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Post# 748692   4/8/2014 at 14:19 (2,149 days old) by welshsi ()        

Hi everyone.
Im in the UK and looking to buy and American style top loading washing machine new. Im after some advice about the best make/type etc. and any stories you have about experiences with the newer ones.
Ive always fancied a Speed Queen but not sure of the quality. and the fisher & Paykel look good but again no experience.
any thoughts would be much appretiated.



Post# 748693 , Reply# 1   4/8/2014 at 14:31 (2,149 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Speed Queen,

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Are very well built washers. In fact I would say they are your best bet if you want a traditional U.S. made TL.

Post# 748708 , Reply# 2   4/8/2014 at 15:58 (2,149 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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Hi Simon,


I'd like to echo what WK78 said.   SQ's are solid, well built machines!


FYI.... Fisher & Paykel are designed / built in New Zealand, not the USA.



Post# 748723 , Reply# 3   4/8/2014 at 17:31 (2,149 days old) by thor (Buenos Aires)        
Export Speed Queen washer

Hi Si, before you decide on a Speed Queen washer check what (export) model is available in your country. The only model which is available in Argentina (for 220V/50Hz) is a ONE speed washer, a sure NO NO for me! I have no access to the model sold in Australia, which is a two speed model. I highly recomend the two speed model.


Post# 748724 , Reply# 4   4/8/2014 at 17:36 (2,149 days old) by thor (Buenos Aires)        
Speed Queen export model

Si, this is the only Speed Queen model available in my country, which it's a one speed model:

Speed Queen LWN311SP301NW22
* 230 Volt/ 50 Hz, Commercial Home-style Heavy Duty Topload Washer
* Single Speed, 1/3 HP Motor
* 3.3 Cubic ft (95 Liter) Capacity
* Automatic balance System
* Smooth and quiet Operation
* 27 Minutes Wash Cycle without interruption
* Seven cycles; three temperatures
* 710 Spin Speed RPM
* Attractive Rear Manual control Panel
* With Energy Saving Designation
* Long-lasting galvanized steel cabinet
* Dependable Eversmooth transmission
* Single-belt drive simplicity
* Corrosion-resistant polypropylene pump
* Pump clips for service convenience
* Adjustable water level control
* Stainless Steel Washtub
* PolyTuff Agitator



Post# 748755 , Reply# 5   4/8/2014 at 20:47 (2,148 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
One thing to remember.

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The SQ as with most US TL's does not have a heater. If you want to do hot washes, it will need to be connected to your home's hot water system. For a true hot wash the system should be able to supply 20 gallons of (60c) water. However, these machines, given the proper detergent, can wash clothes well in warm (40c) and cool (20c) water.

Post# 748887 , Reply# 6   4/9/2014 at 15:24 (2,148 days old) by welshsi ()        

Hi all thanks for the replies.
Big supprise was the SpeedQueen doesn't have a heater! no prob here as have hot and cold supply but still suppprised.
We have this available here too. any one had any experience of them?


Huebsch LWZ17

Post# 748942 , Reply# 7   4/9/2014 at 18:13 (2,148 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Spped Queen

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Would you believe there was a Speed Queen washer on ebay which just closed. I do not want to post the full link again if it has already dropped off Shoppers Square but if you search on item number 171287550979 you should find it. The list closed without meeting the reserve which I presume was near the 700 BIN.

The washer was branded Huebsch which is the brand name of Speed Queen in Canada.

A quick google search indicates that they are available new and there is no indication of them needing a transformer - they are sold in Australia though so they would be making 240 50Hz machines for export in any case.

Its unlikely you would find any such US washer with a heater, if you feel the need for being able to "boil wash" i think you only option would be a used Hotpoint top loader of which there are still plenty of second hand models around. Just dont be on a water meter is my advice as they use A LOT (and i mean A LOT) of water

Good hunting


Post# 748970 , Reply# 8   4/9/2014 at 19:31 (2,148 days old) by logixx (Germany)        

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Where would one get a Fisher & Paykel clothes washer in Europe? I have only ever seen their dishwashers. list this as your local distributor

Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems
Ampere Road, Newbury
Berkshire, RG14 2AE
United Kingdom Wales
Phone: 44-1-635-33881
Fax: 44-1-635-32434
Web URL:

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