Kenmore 3.9 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer - White ENERGY STAR®Item# 02641122000 | Model# 41122
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Kenmore 3.9 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer - Smart Washing
The energy efficient White Kenmore 3.9 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. Advance Rinsing Technology allows fresh water rinse to bypass the dispenser to shower directly down on the clothes for optimal detergent/softener removal. 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 mutli speed 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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Most Helpful Reviews
This washing machine is such a huge disappointment. There are three major design flaws in my estimation. Design flaw 1: The liquid bleach dispenser remains FULL of water after each cycle. This means when you open the drawer to add detergent for your next load, approximately 1/2 cup of water sloshes on your floor. We have only had this washer for a day (it is definitely being returned) so I can't imagine how nasty this must get after a period of time. Stagnant, nasty water just sitting in the bleach dispenser! Design flaw 2: any small item will definitely get stuck in the gasket. In every single load of laundry we have done today, at least one thing has been stuck in there. Are you missing a sock? Not to worry...I know just where it is! Design flaw 3: After the cycle is done, the gasket has quite a bit of water left in it. Unless you wipe it out with a very absorbent cloth after each load or vacuum it out with a ShopVac, it will DEFINITELY get moldy, musty and awful in there. This is after just one day of laundry. Can't wait to return it!
Santa Ana, CA
I bought this stackable washer and dryer when I was 9 months pregnant and have had it for about 2 months now. I bought this set because I was having my 3rd child and our old washer and dryer needed to be replaced, so I thought this washer and dryer set would be great because I would need to wash frequently with the new baby. It was the worst idea ever. From the moment it was delivered I was not convinced. After they were installed i opened the washer door and it smelled a bit odd, a little musty. I asked the person who had delivered and installed it about the smell and he reassured me it would go away after a few cycles. I trusted him and went ahead and did my first load. I was so disappointed when I pulled the clothes out of the dryer. I had done a load of whites, but they were not very white and did not smell clean. I went ahead and washed them again. How is it energy efficient when I have to wash each load twice? And lets not forget all the water the washer leaves in the detergent compartment! I have to be very careful when opening it because it is always full of water and spills all over my floor when I want to add detergent for a new load. Yes. It leaves the compartment full of water after every wash. And my biggest complaint besides the fact that it scares my children when it is doing the spin cycle that shakes my entire home, it does a horrible job at washing my newborns clothes! That was the main reason for purchasing this set. Every time I wash my newborns clothes, her socks and other tiny clothes get trapped under the washer door. It is extremely frustrating. If I would have known how horrible this washer was I never would have gotten rid of my top loader. Now that was a washer. It cleaned my clothes properly the first time and left it smelling clean. I would not recommend this washer to anyone who has young children. I would invest my money on a top loader for sure.
Santa Cruz, NM
Washer - does a good job cleaning - not too loud (unlike a prior reviewer suggested) - fits nicely into condo space - we wanted something larger than a compact set, and this was the only set that fit the bill - only mild downside is that about a 1/4 cup of water is left over in the detergent drawer after it's finished washing. It can be easily dumped by taking the tray out (paper towels are not necessary as some reviewer said) and all is well, but this does take another 20 seconds Dryer - so far, we are very pleased with the good job it does drying The only real problem we had with the process was that Sears was not careful about screening who they hired to install the washer/dryer sets - the first person refused to install in a building and left the set in our living room. The next person either damaged the front door of the washer (or it came that way) and we had to get a new waser delivered. The Sears people were very helpful on the phone, and in the end, it all worked out and we are happy with our new washer-dryer set, after a month of use. Hopefully we just had some bad luck and this won't happen to you, but I would recommend Sears be a little more careful in screening their delivery teams.
Willow Springs, MO
San Diego, CA
I have had these now for about 2 months. I wanted a front loading washer forever! So when it came time to purchase, I looked everywhere for a deal. I found these (washer AND dryer) for $1100 at Sears Presidents day sale. I have to say that I knew front loaders use less water, I was freaking out how little water this thing uses! I was sniffing all of our clothes and inspecting them to see if they indeed got clean! They do. I like that the buttons are right in front of the machines,so I don't have to reach over them to start a load. -AND I had them stacked to make use of the space in my laundry room. As far as the spin cycle, it DOES start off a little clanky, and then DOES sound like an airplane, and I DO wonder sometimes if the whole thing is gonna shake itself to pieces, but it only lasts about 10 seconds or so. As far as the design, ya, I can't close my laundry room door anymore, (I'm thinking of putting in a folding door) but I don't know if that can be helped. Washers and dryers are GIANT these days. My house isn't even that old, and I would've had that issue with just about any washer and dryer. I'm also told that all front loading washers open from the right. With the way my laundry room is situated, it's a little awkward to load the washer, but for the price, I'm making the adjustment. Afterwards, I just leave the machine open to dry out. The dryer seems HUGE to me. It doesn't get blazing hot like my other dryer did,but my clothes are dry! Maybe better for my clothes? I'm actually really happy with my machines. I'd have given 5 stars if it weren't so noisy at the beginning of the spin cycle, but again, not really that big a deal to me. I would recommend these.
I've had this combo for over 3 months now, and I absolutely love it. Anybody who does not understand "high efficiency" certainly knows nothing about how they work & would easily provide a negative review. This washer/dryer combo is excellent, in quality, style and performance. I have had no problems with either appliance. Yhey look beautiful in my laundry room and do an excellent job cleaning/drying my laundry. I am well pleased with this selection.
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.
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