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Speed Queen Dryer Reviews (Built to Last 25 Years)

Posted by Alex Frank on Dec 13, 2019 9:00 AM
Alex Frank

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After 20 years of use, it isn’t uncommon for a dryer to bite the dust, leaving you tasked with researching new options. But once you start reading reviews online, you may be dismayed to see how many customers say their dryer died after only 6-10 years, or sometimes even less! How can this be when your old machine, apart from an occasional repair, worked reliably for more than a decade?

Well, the answer is simple: They just don’t make things like they used to... But wait! There's an exception when it comes to laundry: Speed Queen. This specialty brand is still manufacturing long lasting dryers reminiscent of the machines of decades past. You can find Speed Queen commercial machines in laundromats, hotels, and other commercial applications that need a durable appliance that can withstand lots of loads and heavy use. Speed Queen took the same quality components that they put in those commercial machines and placed them in those intended for home use. The typical consumer can expect to get over 20 years out of a Speed Queen before it needs replacement.

For 2018, Speed Queen redesigned their entire line of products for the home and came out with three new top load style dryer models made to match with their TR series of top load washers. Our Speed Queen dryer reviews include:

These model names are for electric dryers but there is a corresponding gas dryer for each of these with the same features. For more about the general differences between gas and electric dryers, read our article. In these Speed Queen dryer reviews, we will look at each of these models in depth so that you can decide which might be the best choice for you!


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The Speed Queen Dryer Platform

The components of these dryers are almost identical across the three models, with the main differences being in the control panel options and cycles. So let’s take a look at the bodies of the machines.

Speed Queen puts three coats of an enamel-like finish on the exterior that’s designed to stand up to years of wear and tear in laundromats, meaning that it should hold up even better in your home. A 7.0 cubic foot capacity galvanized steel cylinder is resistant to rust and corrosion and is more durable than the plastic cylinders that many other manufacturers include in their machines. The lint filter is up front, making it easy to reach and clean.

Speed Queen has an efficient axial airflow design on their dryers which utilizes a heavy-duty fan system and an advanced airflow pattern to provide the ideal balance between mechanical action, drying temperature, and airflow pattern. The electronic controls included in the dryers are commercial-grade and tested to withstand 10,400 cycles. The dryers are designed to operate quietly and to dry fabrics thoroughly without over-drying (thanks in part to moisture sensors in the drum).

These machines also have 3- or 4-way venting options and reversible doors, making installation easier in certain spaces. All models fit a 27" wide platform and are 28" deep.

Consider a Speed Queen laundry pair if you're concerned with...

  • Durability - Machines that will last at least 20 years

  • Spending your money effectively - An impressive manufacturer's warranty plus extensive testing by the manufacturer mean you're getting your money's worth

  • Repairability/DIY repairs - Repairs should be few and far between, but the simple internal makeup of these dryers makes DIY troubleshooting and repairs easier

  • A no-frills design - If you prefer simplicity and familiar controls and options, Speed Queen won't overwhelm you with tons of bells and whistles

If you want to go for just a Speed Queen dryer, keep in mind that the dryer should be about twice the capacity of the washer so that the dryer won't be over- or under-loaded (over-loaded dryers are over-worked and won't perform well). So if your current washer is about 3.5 cubic feet or less, or you're planning on upgrading to a washer of that size in the future, these dryers should be compatible. 


The Entry-Level Model DR3000WE - 3-Year Warranty - $849

The Speed Queen DR3000WE electric dryer retails for $849 and its gas counterpart, model DR3000WG, goes for $929. This model has an old school feel with two dial control knobs to operate the machine. One dial is for fabric selection and has three options: no heat, delicate, and permanent press/regular dry. The other knob is for cycle selection and features an automatic sensor dry for permanent press and knits, automatic dry for regular/delicate clothes, and a timed dry option.  

Speed Queen includes industry-leading warranties on all their products and this machine comes with three years full coverage, both parts and labor.


Cycles & Options

  • 3 Cycles: Automatic Regular/Delicate, Automatic Permanent Press/Knits, Timed Dry (up to 70 minutes)

  • 3 Fabric Selectors: No Heat, Delicate, Permanent Press/Regular


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Speed Queen DR3000WE - $849

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The Step-Up Model DR5000WE - 5-Year Warranty - $949

The next step up is the Speed Queen DR5000WE priced at $949. The gas counterpart, model DR5000WG, retails for $1,029. This dryer option is also a dial control model. On the fabric selector dial, this machine separates the permanent press and the regular cycle into two selections. The cycle selection includes an automatic "wrinkle out" dry cycle. There is also a switch for extended tumble that you can turn on if you want your clothes to tumble longer.

A third dial on this machine controls signal sound and can be turned to a few different noise levels or left off if desired. The warranty on this machine is five years full coverage, so spending those extra few dollars for another two years of coverage may make the jump worth it!

New for 2019, Speed Queen is offering the new "throwback" TC5000 washer, and the matching dryer model DC5000WE has the same set of cycles as the DR5 but with a three year parts and labor warranty. 


Cycles & Options

  • 4 Cycles: Automatic Regular/Delicate, Automatic Permanent Press/Knits, Automatic Wrinkle Out, Timed Dry (up to 70 minutes)

  • 4 Fabric Selectors: No Heat, Delicate, Permanent Press, Regular

  • Signal Volume: 6 levels, including Off

  • Extended Tumble On/Off


Click here to read over 290 real customer reviews of this product!


Speed Queen DR5000WE - $949

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The Premium Model DR7000WE - 7-Year Warranty - $1,049

The last model we’ll look at in these Speed Queen dryer reviews is the Speed Queen DR7000WE, which is the company’s premium home dryer. It includes an electronic touch pad control panel as opposed to the dials in the previous two models. Some consumers are wary of a touchpad because of the perception that they break easily but these ones are designed for commercial use and tested for 1,000,000 depressions to ensure lasting quality.

This model is priced at $1,049, while the gas version model DR7000WG goes for $1,129. It has moisture sensing capability, an EcoDry option to maximize energy efficiency, and the option to save up to nine favorite cycles. You can choose from heavy duty, regular, permanent press, and delicates for the auto-sensing dry cycles and time dry, quick dry, and fluff up for the manual cycles. An interior light helps you avoid leaving behind stray socks. 

The real kicker on this machine is the seven-year full-coverage warranty, so even if you’re a bit hesitant on purchasing a clothes dryer with touch controls, that provides some real peace of mind!


Cycles & Options

  • 8 Cycles: Automatic Heavy Duty, Automatic Regular, Automatic Permanent Press, Automatic Delicates, Manual Time Dry, Manual Favorites, Manual Quick Dry, Manual Fluff Up

  • 2 Selections: 4 temperatures, 4 dryness levels

  • 4 Options: Signal On/Off, Control Lock, Anti-Wrinkle, EcoDry

  • Control panel shows moisture level status, dryer heating/cooling status, and approximate time remaining


Click here to read over 250 real customer reviews of this product!


Speed Queen DR7000WE - $1,049

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While there are many options available for clothes dryers, Speed Queen is always a quality choice, especially if you’re looking for a machine that’s going to last. These dryers possess commercial quality, unmatched performance, and industry-leading warranties. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Speed Queen products are American-made and only available through independent retailers. You won’t find them at the big box stores! 

We hoped you enjoyed these Speed Queen dryer reviews. Check out our Speed Queen washer reviews as well! Please leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you! 


Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in May of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Dryers, Speed Queen

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