The family vacation house is much more comfortable with the Kenmore Stacked Washer and Dryer.
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My Mom inherited an older home from her Mom (my Grandma). Actually, the house was built by my PopPaw back in the 40s. This was back when the clothes were washed on the porch in a wringer washer and drying was done on an outdoor line. So, the house was not built with space for a washer and dryer.
PopPaw considered the kitchen the heart of any home, so he did build that room large by old standards. Over the years, wiring had been added and plumbing for a washer and dryer. Those were in the kitchen and taking up a lot or premium space.
Space issues come up with many families and for many reasons, and a stackable washer/dryer seemed the obvious option in our case. The Kenmore stackable would take up less floor space than either the old standard washer or dryer. Very compact. Much more room in the kitchen.
We did purchase and pick up on our own. That was a bit of a challenge. A stacked washer/dryer unit is heavy and hard to more around. With a dolly and some big guys, we got the Kenmore stacked washer/dryer in the kitchen. Hook up was a tad annoying with short cords and vent kits. The designated space had been walled off in the corner. With some tilting and with the skinny members of the party doing the hook up, it was accomplished. It's not a good idea to get this to fit tight and exact in a space. You need room to get around the sides to hook things up.
Once hooked up, this Kenmore was a celebration. We'd been hauling home dirty clothes from visits. In the mountains, some of these dirty clothes were pretty gamey by the time we got home. The boys can find dirt in the city limits. In the country, whew boy.
I won't try to tell you that this is the end and be all of washers and dryers. It's not. It's very basic. It's compact. It's not intended for a huge family with clothes to wash every day. I'd never consider it for my personal home washer and dryer, since I have two boys who are in Scouts and do lots of outdoor activities. I need a day to day workhorse and not a touch up washer and dryer.
On the other hand, this stack unit has been great at the mountain house. It will do small loads and gets boy dirt clothes clean if not overloaded. It dries fine but again with small loads. We pull out intimates (of course) and really heavy items like hunting jackets and let them air dry.
The Kenmore stackable is not really loud. We would notice in a small house. And, it stays pretty level. We do feel some of the cycles in a home this old, but it's not enough to bother anyone or wake up sleeping kid-os or wiped out adult people.
I use this machine on weekend or vacation trips, and that works out fabulous. I'd say it would also be good for a single, a couple (with not a lot of extra daily washing), or a single Mom with a kid or two. It could accommodate a bit more with more frequent washings. A couple with a couple of kids could make out if someone wanted to wash a couple of small loads per day.
The Kenmore stackable is a great product if it's matched with the right situation. We love it at the vacation home and to wash up small loads off and on during visits. I would not go with this at my home, since our washing and drying needs are bigger than this small unit could be expected to deliver. I would, however, consider the Kenmore stack washer/dryer in the future when the boys are grown. It is nice to have the extra space if you don't need to do lots of washing and drying.
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