Speed Queen ® Laundry Equipment Manufacturer
Speed Queen ® stands for quality, convenience and efficiency.
As the world leader in commercial laundry, Speed Queen ® has over 180 engineers focused solely on creating the best quality washers and dryers in the industry. It takes years of designing, prototyping, testing and field testing before we ever take a product to market. We’ve built our reputation on commercial quality, and it’s our reputation that provides a peace of mind that our competitors just can’t match.
LEAD is the only official agent for Speed Queen major appliances in Southern Africa, offering a professional service and support from certified technicians in all areas in South Africa. The products range in application from those used in coin-operated laundries to sophisticated tunnel washers found in the world’s largest industrial laundries, and its customers range in size from the Domestic Home user to the smallest Bed and Breakfast to Central Processing Plants handling linen in hygienic conditions for upwards of 16 hospitals at one location.
Lead Laundry and Catering is Africa’s No.1 Laundry Equipment supplier and has been selling and servicing Speed Queen ® equipment for over 30 years.
Choose the Speed Queen ® that’s right for you
Domestic washers and driers come from the same production lines as their commercial counterparts providing customers with commercial reliability in the home environment. That is, home laundry products go through the same tests, manufacturing process and quality checks – side by side.
Generally, although not exclusively smaller capacity laundromat equipment; typically found in coin-operated laundries, flats or townhouse complexes, Caravan parks, Holiday resorts, University residences , Restaurants, Lodges and Game Parks, Health Spas and smaller Bed and Breakfast establishments.
On-Premise equipment catering generally but not exclusively to the following market sectors:
Hospitality, Healthcare, Mining, Factories, large commercial Central Laundries, and general industry.
A Different Class of Laundry
Speed Queen ® washers and driers have achieved legendary status in Southern Africa, and other parts of the world thanks in most part to their widespread application in commercial laundromats and other commercial institutions, where they continue to enjoy an unparalleled reputation for simplicity, durability and performance.
The reason Speed Queen ® is the leader in commercial laundry is no mystery – stronger parts make for longer performance.
There’s never been laundry equipment that’s built tougher to last longer than Speed Queen washers and dryers. They’re built using commercial quality metal components, where others use plastic. They’re rigorously tested to ensure reliable performance. The equipment doesn’t have a legendary reputation for nothing. Speak to somebody that has owned a Speed Queen ® and you will understand why they won’t consider anything else.
Watch how Speed Queen puts their machines through rigorous tests to ensure that they will meet the highest standards of durability.
Speed Queen ® Efficiency
- Electronic hybrid timer for reliable operation
- Stainless steel tub
- Dependable transmission – least moving parts
- Heavy duty .375 kW two speed motor
- Single belt drive simplicity
- Corrosion resistant polypropylene pump
- 100% front serviceable
Speed Queen ® Quality Components
- Department of Energy compliant washer standards for energy and water savings
- Three energy saving cycles
- High speed spin extract – 710 rpm
- 210 degree wash stroke – the longest in the industry
- Drier – 5.35 kW heating element
- 102 litres airflow per second
- Timer programmable in one-minute increments
- Stacked drier lets you install two driers in the space of one
Committed to Service
The Lead Group of Companies are industry leaders in the supply of commercial laundry equipment to the Southern African market. The nature of commercial laundry requires rapid and efficient technical back up. This experience directly benefits Lead’s home appliance customers who have access to the same technical infrastructure as their commercial clients. Speed Queen ® equipment is backed by an industry-leading warranty, unparalleled spares stockholding, high quality technicians and the broadest geographical coverage to give you extra peace of mind.
- State of the art technology links our call centres nationally
- Trained service controllers utilise uniquely developed software to log, manage and record the repair history of your equipment
- Comprehensive spares stockholdings are held in all major centres so that you do not have to wait for spares to be imported or couriered from one branch to another
- Properly trained technicians employed by Lead and working ONLY on Lead brands in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit & Port Elizabeth and throughout South Africa.
Stronger for Longer
Speed Queen washers and dryers have stood the test of time. Take a brief journey back…
‘The White Cloud’ 1908
Humble beginnings. The company initially produced a limited amount of these washers. It wasn’t until 1928 that the brand name 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.
