What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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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.
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.
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.)
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.
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
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
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:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Southern California
I have this model and it is a dud
Stainless steel tub
37 Years Motor Burned
Bad Switches Timer
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Motor Burned Out
Not 4 Yrs Motor Gone
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By angry house wife
from Seattle, WA
HORRIBLE LOUD WINY WASHING MACHINE
Does Not Spin Clothes Dry
Makes Terrible Noises
Wish I Had My Amana Back
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