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My very first washer in the US.
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Post# 869998   3/1/2016 at 15:51 (782 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Folks, after two days off I was really pissed off because I spent almost two days doing laundry using the Brastemp Eggo, one item per cycle, squeezing and hanging everything on the shower curtain bar to drip dry.

At 2 I went to walmart for some groceries (it's the best time to go shopping because you'll never have lines, children crying, etc and the parking spots close to the entrance are always clear.

I came back, it was almost 5am, then I got mad after seeing i still had 10 items to wash (10 loads). Immediately I went to Walmart's website and purchased a Magic Chef 1.6 cu ft washer.

I liked it because the inlet valves are on the back and it has both hot and cold fill hoses. I'll use only one and the sink faucet adapter while here at ExtendedStay America, tough.

What can you tell me about this washer? It's supposed to arrive tomorrow but I'm too anxious to wait LOL. I know, it's not as reliable as a Speed Queen, so please don't start a rant saying that washer is a POS because only Speed Queen or vintage GEs are good.

Post# 870004 , Reply# 1   3/1/2016 at 16:45 (782 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Thomas, it is better to have something portable and easier to move in your situation. Anything is better than have to go to a coin-op.

Post# 870008 , Reply# 2   3/1/2016 at 17:28 (782 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
I don't know anything about this machine:

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But I hope it works out well for you. Does your hotel have a coin-op laundry? If nothing else you can use it for larger loads and to dry clothes out of the twinnie.
Otherwise I would just go to the laundromat.

Post# 870032 , Reply# 3   3/1/2016 at 19:00 (781 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Magic Chef washer?

Well, number one, I bet it's from China.
Number two, The name has not been used in a domestic US made washer since on full size Norge Searcy built washers when Maytag owned the Magic Chef name.
I guess Whirlpool didn't want to own the name along with Maytag, and Amana, and Admiral.
So, it went by the wayside like Gibson. I only see small microwave ovens, refrigerators, and cheapy washers from Walmart. It may share a label badge swap with Danby, or Haier.
Number three, you should have shopped for a used Whirlpool or Kenmore compact.
Vintage GE's, and Speed Queens are not not the only good ones out there.

Post# 870041 , Reply# 4   3/1/2016 at 19:42 (781 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I doubt that Extended Stay America allows portable washers of any kind, so I suspect the object here was to find a washer that could be stashed out of view when not in use.

Post# 870055 , Reply# 5   3/1/2016 at 22:46 (781 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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How long will you be living at the Extended Stay?  

This will be a fun washer to play with and if you need to wash every day, the size is perfect.  I had a little Haier 1.0 cu ft and it was a hoot.  It won't hold a comforter, but I guess you don't have to worry about bedding :-)


Is this the model you bought?  


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Post# 870057 , Reply# 6   3/1/2016 at 23:18 (781 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Thanks guys...

Well, the manager authorized me to have a small washer, I showed him a Haier video and he loved it... Of course i had to explain him i have advanced knowledge about washers, etc, blah, blah, blah.

But the thing is, my room is small (I was in a 1 bedroom suite, not I'm in a loft) and I wansn't allowed to have a full size washer.

My first thought was a maytag twin tub, but it was impossible to find and also too messy. I arrive from work almost dead and I need to wash my uniform for the next day, so an automatic was a better option. (well, i spent almost two months using the egg and running 4 loads per day and it didn't kill me)

If I've found a portable kenmore or whirlpool or that little GE with an impeller, of course i wouldn't think twice before getting one of those, but the thing is that i needed a washer ASAP and it was the only one that fit my budget and would be delivered fast.

I've read several reviews. it's not that bad... My problem is several small loads, and I don't need to worry about towels, sheets or blankets.

When I bought it I thought it would be exactly like the picture shown above, but then i discovered this is the 2.1 cu ft washer. Mne will have the round window on the lid.

I was going to get a Haier, but it's expensive, it doesn't have a lint filter, no dispenser and it's a little noisy Also, the inlet valve is on the top (and I don't really like hoses appearing)

Other alternative was a RCA washer... really cheap ($193 at walmart), but it's 0.9 cu ft and it looks like a cheap toy. This magic chef looks a little better and has two water inlet valves (hot and cold) so someday, when i move to an apartment that has the hookups, i can use the control panel to select the temperature.

