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.
Initially getting the hang of the temperature settings was confusing, but we've figured it out. <br /><br />If you've never owned a bottom-freezer model, be aware that it takes some getting used to. Even though this model has a pretty well laid-out freezer, changing from a top-freezer to a bottom freezer can be hard on your back at first, what with bending over to rummage through your frozen foods.<br /><br />The only real problem seems to be with the deli drawer, which has a gap in the back that allows items to fall behind it and interfere with the drawer's movements. Be careful not to just shove stuff into the deli drawer or it will overflow behind and you'll have to take out the drawer to retrieve the items. Also, the glides on the deli drawer seem loose and it's easy for the drawer to get cocked at an angle, requiring entirely too much fussing to get it back in the tracks (hint: PUSHING the drawer in gently each time before opening it seems to straighten it out if the last person was careless pushing it in). The rollers seem loose to me, which may be part of the problem. One curiosity I found behind the deli drawer is an object that appears to be a light but doesn't light up (some kind of sensor?). The crisper drawers seem to glide just fine. <br /><br />This model is made in Korea by LG, and the build quality seems quite good, though the compressor is very noisy (loud buzzing at times). A few design tweaks (mainly the deli drawer) would improve it.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from long island, ny
SORRIEST PURCHASE I'VE MADE EVER
i wish i would have seen these reviews before purchasing this refrigerator. i own it a little over two years. i've already had the fan replaced once--right after the warranty expired, of course. now it's making the same noise it did the first time the fan went out, and i keep getting the same ER F1 error message, which tells me the fan is on its way out again. definitely a design flaw. sadly, kenmore, you are no longer what you once were, and i'm not likely to ever purchase another sears/kenmore product after this experience. by the way, i didn't even want to give this refrigerator one star, but had to in order to leave this review.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Unhappy and frustrated consumer
from Moreno Valley, CA
A Kenmore Failure
Space For Tall Items
Bad Ice Maker
Not Cold Enough
Four service calls and still have a refrigerator nightmare. The noise is overwhelming. This refrigerator should definitely be recalled. CR needs to review this refrigerator again. I'm ready to take it to the dump and lose my $2600 investment. A new compressor, fan and other repairs haven't solved the problem. Sears refuses to respond to concerns. Stay away from it!!! After months of noise mine quit working Thanksgiving Day. Even with a warranty it took a week to get a service call. Response from Sears was for me to buy some dry ice, ask a neighbor to store my food, or go rent a refrigerator. Needless to say I'm done with both Sears and Kenmore products.