Kenmore Elite 4.0 cu. ft. Front-Load Steam Washer - White ENERGY STAR®Item# 02641472000 | Model# 41472
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Kenmore Elite 4.0 Front-Load Washer - Easy on Clothes
Offering 4.0 cu. ft. of capacity, this Kenmore Elite steam washer 4147 protects clothing during the wash cycle so they come out both clean and intact. Its large capacity lets you wash bigger loads so you can get more laundry cleaned efficiently and quickly. This Kenmore Elite steam washer also includes the Accela-Wash option, reducing the time a load takes to finish when you need clothes clean sooner. And as an ENERGY STAR-qualified appliance, it gets the job done while saving you money on your utility bill.
- SteamTreat virtually eliminates the need to pre-treat fabric while it tackles common tough, set-in messes with the deep cleaning power of steam.
- With Smart Motion Technology, the Direct Drive Motor blends up to six different wash motions, providing customized care for each type of fabric so clothes get totally clean.
- Medium capacity makes this washer versatile while allowing it to deliver the gentle or deep-down clean your fabrics need.
- Boosting wash speeds by up to 35%, Accela-Wash™ combines the continuous soaking of Active Spray™ with the water injection of Active Rinse™ to clean more laundry in less time.
- Kenmore Connect™ quickly sends diagnostic information over the phone for faster trouble-shooting, quicker repairs and fewer service calls.
Added on February 24, 2012
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El Dorado Hills, CA
Dont buy this. It broke after the 1st load. After of decades of making washers, you'd think they could make something a little more reliable. Oh, and the customer service rep's could only speak in broken English.
We bought such an expensive machine because we wanted a *really* quiet washer. It's located in my husband's office, and I do bodywork from a home office, though the room is on the other end of the house. It squeals when the water is being added to the washer, which is annoying if you are in my husband's office, and the spin cycle sometimes reverberates up through the whole house, and actually rattles the window pane in my office room, upstairs and down a long hall from the washer. We'd like to reach back and adjust the feet but it's so awkward and heavy that we dare not try to pull it out. Front loaders are notorious for smelling bad. We leave the door open to dry after each load and that has been enough so far (almost 2 years). Best features: very efficient spin requires less drying time. "Express wash" is fast (18 minutes) and uses less water, perfect for running a load of my bodywork sheets.
I've only had this product for 5 1/2 years and didn't even use it for 1 1/2 of that (lived elsewhere with a washer). This washer didn't hold up at all (companion dryer works fantastic). It started making a noise and apparently Sears constructed it so that you have to replace it if the bearing goes out. So this washer didn't even make it four years of use before it completely broke down. Sears' warranty protection doesn't even come close to meeting the replacement value (stated that it is uneconomical to fix) of this product, especially after only 5 years of ownership and 4 years of use. I will not recommend this product at all to anyone. My parents always said Kenmore was a good brand but it doesn't seem as though they are building things to the same standard. Based on Sears' position on their extended warranty, I won't be purchasing products from Sears in the future.....which is too bad because I own a whole swath of products from them.
Kenmore quality has hit rock bottom. This washer required numerous control board changes. It smells like the stagnant cesspool at the bottom of a cave, and makes my clothes smell the same. Requires constant cleaning out. The main bearing causes a LOUD knocking sound during the spin cycle and the repair tech says the repair will cost $1730, over twice as much as the purchase price. Unusable, this washer is trash and will be the last Kenmore product I ever buy.
Used to own Kenmore Heavy Duty washer and dryer...washed and dried a 8x10 foot rug in it several times...owned it 10+ years without problems of any kind. Next tried Maytag...piece of junk, knew repairman on first name basis. So, going back to Kenmore! Bought an Elite, payed more money because I wanted a machine to last. Not this one! I bought it Jan 2012, didn't get the extra warranty because I thought Kenmore spoke for itself...nope! This one has to be cleaned a lot if you don't want your clothes to stink, but sometimes after cleaning there is still an odor. It started making a funny noise when the drum went around, and now when you have a load in it won't drain or spin correctly, I had to drain the tub using the tube in front, checked the plug, and it was pretty clean. I did get it to spin the water out of the clothes, but it still makes this "noise". Called Customer Service, and of course they won't do an over-the-phone diagnostic because I didn't buy the extended warranty, I have to schedule a service call. God only knows how much this will end up costing me! I wish I had just gone with a cheap throw-away.
If you want to wash more than four towels at once, don't buy this washer. We get LE Errors that don't clear unless we drain the drum and then reduce the load - by pulling dripping wet towels or jeans out of it to reduce the weight. What would normally be a single load wash, ends being 3 washes as you have to always split your load. I would not recommend this washer to anyone. Also the maximum wash time is 56 minutes, which is very low.
La Crescenta, CA
This washer is great for washing clothes, but when you stop washing and close the door, it collects condensation and doesn't air out well. It gets mildew-smelling very fast. If you are contemplating between the upright or front-loading, stick with the upright. The upright seems to drain better and it clears out better.
Glendale Heights, IL
I spent days and days reading reviews before we bought this washer. I was hesitant to buy an eco friendly washer; my mother had a front loader that she detested. I came into this purchase very skeptically. After using for a couple of months I can honestly say that I am in love with this washing machine. It can do anything! If you just need a normal wash, it can do that (practically noiselessly) in about 18-30 minutes. I am expecting my second baby next week, so I've been pulling baby items out of the basement. I was worried I wouldn't be able to use them due to mold. I did a sanitize cycle with a borax prewash and they came out looking brand new! Grant it a sanitize with a prewash cycle may take an hour and half, but you will be amazed at the results! Some complained about the noise during the spin cycle. We have a 90 yr old house with wooden floors. There are times when you can feel the floor vibrating, but not often. And not any worse than the our old top loader could be. I LOVE IT!