Speed Queen vs. GE Hybrid

I haven’t been this happy about doing laundry in ages!  And, mind you, I’m not one complain about doing things I have to do anyway.  I figure that if you can’t get out of them, you might as well embrace them.  And yet, this morning, when one of my children came down and asked about my well being, my husband had to grin when I answered, “I’m great!  I’m doing laundry!”

This machine actually has more features than I thought it did when I decided to buy it.  It has a soak cycle that takes around 12 minutes.  It has an extra rinse switch that automatically adds, well, a second rinse.  And the whole process is fast.  The GE was taking close to an hour to wash an ordinary, uncomplicated load of laundry.  The Speed Queen is done in 33 minutes (I timed it!) which means I get laundry done twice as fast! The big benefit of this to me is that I often have to abandon the machine in favor of other activities, like homeschooling or grocery shopping, and then the machine sat idle until I got back to it.  The Speed Queen has enough settings that it can accomplish even a diaper load without me returning to reset the machine.

8x10 diapers

Oh, yes.  About those diapers.

The routine with the GE: light wash on warm to remove the bulk of soils, heavy wash with hot water and detergent to actually get them clean – and I’ve been adding bleach for several months, as well, because they weren’t actually clean – and then another light wash on warm with vinegar to rinse out any residual detergent.  It took 2.5 to 3 hours to run through a complete round of cycles.

The Speed Queen?  I run a soak cycle on warm, then a heavy hot water wash – no bleach! – with an extra rinse.  I put vinegar in the softener dispenser so it gets distributed through the first rinse cycle.  The diapers couldn’t smell cleaner if they were brand new, and the whole cycle takes about 50 minutes.

I don’t have anything dirtier than diapers.  They are my ultimate test.

Things I like about the Speed Queen:

  1. It has zero electronics.  The whole thing is mechanical, and the wash cycles run on an old fashioned timer.
  2. Water temperatures and levels can be changed via the knobs if you discover you’ve not used enough water, or that you’d like it a little hotter than the automatic 50/50 mix.
  3. The spin cycles are stopped immediately by some kind of braking system, so there is no waiting for the drum to wind down before refilling for the rinse cycles or changing loads.
  4. The lid doesn’t lock, but there is a switch that stops the machine if the lid is opened, even during filling.  The mechanism was easily overridden by a clothespin.  (Thank you, internet!)
  5. It hasn’t gotten unbalanced, even when the bulk of the diapers were spun to one side.  I could hear it rubbing at the beginning of the spin, but it corrected itself.  It also didn’t have any trouble with large, sodden bath mats.

The bottom line is my clothes are cleaner faster, and I’m extremely happy with this machine.


9 Comment

  1. I’m coveting your machine. I’ve had a front-loading Maytag for many, many years. It’s still spinning, and everything comes out clean so I can’t complain. As the quantity of laundry in my house lessens, I can’t really justify a big machine like that, but. the grown kids do come home and do their laundry because the apartment machines are so expensive. If only a thousand dollars would fall in my lap!

    1. Ha! That almost never happens. But you could save up for one… 😉

    2. I’ll be sure to put that on my list! With what this dang surgery is costing I could have one!

  2. I agree! I got Speed Queen too, when we had to buy new laundry machines when we moved. The only thing I think my old Maytag did better is not leaving lint on the clothes. I have been lint-removing more than ever.

    1. In the dryer? We mostly hang ours, but I got a Maytag dryer last time we needed one.

  3. KristyB says:

    I’m coveting your new washer too and mine is only a year old :). It doesn’t get some things as clean as I would like, and often leaves soap spots on certain fabrics. I try to manipulate it manually as much as I can, but can only do so much. It’s overall a very nice machine, but with the amount of laundry that happens here too, I can see where it lacks. Maybe some day 🙂

    1. Yes, something to keep in mind when the current model is no longer working well. I was shocked and very happy that Lowes took mine back after so long! I was only out the warranty.

  4. Emily G says:

    How do you think the capacity compares to an HE machine? My HE front loader does hold a huge load of clothes, and I’d be sorry to have to cut that down greatly.

    1. The thing is, you need water to wash. Lots of water. If a lot of clothes are circulating in a very little water, the detergent and soils are not moving through and from the clothes. I found I couldn’t make use of the whole tub capacity, because there wasn’t enough water to clean effectively, so I’m actually washing larger loads in what is, technically, a smaller drum.

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