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Kenmore Elite 41073
 
Price range:
$1,339.00 - $1,439.10
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Summary: This Kenmore Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - Kenmore Elite 41073

The Kenmore Elite 41073 is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the Elite 41073 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand

Kenmore, the second manufacturer to market washers with steam, has a number of models in the front-loading category: Elite HE5, Elite HE5t Steam, Elite HE3, and HE2t. Those cover all the relevant prices—from $800 to $1,600—and Kenmore is considered a reliable brand.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Elite 41073
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Elite 41073
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Broke under 2 years
9/30/2014
Pros
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Breaks Down
Best Uses
Comment:
Bought thru Home Depot. Took extended warranty, which was good as it covered us for 4 years. Repair process took > month and was painful as it took 5 scheduled repair appointments (each with a 4 hour window for them to come to your home) for them to decide it was not repairable. Never again from HD.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Excellent
9/26/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Bedding
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
Made by LG, but cheaper.<br />Last set was 1992 top loader, this is front loader and I have never seen the dryer finish before the washer. Very impressed.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Mine may be a Lemon
7/16/2014
Pros
Fits Queen Blankets
Sanitize cycle
Steam option
Cons
Breaks Down
Leaky
Noisy
Best Uses
Comment:
I am currently waiting to receive replacement parts, so my saga is not yet over. If all goes well in the end I may upgrade my rating.<br />Machine stops every 5-20 minutes per cycle, displaying PF (power failure.) This is after one year plus one month of use. The warranty was only for one year. I'm very disappointed because I've had excellent experience with Kenmore appliances in past years. I suppose it's the new technology. Why is new tech so great while it's so expensive and unreliable? Replacement parts are Three Weeks out and I can't yet be sure they are the ones that will fix the problem. <br />Secondly, with new tech in this machine, the water fills a little bit at a time, spins, fills some more, etc. In my old house, there's a huge water hammer sound thumping through the walls each time the water fill stops. And yes, I do have water hammer arrestors installed.<br />Lastly, when I first got the machine, I put too much soap in on a few loads. This machine spits out the excess soapy water in order to protect itself(?) I recommend new purchasers have their machines installed on wide, weight-rated, non-molding blocks in order to be able to fit your mop under the machine to mop up the soapy excess water, in case you make the same mistake adjusting to the minimal soap mentality.
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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