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Kenmore's High-Efficiency Washer

Kenmore's High-Efficiency Washer

The washer at our house has been on the fritz for a while. It's an obscure, European brand, and while it has some awesome features (requires hardly any detergent, frontloading, highly water- and energy-efficient), the fact that there's only one repair company in the entire San Francisco Bay Area that will service it, and that the repair company routinely charges $150 every time we have it fixed, is making me consider changing machines.

I was further tempted when I read about the Barolo Kenmore washer. This 4.0 cu. ft. front-load washer uses SteamCare technology, which pretty much eliminates the need for pre-treating. The washer is also Energy Star-qualified, using 77% less energy & 73% less water than other machines. On average, it only uses 151 Kilowatt hours per year, as compared to the 420 kilowatt hours/year used by the top-loading Kenmore Elite Oasis machine.

This machine isn't cheap—it's several hundred dollars more expensive than most other washing machines, though it's $100.00 off through October 4th, selling for $1599.99.

But you know what's most cool of all? Dr. Jane Goodall is endorsing them.

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marell marell 5 years
I bought a new washing machine by Kenmore the is HE and it is not worth the money that I paid. I always have to do a second rinse and it is not much better. If I need to open the washer it takes forever to unlock. The noise it makes when shifting the clothes is unbelievable and it is so hard on the clothes that my good towels are now mostly rags and the clothes is so tangled that it is hard to get out of the washing machine. I regret the money I spent on the machine and it is too late to get my money back.
Davidgoesgreen Davidgoesgreen 9 years
I read about these products a week or so ago on www.getwithgreen.com. Their is complete pricing on the site (list pricing). They also provided information on the Bosch appliances, and some interesting links to rebate calculators in their Rebate section. We're in the market for new laundry machines for our remodel and are still deciding!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this looks good, but i guess i am concerned when i read PJ's comments
cramos cramos 9 years
I have this washer and dryer set in blue. They're cute and work really well. You can fit so much laundry in one load. And the dryer is really efficient. My old dryer needed two runs in order to get the clothes really dry, but this Kenmore works great.
erthed erthed 9 years
wow they're beautiful. Just look at them!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Well, they LOOK aesthetically pleasing.
verily verily 9 years
I'm not sure what you're talking about in regards to HE detergents being more expensive. At the stores I shop at, most brands sell the HE versions for the same price as regular detergent. And some companies like All and Method sell HE devoted versions that may appear to be tiny squeeze bottles, but actually do more loads than those giant bottles. I've been using my Frigidaire front loader set for 2 years and have no complaints about its cleaning abilities. Since it's so efficient, my water and energy bills have not noticeably increased since I purchased them (I had no laundry set previously). Just be careful of mildew. Water does tend to sit in the rubber door gasket for most front loaders. You may want to keep a hand towel handy for mopping up the excess water after a cycle and then leave the door open to air it out.
Jeng112 Jeng112 9 years
I want one! It is not often that an appliance impresses me.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
i m very content with my $850 washer by Whirlpool and the matching dryer. Prices like $1600 are waaayyy over the top IMO. My Whirlpool is great, energy efficient, quiet, and loaded with features! And I got a washer AND a dryer for $1600.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
Ok, I hate to be the negative here, but.... I own Kenmore's High Efficiency Washer & Dryer. I was so excited to get these. Let's talk washer first. It's supposed to be energy efficient, use less water, & be gentler on your clothes. It is all of those things, but it does not get your clothes as clean as a regular washer. Do not let anyone tell you it does. I have to wash each load for a minimum of an hour, to get them clean. (We are normal clean people, no extra dirt on our clothes, office jobs...you get my drift.) So, it ends up using more water & energy. Also, our sales person did not tell us this, but you are supposed to use "low-sud" detergents for these machines. They cost several dollars more than regular detergents. The dryer is ok, but once it stopped working right. Replacing the computer board is super expensive. You could almost buy a regular dryer, for the cost of repairing the thing. I'm sure it's going to be the same way if something ever goes wrong with the washer. I do love the front load part, though. It's also really gentle, on your gentle & hand wash garments. That's about all I can say that is positive about these! After having the first bit of trouble with mine, I went on line & discovered that I wasn't the only one who was disenchanted with it. Do your research first, before you buy. I wish I had, before I plunked down so much money for my set.
LittleMascara LittleMascara 9 years
I'm coveting this red washer/dryer set made by Samsung. You can find it at Lowes. In fact, I believe you can spot it in their new commercials! The control panel looks as if it's a CD player, with the buttons reading "Stop" "Play" etc. At $2,000 for the pair, I'll just keep drooling.
arienne arienne 9 years
I have a similar high-efficiency washer but from LG. I love it! The reason we got an LG rather than a Kenmore is that the LG has a steam-only cycle that you can use on most dry clean only clothes. It's fantastic!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
wow, those are expensive. They kinda look like a face haha.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow super lots of money! But, I guess your saivng it in the end too though. Mine is high-efficiency too (and it's a washer/dryer) and I LOVE it!
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I'd love to own these and do my part but they are priced way out of my range!!!!!!1 I hope for the day the energy efficient stuff isn't so costly up front for the consumer who makes a modest living.
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