What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
Approximate retail price:
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
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
I have had 2 machines in 3 weeks. The first arrived broken and water leaked out the bottom on the 2nd or 3rd wash. Then it was replaced. The second machine started leaking water at about 2.5 weeks. The customer service person asked me if I had changed the filter (that was a surprise!). I did change the filter while she was on the phone and had another big leakage of water doing that (customer service said that was normal and changing filter should be done monthly.) I said no thanks and sent the machine back
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Winnipeg, MB
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Unfortunately the machine was received broken when we got it. We had a broken washer and had to wait two weeks to get this one delivered and now they want us to wait another 2.5 weeks for someone to service the machine. <br /><br />The machine was leaking water all over the place. <br /><br />Makes me wonder the quality control that is done at the factory or maybe it was just the cold or something else that broke it. <br /><br />I'll update the review once I get the machine functional.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from Long Beach, CA
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
One Awesome machine!
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
This is the best investment I have ever made. I have washed my entire bedding sheet sets, mattress pad, and heavy duty blanket all in one wash without any problems. I have washed an amazing amount of towels and they spin so dry they stick to the walls and the tub looks empty which makes them dry extremely fast. Just one amazing washer, matching dryer is just as awesome!