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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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!
Fort Wayne, IN
I bought lhis washer, matching dryer (81472) and pedestals. I assembled and installed these products myself and was extremely pleased with the way the products were packaged for shipment. The machines were very easy to unbox. The washing machine had integral recessed handles build in the sides for easy handling. The machines attach securely to the matching pedestals easily. The water connection inlets are well placed and have good spacing for your hands to tighten the hoses. The washing machine ran very quietly and efficiently. The laminated quick instruction guide, along with the suction cup attachment, is a great, useful idea. I printed off a copy of the online user manual and read it before making this purchase so that I was familiar with the machine before making the purchase. One thing that I learned was that front-loading washers should use the High Efficient detergent rather than the standard because it is lower sudsing. We have had a top loader forever and did not know this.
Le Claire, IA
This LG made Kenmore has been a nightmare since it arrived in July '12. The laundry began to stink at times. We cleaned and maintenanced as directed. Still smelly clothes. We did it MORE often than required. Still smelly clothes. We threw AWAY clothes and towels. Sears was called during the process. Finally, we (with technician) determined it is just a bad design and when using steam or sanitize, the washer would leave the smell. Sears is taking care of us and the replacement is on the way. After 17 years of owning front loaders from Sears, NO MORE! A top load efficiency is on the way.
I tried two machines before exchanging it for a Maytag. It has three main problems: 1) It takes a long time to balance the load before going into a faster spin. I'm talking 10 minutes of slow back and forth spins. Once, after ten minutes of trying, it gave and unbalanced sign and quit working, something my HE3 (Kenmore) never did. 2) It shakes, rattles and rolls. I'm talking much louder, more vibration, and it sometimes moves. Both the machine and pedestal are lighter and it shows. Had techs come out to see if balancing was a problem to no avail. 3) The water hose and plug thing don't make much sense. After three washes I checked on both machines and over a liter of water came out, and it doesn't all go in your pan. Because there isn't good drainage from the plug it goes all over and under the machine, and woe to the soul who doesn't have the machine on a pedestal. I don't know how they are expected to drain the water.
I usually don't write reviews but this is an exception. We purchased this washer with the matching dryer for our new house over a year ago in October 2011. I am so happy with this machine. I have three kids. This washer gets all the clothes super clean. It can clean a king size comforter. It spins so well it is amazing. It cuts drying time drastically. Some people complain of the long cycle times, which is true, but it cleans clothes so well I don't care.
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