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An LG front load washer.
Intuitive/easy to use for the consumer.
Easy diagnostics/repair for the servicer
Parts availability very good and inexpensive (for ten years,anyway)
Reasonable Tech Support (not perfect but okay)
Speed Queen front load washers are digital-controlled (top loaders have zero digital components)
The tub size is smaller---and the spin cycle is an uncontrolled event---when on wood floors
Top load washers are better than the front loaders---by a long shot
Speed Queen Warranty division is severely lacking.
Very picky about what will or will not be a covered repair
The accounting dept is even worst---if a valid claim has been submitted (in which parts were replaced) and payment was been made to the Authorized Service Center---but later had been subsequently reversed/denied...
No phone call or email from SQ to the ASC
All parts and labor paid initially will be (quietly) deducted from future valid warranty claims that have been (and remained) accepted.
ASC must call to find out why parts & labor have not been paid
Answer: Speed Queen "pays itself back" for any rejected (but 100% valid) warranty claims
Destroys the good faith in the business-to-business relationship between ASC and Alliance Speed Queen---and a waste of ASC time and money
In the end---the customer loses.
Ask me how I know