Every day, every cycle, Speed Queen performs, just as it has for over 100 years. Today, you can find Speed Queen commercial laundry equipment working in the toughest, harshest environments, from Australian mines and oil rigs to the US Army, hotels, student accommodation and countless laundromats around the world.
And now, with the toughest washers and dryers available, you can get Speed Queen’s uncompromising performance at home.
The company that has now become Speed Queen was established in 1908, when Joe Barlow and John Seelig, two hardware store owners in Ripon, Wisconsin, purchased several hand-powered washing machines from a company in Kansas City, Missouri.
After experimenting with the washing machines, the inventors were successful in devising a way to increase the machine's efficiency through high-speed gearing, and then purchased the manufacturing rights from the company in Kansas City; Barlow & Seelig Manufacturing was born.
Initially producing a limited number of washers named the White Cloud, it wasn't until 1928 that the brand became Speed Queen.
During the ownership period of Joe Barlow and John Seelig, Speed Queen saw many new innovations. In 1911, the company's first washer powered by an electric motor was built, in 1915, they introduced the first swinging wringer to operate in any direction and in 1922, the manufacturing of washers built with nickel copper tubs, a first in the industry began.
In 1939, Speed Queen traded in the nickel copper tubs for stainless steel and it's still used in our washing machines today.
And today, as in 1908, Speed Queen continually strives to provide you with quality products, backed by superior customer service. With over 100 years of commercial quality and expertise, we bring to you a line of washers and dryers built with a no-nonsense design and performance-based construction for your home.
Laundry is all we do; so our products will minimise wear and tear on your clothes, and get them cleaner than the competition.