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Speed Queen AWN542
 
Price range:
$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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User Reviews
User Reviews

 
5.0
Don't let this plain Jane trick you
8/31/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
Wow there is life after a Fisher /Paykel we found ourselves in need of a new dryer after being told a new drum bearing repair would cost $479 . We were already very unhappy with the FP we started the process with a visit to Lowes but the salesperson tried to put us in a Samsung set nope not this time .The Samsung unit has the curb appeal but look out it's another FP . We made the trip to the local guys and told them we had tried the HE set already smells ,spots long wash times and super long drying ??? The salesperson said do you know anything about Speed Queen I responded well my mom had one in the '60 s and sure enough it was one . They are built out of real metal by real American workers and offer a excellent warranty and guess what they are terrific . The loads are done in 30 min or less and no spots no smells and guess what more mommy time !!!! This Company will be part of our home again don't let the $$$ scare you off its well worth it .
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
5.0
Works great and cleans too
8/30/2014
Pros
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
Water efficient
Cons
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
I really wanted to get a high efficiency washer, we only wash every coupla weeks or so and rinsing cleanly is a huge factor for skin sensitivity issues. Unfortunately, that requires 4-6 rinse cycles in a high efficiency, so water is not saved. The next consideration was durability, and I have not found any within my immediate circle with good things to say about their 10-year old or less washers, and none in the 15-year range. <br />Our normal use is just clothes and sheets, but we just did one comforter that cleaned in one cycle, instead of the 5-6 my mom usually used with our previous HE washer.<br /><br />The misleading small capacity number realy does not do justice to how much you can clean in that space. The fact that we often use the medium-large load setting for the single 2-person 2-week laundry load (shirts, underwear,towels, 2 sheets) should give an idea of the machine and detergent's cleaning power. I feel we use less water than the old HE washer, and get much cleaner clothes.<br /><br />We will see about the durability. But the fact that the only plastic parts are on the knobs and control pannel facing is very reassuring. We even saw the internal construction, and the fact there are fewer moving parts, no computer electronic components, the sheet steel did not flex when pushed (hard), and the connecting hoses (intake and discharge) are steel mesh reinforced lets me sleep at night.<br /><br />In fact because of our search, my brother-in-law ended up with one too.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(3 of 3 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.
The Speed Queen AWN542 is part of the Washing machines test program at Consumer Reports. The Speed Queen AWN542 Washing machines features and specs include Energy star, Stainless-steel tub, Auto bleach dispenser, Auto temp. control. In our lab tests, Washing machines models like the Speed Queen AWN542 are reviewed on Gentleness, Cycle time (min.), Noise, Overall score, Washing performance, Water efficiency, Capacity, Energy efficiency, Vibration. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Speed Queen AWN542 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Speed Queen AWN542 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Speed Queen AWN542.
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