‘The Wringer’ 1940’s
Twice the laundry in half the time!
Women had to be careful not to catch their fingers or hair in the wringer.
‘The Last one until we’ve won’
Speed Queen halted production of laundry equipment in 1942 to manufacture 20mm shells as well as parts for airplanes, tanks and guns to help support WW2. Operating 24-hours a day to support the war effort, the company received numerous awards for its service.
‘The Speed Queen Automatic’
Using Speed Queen’s famous BOWL TUB and AGITATOR Principle.
‘Supertwin’ Portable Washer & Dryer
Where space is a problem; sporting a very retro look!
‘The Quality Washer with a Silver Lining’ 1967
Protect your clothes with rust-proof, chip-proof, smooth Lifetime Stainless Steel.
COMING SOON… Easier than ever, more reliable, just as durable.
And today, as in 1908, Speed Queen continually strives to provide you with quality products that are 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. These products will get your clothing cleaner.
After all, it’s what you expect from a company that only does laundry!
Standing the Test of Time
Speed Queen washers and dryers are tested to last 10,400 cycles. Using an average of 8 loads of laundry per week, that adds up to 25 years of use in your home. We receive daily messages and online reviews from homes around the globe who own machines that are 25, 30 even 40+ years old. Our commitment to American Quality is proven in the reliability of our machines and your peace of mind.
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Love at the Laundromat
It seems we’re not the only Speed Queen enthusiasts out there! Brittany Kennell and Bailee Jean Rainwater have written and produced this song. It’s about love at the laundromat.
"Thanks so much – we appreciate how Lead is going the extra mile for their clients. A special thanks to Justin – he is really on top of his game!"
"I would like to congratulate you and your worker, Damon, on excellent service and professionalism. He repaired our Speed Queen washing machine."
Wet Cleaning installation "I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service. The machines are running well. All the fabric I was concerned about are washing perfectly fine, even leather. Thank you so much for your support and service."
"Thanks so much – we appreciate how Lead Laundry is going the extra mile for their clients. A special thanks to Justin – he is really on top of his game!"
"We had the pleasure of having Andrew servicing our machines yesterday. During my working life time, I could count on one hand the people that showed a passion and love for their work as Andrew displayed. What an amazing disposition. The way that he went about servicing the machines reminded me of a Porsche technician going about his business. I believe he is a great asset to the company, and know that our machines received the best attention they could get."
"Excellent Service. Thank you to Phillemon, Patsy, Jessica and Candice from the Modderfontein, Gauteng branch - your excellent service from repairing, supply and customer service is on point, 10/10 for excellent service in every sense of the word!! Thank you!"
"Just a quick note to thank you for the outstanding service received. I sent off an info request at midnight on Sunday night not really expecting any assistance because of the lockdown. Surprisingly by early Monday morning I received a phone call and by mid-morning the order was processed and finalised. I cannot thank you enough. This kind of service is very rare and I am sure its what contributes to make your company such a success. Looking forward to receiving the iron shortly and thank you thank you thank you again."
"I was very impressed with Mike's excellent service."
"Thank you so much for the amazing and efficient service I have received from you and your team today, it has been great. I have met with Andrew too, again blown away by the service received, he is truly a people’s person and excellent at what he does 😊 Once again a big thank you."
"I went to get information about Laundry machine and I meet with Shane Stoltzer. Thank you for the information and good service, your attitude, energy, your will to help was so overwhelming. You are in the right line of work and it really shows that you like what you Do. Thank You Again!!"
"We are genuine so satisfied with all your technicians – their service is outstanding – they are friendly, humble & we love having them here 😊"
"I would just like to acknowledge your exceptional service and professionalism you gave me last week Friday. As a first time client you treated me and made me feel like I was your biggest and most important client! Our business is based on great relationships and frankly I will always make use of your company should we have any more requests."
"I would like to thank you for the efficient and professional service that we received from you w.r.t. the repair of our washing machine under guarantee. Joshua was here 1st thing yesterday morning and he was very competent and professional."
