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

  Item#  04651179000 | Model#  51179
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 Rating 3.5 | 70 Reviews | Write a review
Reg Price: $2119.99
Savings: $720.00
$1399.99
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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: Black
Color Family: Black
Crisper Color: Clear
Door Color: Black
Door Finish: Smooth
Door Style: Contoured
Handle Color: Black
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
Performance:
Control Type: Digital
Kilowatt Hrs. per Year: 627
Durability:
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
Certifications:
ENERGY STAR Compliant: Yes

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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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41 Reviewers (59.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Shane-NoVA
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?
Criticism14 found this helpful
KimberlyDutton
Jul 17 , 2013
Some minor difficulties.
This fridge is BEAUTIFUL looks great in our kitchen....but when we got the fridge we picked it up took us a couple hours to get it in the house as we had to take the doors off....but did a good job at it. Once all set up the refridgerator side light wouldnt work( the sensor on the inside of door is not the best) but if we opened the freezer side with the fridge side open the light would work....so seems like a electrical issue...we have someone coming out to look at it. Also once we ran water through it and did as directions stated the ice maker wasnt producing any ice so they are gonna look at that too....hopefully all goes well we love the fridge love the space and everything else seem to be fine water is working too.....lets hope this can be fixed so as for now not so good and wish i had a better review ...but ill update this post after the technician comes out.
 

mikesmad

Forney, TX

Aug 20 , 2014
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bad ice maker

I have had it plugged in since the 5th and they told me to let the ice maker make 1 full cylinder then dump it and then the ice would be good. Took two days to get 15 cups of ice,it holds 25 supposedly. In the next day and a half it has finally made another 15 cups of ice. I have not had a drink with ice in it in 4 days. This unit has accelerator ice maker and yes I have it on. It only last 90 minutes and you have to turn it back on. I have turned it on over 15 times since the 5th. It doesnt make any more ice with it on versus off. I am very disappointed in this unit. I bought this fride because my last one was 20 years old and it was a kenmore. Im thinking about taking the new one out and putting the old one back in just so we can have ice.


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Aug 15 , 2014
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This refrigerator has more than enough extra space

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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HappyShopper2014

Mandan, ND

Aug 6 , 2014
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Awesome Fridge! Huge amount of storage, even a wine rack!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tapa

York Springs, PA

Aug 4 , 2014
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new refrigerator

I love the lighting system of the inside, not so thrilled with the ice machine, as it makes smaller ice cubes than the one in my Frigidaire and it only makes like 7 cubes at a time, I tried the accelerator ice but still can't keep up with our demand, i would recommend if they didn't use much ice

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 1 , 2014
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The refrigerator doors were uneven. This was noticed by my wife not me.

Clothes washer delivered at same time leaks.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 1 , 2014
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Fantastic buy

The Kenmore Refrigerator is incredible. Fruits and vegetables stay fresher, longer. There is so much room, easy to see everything both in the refrig. and the freezer.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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revkenpage

Phoenix, AZ

Jul 31 , 2014
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This model is a lemon.

The motherboard in our fridge malfunctioned in the first week. We spent 7 months waiting for a backordered replacement before finally being told that so many of the motherboards in this model fail that the manufacturer can't keep up with replacements. Eventually our fridge was deemed "unrepairable," and Sears replaced it with a different model of our choice. Read the "one star" reviews and you will see a lot of people with the same problems we had: "No ice. No water. Temperature in fridge not regulated. Etc." Buy something else.


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ttconner

Newton, KS

Jul 31 , 2014
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Solid Product

Solid product. We love the extra lighting and the full size door shelves. Excellent. The option is to change the location of the shelves is limited, so make sure you like the configuration before purchasing. They work great for us. The features on the water and ice dispenser are perfect for us too. By far the largest, most practical freezer area of the models we shopped. A great product and finding it on sale made it a teriffic buy.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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S_Canotn_MI

Canton, MI

Jul 29 , 2014
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One week review of this product

So far I have had no issues with this refrigerator (T.G.). The price and features of this unit is the reason I purchased it, despite some of the negative reviews on this site. I have 30 days to return it if I am not happy with the fridge, So far the ice maker is working well, the noise that it and the refrigerator makes is the same as my old refrigerator. I have not touched the factory temperature settings in hopes of avoiding some of the problems mentioned on this sites reviews. The quality of the refrigerator is what I expected, same as the unit of the floor at Sears. I will put in another review after the 30 day period, but so far so good (T.G.).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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20Gabby00

Sugar Land, TX

Jul 28 , 2014
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30 cubic ft. Me more Elite side-by-side refrigerator

We purchased this refrigerator to replace a 20 year old one that is in our laundry room, right next to the kitchen. We never seem to have enough fridge space so the new one will really come in handy. We love all of the LED lights when we open the doors. Overall, we are very pleased with the side-by-side refrigerator/freezer.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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