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Speed Queen AWN542
 
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$879.00 - $899.00
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Summary: This Speed Queen Conventional top-loader washing machine has
• Is not 2011 Energy Star qualified
• Auto temp. control
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends conventional detergent.
• Comes with a 3 years warranty.
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About - Speed Queen AWN542

The Speed Queen AWN542 is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine models like the AWN542 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
Features & Specs - Speed Queen AWN542
info Energy star No
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser No
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User Reviews - Speed Queen AWN542
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
CR got this one very wrong - it's GREAT!
8/9/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
None so far
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
I bought this machine to replace a 19-year-old Maytag that was still running and in perfect condition. It's companion dryer needed replacement, so I thought I might as well get both. WOW! How washing machines have changed. I started my search here at CR as usual when considering a major purchase. I was soon disheartened by reading the problems with HE machines and the dubious ratings for conventional washers. I explored the internet to read the reviews for all the SQ top-loaders. The results were overwhelmingly positive, so I decided to take a chance. I was further encouraged when I called our local appliance store and told the owner that I was interested in buying the SQ AWN432. She said, Oh, that's a wonderful choice. We got the same model for my mother and she loves it. She also said that they are the most reliable washers they sell. The store has been in business for over 70 years and has a stellar reputation. I'm glad I followed her advice and ignored CR'S flawed evaluation.<br /><br />The features, and my ability to control them, exactly suit my needs. I made one small adjustment to allow me to keep the lid open while the machine is running, which enables me to dye fabric and use the machine for items that would otherwise require hand washing. I have even used the gentle cycle to wash cashmere sweaters - a real relief for arthritic hands. The results are better than by hand washing. No pilling, stretching or distortions and dry enough after a gentle abbreviated spin to dry flat much more quickly. Our clothes are cleaner, fresher smelling and amazingly wrinkle free. I have found nothing negative about it yet.<br /><br />I can't imagine having to deal with chronic issues of mold and mildew. Yuck! And, I have more than enough other cleaning chores, thank you. The HE machines sound too troublesome and the energy efficiency seems questionable at best. I think the trade-off of a 30 minute wash cycle vs 90 minutes of HE is important. Water levels in the SQ cover a wide range and can be controlled.<br /><br />I love the soak cycles and the extra rinse. If I want a warm rinse, I simply fill on the wash cycle and turn the dial to rinse or add some hot water. And oh yes, the hot water is hot and can be adjusted to be hotter.<br /><br />Both machines are very quiet, haven't moved a bit and just generally do what they are meant to do without clamoring for attention. I'm free to play with the flashing lights and messages on the devices that are meant to be electronic wonders. At least when one of those breaks down, I'm not left staring at a tub full of wet clothes.<br /><br />I highly recommend Speed Queen to anyone looking for a solidly built, plain Jane, American made workhorse. The neighbors may not be impressed, but there are better ways to accomplish that!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Simple but Efficient
8/7/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Efficient Wash Time
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
When my old Cabrio malfunctioned after only 7 years I started looking at all the recommended washers. I was not convinced with the new technology because the washer I had was the cutting edge when I bought it 7 years before. I had constant problems with it. I talked to two friends, one a washing machine repairman and the other a long time user. I bought the Speed Queen. It's made in the USA, the technology works because it is simple. I find I use less water because the Speed Queen does not get out of balance, plus I can adjust the water level unlike the so called modern washers. Don't believe the hype. You won't find them in the big box stores only in the smaller Mom and Pop stores. I don't give anything 5 stars.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Reliable vs Ridiculous
8/5/2014
Pros
Cons
None so far
Best Uses
Daily Use For Busy House
Comment:
Clearly a mistaken CR evaluation. Our experience mirrors others: we got a well-rated popular-maker machine that literally died on us after a day or so. Do you want a tech sent to your house? <br />No, I'd like this machine OUT of my house.<br />Further reading revealed the Speed Queen: absolutely reliable, wonderful American machine, sits, washes, does the job, no complaints, happy as can be. Perfection.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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