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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.

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Very happy with our Speed Queen

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After 29 years of constant use our first Speed Queen stopped working. Only one call out for a minor problem after 20 years. We just purchased another Speed Queen and Sydney (the installer) went above and beyond what we expected. After a couple of washes today, we are already very happy with our new purchase. Great service and great machine.

Date PurchasedApr 2018
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Craige C.Speed Queen

Thanks for the great endorsement Chooky, we are pleased you love your new Speed Queen washer.

ReviewGuru

ReviewGuruPerth, WA

  • 12 reviews

A surprisingly robust washing machine - mine is 20 years old

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I purchased my Speed Queen back in August 1997 and it is still going. When I bought the machine we had little ones and it worked overtime. The large drum meant we could also deal with those night time accidents and wash all the bedding without concern.

The only repair I have had to make to the machine has been the timer switch. The machine is fairly noisy when operating compared with many newer and smaller models, but the longevity of the machine has really surprised me.

If you want a long lasting washing machine, then a Speed Queen is a good option in my opinion.

Date PurchasedAug 1998

Hate it.

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Date PurchasedApr 2017
1 comment
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Craige C.Speed Queen
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anne

annePerth, WA

  • 11 reviews

THE ONLY WASHER TO BUY

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You pay for what u get...this is not my model but they are so good, mine has not stopped for 15 years and is still as good as the day I purchased it..if u can afford it buy it with no seconds thoughts...highly recommend this product no hesitation...great manufacturers of washing machines

Date PurchasedAug 2002
Evelyne

EvelyneBiggera Waters

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 likes

Kleenmaid (Speedqueen) Beats any other brand in Australia

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When I was young with babies, washing machines only lasted several years with constant repairs, especially in winter. Then I bought a Kleenmaid which lasted 20 years, then had it repaired in 2010 and now finally, after 20 years is needing a 2nd repair. It has kept running, giving a perfect wash every time. Now living in Queensland (since 2006) where everything rusts and it still looks brand new. Why would you buy any other brand? So I have made the decision, knowing it will last for another 20 years - to buy a NEW one again with the 5 years warranty. Extremely Very happy....

Date PurchasedMar 1998
Cherine

CherineWA, 6076

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

The best machine in the market

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It washes brilliantly and is gentle on the clothes. It is a very quiet machine, easy to operate and it lasts for 20+ years.
I've had a previous model of this machine and it died recently after 20 years of heavy use due to a big family and very dirty work clothes. I replaced it with above model and find it has an easier control panel. After checking out all other brands of washing machines available I reverted straight back to Speed Queen.

Date PurchasedJan 2018
Kim in Australia

Kim in AustraliaSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 4 reviews

EVEN BETTER THAN OUR OLD MAYTAG (AND IT WAS GOOD)

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Date PurchasedDec 2017
Daemein

DaemeinCoominya

  • 2 reviews
  • 5 likes

Commercial quality for Domestic use.

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Date PurchasedDec 2012
wafarmer

wafarmer

  • 6 reviews

Built to last

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Top machine washes everything well .
We also run accommodation so it gets a workout.
Fast cycle time.
Has mechanical timer not electronic which is a plus in an area plagued with power spikes and brown outs.
Prompt service and information from the agents means overall we are very pleased with the machine and expect it to have a long life.

Date PurchasedAug 2013
1 comment
wafarmer
wafarmer

Still going strong and local water destroys everything it touches.

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Natalie

NatalieMelbourne

  • 8 reviews
  • 1 like

Buy it for life

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We couldn't have got through all the newborn wash loads without this amazing machine. It really does clean everything really well, much better than my previous front loader. Our clothes smell extremely fresh. I use vinegar as a clothes conditioner.
It's also VERY fast, a 30 minute was for normal cycle, only slightly longer for delicate. It's not super quiet, but definitely not loud. My baby sleeps in the room next door and it doesn't wake her.
The man from Speed queen was very friendly, and told me just to call up the company direct if there was any issues. Also the lifetime warranty is very comforting.

Date PurchasedDec 2016
Liz P

Liz PMalanda

Problem Solved - Machine is GREAT

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The 'Speed Queen' guys who came back to me with helpful information, have made all the difference in the world to my time in the laundry! My machine's 'high efficiency' cycle is now being used correctly by yours truly and guess what? no more grit grime fluff lint - yay! Washing loads from white bamboo sheets to hubby's filthy work clothes all come out clean. I only use biodegradable powders and liquids - thanks brand 'Earth' - and the machine has no trouble without unnecessary chemicals - another big plus. Much appreciated, Liz P

Date PurchasedJun 2012
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Craige C.Speed Queen

We are so pleased we were able to sort your concerns and that the machine is doing everything it was designed to do. Many thanks for letting us know.

Lint on clothes

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I had an old Speed Queen lasted 22 years loved the machine finally it started to leak oil and not worth repairing. Replaced with new speed queen. Seperate loads like previously with old machine but lint is on my blacks and darks. Also it's chewed up 3 of my tops both somehow got caught under the agitator. I have decided enough is enough 3 tops worth $80 plus I'm over it. Very annoyed and disappointed. Have read since the Aussie warehouse shut where they modified the original machines they just get shipped to Australia as per US use. We don't put everything through driers we hang clothes out they dry in driers hence the lint issues. No lint filter in the machine plus clothes caught under the agitator not good enough!!

Date PurchasedNov 2015
1 comment
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Craige C.Speed Queen
Koos

KoosNelson

Speed Queen unbeatable!

