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Kenmore Elite  29.8 cu. ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator - Stainless Steel  ENERGY STAR®

  Item#  04651173000 | Model#  51173

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Reg Price: $2469.99
Savings: $538.46
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Capacity:
Depth w/ Handle (in.): 35.63
Depth w/Door Open 90 Degrees (In.): 51.125
Depth w/o Handle (in.): 33.25
Freezer Capacity (Cu Ft): 12.2
Height to Top of Case (in.): 69
Height to Top of Hinge (in.): 69 Glossary
Overall Capacity (Cu Ft): 29.7
Refrigerator Capacity: 17.5
Width w/ Door Closed (In.): 35.5
Width w/Door Open 90 Degrees (In.): 41.5
Color and Styling:
Cabinet Color: Mono
Color Family: Stainless steel
Crisper Color: Clear
Door Color: Stainless
Door Finish: Smooth
Door Style: Contoured
Handle Color: Mono
Product Overview:
Adjustable Legs: Yes
Automatic Defrost: Yes
Standard or Counter Depth: Standard Depth Glossary
Dynamic Cooling: Yes
Fast Freeze: No
General Warranty: l year limited
Ice Dispenser: Yes
Power Cord Included: Yes
Voltage (V): 115
Control Type: Digital
Kilowatt Hrs. per Year: 627
Freezer Shelf Material: Glass
Handle Material: Metal
Refrigerator Shelf Material: Glass
Filtration & Dispensing:
Ice Maker: Yes
Ice Style: Crushed & Cubed
Internal Water Dispenser: No
Thru Door Dispenser: Ice & Water Dispenser
Water Filter: Yes
Water Filter Replacement Part Number: 9930
Freezer Features:
Defrost System: Frost-free
Refrigeration Conveniences:
Adjustable Shelves: Yes
Control Location: Exterior
Crisper Style: Slide-out
Flexible Storage Shelf: No
Gallon Door Storage: Yes
Humidity-Controlled Crisper: Yes Glossary
Number of Refrigerator Door Bins: 4
Number of Refrigerator Drawers: 3
Number of Refrigerator Shelves: 3
Refrigerator Interior Light: Yes
Freezer Conveniences:
Freezer Interior Light: Yes
Number of Freezer Door Bins: 3
Number of Freezer Shelves/Baskets: 3
ENERGY STAR Compliant: Yes


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Product Description

Kenmore Elite 29.8 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator - Adjustable Storage

With nearly 30 cu ft. of storage Large Capacity, space-saving features like full-door gallon storage and SmartSense temperature management, the Kenmore Elite refrigerator 5117 is head-and-shoulders above other side-by-side refrigerators. This Kenmore ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator has the most Large Capacity of any side-by-side refrigerator/freezer on the market, and smart design features give you even more shelf space. The fridge's four adjustable door bins hold 8 gallon-sized containers, while the SpaceSaver ice system is designed to free up valuable freezer space.

  • Gallon door bins easily hold jugs, bottles and gallon containers to help clear the shelves and give you space to stock up.
  • Relocated to the door, the SpaceSaver Ice System makes cold, refreshing ice, while clearing an entire shelf to give you 30% more storage space, so you can stock up on frozen foods.
  • The easily accessible can and bottle rack organizes 5 cans or bottles within the refrigerator door to free up extra shelf space and keep your favorite flavors within reach.
  • CrisperKeeper Drawers absorb the natural ripening agent given off by fruit and vegetables to extend the life of produce and help flavor last.
  • The CleanFlow™ Air Filter circulates air through a charcoal filter to keep the refrigerator smelling fresh and is 15 times more effective than baking soda in reducing odors.
  • Spill-proof tempered glass shelves keep drips, drizzles and spills from spreading throughout the fridge, making cleanup fast and easy.

