(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
CR got this one very wrong - it's GREAT!
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.