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Speed Queen vs. LG Front Load Washers (Reviews/ratings/Prices)

Tam Nguyen  |  September 29, 2016  |  7 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  LG Electronics  |  Speed Queen

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LG versus Speed Queen is a comparison between how products are now made and how they were once made.

Both are compelling in very different ways. We will review both companies, products and then compare. You will have a good sense of what will be right for you and your family.



LG is a huge Korean company. You may know them from phones and electronics, but LG is also a huge appliance company. They were first to market the beautiful swing shuttle controls now common on every washer except Speed Queen.

LG is about technology, capacity and features. LG is manufactured in Korea.

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Speed Queen 

Speed Queen is an American company in Wisconsin producing only commercial and residential laundry products. They were actually hugely popular in Massachusetts as part of Raytheon until 1988.

Their residential laundry is built on the same platform as their commercial products. Their emphasis is durability with a complimentary 5 year warranty and every machine is built with steel, not plastic components.

Their product is about quality of manufacture and reliability. Speed Queen is made in the US.

LG vs. Speed Queen Front Load Washers

LG Front Load Washer WM4070HWA - $1,299



  • 4.3 Cu. Ft Capacity
  • 14 Cycles
  • Steam - helps get tough stains out

Speed Queen Front Load Washer AFNE9BSP113TW01 - $1,499



  • 3.42 Cu Ft. Capacity
  • 9 Cycles
  • Balance Technology – helps with vibration and noise
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This is an easy comparison, because they are so different and for different people.

Why you should buy LG

If you value the extra capacity, LG is bigger by about 25%. You also have a steam cycle to loosen stains as well as every cycle combination. You can also pair their machines with their washer pedestal for even more capacity. LG is also about $600 less than the comparable Speed Queen.

Why you should buy Speed Queen

There is only reason to buy a Speed Queen. There’s a warranty and the promise of a better built product. In looking at our service department numbers, Speed Queen is more reliable than LG by about 3% in service calls for the first year at 7.93 vs. 10.91%. Both are excellent in initial quality.

However, front load, direct drive washers like LG are expensive to repair, whereas Speed Queen is much easier. Parts and technical support are also much better for Speed Queen than LG.

Both are very good machines. If and when the product breaks, Speed Queen will be better to own, but is it worth the sacrifice of capacity and features?

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A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Tam Nguyen

Tam is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing sports and spending time with his two children.

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