Best washer under $600?

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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.
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Joe wrote:

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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 conclusions.
Compare SQ's warranty to Whirlpool's and you'll understand.
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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.........
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I did a quick search and the lowest was $ 629 and another for $680. The others were $ 1400 and up. YOu can get 2 or 3 Whirlpool washers for the price of the beter SQ machines.
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benick wrote:

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.
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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 them.
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