Skip to main content

Speed Queen vs. Maytag Commercial-Style Washers for the Home

November 20th, 2017 | 3 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

You may be reading this because you are tired of front-load washers or you've heard horror stories about expensive repairs, mold, mildew and unreliable products. Do not buy either the Maytag commercial or Speed Queen based on any of the above.  

yaleappliance_dorchester_41 (1).jpg

Front loaders are as reliable as top loads statistically and the mold issues can be mitigated by simply drying the gasket and leaving the door open after every wash. They are also larger and way more efficient to operate.

However, if you remain convinced, Speed Queen and Maytag Commercial are good machines to consider due to their solid construction and incredible warranties. We will look at both companies, both models, and then compare them.

Maytag Commercial


Maytag is probably the best-known brand name in the residential laundry market. Maytag originally came out with one of the industry’s first front load machines, the Neptune. Unfortunately, the Neptune machine was not successful and the company struggled financially until Whirlpool purchased them in 2006.

Today, Maytag is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation and laundry is the brand’s major focus. In addition to making a commercial style top loader, Maytag is known for making the most reliable high- efficiency front loader.

Their commercial laundry is made in Ohio. For Massachusetts residents, their true commercial laundry is made in Fall River.

Speed Queen


Speed Queen is an independent laundry company out of Wisconsin. They are known for making both residential and commercial products with commercial components. Speed Queen produces both top loading and front-loading machines. Haven’t heard of them before? That’s probably because Speed Queen only sells products to independent stores. You can’t find them in the big box giants.

Commercial Machines

Commercial machines are designed to a different specification with more metal and more solid construction than residential. They are designed to withstand the abuse in a laundry mat where both brands dominate.

Maytag Commercial vs. Speed Queen




Speed Queen


MVWP575GW $849

AWN432SP113TW04 $879



25 5/8’’







Washer tub material



Spin speed

700 RPM

710 RPM

Basket size opening



Deep water wash cycles



Pre soak option



Extra rinse option



Shortest cycle time

30 min

28 min

Spin fill



Control console material



Unlocked lid




5 years full

 3 years full

Which is better?

Both are good machines and both sport similar features. To be transparent, I really need to knit-pick to tell you which is better. Going feature-for-feature, I think that Maytag has a slight upper-edge over the Speed Queen.

Maytag does have a better soak feature to saturate clothes with water, but it uses almost 60 gallons of water.


Maytag has 5 years full coverage; Speed Queen has 3 years full coverage. Beyond the full warranty, Maytag covers the motor for 10 years, Speed Queen for 5.

Maytag has a 5-year warranty on the transmission, Speed Queen has a 12-year. For rust and corrosion on the stainless tub, Maytag has a 10-year warranty, Speed Queen has a lifetime limited. Keep in mind, beyond the full warranty, you are responsible for labor. For this reason, the longer full warranty is always better.


Maytag MVWP575GW.jpg

Older machines were shallower at one point. Today, Maytag Commercial is the shallowest full-size machine with a standard 27-inch width. Speed Queen is deeper but narrower from side-to-side.


Top loading machines with an agitator are not known for capacity. Maytag is bigger than Speed Queen. It also has a wider opening which makes it easier to get big items in and out of the washer.


Maytag Top Load 

The table above details the features that are most relevant. What this table does not address is the serviceability of Maytag and Speed Queen. Overall, Maytag parts are easier for a technician to access.

Both machines are very similar. Both have a relatively similar spin speed, wash duration, cycle selection, and price.


You are spending $849-879 for reliability. It doesn’t matter how heavy the machine may be. It depends if the parts all work together. 

However, Speed Queen is at a 12% service rate within the first year or double a Maytag front load.  Initial service is decent when compared to other appliances. But slightly below average compared to a front or top load washer.

The good news is you will not be paying for the problems until year 3 or 5 years depending on the machine.


Warranties are only good if there is tech support behind them. Speed Queen is exclusively sold at independent stores, but most do not offer service. Check before buying.

Additional Resources

Download our Yale Washer Buying Guide with all the features, terms and brands of laundry. Over 210,000 people have already found answers in a Yale guide.

Washer Buying Guide

Related Articles:

Why Should You Trust Us?

It seems that every appliance review has nothing but glowing comments about almost every product, yet you read customer reviews and they are almost universally bad.

We are here to fill in the disconnect. We'll give you the best features, and the drawbacks as well, including reliability based on over 37,000 calls performed by our service team just last year. Our goal is to give you ALL the information so you know what's right for you.

Please consider subscribing or adding to the conversation in the comments below. We appreciate you stopping by.

Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.