"Lead Laundry and Catering in Nelspruit were ultimately fully able to assist us with the repairs to our four-year-old Speed Queen Toploader. Really appreciate their commitment to service and the machines that they believe in. They went beyond the call of duty and we would like to thank them."
"Baie dankie vir die vinnige diens om my SpeedQueen wasmasjien reg te maak! Walter is voorwaar ‘n Ster! Dit was aangenaam om met so ‘n jong man te gesels en sy werk was uitstekend en vinnig! Hy het ook so mooi verduidelik wat foutief was op die masjien. Ek sal julle beslis aanbeveel!"
"Thank you so much for the very efficient, professional service, it is really a pleasure doing business with Lead Laundry!"
"We are very satisfied with the installation and the level of service and support that we have received from Horan, Kyle and Derek. Thanks very much. I will certainly be in touch with your service department if we require any technical support."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lead Laundry and Catering for your excellent service... It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with such a professional organization like yours. In particular, I would like to say a special thank you to Kyle Nothard for his professional conduct. He kept me updated at all times and the installation went off extremely well. I am very happy with the new Speed Queen NF3J and look forward to eventually replacing all my machines with your products."
"Thank you for arranging for Marcel to come and attend to the washing machine last week... The noise has now stopped and the machine is operating properly. Marcel also gave me some helpful advice on how best to operate the Speed Queen. He also phoned me on Tuesday as he said that he would, to check up. Thank you for attending to my problem and for your high quality customer care."
"Thank you for your outstanding service received. You have really shown what going the extra mile means. We really appreciate your service and attitude."
"I am extremely impressed with your [Kyle Nothard's] impeccable service rendered to me from the onset. You have been nothing short of amazing from the day I requested a quote up till now. You are extremely efficient and your continuous follow up with me and updates throughout this process have been most appreciated."
"We are very satisfied with the speed queen front loaders and the students prefer using those instead of the other equipment still in use. The Company is very professional and always available to assist beyond their call of duty."
"Everything is well; we are satisfied and the technicians' training was excellent. Thank you for the quick response with the training."
“Thank you so very much yet again for the superb service - it is always such a treat and absolute pleasure to deal with LEAD.”
"Thank you so much for the excellent service that Joseph gave my client Amazon today! He was really professional and extremely helpful. Thanks again. Excellent service all round."
"Thank you to you and your team with the delivery and installation of our washing machine. Your personnel were well skilled, informed and friendly doing their task. Thanks again with all of the efforts put in from your side and the speedy assistance going at it all."
"I really want to congratulate Lead on the excellent service experience afforded to me today. Samantha, Charnel and Marvin all reflected your company mission statement and more than delivered on your promise. They are credit to Lead."
"Thank you for the excellent service your team has provided. The ladies are so energised and also asked me to thank the guys once again for their patience and support."
"Thank you for the amazing service that I received from Lead Services Nelspruit. Your personnel are absolutely amazing and in this day and age where “Customer Care” has become a rare commodity, it is not extinct within your Company. A special thank you to Shaun who always fulfils his promises and to Thabo who is the perfect gentleman on site."
"Thank you for the installation of the equipment! The machines look great – our team is very happy with the increased efficiency."
"I got incredibly good service from Shana [yesterday]. I found her to be incredibly efficient and very polite and helpful. This morning Wayne contacted me and came out promptly to repair my machine. He too was wonderful, a very efficient and polite gentleman. I would like to commend both of them on a job well done. It is not often one gets such good service these days."
"I would like to give a huge thank you to Andrew that did the installation. He was very professional and did not accept any but perfection in the installation of the machine. He was very professional and knowledgeable. I asked a lot of questions and was constantly looking over his shoulder and he was polite and eager to share what he is doing. A BIG THANK YOU ANDREW!!"
"Thank you for your speedy service and friendly employees. The machine was installed earlier today and the staff were trained on the use of the machine."
"Baie baie dankie vir julle flinke diens! Ek waardeer dit opreg! Ek dink my bediende meer as ek!!"
