Any opinions about what the best top loading washers for less than
$600 are? We have a 15 year old Kenmore that's had a few repairs over
the last few years and now the agitator has stopped working, so I'm
thinking it's time to replace it.
Thanks for the suggestions and insights.
The Speed Queen idea is kind of nostalgic, though the price is
probably prohibitive. My uncle used to have a string of laundromats
along with a commercial laundry and all he had were Speed Queens, in
the laundromats anyway. I didn't even know they made them anymore.
We got a top of the line Speed Queen top loader last year and paid $599
+ tax. It was a local appliance store and we picked it up, so there was no
As I said you might need to check around to find these washers. It's one
of the few vestiges of good 'ol American build quality left in the major
appliance industry. Whirlpools are absolute junk, and they make all
Kenmore models too.
Our local appliance dealer had SQ's AWS76 (top of the line
SQ top loader, but last year's model) at the price I mentioned.
I keep saying you have to search, not online, but CALL around
to local appliance stores. The next lowest price we found was
at AJ Madison (online), and they were MUCH higher.
Whatever modle made by Whirlpool that is in your price range.
That is all I have bought. Had one for a number of years, moved about 4
years ago and bought a new one.
Maytag used to be good a number of years ago,but got cheapened up. Not so
good any more. They may have improved in the last year or so as I think
Whirlpool bought them out.
A commercial Speed Queen (which I have both at home, and in a rental
unit) will last the longest, but these now cost more than $600 new. I
think they are now around $800--without the coin slide. It will probably
last 50 years in occasional use, plus it's very easy to repair (at least
the 1963 model that I bought used and that lasted until about 2000, was
easy to repair). Had it not spend the first 22 years of its operation in
a laundromat, it would likely still be in use today.
You're posting via that ghastly Google interface instead of using a real
newsreader, so I can't easily tell your location.
But here's an example of what you can find on Craigslist for substantially
"We are giving away our old washer and dryer. They are in good working
order, look great, see the picture below. We have bought a new washer and
dryer, and don't have time for a garage sale. We need them gone by Thursday
evening. Be the first person that comes by. It's a bargain, FREE. "
Oh, what a ghastly Google interface!
My personal washing machine is ancient Whirlpool. Before you
ashcan that Kenmore, please try to find a couple small town
appliance repair shops to come take a look at it. Never
know. Might be a simple part.
Speed Queen top loader. They're still made in the U.S.A., and nothing
else comes close in terms of build quality, performance or warranty.
You might have to shop to find a new one under $600 (or even to find
one period, considering Alliance's lack of marketing), but the effort is
well worth it.
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