Washing Machines Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of washing machine would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
No Service in Country Areas Install Yourself
Not sure how the Speed Queen Front Loader works for we are still trying to install it after an hour. We apparently do not get any service for installation due to living in the country rural area 2 hours from Melbourne. Not happy at all we purchased from H.N being told their staff had training with Speed Queen, I have a disability so purchased the heavy stand with the front loader over $4000.00 yet I cannot lift the machine at all and both H.N and Speed Queen do not care. It's easy to install they said despite knowing the sales person at H.N who knows that hubby has a disability as well. Not sure if anyone cares Hubby will be complaining on Monday regarding after sales installation.
Maybe good if you live on a farm or have an external laundry. This is made for laundromats.
large clothes capacity
heavy duty wash action (can be quite hard on clothes)
fast wash times
appears well built and reliable
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The most amazing washer the Speed Queen
I recently needed to purchase a new front loader.. I did lots of research on the 3 brands I was interested in purchasing. I was deciding between Asko, Miele and Speed Queen. Each sales man I spoke to about the machines all said you can compare a speed queen to the other brands as it’s in a league of its own.. I had my heart set on the speed queen I was just thrown by its hefty price tag.. however I still decided to go ahead and purchase it.
The Speed Queen is an industrial style washer (so if you want something fancy looking I suggest you sti...
- AFNE9B (White)
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Definitely worth the price - Quality built to last.
After living with a lemon of a washing machine for nearly five years, I was dreading that I had to try to make the decision to purchase another washing machine once again. Having to wash for a large family, means many loads of washing a week, I wanted a reliable hard working machine, that would wash everything from the toughest dirtiest clothes to the more delicate items. I also wanted to deal with a company that provided excellent customer service.
Despite my reluctance, I did my research. I looked at machines, read up online about perform...
Review collected in partnership with Speed Queen
The best washer I've owned.
I've had 7 washing machines in 10 years and quite frankly I'd had enough of reviewing and buying average priced machines that fall apart 12 months after getting them home. When my last machine died a slow and painful death I was looking at getting a Miele front loader as nearly everyone I know has one and raves about it. I was put off by the very long (too long) washing cycle however. I have had a front loader before and I really don't want to wait 3+ hours for my washing to finish. I prefer to line dry my washing and we are on tank water so a ...fast wash without using heaps of water is a MUST. I was nervous about spending $4k on a machine that apparently isn't very water efficient compared to other front loaders. What a fantastic surprise I've had!! This machine is so good that my clothes are cleaner and SOFTER than they have been in years without having to wait for forever for the load to finish and without using heaps of water. I noticed that some reviews I read here when I was researching to buy said that it takes a long time to fill, I'm not sure what they are on about frankly. It takes less than 45 seconds to start a wash and that is plenty fast enough for me. No, it doesn't heat the water but as my hot water cistern is located in the roof cavity this isn't a problem. Less stuff to go wrong in my opinion. It is actually overbuilt for a washing machine, and is designed for long life heavy use. I live on a farm and have a teenager son, a baby and a tradie husband. Clothing at our place is often FILTHY and more than a lot of it. I use the heavy duty, whites and delicate cycles the most and at around 45 min a cycle that is fast enough to get a few cycles done and out to dry before the day is over. Truly the clothes are amazingly clean! I use a baby formula scoop of powder, 1/2 lid fabric softener, and a bit of vinegar in the bleach compartment. I think the tray is easy to use (not too small at all) and it's easy to remove to clean. There is a bit of sludge that builds up in the door seal but I just wipe it out once a week. easy. I have washed all our bedding using the bulky setting and had no issues at all. One of my friends with a miele came and used my Speed Queen to wash all hers too as her machine doesn't cope :) Great machine, cannot say enough about it. Only thing to note is that it is BIG! Be aware of this if buying to go under a standard bench (no way would it fit).
