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 Unconventional top-loader washing machine has
• 2011 Energy Star qualification
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Kenmore 2800 is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine
models like the 2800 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.
The following models have the same ratings as Kenmore 2800.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore 2600[ ] come from our tests of model Kenmore 2800, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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.
With a heavy heart, I replaced by 26 year old Maytag that had had two service repairs in its entire life and those were during the last two years. After reading the CR reviews, we chose this washer. While I find it cleans clothes adequately, it is very noisy and vibrates quite a bit. Twice in the first year, it stopped draining. Fortunately, those repairs (which would have been 2/3 of the cost of the machine EACH time) were covered under our one year warranty. This week, at 2.5 years old, the transmission went out and to repair it would cost again 2/3 of the cost of the machine originally. I am dumbfounded that I am having to buy another washing machine after 2.5 years but our Sears mechanic said to avoid this model in the future because they were having so many problems with the machine not draining and spinning. I have never been steered wrong by CR, but this machine has been a loser from beginning to end.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Fresno, Ca
Satisfied with this washer
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
I bought this machine on recommendation from my niece. I have had it for nine months and it is as good as any I have had. I think maybe all of the bad reviews are because the instructions are not read or they are not using HE detergent. From what I understand if you don't use HE detergent in a machine like this it will not only not clean properly but can damage your machine. As far as reliability is concerned I can't tell yet since I have had it only 9 months. Yet I presume it will be as good as or better as most of the machines out there since I have had Kenmore for years with no problems.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By All Washed up
from Ft. Worth, Tx
Doesn't Clean Effectively
My wife asked me to return the machine after 2-3 weeks, but I convinced her to read the manual and try other techniques that she obviously wasn't familiar with. It will not clean effectively, is noisy and slow. Often we wash the load twice to clean residual soap. And forget about the soap packets, they will not disolve consistantly which also leads to re-washing. I have learned my lesson. The washing machine is currently being delivered to my college kid and I am shopping for a replacement.