American Quality

Electronic vs Mechanical Controls

Which control should you choose?

The laundry. When one load gets done, another is always waiting in the wings. That’s why having a reliable washer and dryer is so important.

If you’re in the market for a new Speed Queen washer and dryer to tackle those laundry loads, the type of controls you choose—either electronic or mechanical—is important. If push-button technology raises your concerns that more can go wrong than with mechanical controls, don’t worry.  Our electronic controls are even more reliable than our mechanical controls and just as durable- that’s tough to beat.

Here’s why:

When it comes to testing, we go to the extreme. Our washers and dryers endure vigorous testing even before they’re manufactured. Our unique 5-stage development process pushes each design to its limits on screen during design and in the field. Within our state-of-the-art lab, our equipment is tested to 10,400 cycles, the equivalent of 25 years of performance in the average home.

  • Every control component, including voltage, current and power, is individually tested.
  • Then, we test the control panel to ensure it stands up to vibration and high temperatures.
  • The control buttons are tested to 1,000,000 depresses, the number times you are likely to push the buttons over the average 25-year life of the machine.

You get a longer warranty. We’re so confident in our electronic control washers and dryers, we back them with an industry-leading 5 year warranty on parts and in-home labor. That’s 5 times longer than the industry average. Our mechanical timer models are backed with a 3 year warranty on parts and in-home labor, which is 3 times longer than industry average.

You get more features. Below are links to charts that show machine feature comparisons. Speed Queen washers and dryers with electronic controls offer more features than the mechanical controls. They also offer a digital display and cycle time countdown.

Washer Comparison

Dryer Comparison

As you can see, our electronic controls are reliable load after laundry load.

So, go ahead. Push our buttons.

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