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Kenmore Elite 4.0 cu. ft. Front-Load Steam Washer - White
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Kenmore Elite 4.0 cu. ft. Front-Load Steam Washer - White

Item# 02641472000P | Model# 41472 | Added on February 24, 2012 | Seller:
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Kenmore Elite 4.0 Front-Load Washer - Easy on Clothes Offering 4.0 cu. ft. of capacity, this Kenmore Elite steam washer 4147 protects clothing during the wash cycle so they come out both clean and intact. Its large capacity lets you wash bigger loads so you can get more laundry cleaned efficiently and quickly. This Kenmore Elite steam washer also includes the Accela-Wash option, reducing the time a load takes to finish when you need clothes clean sooner. And as an ENERGY STAR-qualified appliance, it gets the job done while saving you money on your utility bill. SteamTreat virtually eliminates the need to pre-treat fabric while it tackles common tough, set-in messes with the deep cleaning power of steam. With Smart Motion Technology, the Direct Drive Motor blends up to six different wash motions, providing customized care for each type of fabric so clothes get totally clean. Medium capacity makes this washer versatile while allowing it to deliver the gentle or deep-down clean your fabrics need. Boosting wash speeds by up to 35%, Accela-Wash™ combines the continuous soaking of Active Spray™ with the water injection of Active Rinse™ to clean more laundry in less time. Kenmore Connect™ quickly sends diagnostic information over the phone for faster trouble-shooting, quicker repairs and fewer service calls.
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By teeg
May 6th, 2012
Very Quiet

I brought this washing machine 3 weeks ago. I absolutely love it. I knew that my old front loader was loud, but didn't realize how load until I started using this one. I have done a ton of laundry including my king size quilt. Everything has come out very clean. Haven't used all the settings yet, believe me there is a ton. Clothes come out pretty dry so don't need to run the dryer as long.

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By fgonza
June 28th, 2012
Kenmore leaks and is a terrible design

We purchase it 2 months ago and it leaked, the answer was empty the tray on the left hand bottom, you need to get down on your knees do it and after a couple of washes it fills and needs to be emptied or it leaks all over the floor. I am attempted to give it back, take a loss, and buy a different product. Terrible design to have to get on the floor to empty a tank and not knowing when it is full. I would not buy this product or any of the others that have this feature (flaw)

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Bad design- frustrating use


I bought this washer nearly a year ago to replace another Kenmore I had had for more than ten years. Since the very beginning I have had problems with leaking and not spinning the clothes completely.

The repairman who came to look at it initially said that the problem is that I use too much soap. I have never used much soap, but I dutifully tried to cut that down even more. Then I also bought a different brand (always the type specifically for front loaders).

No luck, the problem persisted. Then when they looked at it again, we determined that the leaking is from a vent at the top of the drum. This is indeed where the water comes from as I can feel that the machine is wet from there down. So, the leak isn't large-scale, but it is always enough to make my basement floor wet. Perhaps I could simply put a drip tray underneath and let the machine leak every load.

However, the leaking through the vent apparently also triggers a shut off which is why the load then does not finish spinning either. Most times when I go to switch a load, the clothes in the drum are still sopping wet. I have to wait another 15 minutes to run the spin cycle again.

Sears then made a repair attempt replacing a valve in that area, hoping the issue would resolve. But that hasn't changed the outcome either. In recent months I have tried to reduce the load size, hoping to find a way to use this washer since Sears doesn't want to replace it (and I don't want another one of the same type). I have to run more loads than I would expect to, and it hasn't mattered. Still leaking and not spinning out.

I would absolutely not buy this machine again!

October 11th, 2014 via
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Reviews say it all


I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased. I had a 12 year old Kenmore front loader that finally needed a repair, so I replaced it with this. Still miss my old machine. Going on my second service call. Major motor problem and now the door doesn't lock properly-tough to start a cycle and it quits in the middle, sometimes the door opens on its own. Older Kenmore front loaders were a Whirlpool product, this one is made by LG. They have much to learn. In 4 months, I have had one month of it working properly. In addition, the rapid on and off water pressure with the starting cycle of this machine rattles all the pipes in our house and now the Sears service person said I need to have a plumber come out and take care of the hammer knock in the pipes. He said it is required with this washer. Add that on to the price and this just doesn't pass the high price these machines cost. Very disappointed.

October 7th, 2014 via
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Motor breaks on second load


Dont buy this. It broke after the 1st load. After of decades of making washers, you'd think they could make something a little more reliable. Oh, and the customer service rep's could only speak in broken English.

August 20th, 2014 via
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Enjoy how clean my clothes are. Just tired of the machine leaking.

August 7th, 2014 via | The reviewer indicated they are affiliated with this product
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Not quiet enough, but spins clothes well, and doesn't smell yet!


We bought such an expensive machine because we wanted a *really* quiet washer. It's located in my husband's office, and I do bodywork from a home office, though the room is on the other end of the house. It squeals when the water is being added to the washer, which is annoying if you are in my husband's office, and the spin cycle sometimes reverberates up through the whole house, and actually rattles the window pane in my office room, upstairs and down a long hall from the washer. We'd like to reach back and adjust the feet but it's so awkward and heavy that we dare not try to pull it out.
Front loaders are notorious for smelling bad. We leave the door open to dry after each load and that has been enough so far (almost 2 years).
Best features: very efficient spin requires less drying time. "Express wash" is fast (18 minutes) and uses less water, perfect for running a load of my bodywork sheets.

