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Speed Queen Top Load Washer Differences

January 31, 2012

Which features set the Speed Queen washers apart? Check out below.


The AWN311, AWN412, AWN432, and AWN542 have all of the following options.

  • Automatic Balancing System
  • Bleach Dispenser
  • Fabric Softener Dispenser
  • Fill Hoses Included
  • 1 Speed
  • Porcelain Steel Outer Draintub
  • Rear Self-Leveling Legs
  • Spin Speeds: 710 RPM
  • Variable Water Level Selector
  • 210° Agitation Stroke
  • 3.3 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Wash Tub
  • 1/2 H.P. Motor


The AWN12 has a slower spin speed option for knits and dedicates. The washer will spin at 473 rpm when you set it on the Delicate and Permanent press cycle apposed to 710 rpm on regular. The Awn412 also has a hush pack that minimizes wash vibration. (This is already a quiet washer).


The AWN432 has an extra automatic rinse option.


The AWN542 has an extra fabric selector option, giving you whichever fabric cycle you want in a wash.

Frigidaire Large Capacity Front Load Steam Washer FAFS4474LW Review

January 21, 2012


Nicole: I have had this washer and dryer in Gray now for about 2 months!! I upgraded from standard to this. I was skeptical b/c I have forever been a "Whirlpool" kinda gal, But my heart, my pockets and my clothes tell me I have made the right decision. Very Quiet too, it even lets you know when it is time to clean itself, no more of those "nasty odors" you hear about on TV Get it, try it & you will love it, this set compliments my champagne taste with my budweiser money 😀 Easy for the kids to use as well, I use this set atleast 3x week!!!

Anonymous from NJ: Not the top of the line, but has all the bells and whistles of other brands - and it's less expensive. It does the job, very quiet, and has a steam cycle. And it's a large capacity!

MMcDougall: We upgraded to this washer from an older, much smaller capacity one, and I could not be happier! I am just over 5 foot tall, and having the front load washer makes me life so much easier! We love the color (blue), have not had one issue with balance (even washing heavier items), and this washer get my 16 month old's stained clothes clean, with or without pre-treating and stain remover! I'm a convert, and only wish we'd gotten this sooner!

Anonymous: My first front load set and I don't know how I did laundry before. I gave it 4 stars b/c doors chrome looking exterior, is plastic.

Southerngirl: I absolutely love this appliance! Super quiet, great wash, and with my kids having allergies, I use the sanitize and allergen cycles.

yamaha84: I've been researching front loaders for some time and came across this one and the design is sleek and simple, and it is very easy to use. I think it cleans 100 times better than my old top loader. Great product for the price. No issues so far and had it for about a month. I wash about 2 loads a day on average and it is nice that you can set the time to start when you want.

Games Games Games

January 5, 2012

Sale Sale Sale!!!... that's all we see as consumers. When you buy something on sale you may not be saving much at all. You're obviously saving money from the "regular price", but who ever pays for the regular price? Here's a few examples of a sale where you really aren't saving much.

Sears Games

1. The "up to" syndrome.

There will be very few appliances sold at the "up to" percentage. Very often these "up to" models are limited in the amount available per store. I went into Sears and they did have all Kenmore appliances on sale, but not all at the 25% stated, hence the "up to". This number is to get you in the door.

2. See details.

You must open up a new credit card from Sears in order to get the extra 15% off. Here are some details.

  • "Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a late payment."
  • "APR for purchases: Variable 7.24%-27.24% or non-variable 14.00%-29.99% as of 12/5/11. Minimum interest charge: up to $2. An Annual Membership Fee of up to $59 may apply. See card agreement for details."

Even if you pay off the credit card on time every time, you're still going to get hit with an "up to" annual membership fee of $59!! There's no "may apply"... it will apply!! That's probably more than you would have saved on the 15% off. These terms are for 18 months so you're bound to get hit with that annual membership fee at least once unless you're really on top of things.

I find it hilarious that they'll say that the (minimum) least amount possible that they'll charge for interest is "UP TO" $2. So, they'll at least charge you the maximum?

3. Exclusions apply.

You've saved very little and you've just signed up for a credit card that will most likely cost you a lot of money. Now, you want your appliance delivered. Free right?... Wrong... That will cost you at least an extra $69.99. Sure, you could pick up your new fridge at Sears, haul it inside your house, hook it up... but what about that great deal?

Sears Games 3

Oh, and P.S.: You'll be charged an extra $10 for Sears to haul away your old appliance. Just click add to cart.