Magic Chef Portable Washer Basic Info

Hello! Are you interested in getting a portable washer? This is a short article on the basics of the Magic Chef portable washe, Model number MCSTCW16W4. I ordered this portable washer from Walmart.

It arrived in less than a week from the date ordered. I used the site-to-store shipping because it would be easier to return it while already at the store if it arrived damaged.
The washer arrived in very good condition, and the washer itself had no dents. I have included a picture of the wiring diagram for those who may be interested in it. I have also included the specifications of the 1.6 and 2.0 cubic feet washers that include the dimensions, weight, power supply, and input power.

This washer has a nice selection of cycles including normal, heavy, delicate, quick, bulky, and spin only. I use the normal program most of the time. Normal has one rinse and the longest final spin time.

I also like that there is a spin only cycle too. The spin speed is about 800 revolutions per minute. I have included a close-up of the washer’s control panel. Something that may not be obvious just by looking at it is the combination of options chosen for a wash cycle.

Press the function button and you can set it to 1. soak, wash, rinse, and spin 2. wash, rinse, and spin 3.
spin only 4. Wash only 5. wash and rinse 6. rinse and spin only. A convenient delay option is included, and there is also a time remaining countdown. This is a picture of the bottom of the washer.

It looks like a miniature vertical modular washer design. Surprisingly it seems well made given its inexpensive price. It looks easy to repair, and Magic Chef sells parts to repair this washer on its website.
A plastic bottom cover is included.

It helps prevent things from getting under and up in the washer. This is a view of the back of the washer.
The gray piece is a removable plastic panel that is held in place by a few screws. This is a view of the back of the washer with the grey plastic panel removed.

A close-up of the back of the washer explains that it would be easy to replace the drain pump if needed. This washer comes with everything needed. One fill hose and the quick connection adapter can be used to connect the washer to a kitchen or bathroom faucet. The temperature is controlled by the faucet. This washer can also be installed like a full-sized washer by connecting one fill hose to the hot and one fill hose to the cold faucet on a washer outlet box.

The temperature is then controlled by the selection on the washer’s control panel. This laundry detergent dispenser is nice. water     level
The owner’s manual states to use an HE powdered detergent. It looks like one could use liquid detergent too. However, I recommend powdered.

Liquid detergent is more likely to build up in hidden places. This is the same reason I do not use fabric softener. The inner tub is stainless steel. This washer does not have an agitator. Instead it uses a pulsator that generates strong and weak water flows for an even wash.

It works well especially for smaller items. I have another article that explains the wash action. Unfortunately, you will need a two-gallon bucket. The government is using the new math and thinks limiting the water level for small, medium, and large loads saves water.

Wrong. Unless you add a bucket of water, it will take more loads to clean the same amount of clothes. When selecting small load, the water barely covers the bottom of the washer. This washer does not
When selecting medium loads, the water only comes up to about the second set of holes. You can see the lint filter in this picture.

It contains the loose lint, which is helpful especially if you line dry your clothes. Selecting large load only fills this tub half-full. This is the size I almost always select. I can always add more water to any load and it will not drain out. However, the large, normal cycle has the longest spin time – this means less time is needed for line or machine drying.

Adding a two-gallon bucket of water fills the tub about 3/4 full. This washer holds almost half of what I would consider a full load for the Maytag mvwp575gw. Magic Chef makes a dolly that in my opinion is a must-have. and Magic Chef sells    parts
It is inexpensive and really useful whether the washer is used as a portable or in a more permanent installation. For more information, download the manual from Magic Chef’s website.

Thanks for reading. I hope you found this article helpful. 🙂