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Post# 1146174   4/10/2022 at 07:29 (745 days old) by Sknox76 (Massachusetts )        

We need to buy a new washer. We are almost settled on the Speed Queen over the Maytag Commercial. However, what is the recommendation for the TR7 model over the TC5 model? We are a family of 5, 3 teenage boys. Two are in construction shops at school. We are all athletic, with stinky workout clothes. At times, I would like to be able to soak my clothes before washing, it doesnít appear the TC5 model has this option, but is there a work around for that? Is the TR7 much quieter than the TC5? My current washer sounds like a jet engine, Iím sure anything will be quieter than that.

Appreciate your help!

Post# 1146181 , Reply# 1   4/10/2022 at 08:49 (745 days old) by henene4 (Heidenheim a.d. Brenz (Germany))        

They both have entirely different wash systems.

The TC is the Classical wash system with a normal motor, transmission and wash system.
Soaking should be doable by just unplugging it or switching it off.

The TR is the new wash system which has be controversial.
But it is a little quieter and spins a bit better - and is more efficient.
But it's wash results have been questioned.

Post# 1146183 , Reply# 2   4/10/2022 at 09:34 (745 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

TC 5 model with a transmission hands down if you have dirty stinky clothes to clean. Also the GE top load with agitator seems like a logical choice for the $$$. I would avoid top load washers with a wash impeller. Just my 2 cents.

Post# 1146188 , Reply# 3   4/10/2022 at 11:11 (745 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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The TR7 is a whole different top load washer than the TC5. WAY much quieter, you get more features, and it has a longer warranty. However, they wouldn't clean as well or even better than the TC5 that Speed Queen claims they do. It's been prooven. The TC5 does have an option to where you can do a wash AND soak setting. Or what you could do with the TC5 is you can open the lid after the tub gets full, it would shut off for as long as the lid is open. I overall really like the TR7, I've used one before. However, I would personally recommend the TC5 over the TR7. They would clean better for you, they're cheaper, and it's likely going to last you longer. Lately I've been questioning the electronic control panels on the TR7.

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Post# 1146194 , Reply# 4   4/10/2022 at 12:53 (745 days old) by BlockEight88 (Hobart, IN)        

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From what I have read, people who choose the TR7 over the TC5 almost always regret it. If you have 3 teenage boys, you will need a machine that actually cleans and thoroughly circulates the water through the clothes. I have owned mine for nearly two years and absolutely love it.

It offers a presoak option, but you have to use a second rinse and it's for 27 minutes. Or you can just pause the machine to however long the soak is desire for.

I also have the DC5 dryer and love that too.

My only frustration with the TC5 is that it doesn't have a water control/load size selector and warm rinse.

Good luck.

Post# 1146246 , Reply# 5   4/10/2022 at 21:43 (744 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
I LOVE MY TR7 Washer

DONíT listen to the haters on this site who DO NOT own or whoíve NEVER used the TR7.
I am a loyal SQ customer and it is the BEST WASHER I HAVE EVER OWNEDÖ I have thrown everything from my sonís greasy mechanicís uniforms to my towels, sheets and jeans etc.
I love the various cycles and everything comes out smelling clean. No transmission so the washer is Uber quiet as well. I have the SQ 9 series transmission machine next to it and I donít even use it any more
No regrets and I love my TR7 and it is an excellent washer in my opinion.

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Post# 1146264 , Reply# 6   4/11/2022 at 06:52 (744 days old) by BlockEight88 (Hobart, IN)        
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I can tell you that I have used the Tr7, quite a few times. My friend has one. I have done several comparisons and found the wash system to be subpar. It just doesn't get clothes clean. It's like they just sit in water. But hey to each their own. Unless noise is a big factor, I think the TC5 is the winner.

Post# 1146289 , Reply# 7   4/11/2022 at 13:59 (743 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Think Betty Furness and the Westinghouse sand commercial...

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Take a Kleenex and drop one in each machine. Set both machines for a regular cycle. The TR7 wins the Kleenex test hands-down. At the end of the cycle, the Kleenex comes out unharmed and whole.. With the other machine it will have disintegrated. Of course if you use a dirty Kleenex in the TR7, it will not be clean.

Post# 1146290 , Reply# 8   4/11/2022 at 14:05 (743 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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If you're still unsure about the performance differences between both the TC5 and the TR7, I would highly suggest to watch this video from Lorain Furniture. The 2018 SQ is the TR7 and the 2017 SQ is basically the TC5 but older.

