Pros / At 66 pounds, this is one of the lightest portable washing machines.
Cons / The machine lacks a delicate cycle for fragile items.
Verdict / The Magic Chef MCSTCW16W2 is an excellent mini washing machine that is easy to move around the house and offers a number of wash settings to fully clean your clothes.
The Magic Chef MCSTCW16W2 has a small, portable design while maintaining the washing settings you could expect to find in a full-sized appliance. This portable washer is easy to move from room to room, and the company offers the best customer support options out of all the ones in our lineup. The washer lacks some features, such as a delicate cycle and a softener dispenser, but it is still one of the best models we reviewed, earning our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
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Estimated Energy Usage
This Magic Chef model works well and offers many helpful features, but it does cost a bit to operate compared to some other portable washers. This uses 290 kilowatts of electricity per year, assuming you use this machine in a normal fashion for a regular amount of household laundry. That translates into a yearly electric bill of $24.20, which is somewhat higher than others we have evaluated, and a monthly cost of $2.58. This looks expensive compared to other portable washing machines, but when you consider the cost of plugging quarters into a laundromat machine, it is actually quite budget-friendly.
Design & Portability
This is a lightweight mini washer with a low-profile design, allowing you to easily set the machine up when you're ready to use it and quickly store it in a closet when you're done with it. The machine weighs in at 66 pounds, which makes it one of the lighter ones we evaluated. On top of this, it has cabinet handles that make it even easier to carry from room to room. Unfortunately, this mini washer does not come with casters that allow you to roll it around your home as needed. But at 37 inches tall, 20.3 inches wide and 20.7 inches deep, this Magic Chef washer is easy to hide in the closet when it's not in use.
The washtub has a capacity of 1.6 cubic feet, which can fit one person's average load of laundry without a problem. The machine spins at 800 rpm, which is an excellent speed and is shared by the best portable washers in our lineup. This high speed pulls moisture out of your laundry, which means a shorter drying time.
This mini washer comes with a noise reduction plate that you install on the bottom of the machine. It also has adjustable feet, so you can make sure all four corners of the washer touch the ground, which both prevents the machine from moving and further reduces the noise.
The faucet adapter on the machine allows you to hook it up to an available faucet to get water. With the quick connector, you can leave the adapter on the faucet at all times and attach the washer hose when you need it.
Cycles & Wash Settings
The washing machine has six wash cycles and six water levels, which gives you several different options when you wash your clothes. The cycles include heavy, which is meant for sturdy items like jeans, and air-dry, which you can use to reduce drying times. You also have the options of normal, jeans, quick and anti-wrinkle settings, so you can wash your clothes the way they need to be washed. Unfortunately, the machine lacks a delicate cycle, which is meant for more fragile items. The machine also lacks a soak-only function, which would allow water and detergent to thoroughly penetrate fabrics.
Ease of Use Features
This Magic Chef model has a time-remaining indicator that allows you to plan out what you can do while you wait for your laundry. The end-of-cycle signal that alerts you when your laundry is ready for the dryer or for hanging. This is helpful, especially if you tend to forget to remove clothes from the washer.
A dispenser drops the detergent in the washtub at the right time during the wash cycle. This feature is especially helpful when it comes to the delay-start feature, which lets you set the machine to wash clothes later in the day. You can prepare a load of laundry in the morning before heading out for the day and set the machine to start in the afternoon, so it's ready for you by the time you get home from work or school. Unfortunately, the machine lacks a softener dispenser.
Help & Support
If you run into troubles with your Magic Chef MCSTCW16W2 portable washer, you’re backed by some great customer support. You get a one-year warranty, which is standard. You also can search for information on the website, which offers an online manual for installation and use, a FAQs section and live chat for speedy answers to questions. You also can email or phone the company to seek assistance.
The Magic Chef MCSTCW16W2 is one of the best portable washing machines we evaluated. It's one of the lighter portable washers we reviewed, making it easy to move around your home as you need. Its small size also allows you to store it in a closet when you're not using it. The machine also sports a number of wash cycles and water level settings, giving you many of the features you'd get in a full appliance. However, this portable washing machine lacks delicate and soak-only cycles, which would be useful in certain situations. Overall, the Magic Chef MCSTCW16W2 is one of the best machines for washing your clothes regardless of where you live.