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Speed Queen vs. Fisher Paykel Laundry (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

December 21st, 2016 | 3 min. read

By Roger Pontes


There seems to be a backlash against front load laundry. The Maytag Neptune and its myriad issues started it. Front load washers do have a mold problem if you leave water in the gasket and they are more expensive to repair.

Perhaps you hate bending down and find a top load more convenient. Many people are once again purchasing top load washers (Editor's Note: Front load washers are only 2% less reliable and the mold problem is easily corrected by keeping the door open a bit after a load).

Buying a good top load washer is incredibly difficult. The hybrids washer, or top load washers without the agitator, do not work properly. Samsung just recalled millions of top load washers, so where do you find a good one?


Many of the major brands like Maytag, Whirlpool and Frigidaire have not changed since the 1940s. LG, Samsung and Electrolux do not manufacture a simple top load washer with the agitator (non-hybrid).

Incredibly, the two best top loaders are Speed Queen and Fisher & Paykel, and both are very different. Speed Queen promotes durability where Fisher & Paykel promotes technology and efficiency.

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So, you may ask which one is better for you. Well, let’s compare the 2 brands and their laundry products and help you decide.

Let's look at both companies.

Speed Queen

speed queen top load laundry pair

In 1908, the founders of Speed Queen purchased some hand powered washing machines from a company in Kansas City, MO. While experimenting with the machines they figured out a way to increase the machine's efficiency using high speed gears.

(See more about Speed Queen Front Load Washers)

In 1939, Speed Queen changed the tub to stainless steel which is still in use today. Speed Queen is incredibly popular in laundromats and their residential machines are built to similar specifications and are backed by the best warranty in the business.

speed queen laundry stainless steel tub

Speed Queen Top Load Laundry

Available with digital electronic or manual knob controls.

speed queen top load washing machine

Top Load Washer Features

  • 3.3 cu. ft. Capacity
  • ½ HP Motor
  • 710 RPM Max spin speed
  • Can do a 30 minute heavy load
  • 25lbs per load capacity
  • Self leveling rear legs
  • Soak/Prewash/Extra Rinse options
  • Stainless Steel Tub
  • 3-year parts and labor warranty on models with manual knob controls
  • 5-year parts and labor warranty on models with digital electronic controls

Fisher & Paykel


Fisher & Paykel have been designing products since 1934. Since then it has grown into a global company in over 50 countries. They manufacture products in the USA, Mexico, Italy, Thailand, and New Zealand.

They are known for their high quality apartment size appliances, especially refrigeration. Their claim to fame was the double drawer dishwasher. Most recently, Fisher & Paykel was purchased by Haier out of China. You will know Haier for buying GE Appliances.

Laundry is just a small part of their business. They only specialize in top load washers and dryers. Let’s take a look at Fisher & Paykel’s laundry.

Fisher & Paykel Top Load Laundry

fisher paykel top load washing machine

Fisher & Paykel 3.9 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer (WA3927G1) - $799

  • 3.9 cu. ft. Capacity
  • 1,100 RPM Max Spin Speed
  • Flexible Finned Agitator – Ensure less tangling and provide great clothes care
  • Smart Drive Technology – Can sense each load so it uses less water and energy
  • 6 Wash Cycles
  • Energy Efficient
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty

Fisher & Paykel AquaSmart 4.0 cu. ft. Top Load Washer (WL4027P1) - $999

  • 4.0 cu. ft. Capacity – 22 LBS
  • 1,100 RPM Spin Speed
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • Automatic Load Sensing
  • Auto Water Level
  • Soft Close Glass Lid
  • Smart Touch Controls
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty

Fisher & Paykel Dryer – Available in Gas (DG7027P2 - $1,049) or Electric (DE7027P2 - $999)

fisher paykel dryer

  • 7.0 cu. ft. Capacity
  • 12 Dry Cycles
  • 4 Temperature Selections
  • Steam
  • Drying Rack
  • Smart Touch Controls
  • Delay Start
  • Timed Dry
  • Clean Lint Filter Indicator
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty

Speed Queen vs. Fisher & Paykel Top Load Laundry

So which is better?

This depends on what you value. Fisher & Paykel uses less water and is larger than Speed Queen. They have a smaller agitator so you have added capacity. It also spins at 1,100 RPMs, so the clothes are almost spun dry.

Although the specs on the Fisher & Paykel are better. Speed Queen stays true to its commercial roots by being the least serviced top load at just over 7% within the first year (read Most Reliable Top load washers) or almost 3 times more reliable than Fisher & Paykel.

So it is reliability versus capacity and features...

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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