Go down to your library and read Consumer Reports. Their repair
frequency charts are based on several thousand user replies, not a
half dozen or so as in this NG. You'll probably end up with some model
of Whirlpool or Kenmore.
Long story short: Consumer Reports sucks, and this thread is a
perfect example of why they suck.
Speed Queen washers are never included in Consumer Reports
reviews, only because Speed Queen doesn't maintain "enough"
share of the washer market. That doesn't mean Speed Queen
washers aren't superior (they most definitely are), it just means
CR misinforms and misleads people by their myopic claims and
Compare SQ's warranty to Whirlpool's and you'll understand.
Perhaps you didn't see the thread topic ?? Here it is for ya...Best washer
under 600 bucks....Which is a Whirlpool....Perhaps if he was opening a
laundrymat or had rental units with a laundry he would go SQ.....There is a
reason you don't see them in homes...PRICE.........
Most people would have no idea where to go to buy a Speed Queen
commercial washer. They don't sell them at appliance stores, you have to
go to laundromat supply house like PWS.
Many people buy commercial appliances, at high prices, for home use for
very good reasons, including kitchen and laundry appliances.
There is no question that an $800 Speed Queen commercial machine (a real
commercial machine not the line of commercial-like machines with the
Speed Queen name) would last 2x the time of a $400 machine, with no
repairs. And look at all the fools spending $1000 on a residential front
loader that will be lucky to last even five years before requiring repairs.
Another issue with the Speed Queen commercial machines is that you get
no warranty on labor, only a three year parts warranty. These machines
are very easy to repair, and laundromat owners do their own repairs so
they don't care about a labor warranty.
I have a Speed Queen commercial machine at home, in a rental townhouse,
and my sister-in-laws have one in a triplex they own. The only work I've
done on these three machines in 10 years is to increase the cost of a
load at the machine in the tri-plex, and replace a broken spring on the
coin slide that prevented it from popping back out automatically.
Why are limiting yourself to a top loader?
You can get front loaders for just a little bit more (high 6's, low
7's) and you'll make up the difference in a very short amount of time
by using less water, less soap and less gas or electricity drying
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