Kenmore 3.7 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer - White ENERGY STAR®Item# 02641122000 | Model# 41122
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Kenmore 3.7 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer - Smart Washing
The energy efficient Kenmore 3.7 cu. ft. front-load washer 4112 includes five different cycle options, five speeds, five temperatures and three soil levels so you can accommodate any wash load. Its Delay Start option gives you flexibility, and Kenmore's Vibration Guard technology keeps large loads balanced for smooth and quiet use. This front-load washer is ENERGY STAR certified, using 43% less water and 63% less energy than non-certified washers. The Bulky Bedding setting is specially designed for large blankets, mattress pads and similar items. Bring this front-load washer into your home and take advantage of its wide range of settings.
- Stainboost™ extends wash time for a deeper soak, better cleaning penetration and more powerful stain removal while remaining gentle on fabrics.
- A small footprint makes this washer an easy fit for apartments, basements and starter homes, while powerful performance delivers the same clean you’d expect from larger machines.
- Using a direct drive motor, vibration dampers and sophisticated software, Vibration Guard™ Technology ensures smooth, quiet performance even on the spin cycle.
- The Delayed Start Option lets you start the cycle on your schedule, so you can set it, head out and come home to freshly cleaned laundry that hasn’t been sitting all day.
Added on October 03, 2013
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Lake Oswego, OR
I have had Sears appliances before but I was flabbergasted at how badly designed this is. Size-be careful if you have laundry closet. I have to pop the closet door off the channel to close. "Fancy protruding washer door is unnecessary and creates a problem. Spin cycle - so loud it sounds like an airplane engine a whole house away. Door rubber gasket - well fold is so deep it eats small articles of clothing so they just lay in the door well. This fold also holds at least a half cup of water after the cycle as does the bleach tray on the machine. No wonder there are mold problems. You have to be extra careful easing the tray open or it splashes out on the floor. Each time I wash I have to use paper towels to dry out these two areas. All in all a real design failure. Don't waste your money.
Bought this and the matching dryer because we have a very tight laundry closet, and the industry seems to be moving toward larger and larger laundry machines, so most front-loading washers and dryers are too big to fit. These just barely fit into the allotted space. Also, the pair was on sale at Sears at the time. Like all front load washers, this one does not fill with water, but rather efficiently tumbles the clothes through a small amount of water collected at the bottom of the drum. It is efficient enough with water and energy use to qualify for utility rebates where I live. We've had it for about a month and have done maybe a dozen loads of laundry, ranging from typical assortments of clothes, to queen-size sheets, towels, and throws. So far, it's been great. Compared to the top-loading unitized washer/dryer it's replacing, this washer is smooth and quiet. The loudest thing during a normal and balanced load is the drain pump, which is about as loud as a dishwasher drain pump. Our previous machine sounded something like a helicopter landing in the living room during the spin cycle. This one sounds more like a sewing machine. It does vibrate a bit at the beginning of the spin cycle if the load is mostly large, bulky items. But even those loads even out and the spin is smooth once it speeds up. Maybe reviewers that have really loud and wobbly machines didn't have the shipping bolts removed. The large capacity is great. Many of the newer front loaders have 4.1-4.3 cubic foot capacities, but I have no complaints with this 3.7 cu-ft. unit. I've been able to wash a queen-size sheet set along with two bath towels and three throw blankets in one load with no problems. I appreciate that this unit comes with a "hold-open" latch. Because front load washers need to be water tight, they seal shut when the door is closed and so the interior cannot air dry between uses. This often leads to mold in the seals and hoses. This unit has a gray plastic latch that secures the door ajar and is meant to be used when the washer is not in use, so that the door seal and interior can air out. It holds the door about two inches ajar. But if someone were to really slam the door shut, the latch conveniently folds out of the way and allows the door to close normally. The owner's manual also instructs you to leave the detergent drawer ajar between uses, again to promote airflow and drying. I usually also empty it of the small amount of water left in there after a cycle. This unit is made by Electrolux for Kenmore, and appears to be based on a Frigidaire model that Consumer Reports rates fairly well (Very Good performance for cleaning and efficiency). The one downside is that there is no easy access to the drain filter. In my case that means if I ever need to clean it, I'll need to get some help unstacking the dryer so I can remove the top cover and front face in order to get at the filter. I hope that doesn't happen for a very long time.