And even better, it's not HE. When I select hot, the water will be really hot.

Post# 870079 , Reply# 7   3/2/2016 at 06:31 (781 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

Guess what? Even a low end Hotpoint non high efficiency non Energy star washer has a hot water temperature limit thermistor.
The only way to get full hot tap water is to close the cold water valve to the washer.

Post# 870084 , Reply# 8   3/2/2016 at 06:36 (781 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Long time no talk! Great that you found something better than the Egg to do your laundry. Gone are the days of drudgery! ;-) Let us know what you think of it. And if possible a few pictures would be great.

Hope your job is going well!


Post# 870098 , Reply# 9   3/2/2016 at 08:35 (781 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
I think you found a fine little machine

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I was thinking of getting a small machine like this for smaller loads and delicates.  My sister has been looking at them as well as she lives in an apartment, that even though has a community washer, they are only allowed to use it once a week at certain times, and if you miss your time, you missed out for the week.


Way I look at it, something is better than nothing.  I think it will do you well for your needs.


Post# 870108 , Reply# 10   3/2/2016 at 09:56 (781 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have a 1.7 Avanti.....don't fool yourself, it will fit a set of queen size sheets, pillow cases and all.....and then some.....

this holds a 12lb load, equal to a vintage GE V12 filterflo....

willing to bet, Thomas is going to come back here and rave about his new purchase....

on past models, there is no temperature dubbed down control, temps are what comes from your supply....if portable install, you can have a warm wash and rinse.....if permanent install, all rinses are cold....

the agitation speed is based on cycle as well as water level, a low water level will not be super vigorous, yet a full load will compensate to turn over a huge load with ease....

but yeah, about the only thing it wont handle is a puffy comforter.....most quilts and blankets aren't an issue...

Post# 870403 , Reply# 11   3/4/2016 at 01:46 (779 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        
It arrived! It arrived!

Lots of good surprises.

1) the design is the new design... so it's exactly like the picture above, with a square glass window on the lid, not the silly and ugly round plastic window.

2) The little washer isn't that little... I'm impressed (ok, I admit I'm shocked) with it's capacity. It washes almost the same as a regular size top loader.

3) the washing action is amazing.... Excellent rollover, it really cleans very well and it doesn't tangle the clothes.

4) it knows how to perform like a diva! LG has only 6 motions. the little Magic Chef has 4574562356674564673675672457356 different agitation patterns. I couldn't understand it's logics, it looks too random, but the agitation profile changes every 10 seconds or so depending on the cycle.

5) Cycles to please greeks and trojans. It has silly cyces with a HE spin rinse, but it also has cycles with deep rinse and even cycles with two deep rinses. And if it's not enough, the user can select each cycle manually (only wash, only rinse, only spin, only wash and rinse, only rinse and spin, only wash and spin.

6) the lint filter WORKS! YAY

If i'm happy? I'm loving it!

Will it last? I don't now. But if it works for, let's say, two years, it is worth the cheap cost.

Post# 870405 , Reply# 12   3/4/2016 at 01:57 (779 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Ok, now I want a 1 cu ft haier just for fun... But I won't waste money on it... or at least now now... And I'll probably never buy a brand new one. If someday you find one of those really cheap and looking like new, I want it.

Oh, i forgot to say, the impeller is different than the photo shown above. the drum has three towers (two are double waterfalls and one is the filter).

Well, soon i'll make videos of it then you'll see.

Post# 870423 , Reply# 13   3/4/2016 at 06:40 (779 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I said you would be impressed.....

don't under-estimate what these little machines can handle...

yeah, the cycles variations are endless.....makes you wonder why full size HE machines don't have these sort of options....

even the softener dispenser is built into the balance ring....that's ingenious as some full size machines offered only a Downy Ball....

once I got to play with one of these, I had to have one....

Post# 870498 , Reply# 14   3/4/2016 at 14:14 (779 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I've made a test by switching the inlets today.

Normal cycle: the hot is warm and the warm closes the hot valve after some seconds. the cold is only cold and if possible it would also throw some ice cubes. (It's also the same cycle that doesn't rinse)

Anti-wrinkle: only cold, no matter what you select.

all other cycles: the hot is hot, the warm is warm and the cold strangely mixes some hot water for a few seconds.

