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Refrigerators

Kenmore Elite 7205[3]
 
Approximate retail price:
$3200
Summary: This 31.0 cu.-ft. three-door french-door bottom-freezer Kenmore Elite 7205[3] refrigerator has
  • an external water dispenser
  • an air filter
  • a door open alarm
  • a built-in water filter
  • spillproof shelves
  • ice storage in its refrigerator
  • digital controls on its front door
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Type: Three-door French-door bottom-freezers
About - Kenmore Elite 7205[3]

The Kenmore Elite 7205[3] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator models like the Elite 7205[3] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Temperature performance:
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.

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This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

Noise:
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand

Kenmore offers a number of lines, including Kenmore Elite and Kenmore Elite Trio. Kenmore will be offering more products with LED lights and integrated dispensers on its high-end models.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Elite 7205[3]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 31.0
info Cabinet-depth model No
info French-door style No
info Water dispenser External
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Elite 7205[3]
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2.0
flimsy door bins!!!
11/25/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy Access
Quiet
Cons
Flimsy Shelves
Best Uses
Big Families
Comment:
After a side by side refrigerator I thought I had died and gone to heaven when we got the Sears Elite. I bought it due to past good experiences with the quality of Sears products. I have had no issues with anything EXCEPT that the door bins break, and crack. So far I have lost four bins to this problem. One small shelf on the top left that only held four ice cream sauce and was hardly ever even touched (my teens have all gone to college and marriage) literally fell from the door one day. I have contacted Sears parts and they are currently researching my bin issues. After reading some of these reports I see that I am not the only one having issues. The parts department's initial response has been appropriate and polite. So far I have not heard of any suggestion for an equable resolution. (such as free or reduced price replacement bins...I mean FOUR bins in THREE years? sheesh! A fridge without door bins is pretty sad!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Total Lemon - Stay Away!
11/11/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy Access
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
I'm generally not one to complain about appliances, but I have to admit this refrigerator line from Sears is a total lemon and should've been recalled. Sears has lost this loyal Kenmore consumer forever. Within the first year we got the Freezer Fan error code like everyone else. Just spent $600 to have a more powerful fan installed which required a different motherboard. We'll see if this fixes the issue, but I'm skeptical based on other stories here. Door trays are also cracked and coming apart. No mechanical issues with the icemaker yet, but it is small and you need to keep the freezer tray full if you expect guests. <br /><br />Meanwhile, the 25 year old Whirlpool which this pile of junk replaced is operating perfectly in the garage.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Unreliable
11/6/2014
Pros
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Space
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Really Big Paper Weight
Comment:
I've had this fridge for 2 years and it just died on me. Kenmore couldn't send someone out for 3 days which was supposed to be by 5pm today. Just got a call he can't make it out until 7 at the earliest. Also estimates the fix to be at least $800. I'll never buy a Kenmore again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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