Post# 1146327 , Reply# 9   4/11/2022 at 23:11 (743 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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You might as well get a wringer since thatís how bad those Speed Queen TR series washers are. Absolute water guzzlers since you literally will have to do multiple rinses and even then things wonít come out properly cleaned or rinsed properly. Seems like the issue with electricity usage was solved on the TR series but water usage? Forget about it.

The TR series is truly the Edsel of the washer world since they both failed miserably in sales and in reputation.

Post# 1146328 , Reply# 10   4/11/2022 at 23:12 (743 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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*wringer washer

Post# 1146349 , Reply# 11   4/12/2022 at 09:02 (743 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
Watch Kirk Rivas on YouTube

He has the most up to date and candid reviews of this washer. I may the only actual TR7003 owner and daily user on this site who KNOWS what he is talking about based on my daily usage and EXPERIENCE with this
washer. Whatever you decide. Good Luck

Post# 1146361 , Reply# 12   4/12/2022 at 16:12 (742 days old) by drummerboy928 (Illinois)        
TR7 experience

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A family member of mine owns one of these machines, and I have used it in the past. While it might not get everything perfectly clean, it does a very respectable job in my opinion. Theyíre not bad machines, just different than what a lot of people are used too. The few times Iíve used it I was not disappointed with its performance, and for general everyday laundry, I can imagine it would perform decently. However, if youíre looking for something that will probably have a little bit quicker cycles and provide cleaning action thatís more old school, (and arguably better for heavy or higher soiled clothes) Id recommend the TC series machines.

Post# 1146457 , Reply# 13   4/13/2022 at 14:02 (741 days old) by WindRivers (Wind River Range, WY)        

I love my TC5 Classic, but I have in the past second guessed my decision not to get the redesigned TR7. But the more I think about it, the more pleased I am with my decision.

- With the TC5 I can open the lid and watch how it washes. No lid lock, and the lid switch is easily bypassed. It would drive me crazy not to be able to see how the wash is going. I'm sure there's a way to bypass the lid lock on the TR, but it would be a bigger hassle and would more likely void your warranty. (I have no kids, so if I decide to jump in while the washer is running, it's all on me.)

- A big part of the draw for me was having the same basic commercial machine Speed Queen is known for. As far as I know, the redesigned TR series is not sold on the commercial side. From what I can tell from the sales info, the top loaders SQ is selling for commercial purposes still have transmissions.

- I live in a rural area, cut my own firewood, work on my own equipment, am around animals, etc., and am more concerned with getting clothes clean than making my delicates last longer. Actually, as far as I know, I don't have delicates, I'm not even sure what they are.

Which brings up another thing I've been wondering about; I don't remember "being gentle on clothes" being a big selling point for washers until they started pushing all the redesigned energy saving (supposedly) stuff.

Maybe they've started making clothes flimsier to go along with their flimsier washers?

I kind of like the design of the TR series, bypassing the transmission could make it more durable and easier to work on. Though I think I may see why it needs a bigger motor, it must take a lot more power to fling around a full tub of water than it does just turning the agitator. I wonder if that could be harder on the bearings or something?

Post# 1146473 , Reply# 14   4/13/2022 at 16:42 (741 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Seem to recall washers being "gentle on laundry" coming up in marketing and sales information early as 1970's if not before.

Given how top loaders dominated US laundry market, and some of those automatics washers with central beaters(and I'm not naming any names), could beat the life out of fabrics.

May or may not be considered "flimsy", but much of today's textiles aren't what they were in past. Bed, bath and table linen sold today in most cases aren't made from same heavy built to last fabrics of old. Even Levi's jeans aren't so nearly indestructible as in past it seems.

Post# 1146487 , Reply# 15   4/13/2022 at 17:10 (741 days old) by WindRivers (Wind River Range, WY)        

I'm sure you're right Launderess. They've probably come up with every kind of selling point over the years. And there seems to be the general decline in the quality of all kinds of products nowadays. Kind of seems strange as we supposedly become more eco-conscious. The more disposable things are and the less they last, the worse for our environment.

I haven't been chainsaw shopping lately, but I can imagine a new cheap quality EPA approved one claiming to be "Kinder to Trees".

Post# 1146653 , Reply# 16   4/15/2022 at 23:46 (739 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
speed queen improvements

I could've sworn speed queen improved on the perfect wash system.

Post# 1146662 , Reply# 17   4/16/2022 at 02:54 (739 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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They've only added extra minutes to improve Consumer Reports' ratings, they're technically still the same machines from my understanding.

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