The Kenmore Elite 7205 is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the Elite 7205 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
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.
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 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.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Cabinet-depth model Cabinet-depth models usually measure 27 to 28 inches deep, not quite flush with the cabinets, but at least three inches shallower than many standard 36-inch-wide models. You can get models with stainless exteriors or panel kits.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser It is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
*****WARNING! SEARS PRODUCTS AND WARRANTY VENDORS SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS!!!*****<br />We purchased a Sears Kenmore Elite 30 cu ft refrigerator in mid Sept. 2011 expecting to be receiving a quality product that would last for years. We purchased a 5 year warranty service protection agreement for this product with 1-800-4-MY-HOME as the contact number for any issues that we might encounter. The first week of Sept. 2014, we received an error code on the front of the display panel. We contacted the Sears immediately to schedule an appointment for a technician to come out and fix the issue. The technician was not available until a week later with NO EVENING OR SATURDAY APPOINTMENTS available and the appt times were only available in four hour increments. We scheduled an appt and requested to be contacted via cell phone prior to the technician arriving so that we could leave work and be home within the 30 minute allotted timeframe which we were ASSURED would be provided to us. One week later on that day no phone call was received on our cell and when we arrived home we had a message on our home phone stating that the technician was here and that we had missed the appt and to call and reschedule. Ok… a misunderstanding. So we called and rescheduled for the following day.<br />Day #2 arrives and we had requested the same contact via cell with the 30 minute allotment so that we did not miss more time at work than what was needed. Needless to say… no phone call on the cell phone nor the home phone. A NO CALL… NO SHOW… We contacted Sears warranty phone number AGAIN and we were told that the technician had called into the SERVICE NUMBER and stated that we needed to reschedule. Why the technician would call the service number and not us directly I can't comprehend…??? How are we supposed to know that we needed to reschedule other than realizing at the end of the day that it was a NO CALL… NO SHOW…??? So we rescheduled our appt AGAIN for another week out since the ever so unhelpful and unsympathetic SUPERVISOR could not fit us in until that time. <br />Another week later for our 3RD scheduled appt, the technician finally called our cell number and spoke to us. We let him know that we were on our way and would be there shortly. We were also assured that the 30 minute allotment window would be provided to us this time as well. So we arrived home within 15 minutes and there was a Sorry we missed you sticker on our door. The technician had arrived within 5 minutes of calling us and left right away KNOWING that we had just spoken with him and that we were leaving work to be there. We tried to contact the technician directly immediately and NEVER received a response. We called the service number AGAIN and we were told that they would contact dispatch and get back to us shortly. Two hours later… NO CALL BACK! We called the service number AGAIN and were told that we needed to reschedule FOR A 4TH TIME. Is there anyone that would not be frustrated at this point in time? It might not have been much of an issue if I had the luxury of not having to work however most people that I know are not that fortunate.<br />The refrigerator is less than 3 years old and already having issues. This story will be posted on every possible avenue that I can think of so that people are aware of how SEARS operates and their LOUSY customer service. I will NEVER purchase another SEARS product and if anyone decides to purchase their products, I would strongly recommend NOT PURCHASING THE WARRANTY since it is nearly impossible to get someone to come out and repair any issues. I can't understand how a company so well known as SEARS could deal with such a WORTHLESS warranty vendor that they would allow their name to be drug in the mud. For my Facebook contacts… please repost this message as much as possible so that we can do the public a service by informing them of these issues prior to making the same mistake that we did in purchasing a SEARS product and wasteful warranty. And still… no resolution to date.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
By Trouble and Woes
from Tucson, AZ
Unrelible, comnstantly needs repairs
Bad Ice Maker
We purchased this fridge a few years ago mainly for its size and features. Fortunately we purchased the extended protection plan - becuase we have had to have this machine repaired many times. First the icemaker, then the switch/door that activates it, then the refrigerator fan, now the freezer fan. Just one problem after another. Combined with Sears ordering the wrong part so repairs were delayed while they got the right ones. Technician told us the the manufacturer is aware of the icemaker hardware problems but continues to ship fridges without the modified parts they are installaing in the field.<br /><br />While they fool around trying to get the parts and schedule a service call, we have to live with a broken fridge fo r 2 or 3 weeks. <br /><br />Sears is now offering to replace the unit - but I am hesitant becuase I don't want to go through the same set of repairs again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Retired shop teacher
from Ft Myers, FL
Spacious storage areas a plus!
Space For Tall Items
In about 12 months, refrigerator was not cooling and freezer would not keep food frozen. Thus, we had to replace the circuit board and serviceman had difficulty obtaining parts for LG made Kenmore. Love the size and door usage but today my freezer door would not open more than 10-12 inches. I spent an hour cleaning out the bottom freezer and removing ice cubes that apparently fell onto the internal rails keeping the door from opening and had to be manually removed. Sprayed with silicon and now seems to be working. Problem was probably caused by overfilling the ice container in the upper part of the freezer drawer. Be warned about the ice storage issue.