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We have a old (I mean OLD) speed Queen and it is still going strong. We inherit it from somebody about 7 years ago who brought it over from South Africa when they immigrated to NZ and that was at least 20 years ago. It had a pump replaced( bought in South Africa) before we got it and the brake makes a hard bang when the machine comes to a stop, but otherwise it runs like a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow! There is a new noise now from the gearbox when it is agitating, but we do not yet know what it can be.

Date PurchasedJan 1997
1 comment
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Craige C.Speed Queen
Gleno

GlenoBurwood East

Inherent problems over time

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I'm on my second Kleenmaid (which is made by Speed Queen) washing machines. Both were and are top loading machines. Generally Kleenmaid machines we have had don't seem to have a problem for about 10 years, but after that it seems the rot sets in. Specifically, both my last Kleenmaid washing machine and now our current Kleenmaid machine deposits stains on our white cloths which looks like light machine oil. It also deposits a similar stain on darker cloths and sheets. For the high cost of these machines initially, it seems that a 10 year life span is all you get. This time, I'm looking for a cheaper alternative washing machine, and if I get 5 years from it at a vastly lower cost I figure I'll be ahead rather than buying another Kleenmaid.

Date PurchasedJan 2007
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Craige C.Speed Queen
Gleno
Gleno

Thanks Speed Queen for the advice, it's worth a try. However, before I tackle the job, can you tell me how to remove the agitator.

Speed Queen
Craige C.Speed Queen

Hi Gleno,
Please contact your nearest SQ service centre and they can let you know how to remover the agitator.1300washer It is far easier to do than it is to describe in here in words

Lynda

LyndaMelbourne

  • 11 reviews
  • 7 likes

Great washer build solid and don’t move around !

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Purchased a few months back & very happy with this machine
We had a kleenmaid before this washer which was virtually the same quality & lasted for many years.

The only let down which I wasn’t expecting was no filter which is a little disappointing as you sometimes do get lint on some dark items . I do take extra care but it still happens :(
My hubby hates fluff on his socks

Date PurchasedMar 2017
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Vid

VidCanberra

  • 6 reviews
  • 2 likes

Amazing

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I was amazed by it as to how quickly it washes clothes compared to my previous front loader. We use it everyday and it cleans the clothes very nicely and quickly. It distributes clothes evenly without any errors. Its not that noisy compared to my previous one. However, I do think it uses more water compared to front loader, but overall I love it.

Date PurchasedApr 2017
Verena

VerenaBoonah

  • 4 reviews
  • 3 likes

Brilliant Washing Machine

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This is the best washing machine I have owned. Quick, large and no fuss it washes work clothes and delicates well. The high efficiency cycle isn't much use for work clothes as it only spray rinses, and tends to leave fluff. No electrics on the front, no bells and whistles is a nice relief too. Steel and sturdy I am hoping it lasts for a very long time. Oh, and the after sales service is excellent too.

Date PurchasedFeb 2017

a fine machine so far

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I'm very impressed how fast it washes, spins out so well, do not need to dry very long. Load it up, don't have to worry about it going out of balance, like my old wimpy washer. You get what you pay for,no baby crap on this one just washes good.

Date PurchasedAug 2017

Disappointed

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We have had two other Kleenmaids and I was very happy with them. But I am disappointed with our current Speed queen. It is now three, nearly four years old, and I was unhappy with the wool cycle as it only cold rinses. Also, from time to time it does notbspin out properly and now it is leaking. I am so disappointed that the machine has changed so much since its earlier models which had more comprehensive washing options.

Date PurchasedSep 2013
Washalcholic

WashalcholicSydney

  • 2 reviews

What happened to the Wool Cycle?

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Pleased with washing ability although sheets do tangle. I miss my 25 year old Speed Queen as it had a Wool Cycle (i.e. Washed with warm water and rinsed with warm water, which is the recommend and fail proof method of washing pure wool). I am currently washing wool only garments on Warm; stopping before it goes to spin/rinse; spinning on Spin only cycle (normal spin cycle squirts cold water which shrinks the wool) then doing a warm wash as a rinse then a spin only cycle. What a shame some expert decided to do away with the Wool Cycle.

Date PurchasedFeb 2016
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Questions & Answers

Tony M.

Tony M.asked

AWNA62

Does not spin

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Speed Queen
Craige C.Speed Queen

Hi Tony,
We need a little more info to be able to help you, please contact your nearest state distributor on 1300washer and they will be able assist.

Leah B.

Leah B.asked

AWNA62

I have accidentally pressed the High Efficiency button, how long will this soak for? And how can I get out of that setting now during this wash? It has been flashing for an hour

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Beau Cornerstone
Beau Cornerstone

Hi Leah, I checked the manual because I don't personally use the high efficiency setting . All it seems to say is to expect soaking during the agitation portion of the cycle. The IN USE, RINSE and SPIN status lights will flash one after the other during the soak periods. It's been several hours since you posted the question. Did your machine eventually complete the cycle? If it's still flashing I'd contact SpeedQueen in case it has a faulty module.

sammyuser
sammyuser

Hey, sounds normal, it has multiple long soak times and some washing actions with this setting.
My machine on this setting, washes / soaks for around 90 - 100 mins. ( A light flashes when its doing the soaking thing )

Leah B.
Leah B.

thank you

Shara F.

Shara F.asked

AWNA62

Hi there. Can you tell me how we add extra water when we add extra clothes? I dont think it can be done. Also I found that I could not start at the beginning of cycle unless I turned off the machine at the machine then turned it off at the power then turned the dial to the beginning. Is there an easier way?

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wannabeepro
wannabeepro

Not too sure whether this will work, but if you haven't started the cycle in wash mode, you should be able to increase wash level by leaving the lid up during water fill.

Shara F.
Shara F.

Ill try that next time. Thank you.

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