Rinses: first rinse on heavy cycle is warm (both valves open full time) second deep rinse is cold only.

Post# 870577 , Reply# 15   3/4/2016 at 21:19 (778 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I wish you every success and joy in using and exploring your new toy.

Post# 870581 , Reply# 16   3/4/2016 at 22:01 (778 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I'm just loving it!
This washer is simple and cheap, but the results are really impressive... wow!

Post# 870586 , Reply# 17   3/4/2016 at 23:23 (778 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Yogi's Avanti has become one of my favorite toys. The first time I saw a full load put into it, I thought, "Yeah, right. There'll be zero turnover." Wrong I was! I was very impressed all around. That particular Avanti line has moved to the top of my TL list. They're also a lot of fun to watch in action :-)

I'd imagine the constantly changing agitation patterns improve cleaning by constantly changing the flow of the water in relation to the clothes.


Post# 870587 , Reply# 18   3/4/2016 at 23:25 (778 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Congrats Thomas!   I'm happy you are SO happy with it!


I would love to see detailed photos and perhaps a short video if you can??



Post# 870647 , Reply# 19   3/5/2016 at 08:33 (778 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

I'm looking forward to make a video... Maybe tomorrow (sunday) because it's my day off.

Post# 920881 , Reply# 20   2/12/2017 at 02:07 (434 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Let's talk about the competition?

Almost one year have past, now I have 1 or each The Laundry Alternative model with me and the Magic Chef 1.6 cu.ft.

I'm still impressed. this little wonder survived a trip from Dallas to Los Angeles laying on the back seat of a Honda Fit. with the drum full of stuff and tons of stuff around and on it.

I even overload it with a King size duvet. Until today I'm shoked, this beast washed it perfectly. (ok, i had to stop the cycle several times)

I's wonderful with full loads of towels.

No problems at all until today. It looks like brand new and I use it A LOT.

I helped a neighbor that is in a not very comfortable situation right now.... She lives with her mother, her brother (he is not only fat, he's huge, his shirts look like sheets) and two children with nasty clothes.

After over 4 months without doing laundry, she brought her clothes for me to wash. there were over 20 huge trash bags full of nasty dirty laundry. 4 days washign non stop and two huge boxes of detergent later, all her clothes are clean.

I'm still impressed. Minutes ago i just watched a Maytag Bravos XL video (other thread) and i can't stop looking at my little "chinese crap" and saying she's a queen. (not a speed queen LOL)

All the abuses my washer suffered in almost one year would compare to maybe 6 or 7 years of normal use.

It is still perfect, perfect, perfect like new.

No nasty softener residue smells and i love to use lots of softener, as I also love to use hot water and lots of bleach.

It really cleans and rinse well. It uses water!

Except for the "normal" cycle, which is a HE crap, when i select HOT it means HOT (the cold valve don't even think about opening)

When I select "cold" on jeans cycle, it mixes hot water for a few seconds... the "cold" is actually warm. the warm is warmer and the hot, well, it's HOT!

This SOAB mixes some hot water on the first rinse (jeans cycle) the first rinse is always luke warm, except when i wash in cold (the wash is luke warm and the rinse is really tap cold)

I don't want to sound mean and i don't want to punch any stomachs here but only to compare honestly.... IT WASHES CLEANER AND RINSES BETTER THAN A SPEED QUEEN!

I got the Magic Chef dryer too.... That tiny tumble dryer also surprised me. The linf filter is PITA to clean, but for the size and the price, what it does is amazing.

As I said before, if it lasts 2 years, it paid itself. But i can see it will last much more than that... I can dare to bet it will last between 5 and 8 years until the very first issue.

Those two "chinese crap" were super well designed and engineered. Of course i had to open both machines and see every mechanical and design details and what i saw surprised me. Some components are better built or engineered than TOL brand washers. I would never imagine a Chinese factory making such good washer. Definitely a washer built to last.

Please don't strangle me or hand me on a pole. That's my opinion based on what i saw. I seriously recommend both the washer and the dryer, and now I want to have the 2.1 cu ft washer too.

Post# 920914 , Reply# 21   2/12/2017 at 09:53 (434 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Just don't get anywhere near any of the "speed queen's" in this group. Libel to be an assassination attempt!

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