August 4th, 2014 via
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Shoddy product that doesn't hold up


I've only had this product for 5 1/2 years and didn't even use it for 1 1/2 of that (lived elsewhere with a washer). This washer didn't hold up at all (companion dryer works fantastic). It started making a noise and apparently Sears constructed it so that you have to replace it if the bearing goes out. So this washer didn't even make it four years of use before it completely broke down. Sears' warranty protection doesn't even come close to meeting the replacement value (stated that it is uneconomical to fix) of this product, especially after only 5 years of ownership and 4 years of use. I will not recommend this product at all to anyone. My parents always said Kenmore was a good brand but it doesn't seem as though they are building things to the same standard. Based on Sears' position on their extended warranty, I won't be purchasing products from Sears in the future.....which is too bad because I own a whole swath of products from them.

July 18th, 2014 via
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Terrible Washer!


Kenmore quality has hit rock bottom. This washer required numerous control board changes. It smells like the stagnant cesspool at the bottom of a cave, and makes my clothes smell the same. Requires constant cleaning out. The main bearing causes a LOUD knocking sound during the spin cycle and the repair tech says the repair will cost $1730, over twice as much as the purchase price. Unusable, this washer is trash and will be the last Kenmore product I ever buy.

March 15th, 2014 via
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Not quality Kenmore used to be :-(


Used to own Kenmore Heavy Duty washer and dryer...washed and dried a 8x10 foot rug in it several times...owned it 10+ years without problems of any kind. Next tried Maytag...piece of junk, knew repairman on first name basis. So, going back to Kenmore! Bought an Elite, payed more money because I wanted a machine to last. Not this one! I bought it Jan 2012, didn't get the extra warranty because I thought Kenmore spoke for itself...nope! This one has to be cleaned a lot if you don't want your clothes to stink, but sometimes after cleaning there is still an odor. It started making a funny noise when the drum went around, and now when you have a load in it won't drain or spin correctly, I had to drain the tub using the tube in front, checked the plug, and it was pretty clean. I did get it to spin the water out of the clothes, but it still makes this "noise". Called Customer Service, and of course they won't do an over-the-phone diagnostic because I didn't buy the extended warranty, I have to schedule a service call. God only knows how much this will end up costing me! I wish I had just gone with a cheap throw-away.

September 23rd, 2013 via
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September 8th, 2013

LE Error All The Time


If you want to wash more than four towels at once, don't buy this washer. We get LE Errors that don't clear unless we drain the drum and then reduce the load - by pulling dripping wet towels or jeans out of it to reduce the weight. What would normally be a single load wash, ends being 3 washes as you have to always split your load. I would not recommend this washer to anyone.

Also the maximum wash time is 56 minutes, which is very low.

August 5th, 2013 via
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No air circulation post wash


This washer is great for washing clothes, but when you stop washing and close the door, it collects condensation and doesn't air out well. It gets mildew-smelling very fast. If you are contemplating between the upright or front-loading, stick with the upright. The upright seems to drain better and it clears out better.

July 10th, 2013 via
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Corbin Conrad
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June 4th, 2013

good product


i have this product and its working fine

May 3rd, 2013 via
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We just can't believe this machine!


I spent days and days reading reviews before we bought this washer. I was hesitant to buy an eco friendly washer; my mother had a front loader that she detested. I came into this purchase very skeptically. After using for a couple of months I can honestly say that I am in love with this washing machine. It can do anything! If you just need a normal wash, it can do that (practically noiselessly) in about 18-30 minutes. I am expecting my second baby next week, so I've been pulling baby items out of the basement. I was worried I wouldn't be able to use them due to mold. I did a sanitize cycle with a borax prewash and they came out looking brand new! Grant it a sanitize with a prewash cycle may take an hour and half, but you will be amazed at the results! Some complained about the noise during the spin cycle. We have a 90 yr old house with wooden floors. There are times when you can feel the floor vibrating, but not often. And not any worse than the our old top loader could be. I LOVE IT!

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February 27th, 2013

Very well packaged and good overall design


I bought lhis washer, matching dryer (81472) and pedestals. I assembled and installed these products myself and was extremely pleased with the way the products were packaged for shipment. The machines were very easy to unbox. The washing machine had integral recessed handles build in the sides for easy handling. The machines attach securely to the matching pedestals easily. The water connection inlets are well placed and have good spacing for your hands to tighten the hoses. The washing machine ran very quietly and efficiently. The laminated quick instruction guide, along with the suction cup attachment, is a great, useful idea. I printed off a copy of the online user manual and read it before making this purchase so that I was familiar with the machine before making the purchase. One thing that I learned was that front-loading washers should use the High Efficient detergent rather than the standard because it is lower sudsing. We have had a top loader forever and did not know this.

February 21st, 2013 via
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