control buttons for temperature, program, function and water level, you can access the different settings for each feature.
There are six wash cycles and six water levels available on the Magic Chef 21. You can select normal, jeans, cotton, quick, anti-wrinkle and air dry. This washer is among the fastest on the lineup. Its cycles can reach up to 800 rpm to wash and dry your clothes. This washing machine has most of the necessary functions to wash tough denim or soft wool, but it is missing a couple standard cycles. There isn't a designated delicate cycle, extra-rinse or soak-only function on this Magic Chef model.
Among the controls, you can find a time-remaining indicator and delay-start function. The time indicator displays the amount of time the washer needs to complete the cycle. This gives you an idea of how long you have to wait until your laundry is done. The delay-start feature allows you to load your laundry and set a designated time for the washer to start. This allows you to do laundry while you're away or set the washer to wait until you're home.
Once the washer completes a cycle, you hear a signal. This helps you avoid leaving wet clothes in the tub, causing mildew. The Magic Chef 21 has all the essentials except fabric softener or bleach dispensers inside the tub. Instead, you have to use standard detergent with this washing machine.
One unique feature of the Magic Chef 21 is the folding lid with a viewing window. If you place this compact washing machine in a tight space, the lid folds in half, making it easier to lift up and insert clothes. This is especially great if you keep the machine in a closet or tight space.
This washing machine is under parts and labor warranty for a full year. If you happen to lose the product manual, you can find a downloadable PDF on Magic Chef's website. In addition, the website has a FAQs page, live chat service, and support via email and telephone.
The Magic Chef MCSTCW21W portable washer covers all its bases. There are multiple cycles, water levels and feature settings like the delayed start and locking lid. Its stainless steel tub holds up to 2.1 cubic feet of clothes and reaches spin speeds of 800 rpm. However, for a portable washer, it is bulky and lacks some extras. This machine is best if you're looking for a small, permanent fixture to your home, apartment or RV without too many additional features.