Some people like the look of a matching washer and dryer. For others, when their washing machine dies they figure why not replace the dryer too. But that can be expensive when it comes to buying a Speed Queen laundry pair. Here’s what Consumer Reports found when we tested the Speed Queen AFNE9BSP113TW01 front-loader, $1,900, and its matching electric dryer, the Speed Queen ADEE9BGS173TW01, $1,040.

Pros: Both machines in this U.S.-made laundry pair are impressive. The front-loader was very good at cleaning, gentle on fabrics, and water efficient. It also did a very good job at extracting water, so dryer time is shortened.

The electric dryer has a moisture sensor instead of a thermostat; the moisture sensor more accurately detects the dampness of the load and shuts off the machine when laundry is dry. The dryer, among the quietest we tested, was very good at drying, except when we wanted laundry that was somewhat damp (useful when ironing). Both machines have electronic controls and come with a five-year warranty. Most manufacturers offer a one-year warranty.

Cons: The washer is noisy, and claimed capacity is just 3.4 cubic feet, fitting 11 to 14 full-size bath towels. The dryer’s claimed capacity of 7 cubic feet is among the smallest we’ve seen in several years. This pair cannot be stacked. These machines are expensive. Prices listed here are for white appliances. You’ll pay about $950 more for a pair with a stainless-steel finish.

Matching Speed Queen ADEE9BGS173TW01 dryer and AFNE9BSP113TW01 front-loader laundry pair.
From left: Speed Queen ADEE9BGS173TW01 dryer and Speed Queen AFNE9BSP113TW01 front-loader.

Brand Reliability

The Speed Queen website promises appliances that are durable enough to deliver 25 years of commercial-grade performance. We can't verify that, but Speed Queen top-loading washing machines are among the more reliable brands, according to our annual reliability survey covering more than 115,000 washing machines bought new from 2007 through the first half of 2014. There weren’t enough Speed Queen front-loader owners to qualify for our analysis.

The repair rate for Speed Queen electric dryers, based on more than 105,000 dryer purchases, is 10 percent. The most reliable brand of electric dryers has a 5 percent repair rate; the most repair-prone brand, 20 percent.

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