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Kenmore 81912 4.0 cu. ft. Compact Front-Load Electric Condensing Dryer - White

Item# 02681912000P | Model# 81912 | Added on May 14, 2015 |
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The Kenmore 81912 is a 24" Wide Electric Condensing Dryer allows for easy installation anywhere. No external wall venting is needed, only a 220V power source is needed.

  • The ventless design allows you to install  Kenmore dryer 81912 anywhere with a 220V power source.  Just right for apartments, town houses, condominiums and dorms with limited laundry room space.  This dryer is ideal if you want to add a second set of laundry upstairs or in a closet, because you do not need to vent this dryer to the outside
  • Select from 11 different cycles including Normal, Heavy Duty, Towels, Jeans, Fast Dry, and Wool
  • Drying options including Wrinkle Release, 4 Temperatures, 3 Dryness Levels, 3 My Favorites , Chime, Delay Start, and Control Lock
  • The dryer features a reversing drum that changes directions every 10 minutes to help reduce tangling and wrinkling. The Blue Anti-Tangle Cone in the back of the drum also helps reduce tangling and wrinkling of clothes as they tumble , and helps to improve the overall drying performance.
  • The dryer features Moisture Sensors inside the drum to quickly dry clothes gently without excessive heat or drying times
  • A direct drain kit is included in the dryer so you can drain the water from the unit so it's never necessary to empty the container
  • A condenser tumble dryer removes humidity by using two separate air flows. Air re-circulates inside the machine and is heated gently with a low powered heating element (1000W) to create humidity inside
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By LadyGran
March 31st, 2016
This Condenser Dryer is so Cool!

No problems at all with start button. Just put your finger in between the words start/pause and you're good to go. Haven't had to clean the condenser yet, just been emptying the water container and cleaning lint screen after each use. It does seem to blow some warm air into the house (not an extreme amount, but noticeable--not a problem during colder months, but I was planning to use a clothesline this summer anyway), but not humid air. On the contrary, this thing seems to act like a dehumidifier, sucking in the home's air and then drying it along with the clothes before sending it back out. As far as dry times, I've been setting most of my loads to 'Damp Dry' because that's all they've needed! When selecting damp dry, low temp, mixed load, the estimated run time is 2 hours 14 minutes. However, the actual run time (due to the moisture sensors in the dryer) has been more like 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes. Pretty cool! The dryer pauses many times during its cycle to reverse direction. It's not turning off, just reversing direction. No need to attend to it. And it will keep tumbling the clothes occasionally if the cycle ends and you aren't there to fold it, in order to help prevent wrinkling. When removing clothes from the dryer, they feel damp at first, but while you're folding them, you realize "hey, they're actually dry!" When we moved into our home, the dryer vent situation was, um, unsafe to say the least. The vent needs to be completely redone, and until I feel like tackling that project, I LOVE the versatility of this little dryer. In fact, I may never go back to a vented dryer! P.S. I haven't been using dryer sheets with this dryer, and haven't had any issues with static.

18 found this review helpful
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By JoanT723
March 25th, 2016
Worst. Dryer. Ever.

ridiculously hard to turn on..the air blows out into your home, which would be a bother if it actually got hot enough to dry clothes. the dryer turns off to "pause" literally every 5 minutes or so. i have hit "start" literally over 20 times just to dry a small load of clothes. i finally gave up and hung them all...needless to say this worthless piece of machinery is being returned this week!

7 found this review helpful
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I would certainly buy this unit again.

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Exactly as described. Perfect size for our family of three and fits perfectly in our small laundry room. Have had it for only one month but it dries efficiently, and have had no problems with the "Start" button as some others have mentioned; you just hold the button for a solid "one Mississippi" and it starts right up 100% of the time. Would highly recommend this duo.

August 28th
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Sears_Purchaser
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Nice Dryer

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Really like the dryer so far, much better than the last condensing dryer I had which was an LG. Problem was that Sears made me purchase a vent pipe and exhaust elbow or they would not install. I tried both on-line and over the phone. You don't need that with a vent-less condensing dryer but no-one would listen. The guy on the phone even told me; "I know it is confusing." Not confusing. Now I have these parts that the installers would not take back that I have to return to a Sears store which is not convenient.

May 26th
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katefoureight

Great compact little dryer

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We have an old, historic home and modern appliances are just huge and don't fit in our house. So when it came time to replace this old unit, this condensing dryer was pretty much our only option. I was worried about how well the "condensing" would actually work and was skeptical. But i was so wrong! I can't believe how well this dryer works. We've dried everything from queen sized sheet sets, to towels, to delicates and it works great. The dry time is about the same as our old, traditional dryer. Since the unit it ventless, it does blow warm air out of the front of the unit which is really no problem during the winter time. However, during the summer, we will probably run the dryer overnight (it has a delay start feature) so we arn't bothered by the warm air. Also, I highly recommend hooking up the drain line so you don't have to empty out the reservoir after each load. It also doesn't have to be stacked to use this feature. Our dryer is right next to our washer and the drain hose works great. Finally, we've never had an issue with the start/pause button. It works just like any other touch screen device (like a phone or tablet). So you use the same "light" touch that you would use with any other device. I highly recommend this (and its matching washer) if you have a tight space.

December 14th via sears.com
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dskt

Air vents out front!

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This is a nice light weight dryer. The air plows out the front of the dryer into the room. To use the drain line rather than reservoir, distance from bottom of dryer to drain can be no more than 40 inches. So stacking them would be the best option to use the drain line. This would have been helpful information to have known. Dry time is about the same, I started with towels. I would recommend it to anyone.

May 21st via sears.com
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LadyGran
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This Condenser Dryer is so Cool!

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No problems at all with start button. Just put your finger in between the words start/pause and you're good to go. Haven't had to clean the condenser yet, just been emptying the water container and cleaning lint screen after each use.

It does seem to blow some warm air into the house (not an extreme amount, but noticeable--not a problem during colder months, but I was planning to use a clothesline this summer anyway), but not humid air. On the contrary, this thing seems to act like a dehumidifier, sucking in the home's air and then drying it along with the clothes before sending it back out.

As far as dry times, I've been setting most of my loads to 'Damp Dry' because that's all they've needed! When selecting damp dry, low temp, mixed load, the estimated run time is 2 hours 14 minutes. However, the actual run time (due to the moisture sensors in the dryer) has been more like 1 hour or 1 hour 15 minutes. Pretty cool! The dryer pauses many times during its cycle to reverse direction. It's not turning off, just reversing direction. No need to attend to it. And it will keep tumbling the clothes occasionally if the cycle ends and you aren't there to fold it, in order to help prevent wrinkling.

When removing clothes from the dryer, they feel damp at first, but while you're folding them, you realize "hey, they're actually dry!"

When we moved into our home, the dryer vent situation was, um, unsafe to say the least. The vent needs to be completely redone, and until I feel like tackling that project, I LOVE the versatility of this little dryer. In fact, I may never go back to a vented dryer!

P.S. I haven't been using dryer sheets with this dryer, and haven't had any issues with static.

March 31st via sears.com
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