Added on March 20, 2013


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32 Reviewers (55.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise37 found this helpful
Nov 25 , 2013
So far so good...
We were looking to upgrade from our 21cu' top freezer, so I was able to spend time researching reports and reviews. I ingest personal reviews with a spoonful of sugar, as you should, even with this one. The reasoning is you don't know what the reviewer knows about common drawbacks among various styles, newer vs older manufacturing, and most importantly what their expectations were compared to reality. With that said, enjoy. I have to admit 25+ reviews and only having 3 stars was worrisome. However, I purchased a set of front load washer/dryer against the review odds 2 years ago I have never had a problem with them, not a single one, but I digress. I visited our local Sears Appliance store many times over several months to keep an eye on the price of this fridge. I found a sales rep that was extremely honest about the various pros/cons of the various styles. She even advised me of future expectations of pricing/sales for this model and I was able to purchase this fridge at the cheapest price I've ever seen, including the upcoming Black Friday panic. The delivery guys were early, respectful, cautious of my wood floors, and provided the initial start-up/cleaning procedures for the first 24 hours. The wife and I spent a couple of hours cleaning the inside before it cooled down. I ran 2.5 gallons of throw away water to clean the water lines of air bubbles. I enabled the ice maker and the ice accelerator. Within 24-hours the bin was full, I discarded the entire bin. I enabled the ice accelerator again and within 24-hours the bin was full. The most common complaints of all in-door ice makers is the ice maker and this was my biggest worry. However, I'm not seeing the problems of little to no ice making. The ice maker churns out ice every 40 min w/out the accelerator at 0 degrees and just under 30 min w/accelerator. It's in-door so the ice tray only does about 7 cubes at a time. It's not a commercial grade ice maker so I wouldn't expect it to act as such. The noise level (fan, water pump, and ice maker) is comparable to the 5-year old top freezer system we upgraded from. The ice drop is just a little louder than my top freezer, but the bin is in-door so it is expected. Our family room is adjacent/open to the kitchen and the noise level isn't any significant change from my top-freezer. The biggest noise I hear is the water pump, but it's no different or louder than my top freezer. If you want a machine that whispers go spend $5,000 on a Sub-zero Wolf system, but don't expect an in-door ice maker. Pros: Large capacity; refrigerator door shelves have many levels of adjustments; easy access water filter; controls simple to use; open-door chime; provides quantity of water dispensed in cups, liters, ounces; Cons: needs one more refrigerator door shelf and main freezer shelf; some silicone left around edges (easily cleaned); minor door level adjustments; wasn't free; all refrigerators - what happened to the egg bin?
Criticism9 found this helpful
Aug 28 , 2013
Large with large problems
Ice maker extremely noisy. Wheels in center, sides can sag over time (according to repairman). Evap motor went out 1st week. Glossy Black Finish scratches very easily. Returned after 2 weeks because it would wake us up in the night due to it being so noisy, bought different brand.Ice maker in door gives more room in freezer but they need to figure out how to eliminate the noise.


Houston, TX

Jul 6 , 2014
Best fridge ive ever owned

Bough this kenmore elite 2 years ago after owning a cheapo top freezer for 2 years. so much more space, flexibility to organize depending on whats getting cooked that week. Purchased a protection agreement and I've got to say the annual visit and power surge protection really gives me peace of mind. Love Sears and I can say for now i am married to Kenmore because of this fridge.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Forest Grove, OR

Jul 3 , 2014
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So far so good

We've only had it for two weeks and so far my only complaints are that the ice is made slower and that the bar inbetween the fridge and freezer runs really hot. (Like don't linger or you'll burn yourself!)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Miami, FL

Jun 29 , 2014
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Great refrigidator

It looks very nice! I replace my old one for this one and what a big difference Very silence and a lot if great features

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 25 , 2014
I love this fridge

As soon as i saw this fridge in the store, i opened the doors and it sang to me! The lights inside gently glow to life like a spaceship! Storage is fantastic, organisation is great, love the blue lights in door ice dispenser, i would bery highly recommend, so much space!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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West Hills, CA

May 27 , 2014
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Love It!

Purchased this fridge 3 weeks ago, and we love it! Not only is it beautiful, but it's huge and the lighting inside is awesome! We've received so many compliments on our new fridge. I'm not sure why everyone is complaining - we haven't had a single problem with ours. Plus, the price has dropped twice and when I contacted Sears, I received two separate refunds totaling almost $500! Now that's customer service! I would highly recommend this product. Yes, the ice maker is loud, but once it's full, you won't hear much noise at all...unless you use a ton of ice, everyday.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

May 26 , 2014
Evaluation of Kenmore Elite 29.8

So far love it love it love it. I've seen some of the negative reviews per door not being aligned, noise, ice-maker. First of all our delivery guy was great. I pointed out that the door didn't seem to be aligned and he got right to it and lined them right up. No problem. As far as noise it is negligible. The ice-maker is in the door people. It is convenient because it is not occupying space in the freezer. And so what if you hear some ice dropping into the container. If you need tons of ice for a party than simply do what most people do and go buy an exta bag or two of ice at the store. Other than that, the ice-maker is more than adequate for an average family household. The unit is beautiful, spacious to fit all of your groceries and beyond. It has drawer sensors to regulate humidity for fruit and vegetables. The water filter is out of the way and convenient to change when the time comes. I has an air filter so that you no longer have to place a baking soda box to reduce odors. It has an egg compartment where you can place the whole box of eggs whether these a dozen or the 18 egg container. It will fit. The thing is awesome people. I was originally going to buy a Whirlpool model to match my other Whirlpool appliances. But Whirlpool was having delivery delays for the model we chose. Instead we chose the bigger Kenmore Elite. We got an excellent deal and up to now so far so good very happy with the purchase.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Tucson, AZ

May 14 , 2014
awesome refrigerator-love the space!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Montgomery, IL

Apr 24 , 2014
Best refrigerator ever

This refrigerator looks even better in person and makes good appearance as high end stainless appliance. The space inside the refrigerator is large with racks for wine and side storing for multiple gallons of milk. It is quiet and I have never been able to make ice faster. Absolutely no regrets on this purchase!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Slidell, LA

Apr 22 , 2014

Purchased a refrigerator less than 2 weeks ago now I see it is 200.00 less and delivery was terrible they did not unpack inside nor level nor check the door that would not close properly.

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Lytle, TX

Apr 16 , 2014
Fantastic fridge

I love this side by side refrigerator. The ice maker in the door has to be my favorite, but not only, part of it. It save so much space and allows a more organized freezer. The extras like the drink and wine holders are a hit with me as well. I have enough room and compartments to keep everything organized and neat. Best fridge I have ever bought. I even like it better than the 5K French door I had before.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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