I live in a condo with a small closet designed for a unitized or stackable washer/dryer set. This is the largest unit the closet could accomodate. I'm happy with the capacity (way bigger than a unitized design) and performance of this washer. Since it's in my main living area, my only compliant is how loud it is during the final spin and it's a little hard to pour bleach in the dispenser wtih spilling a little. The washer always operates smoothly. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase.
San Jose, CA
Moved into a house with this washer and dryer already installed. After several washes all of my family's clothing, including a newborns clothing, started to smell like mildew. Found black and brown mildew growing inside the rim of the plastic and inner lining of the washer. Also found black mold growing inside and on the underside of the detergent compartment.I run a hot cycle with bleach to ensure that mold does not grow after using the washer, but I still need to deep clean it every month by scrubbing everything inside the washer and detergent compartment to remove mold. Also, fabric softener remains in its little compartment and does not enter the wash at all. On top of the mildew and mold, fabric softener that stays in place, all my clothing ends up in a tangled knotted mess after every wash. It requires 10 minutes to untangle it all. This product does not deserve the 1 star rating I gave it. Bottom line: Requires constant maintenance to ensure that mold and mildew does not grow out of control and to prevent clothing from smelling, clothing ends up in a tangled ball. Dryer that accompanies this washer is also a bust. Clothing tangles, rips, and cannot remove all the lint from the lint compartment. Big fire hazard.
We love it - simple and practical settings. We bought the matching washer and dryer set as Black Friday deal 2013. Still running well, very efficient with regard to electricity and water usage. Clothes come out clean with HE tide detergent - even the soiled ones. Sounds like a solid high speed motor, spins really fast on high setting! Time will tell if it's built as good as the older ones. I do recommend leaving door open to let dry out or if you are an everyday washer use the monthly or bi monthly tide cleaner and run empty to keep everything fresh. I do wish they would include the high pressure hoses and power cord - doesn't seem like those should be extra, more like standard equipment. Oh and I would pass on the stands if you at handy. The stock stands are expensive and not very practical. We built out own for about $75 and put baskets under.
I got this washer on Black Friday with the dryer as a combo for a great deal! I set it all up myself and really should have read the Owners Manual first... This is my first front load washer and they do require proper front to back, side to side leveling. Also, they have 4 bolts on the back of them that hold the shock absorbers inside the washer machine in place so that they do not get damaged during shipping. Before knowing that I had to do any of this, while running the washer machine it wash very loud, would bounce up and down and vibrate out of control! We called a service technician to come out and inspect why it was doing this and after 15 minutes, this washing machine was running like a top! Very quiet machine that uses little water and detergent. Clothes come clean every time. Easy to operate. Ive done a little over 50 loads in this washer and haven't had a single issue since. It does require HE laundry detergent so be sure not to use anything but or you'll have soap scum and studding problems. I now only use a 1/4 of detergent compared to what I used to use in my old top loader. Very efficient. I recommend this product to absolutely anyone. Just don't make my mistake and get familiar with the owners manual first!
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I bought a brand new washer and dryer last week. I had issues with the water intake in dry the cycles. I have been told that the washer is designed to work such a way that it will only take a little water and you will not see any fuzz of soap. The technician also told me that you need to load up the clothes full because the sensor are not sensitive enough to sense the little loads. I also found that the soap stays in the cloth after washing.
Very disappointed in the quality of this unit. Extremely loud when running and shook the entire house when spinning. Was so bad after 2 weeks I had to get them to swap it out. Sears was great to deal with in the exchange, however if you want something better than the lowest entry level machine, avoid this one. You will not be happy with it. Spend the cash on an Elite or another brand, you will appreciate it over the next 15 years it is in your house.
This washer does not hold up with water and I was told it supposed to be like that. Very disappointed... How can a washer machine wash and rinse clothes without water??? And the service lady that I will be charged if I request a service appointment (I just bought it in December 20 2013). This washer needs to be returned.