"Damon came and did the annual service yesterday. He was meticulous and also took the time to explain what he was doing. I don’t recall ever having such professional service from anyone."
"Thanks very much, really appreciated the efficient response and service received from you and Lead Team. Looking forward doing business with you."
"I am very satisfied with the service we received from your company. Thank you for your friendliness and that you advised me on progress of repairs. A great thumbs up for Walter and Mpho for going beyond their duty and office hours. For staying till late to make sure that the machine is working."
"Just a thank you to Suzette and your technician that took care of my Speed Queen dryer on Friday. The efficiency and excellence will make me invest in only Speed Queens in future. In fact my next washer soon will be a Speed Queen. Well done to a team I will sell to the world."
"We appreciate the professional and prompt manner in which you responded to our request to purchase a new piece of equipment. We are looking forward working with your company in the future."
"After two home moves and 27 years of washing, my Speed Queen needed its first service. After full inspection from the technician, I decided to rather acquire a new Speed Queen. Within a day, the technician arrived at my home and installed a new machine which will do the laundry 'twist' for the next 27 years. Thank you Speed Queen for reliability, durability and service. It has been a real treat."
"Wil net gou se baie dankie vir julle goeie diens. Marvin is baie oulik en Bernadette ook om haar mail so gou aan te gestuur het an vir Marvin om die Kwotasie te doen. Julle spannetjie is TOPS!!!"
Thank you to your team. The work was done in a most professional and expert way. Your staff can be commended on their work.
Please receive this vote of confidence for the Lead laundry team and its services that it provides to the Talisman foundation, a penny scarce rehabilitation centre. My faith is absolutely restored in qualitative service standards and other people’s ability to truly care for no gain to themselves. Koos, a technician from your organization was most helpful in resolving repetitive machine failure due to a simple but costly mistake from the foundations laundry team. I am confident that after applying Koos’ recommendations, we will see major improvements in our efficiency and significant cost reductions. I truly am impressed with Koos and laude him for his passion, honesty and integrity.
Thank you very much for sending Wayne so early today. He is good at what he does… When he heard the squeaking noise the machine made, he already told me what the problem was even before he opened the machine. Thanks again for the good service.
May I take this opportunity and compliment Marcel for both his excellent service and broad knowledge. He explained every single possibility to me as far as the problems I am experiencing are concerned, and checked problems on the machines I have had previous problems with. He truly is an asset to your company, and I am truly grateful to have had him visit with me.
"Good Day, I just want to share with you some good news. I've bought a Fridge/Freezer - Indesit Hirundu in 1983 at House and Home in Menlyn, Pretoria. I've since then stayed in Pretoria, Israel (it was stored then), Cape Town, Parys (Freestate), Klerksdorp, Randfontein (2 X moved), Pretoria (2 X moved) and my fridge/freezer is still working in perfect condition. I've since had a daughter and she's now getting married (she is 21). I've repainted it in balckboard paint where she can write down her menu's or draw pictures on it with white chalk, whatever she like. She and her fiancé is in the seventh heaven about their "new" fridge/freezer."
"We are very happy at the moment and appreciate all the hard work from Lead. I won’t hesitate to recommend Lead to anyone else."
"We received a very good service from your staff and we are happy with the machines."
"Thank you for the professionalism displayed from fault finding to fixing the problem and above all managing to accommodate my request in a short notice."
"It was the pleasure to see your Technician and his assistant who did the installation on Friday 22nd January. The professional way it was done it gave me a confidence that a your person (Andrew) had passion to do the installation. He has strong personality and his approach to me commanded a high respect. Not forgetting his college that was with him - he too was good in his approach."
"Thank you very much for a very professional and detailed report! I am impressed to say the least. Thank you also for the advice and free work done on the machines as well as the servicing thereof. We also take serious note of your suggestions on the service intervals and usage of the machines. Speed Queen can be proud to have people like yourselves looking after their products. Thank you again and rest assured the next machine will be a... and guess, a Speed Queen!"
"Your team were professional and your service has been exceptional."
"Just to advise you that we are very happy with the training given to us by Philip. He is very skilled and knowledgeable. Helped us a lot. He is adding value to your company... Be proud of him! Thanks again."
