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Speed Queen AWN542
 
Approximate retail price:
$800
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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5.0
Love this machine!
4/4/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Best Uses
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
I love how my Speed Queen is built like they used to make them, without all the computerized gadgetry that breaks down so quickly. We also bought it because it doesn't have the locking lid which is required now. Simple, basic machine which works like a charm. Have had Kenmores for the past 38 years and have been happy with those until our last one that we purchased about three months ago...and kept for two days. Not built the same anymore, which is a shame. Would definitely recommend this machine to anyone. Don't let the price stop you, it is an investment.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
I have this model and it is a dud
4/3/2014
Pros
Stainless steel tub
Cons
37 Years Motor Burned
Bad Switches Timer
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Motor Burned Out
Noisy
Not 4 Yrs Motor Gone
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
Purchased this washer less than 4 years ago. Have had problems with it for a while - first the water level switch, then the timer went bad and the motor burned out. We are retired, only two people in our household so this machine has not seen the use that a family of four might give it. Speed Queen's attitude has been too bad, so sad. They did have to replace the motor because the warranty on it is still active, nonetheless the other repairs cost $300. Speed Queen brags about how well made their washers are but they don't tell you that many of the interior workings are junk.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
HORRIBLE LOUD WINY WASHING MACHINE
3/30/2014
Pros
Does Not Spin Clothes Dry
Large Capacity
Very Noisy
Cons
Makes Terrible Noises
Noisy
Shakes/Moves
Wish I Had My Amana Back
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
I had Amana a washer and dryer and sure wish I had it back. The dryer is fine. The washer is noisy, you can hear it two floors down. I have had the repair people her two times and will call them again. NEVER WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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