Please Note: I am no writer to be sure. Please excuse my grammatical errors. MS Word can only fix so much. I also apologize for the length of my review. I spent many months of reading and researching before I decided on which brand to purchase. I write this review for all those that are doing the same thing. I recently bought the Magic Chef washer and love it! The first load I washed and dried came out so fluffy and clean!
I've read it's recommended to use powdered detergent but I don't like powdered. So I just use a small amount of diluted liquid detergent with plenty of water I mix 3/4 tablespoon of liquid, or less, apx. 320z of water. This is enough to leave my loads super clean and still have that just-washed fresh scent and more importantly, no soap residue left in my clothes. There's no need for large amounts of suds. If you see a little bit of soapiness in the water, you have the right amount. You want to avoid **"overpouring". **"Detergent "overpouring" creates a high, foamy tide inside the machine, lifting soil and lint above the water level so it isn't rinsed away. That leaves residue on clothing that fades colors and attracts more dirt. Inside the machine, detergent buildup encourages odor and bacteria growth, and leads in time to wear and tear that will require professional attention." --The Great American Soap Overdose, By ELLEN BYRON. January 25, 2010 I really love the "Air Dry" cycle. Basically it spins the clothes for an hour at a really high speed. They are not completely dry, but this spin cycle removes tons of water. Then hang drying is faster. I bought a compact dryer and this spin cycle significantly reduces my dry times. Those little dryers are great and all, but they take a lot longer than a standard dryer. So this spin cycle makes everything work great! Below are my Pros and Cons. I also added a Neutral for those things which aren't necessarily good or bad, but may be worth mentioning what my experience with it was: PROS:
• Super quiet. So great for apartments - no bothering your neighbors. Mine is running on the Air Dry cycle right this minute, which is just an hour long spin cycle, and I can't even really hear it and I'm not that far from it - just down the hall!
• Lots of speed, temp and water level choices, same as a full size.
• This is not a lightweight, cheaply made machine. Some of the hoses and such are, but the machine itself is substantial and feels well made.
• Able to plug into any standard three prong outlet.
• Having back wheels only is irritating - makes moving it difficult for someone of my smaller size. I understand why there can only be the two - it's for balancing - but still. It's a bummer. The smaller one was much easier to maneuver for me than this larger one. (But I still LOVE my larger washer!) They could have built in a handle bar in the back to tilt the unit to help move it. The 'handles' on the sides are awkward and not much use when trying to move the unit.
• Drain hose is made of some super cheap plastic. It's holding up and even reaches my kitchen sink just fine, but it's still cheap. Maybe I'll look into a better replacement hose in the near future. It works for now though. Neutral:
• The fill hoses are okay. Not the best made, but they do work. You just have to be careful to tighten things really well. If you still have any issues, try using Plummer’s tape to seal up any leaks. If yours still leaks, try buying a new one from your local store like Home Depot or Lowes. They have lots of choices in different sizes and types and most are not expensive at all.
• Beeps every so often when left plugged in. This is a reminder signal to unplug the machine when not in use. I've read that some folks can't stand the beeping. Unplugging the washer stops this. It's that simple.
• There's a plastic gray mat that you will find in the washer tub when you first get it. The mat goes on the [outside] bottom of the washer. I believe it's supposed to help with the noise level. Some have said their machine was so quiet that they never even put theirs on. I went ahead and installed mine.
• The washer has a built-in filter, but it doesn't catch all of the lint. I just washed several pairs of new socks and they seem to have created additional fuzz in the water. I happen to come into the kitchen just as the washer was draining and the sink was nearly full of water. If I hadn't come in just then, it would have over-filled and poured all over my floor. The problem was the fuzz from the socks. I have a screen food catcher in my sink drain and the fuzz had plugged up the screen so the water wasn't draining. That made me wonder about the drain itself. If I didn't have that screen, the fuzz would all have gone down the drain. I can see this being a potential problem after a lot of loads. So either get a screen like mine to keep your drains clean or do a treatment once every few weeks with Liquid-Plumr or Drano. Here are a couple of example load sizes I've done in my first loads… Large load, top water level:
3 pairs of jeans - **2 heavyweight and 1 pair of lightweight jeans
1 pair of yoga pants
1 pair of lightweight shorts
1 pair of lightweight pajama pants
4 pairs of socks
**I believe this was just at the machine's capacity based on the way the washer handled the load. I think it would have been better without one of the heavyweight pairs. I don't think I'll do that much in one load again. Also, I have noticed a small amount of water on the floor coming out from beneath the washer in the front after this load. It's nothing bad, but it is concerning. I did read that another person had this issue when they did a large load. They said that after that, they stuck to the medium water level and then didn't have a problem. Not sure if this water comes from it splashing around a lot or if it's actually leaking. Med Load - middle water level:
1 pair of lightweight jeans
1 pair of flannel pajama pants
4 pairs of socks
4 heavyweight shirts
2 lightweight shirts
1 tank top
No problems at all with this load.
**Update: I have been writing this off and on today and after mentioning the water level and a little water on the floor, I ran another load on the medium water level and I had no water leakage at all. So there must be a connection to the higher water level and the little water leakage. I'll stick to the medium water level to stay on the safe side. This washer does need to be 'babysat', in my opinion. I wouldn't recommend leaving the house while running the washer. Is this inconvenient? Yeah, a little. I just check on it from time to time, no biggie. Would I prefer a full sized washer and dryer that are pretty much set-it-and-forget-it? For sure. But I don't have that option.
This is definitely better than going to the laundry mat on my days off from work. I'd rather sit home and watch a movie while I do laundry than to lug it all out and back again, taking up to 2 hours of my weekend time. And don't even get me started on what a pain the laundry mat is in the deep of winter!
And there are the times when I was too sick to get to the laundry mat and I'd have twice as much laundry by the time I got better. It wasn't ever fun to play 'catch-up' on my built up laundry pile. Now I can run loads at home, even if I don't feel well. Love that. At this moment, I a pretty happy camper. I’ll still need to use the laundry mat for large things like heavy rugs and comforters, but that’s okay with me. But I'll update my review if I discover anything new - good or bad. For now, I love that I can do my laundry at home again after trudging to the laundry mat for the past 6 years! Good luck and happy laundering!! :-)