The Kenmore Elite 81073 is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the Elite 81073 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.
Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.
For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.
About This Brand
This brand, sold at Sears, is known for its reliability and offers a wide choice of models. The Kenmore brand also offers a number of different dryer lines that match its washing machines: Kenmore, Elite, HE5, HE5 Steam, Oasis, and HE2. Some Kenmore dryers use steam to freshen up clothing or remove wrinkles. Prices for the dryers range from $350 with sensor to $1,300.
Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Porcelain top A porcelain top resists scratching better than a painted one but generally adds to a dryer's cost. Painted tops, far more common, are often quite durable with normal use.
Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Steam option Generally, a water hook-up is required with this feature. In this cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the drum while tumbling with heat. It helps to reduce wrinkles and odors, but is intended only for a few garments at a time.
Purchased this dryer from Sears 8 months ago and now heat does not work. Was told by Sears service center that the heating element needs replaced. They have to order part and then schedule service which in all will take 2 weeks. Very upset and frustrated that a major appliance like this at this price breaks after only owning it for 8 months. My husband spoke to someone at Sears who tells us in about 3 months they will no longer have the parts to fix these dryers now that new models are coming out soon. He told my husband hope this fixes the problem now because then you are out of luck.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By D MACK
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Use
Hard to Clean Lint Filter
Uses Alot Of Gas
Sheets & Mattress Covers
wE USE THIS PRODUCT EVERYDAY HEAVY USE FOR BABY CLOTHS DIPERS TO BIG BEDING ECT.