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 4147 is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine
models like the Elite 4147 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 wash almost 3-4 times a week. Washer is very quite and love the digital controls. The Washer looks great, but can not live with the washer not cleaning my white clothing, does not dispense all of the liquid in the dispenser into machine, Machine will not complete the spin cycle if the drum is uneven.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Gainesville, FL
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Washing Machine
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
We are an active family and use the washer frequently. We appreciate the Workout Wear option for getting clean and fresh-smelling all the sweaty clothes that come from playing tennis and running in Florida!<br /><br />The wash cycle is long, but the dry cycle in the matching dryer is very short. Even with the longer wash cycle, I can wash and dry a load of clothes in much less time than required to do the same load in our 28 year old Maytag.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By frustrated with Kenmore/Sears
from Marion, South Carolina
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Beware of Sears Service Contract
The Kenmore front loader washer was broken more often than it was working. Beware of buying the Extended Service Plan - if you live outside of a major metropolitan area plan on being without your washer for no less than a month. When your machine breaks you have to schedule a service call. At best its two weeks before the repair tech comes out. They then diagnose the problem, order the parts, and leave. The parts arrive 5 days later at which point you have to call to schedule another service call. Two more weeks pass. If your lucky the first service technician ordered the right parts. If you're even luckier the parts that arrive work. We've been without a working machine for 4 months. Getting them to replace the defective machine is next to impossible. Expect them to deny you no less than 3 times before they consider replacing the machine. My advice- skip the extended service contract and call a local repair person.