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To go with our new house, my wife decided that we needed a new washing machine. This was to fill the upstairs utility closet that she really wanted. In return, I got to have a man-door which is a door from the garage to the outside of the house. I think she got the better deal since my door is currently barricaded with boxes, bikes, and Jimmy Hoffa.
On a trip to Sears, she settled on the Kenmore 3.5 cu. ft. Super Capacity Front Load Electric Washer. Of course, she also needed the additional pedestal to lift the washer to new heights. Get it? New heights? Ok, I'll move on.
What it is
The Kenmore 3.5 cu. ft. Super Capacity Front Load Electric Washer is exactly what the name says - a washer with the door in front instead of on top. Not only that, it is a high efficiency washer that uses less soap, but soap of a more expensive variety. The reason for this is that the washer uses roughly 5 drops of water per load and using regular soap would cause over-sudsing. Ok, maybe more than 5 drops, but a heck of a lot less than most washers.
The Kenmore 3.5 cu. ft. Super Capacity Front Load Electric Washer boasts a huge capacity. While it doesn't seem larger than a standard washer, the guy at Sears says it is and we seem to be able to do less loads for all the dirty clothes. Again, it just doesn't seem bigger.
There are many several different wash cycles such as Touch up, permanent press, quick and gentle. All of these define how long the wash is and with how much force the drum will flop the clothes around. But if you're like us, the knob will be left on Normal and the only adjustment made will be the temperature. Your choices for this are Hot/Cold, Warm/Warm, Warm/Cold and Cold/Cold.
Additionally you can control the spin of the washer. This ranges from high to Hang Dry to No Spin. But again, we leave ours on high. I can't think of a time, when I'd actually say "Golly, we need to remember to set the washer to low spin, because I want my clothes to come out sloppy wet." But the option is there if you need it.
And finally, the washer has the option to delay start 8-14 hours. We haven't used this feature because we are afraid of it walking into our bedroom in the middle of the night. Or walking down the stairs when we're out of the house.
If you're confused by the above statements, it's because I haven't mentioned the main drawback of the washer. The thing walks during the spin cycle. Not every time, but enough so that I often hear my wife yell "Honey, can you put the washer back in the utility room, please?" Why, with all the walking it does, it gets the most exercise in the house. We had Sears come out to see if it was broken or out of balance. They said there was nothing they could do about it and it was because we had it on the second floor which wasn't made of concrete. I looked in the manual and sure enough it said that it wasn't recommended for non-slab floors. How nice that would have been to know before we bought it. The problem is compounded by the pedestal. Being raised up, the top part sways more with the vibration. Just like a small earthquake will sway the top floors of a tall building more than it will those closer to the ground.
Walking aside, the washer does a great job. I truly have no idea how it cleans as well as it does with so little water. It fills up a little and then flops the clothes around. Presto, white undies!
Another feature of note for those with kids, is the whole locks up like Fort Knox when in use. The small drawer in the top where the soap, bleach or softener goes has a safety latch to keep kids away. And the front door locks completely during the wash. My kids would need a crowbar to open the door while locked. And we keep the crowbars in the garage where it's dark and the kids won't venture because of the monsters.
Another small gripe is that if you don't leave the door open between washes, the inside starts to smell like mildew. There are a number of crevices and gaps in which water rests, so make sure you give it time to dry out completely.
Recommend this product?
So if you don't mind chasing the washer around the room, or you'll be using this on a slab floor, this is an excellent washer with more features than you'll use. Your clothes come out clean and ready for the day. After you dry them, that is.
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Amount Paid (US$): 799