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.
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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
• 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 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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By John the Contractor
from Chattanooga, TN
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I did a lot of research and decided to buy the Kenmore Elite washing machine and matching dryer. Very happy with the decision. Many options to select from on both machines. Wash cycles are shorter than our previous machine. There is a large capacity in both machines. Best feature is the low vibration and noise. Our machines are on the 2nd floor and we could hear and feel the vibration on most of the 1st floor from the old washing machine during the spin cycle. Not so with the Kenmore. The Kenmore vibration level is 1/10th of the previous machine. Had I known the Kenmore would be this good, I would have replaced our old machines two years ago.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Los Altos CA
(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
leaks water; clean filter monthly
I Have Had Two Machines I
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