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Speed Queen vs Fisher & Paykel Washer Review

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jul 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Todd Buehler

Top Load Washer Reviews Fisher Paykel vs Speed Queen

If you are looking to compare two awesome washing machine options that won't break the bank, you're in luck. We've singled out two great top loading agitator models from two niche brands that may be just what you are looking for when shopping for a new machine.

Speed Queen and Fisher & Paykel are not quite as well known as some of the other juggernaut appliance brands like Whirlpool, Frigidaire and GE, but that doesn't mean they don't deliver great products. Speed Queen is a specialty laundry manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin that has been making great laundry products for both the commercial and domestic markets in the US for over 100 years. Fisher & Paykel is based in New Zealand and has been in operation since 1934. They have gained wide exposure in the US in the past 20 years and have introduced many innovative products to the market, including a one-of-a-kind dish drawer dishwasher that made them famous with US consumers. Their agitator washer was a surprising hit when it came out a few years ago and it still has a lot to offer for consumers today.

Let's compare two of their top load washer models to help you with your buying decision!





1. The Speed Queen TR3000WN - $899

If you're looking for a true commercial grade washer for home use, the Speed Queen TR3000WN is Speed Queen's entry-level top load washer that's truly built to last. It prices at around $899 and is American-built with premium heavy-duty materials that have withstood the test of time - and the brand's own durability tests! The 3.2 cubic foot stainless steel wash tub is adequate for most wash loads and uses electronic rotary dial controls. 

With an expected life of 10,400 cycles, their machines are made with the same durable, long-lasting design as their commercial washers that are used in laundromats and other commercial locations. Speed Queen washers feature a one-of-a-kind wash system that not only gives users the best wash available, but also takes care of your clothes! The tub and agitator work together to create a gentle wash action that moves the maximum amount of water through the clothes.

One example of that commercial technology at work can be seen in the solid mount suspension system. The full steel base and heavy-duty springs help reduce vibration and out-of-balance issues for a longer lifespan and noise reduction. 

This Speed Queen commercial washer has the industry's best warranty: three years to cover all parts and in-home labor plus a lifetime warranty covering the outer drain tub and the stainless steel wash basket. Other Speed Queen washers have even longer warranties, as long as seven years.


Cycles & Options:

  • 4 Cycles: Heavy Duty, Normal Eco, Perm Press, Delicates

  • Extra Rinse On/Off

  • 3 Wash Temperatures

  • Load Size: Small, Medium, Large, Auto Fill

  • Maximum Spin Speed: 820 RPM



  • Width: 25.625"

  • Depth: 28"

  • Height: 42.75"


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Speed Queen TR3000WN - $899
 SpeedQueen TR3000WN


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2. The Fisher Paykel WA3927G1 - $1,199

Next up: the Fisher & Paykel WA3927G1, pricing at $1,199. This top loading washer has six wash cycles, including Regular, Heavy, Delicate, Easy Iron, and Allergy. It has a 3.9 cubic foot stainless steel wash tub and Flexible Finned Agitator which is driven by their “Smart Drive” direct drive motor with an impressive 1,100 RPM final spin speed to extract more water and shorten the drying time. This is particularly impressive among agitator top load washers, since they usually can't reach such high spin speeds.

In the center of the agitator, you will find a fabric softener cup. With this cup removed, the consumer can drop laundry detergent down the inside of the agitator. This will break down and dilute liquid and powdered soaps before they make contact with the clothes, and allow them to flow throughout the tub for precise cleaning. Three rinse options and five temperature settings are available to allow you to adjust for any fabric. An on-screen estimated time remaining is a handy feature allowing you to coordinate time for other activities. Simple touches like the soft closing lid that will not slam closed when let go add to the appeal of this well-engineered machine.

The product warranty is two years parts and labor with an eight-year parts warranty on the direct drive motor. The balance control system keeps the washer stable even with heavy loads. Make sure to consider this washer - it would be a great choice for many homes!


Cycles & Options:

  • 6 Cycles: Regular, Heavy, Delicate, Easy Iron, Allergy, Quick

  • 3 Options: Soak, Bleach, Fabric Softener

  • 5 Wash Temperature Controls

  • Maximum Spin Speed: 1,100 RPM



  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 28"

  • Height: 43"


Fisher & Paykel WA3927G1 - $1,199




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Features Comparison

  • Cycles & Options: Speed Queen's cycles are basic, but it's hard to beat Speed Queen if you want to be able to choose your water level. If you want more wash options to streamline laundry day, you may prefer the Fisher & Paykel model. The Fisher model's 25% faster maximum spin speed will also help your clothes spend less time in the dryer.

  • Other Design Features: Fisher & Paykel's control panel has a more premium feel, and the time remaining estimate is helpful. However, if you're looking for serious durability, you should probably go for Speed Queen's tried-and-true dial controls. Other models in the Speed Queen lineup offer digital control features as well.

  • Price & Warranty: The Fisher & Paykel model is a bit pricier but has a pretty good warranty for the industry at two full years of coverage plus eight years on the motor. Speed Queen leads with a lower upfront price and a longer three-year full warranty. Check out the rest of the Speed Queen model lineup for longer warranties and more advanced features!


Although both of the options we reviewed are dependable and high-quality, the Fisher & Paykel washer has a few more built-in extras, like the digital LCD screen and soft-close lid. The Speed Queen washer might be for you if you want a durable, no-fuss machine. If you're looking for a larger model, check out our reviews of the largest agitator washers of the year.

We hope you enjoyed these top load washer reviews. Please leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!


Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in June of 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Washing Machines, Speed Queen

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