Thread Number: 81856  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
1/25/2020 POD 1956 Kelvinator Washer Question
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Post# 1058799   1/25/2020 at 17:58 (1,414 days old) by spiralator60 (Los Angeles)        

The ad copy describes the "automatic pre-treating " cycle. Did this become the "Magic Minute" later on?

Also, what was the capacity of this machine?


Post# 1058800 , Reply# 1   1/25/2020 at 18:03 (1,414 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Yes, the same as the Magic Minute.  Capacity was about 8-9 pounds.  

Post# 1058809 , Reply# 2   1/25/2020 at 19:39 (1,414 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I love the exclusive concentric agitation of vintage Kelvinator/AMC washers. They are as splashy as a 4-year old in a bath tub.

Magic Minute: I'm a sucker for gimmicks like this, but don't see how it really makes much difference. The tub is three-fourths full of water when the "automatic pretreating" begins, so the difference in concentration of the detergent solution is marginal.

The best thing about the Magic Minute is that one can leave the lid up and watch the action. Once it finishes the fill, everything in the immediate vicinity gets a bath.

File Under Special Place In Hell: Another wonderfully unique wash action killed off by the manufacturer's sale to White Consolidated Industries.

This post was last edited 01/25/2020 at 19:55
Post# 1058963 , Reply# 3   1/27/2020 at 08:34 (1,412 days old) by delturner (USA)        

Unfortunately the Kelvinator design was very outdated. There were other machines that would wash quite a bit more than Kelvinator and their tiny tub. Rather than try to re design them with the same wash action, they decided to make them pretty generic like other machines. The boom for people to get an automatic washer was over by then and there just wasn't enough demand for them. That had to be why so many companies sold off their appliance manufacturing. By the time WCI acquired all the many brands of machines, they turned them into Westinghouse clones.

Post# 1058973 , Reply# 4   1/27/2020 at 10:08 (1,412 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Its to bad they didn't build a bigger one - it would have been real cool to have a 1/18 Kelvinator!

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