"... also wanted to mention, that the Service Technician was most professional and courteous."
"Thank you SO much for all your patience and hard work. Could you also please thank your technician. He was well spoken and outstanding in the service and the training. He is a keeper!!"
"Thank you very much for the excellent service."
"Thank you for the great training we received. We are all happy with the new machine... Once again a big thank you to the technician that gave training, he was only the best!!"
"Thank you once again for your prompt service. The machine is now functioning."
"Thank you for everything. The process went smoothly. Your team were professional and your service has been exceptional."
"From the start of my request for a service to my 2 Speed Queen machines to completion of the work, your service was excellent and of the highest order. It was efficiently handled and Phillemon who carried out the work had all the spares he possibly required, was polite, knowledgeable and knew exactly what he was doing. I can only say well done to Lead for a really well run and efficient service."
"I am writing to thank you [Feroza Moosa] & Sphelele for your quick & efficient service everytime I called for help with my Speed Queen washing machine. I thought it is important to let you both know this, as people are always quick to complain but don’t bother to acknowledge when the service is good. In our present environment where many don’t care about the consumer & service, it’s so refreshing to have people like yourselves. Both you & Sphelele are definitely assets to your company. You have a very pleasant manner with clients & have been very helpful on the few occasions that I have called. Sphelele came to sort out my washing machine on two occasions & he was very professional, pleasant & answered all my questions with patience. Thank You very much."
"I had my Speed Queen serviced today by Sphelele. What a pleasure to have such a professional gentleman in my home. He is an asset to your company and such a good representative to Lead. I look forward to seeing him again in a years time."
“Thank you for the great service Lead is offering us and I am looking forward to some more collaboration in the future years.”
“I just want to express my gratitude and highest appreciation, your Technician (Jim) fixed our Speed Queen late yesterday afternoon. I just want to add that Jim is very professional and I want to compliment your organization for excellent service!”
“We are very happy with the fact that you guys went out of your way to assist. Thanks for that.”
“Good Day, I would like to thank you for your service. Your service Is prompt and accurate. Phillip who executed the installation of our unit was very helpful and took time to explain in detail the procedure to us. We are satisfied customers”
“Thanks for your excellent service!”
“Thank you to your Team ( Phil and his assistant) for the professional service received on the NSSA Beitbridge Hotel job.”
“All went well and we are very grateful and appreciate the level of efficiency and proffesionalism exhibited by Edgar and his team. We are happy.”
“We are very happy with the service we receive from Lead Laundry. Our Laundry is up and running and might add smoothly. Thanks for your excellent service.”
“Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for your assistance and for the prompt service. Kobus is a lovely person and an asset to your organization.”
Telephonic assistance saved client travel costs to Zambia "I just wanted to say thank you so much for your guidance on how to rectify the error on my Grandipianti Industrial pressing Machine. We did swop the two phases as you said and the machine is now working again.”
“I just want to say thank you very much for sorting out my machine. Yes, I must admit the fault was partly on our side too. My assistant connected the water pipes incorrectly and I did not double check. I do apologize! But on the other hand I also want to say thanks to the technician Jimmy, very nice guy! And knows his stuff!! He did have to do some adjustments and changes to the machine but it is working like a charm now!! Thanks again for the help, duly appreciated and please say thanks to the service dept as well!”
“Thank you kindly for your assistance and excellent service!!”
“We were absolutely impressed with the service we received from you and the technician. The repair was done within one hour. The Technician was friendly, fast & left the laundry totally clean. It was a pleasure to do business with you.”
“My thanks and appreciation to your technician, Sphelele who was very helpful and honest about the state of the machine and required repairs. Speed Queen will be my first choice when replacing this unit.”
“Thanks for the quick response, Junior is a real ambassador to your company”
“I wanted to send you guys an email regarding the technician you sent to my home. Koos – he arrived on time, was polite, very competent and friendly. I was watching and learning as he worked and he is an artist, nothing went unchecked or cleaned or tightened and it was impressive to see this man at work. You have a great staff member and it was a pleasure doing business with Koos and your company.”