Great Heavy Duty Machine
I have had two top loaders in the last 3 years, one took a over 1 hour 45 to do a load, another pump failing, constantly out of balance and couldn't washing in full load of hot water and ripping clothes... This speed queen is exactly that a speed queen. Most loads around the 45min mark. It is large and handles large loads well. I do lots and lots of washing, grotty farmers clothes (mud and grease) come out clean with pre-wash, two rinses no more soaking. Bulky items are handles well and with ease. (fits Qs sheets plus light quilt covers sets in...one load. Have tried summer wool KS quilt no problems although think may struggle with the bulkier wool winter KS) I love you can actually see the water in the machine. Couple of tea towel is easily done as well. My laundry / washing time has been reduced by hours, not to mention less soaking. I only use washing powder OMO and Biozet no fabric softener Like other's have said the detergent draw is a strange size in compassion to the rest of the machine and fiddly... the rubber seal is really hard to clean out spotlessly . A water heater would of also been great but I just run the water off in laundry sink before washing, as middle of winter our tank water is freezing. I had looked at this machine before buy two previous models and are now kicking myself I just didn't purchase this one straight away. It is quiet and I am hoping as reliable as it claims to be. I wash probably 3x a day 5-6days a week. I am fussy, ultra fussy but are extremely happy with this machine performance, I am happy to work around the few annoyances, because I am saving time and it does do the job.
Outstanding washing machine.
I was sick of built to break cheap washing machines and decided to go quality. No regrets at all, this machine does everything very well, I am so happy with my purchase. Delivery man set it all up and showed me how to use everything and took the old one away. The only issue I have is keeping the the rubber seal around the door clean but just have to keep on top of it. Great load capacity and cycle selections. Quiet and efficient. I would highly recommend. Takes great care of our clothes even the delicates.
Quality, Heavy Duty Machine - perfect for large bedding /quilts etc
After my 8 year old Simpson front loader, started to suffer some mechanical issues, the Repair man told me not to expect more than 8 years from it, and instructed me that if it broke down again, to buy a new washing machine. He also told me that the general life span of most modern washing machines and fridges was around 8 years(we had a fridge issue too), talk about 'not making things like they used to'.... After having to be without a washing machine for a number of days before the repair man came, in addition to the repair bill, I just wa...nted to buy a washing machine that would last longer than 8 years. I didn't necessarily want 'bells and whistles' just a thorough and fast wash, without any complications, or headaches, and I didn't want to have to think about washing machine problems in 8 years. I also needed a machine that could handle large loads, as I have a special needs person in my care, and I am washing bed linen (including large quilts, mattress protectors etc) everyday. I have had the machine about two months, and I am very happy with it. The drum is so large that even when putting in quilt covers there is enough room for the cover to come out easily and not be in a twisted mess. It also means I can fit our oversized King Size linen sheets (flat sheet, fitted, sheet, and pillow cases) in all at the same time, and still not be crammed in. I was concerned about some review comments about 'lint' and I asked the Sales lady at Speed Queen about it: she said that as long as towels are washed separately to other items there would be no problem (as towels give off lint, and other items receive lint). I have followed this advice and haven't had a single problem with lint, even on black clothes. I also read another review about a man who said that he found from his experience that the front loader was the better choice for a more gentle wash (he ended up changing from a top loader to a front loader). I asked the Sales Lady about this and she explained that the rolling/circular washing action on the front loader is more gentle than, the back and forth agitation action of the top loader. In saying that, I still choose to put delicate items or items with straps into mesh laundry bags. My last front loader seemed to collect gunk and grime on the rubber seal, and I was wary about this, and originally went to wipe out the seal every week. I have found that apart from the odd paper or coin, that there has been no gunk whatsoever - I think that is because I run vinegar through the rinse cycle (the softener dispenser) every 2nd cycle or so. As other people have said the washing machine is quiet, but what I like even better is that if I am waiting on a load to finish, I can see how much time is left on the cycle, better than popping back every couple of minutes. I always use the fast cycle, about 25 minutes, on all my cycles. I wash filthy work clothes from the building industry, special