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Speed Queen AWN542
 
Approximate retail price:
$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
IN ITS OWN CATEGORY
6/2/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Dial Control
High Water Level
Non He
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Need Larger Capacity
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Towels
Comment:
My fancy clear top washer is awful---top rusted out after 4 years, now electronic sensor board is gone. Decided to buy another washer rather than throw good money after bad. Called my Mom's old service man who is still in business after 52 years and asked him: NON HE, top loading washer that fills to the top? He said: Only one, Speed Queen. There ya go......don't understand why Consumer Reports doesn't have a special category for this type of machine when they review washers---I don't care how much water it uses, I just want my clothes clean. Don't give me any guff about energy efficiency, special aggitators, wave technology----it's all bull. You cannot get clean clothes when the washer is only half full of water!!!!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Finally one that works!
5/27/2014
Pros
Clean Clothes Well
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
About us: five kids and a ton of laundry. Our experience with our HE front loader:, it made all our cloths smell like mold (yes after using the clean cycle and a ton of bleach), ate all kinds of items like green plastic army men, matchbox helicopter, bracelets, etc which destroyed the pump.  The last straw was the large rubber gasket was torn by a pendant on one of our girls dresses. When then shopping for a top loader, found and bought a HE top loader with steam and a cool blue led drum light and a control panel that would make a 787 Boeing dream-liner jealous. That night we read some reviews and were worried. There are a lot of people out there that are not getting clean cloths out of these machines. Then I talked with a friend that has a HE top loader and he confirmed that it didn't wash cloths very well and he had to buy a special wrench to take off the tub so he could remove small bits of fabric, fabric softener, and mold to keep it from smelling bad. So, we went back to  the store and got a refund.<br />I would like to thank the sales men that were honest with us about the machines we were looking at. We were told at two large appliance stores that you should not expect any machine they had on the floor to last more than five or six years no matter what brand you got. In fact, we were told most brands are made by one or two manufactures.<br /> We then looked into a Speed Queen at a local store and were amazed: A three year warranty on everything, five years on the motor (1/2 HP), 15 years on the transmission, and lifetime on both inner and outer tubs. The washer is made from a long ago forgotten substance: steel and weighs 195 lb (which means it stays put) The gentlemen at lowes told me that their dishwashers weighed more than their wash machines! So we decided that we didn't need more processing power in our new washer than our home computer has, and go retro with the speed queen washer. It got rid of the moldy smell in our cloths and actually does what we needed: it does a great job of cleaning our cloths! It should cost us about $29 in natural gas which I am glad to trade for a years worth of clean cloths and I am sure this built like a tank wash machine will long outlast anything else we looked at. I read about some of their washers lasting thirty years! Question: how can a machine be high efficiency when it has to run for up to three hours while making steam and has to be replaced every five years?<br />The only thing i may miss is that cool blue led drum light.....may be we could reallly go retro and install a lava lamp in the Speed Queen?
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Best laundry machine!
5/26/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Large Capacity
Made In Us
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Noisy
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
Speed Queen has the basics with no electronics, which means less to repair. I'm impressed with the performance of both the washer and dryer. I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing Speed Queen and feel that they outperform the Maytag products I had. It might not be rated energy efficient but the fact that I only have to wash a load once to get them clean and it only takes 35 min makes them very efficient in my mind, unlike the HE machines that might require several rinse cycles.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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