needs washing, and delicates, and even the odd single item at times. I wash 6 days a week, three - four loads (darks, lights, grubbies, etc) and everything comes out very clean (I think cleaner than the Simpson). I haven't had any issues with build up around washing liquid dispenser either, perhaps that is the washing product - I use Bio Attack Zet, and sometimes a Sards Powder booster (in the drum - love, Sards). Important to note, that this machine doesn't heat it's own water - this may be a problem if your hot water system is a long way from the laundry. It is not a problem for us. Also this machine does not have a lint catcher, hence the care advice about washing towels separately (this is because in the USA, home of SpeedQueen they don't line dry their washing and the clothes dryer removes any excess lint.) The machine cost us about $3,500, a hefty investment. However consider that this is labelled as a "Commercial Heavy Duty" machine, and the huge size of the 10kg drum, the 5 year warranty, the promoted as 'built to last' - I think it's a case of 'you get what you pay for'... I am expecting 20 years out of this machine, and I have read on other websites, that people are replacing there 20 year old SpeedQueens/Kleenmaids and choosing to buy SpeedQueen again - contrast that to the review on Harvey Norman, with the person replacing the 8 year old Simpson with another one.... On final note, the Sales Lady said to me that if I was to ever have any issues with this machine, that I could ring and speak to her personally, and she would sort everything out. That means a lot, especially when you read some people's problems with 'after service' help, or lack of it - however I doubt I will be needing it - I just wish they made a refrigerator!
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it is perfect. washes so quickly and can add washing after closing the door. Great front loader, eas
Cleans and rinses clothes really well. No tears in the clothes and is very quiet ( we have it next to the kids rooms). The fast cycle is great for the quick wash, you can also vary this. So easy to use no need to consult a manual and translator. installation was perfect despite our hard access and the staff were friendly and prompt.
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Great machine, hits the mark every time!
Overall I dont regret spending $4k on a washing machine but that's because i expect it to last a VERY long time! Loads take a fraction of the time and results are impressive. My previous Bosch had every bell and whistle but took up to 3 hours to do some of the regular cycles. I would cram in 8 kg a time and then deal with creased clothes, having to drag out the ironing board or switch on the drier. The size of this machine means large loads comes out fluffy and perfectly washed. I was concerned that not having a heater would be an issue but fra...nkly im happier it draws hot water from our tank instead. The results are exactly the same. Speed Queen came to install the machine and were meticulous in doing so. The 5 year warranty is great reassurance too. The only gripe is i find the detergent drawer messy to use... also fabric softener is deposited during parts of the cycle other than the final rinse. You cannot pause a cycle to add another item without the machine draining all the water first. This is frustrating if the wash has just started as you end up with detergent and hot water going down the drain. There can be a build up of gunk around the rubber gasket so it pays to give it a wipe every week or so. Overall im very pleased with my Speed Queen. Its utilitarian appearance is matched by its dependable performance load after load. Despite a few gripes I'd give this machine the big thumbs up!
Can't live without this machine
Literally can not say enough good stuff about this machine. It's super quiet. Super efficient. Cleans great. Big loads for a big family no trouble at all. Small delicate load (1item) easy! Has quick wash function. If you have the space don't even hesitate, buy one.
I've tried the very expensive well marketed German brand and disliked every load.. The Speed Queen is definitely the most superior wash. If I could leave my phone number for a personal reference I would.
Harvey Norman Everton Park in Brisbane was excellent organizing next day de...
- AFNE9B (White)
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Excellent machine but has design faults
Purchased a couple of months ago to replace a Maytag front loader, 14 years old.
Washes well, easy to use.
Settings so easy to program.
Clothes come out almost dry and with no wrinkles.
Capacity is fantastic, easy to fit a doona in it if needed.
On the down side
Finish cycle buzzer could be louder.
Also you need to wipe under door rubber seal after each wash as it deposits a slush at the bottom of the machine.
Overall machine runs well and the build quality is excellent.
I would certainly recommend this machine over the Miele, which is a smaller capacity and the door opening is too small. ...
- AFNE9B (White)
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Sturdy Top Quality Front Loader - Highly recommend this unit.
This unit is our 3rd washing machine in 4 years. Our 9-year-old LG 10kg front loader died 4 years ago so we bought a Whirlpool 10kg unit (piece of junk - sounded like a Cessna taking off when on spin cycle) and didn't wash very well either. When we moved from NSW to WA we got a Samsung 10kg washer dryer combo WD1102XVM - another piece of junk too - dryer function NEVER worked only warmed the clothes, took 3 hours to do a decent wash so with a family of 7 it took a whole day of washing from 5am to 3pm to get the washing done.
After a few power ...
AFNE9BSS - Fabulous machine so far
I used this site so much to make decisions and now it’s time for me to give back.
Our 10 year old 6.5kg Maytag front loader started to deteriorate the last few months and we were having a hard time trying to work out what to buy. Working with appliances in the UK, I knew the European brands well but always steered towards American built brands (Kleenmaid, Maytag etc). Asian brands were out of the question as we wanted to have a machine that had the capacity to:
- Last a long time
- Great after sales service
- Basic functions fine (do not ne...
You get what you pay for. Worth every cent.
Purchased Speed Queen AFNE9BSS (stainless steel) 10kg front load Washing machine from Harvey Norman Dec 2015... Contacted Speed Queen direct on 02) 9748 2155 in Newington Sydney and purchased a base for the washer to sit on before the front loader was delivered. They installed the washing machine and the base together. Don't need to bend down, more convenient height.. Heavy Duty machine' ..Cleans clothes excellent and spin dries till nearly dry. Clothes come out soft, not crushed or creased. Less to iron.... It's quiet and easy to use...I no lo...nger have lint on my clothes. This washing machine has removed lint off my clothes from my previous top loader... Worth Every cent!!! User manual download :http://docs.alliancelaundry.com/tech_pdf/Production/805471.pdf
- AFNE9B (White)
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Purchased this to replace 25-year-old Maytag top loader. So far very happy, no more lint and washing powder marks! Didn't realize how much the old one had worn out. VERY quiet, has fast loads that seem to work well. Water level has auto-sensor, holds 9.5-10 kg of washing. Just learning how to save some favorite settings.
I can highly recommend this machine if you have lots of washing to do and don't want to spend 2 hours waiting for a standard front loader to do a normal family wash.
If you buy one, I suggest you visit the American website an...
Questions & Answers
Hi Speed queen. I would like to hear your advise on cleaning out the gunk build up that you get after washing in the black rim around the door. Is there a product that will help this or type of brush or a type of powder you recommend?. Sometimes I find that it can start to smell and my cloths come out smelling the same. Very frustrating as love the capacity and cycles.
When you finish a cycle of washing you need to leave the door open to let the machine dry out inside, to clean the rim you need a damp chux wipe to clean around the rubber rim, I gently rub around the bottom of the rim there are small drain holes there. The machine will smell if you shut the door straight after a wash so leaving it open allows the water to dry out then you can shut it.
I am intending to buy this model but need to decide between white and stainless steel finish. White is our preference aesthetically, however stainless may be preferred if this confers better rust resistance. (Our previous machine was an Ariston which are known for rusting and ours was true to brand.).
Is the outside of AFNE9BSS a true austenitic stainless (like the drum)? In that case would it be accurate to expect that it would have superior corrosion resistance to the white version? Are there any other differences between these models?
We have had our Kleenmaid KAW793 just over 20 years. With 4 healthy teenage children growing up and numerous load being washed each day, it has been outstanding, apart from routine serviice calls (3 x drive belts, drain pump, brake pad set & inlet valve assembly. Total cost around including 4 x service calls $805.90 + $1149 purchase price = $1954.90 expenditure over 20 year period).
We still want to retain this washing machine, if we can purchase a replacement top. Otherwise my very handy husband wants to modify/repair the corroded hole to allow the spin cycle to work as this corroded hole has a switch near it and it isn't allowing the spin cycle.
Please advise if this part is available and the cost to Blacktown NSW?
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