Kenmore HE3 Washing Machine

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  • After one year . . . Lots of complaints for the Kenmore HE3 Washer

    May 28, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Style, large capacity, lots of cycle options
    Cons: Doesn't get clothes as clean as I expected

    Summary: I used to have one of those ancient washing machines that loaded from the top and lasts forever . . . until it finally went kaput last year. Given that I have 3 kids, I went over to Sears in a hurry to replace the washing machine and, without much ... read more

  • Broke after 2 years. Repair too expensive. AVOID Kenmore.

    Dec 9, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Pretty good washer, but it's useless after it breaks.
    Cons: Front panel stopped working after just two years. Replacement parts are expensive. Kenmore is JUNK.

    Summary: Two years ago, we bought a Kenmore HE3 Elite front load washer at Sears. Today it broke, just a few months after the warranty on the electronics parts expired. The unit cost us over $1000 new, and we used it only about 200 times, so our cost was $5 ... read more

  • Kenmore HE3 Buyer Beware

    Nov 10, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Quiet, efficient, ease of use, accessible for ease of maintenance.
    Cons: Prone to early catastrophic failure

    Summary: While I would applaud the design and construction this model and its siblings suffers from a serious flaw that causes catastrophic premature failure. The stainless steel inner basket has an aluminum bracket (spider) that erodes because of dissimilar ... read more

  • DON'Y BUY THIS MACHINE TILL YOU READ THIS !!!

    Oct 20, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Quiet and pretty for the first five years until the spider, bearings,and outertub disintigrate.
    Cons: OVER PRICED, Inferior design, unsimpathetic customer service.

    Summary: I've owned kenmores all my life ,so when I had the chance to buy a front load kenmore elite HE 3t , i jumped at it.Bad move ! I should've read the reviews first.The reason these break down is the "spider" or basket support assembly. It houses the ... read more

  • kenmore he3

    Jun 23, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: ZERO
    Cons: Go to a junk yard you would have better luck.

    Summary: The absolute worse washing machine i have ever had. Can't wash any dark colors in it. If there has been anything with lint washed in it and then you wash dark clothes all the lint attaches to the clothes. i am talking hair, lint balls, lint anything and ... read more

  • Engineered to FAIL, DON'T BUY kenmore he3

    Jan 9, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Uses less water
    Cons: Poor reliability, water savings does not justify expense

    Summary: For those of you posting favorable ratings of your Kenmore HE3s, I'd be interested to see if you change your mind after several years of ownership.  Year 5 on our HE3....Drum/Basket Bearing FAILED.  Sears charged us $150 for the service ... read more

  • Piece of Junk

    Sep 30, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Cleans well even when it has a full load.
    Cons: Bending down to load/unload.

    Summary: Luckily I didn't pay for this hunk of junk. It was just barely a year old when I bought the house that it is in. The previous owner had no need for it since she was moving in with her daughter who had a brand new washer also. So it was left there along ... read more

  • Design Will Lead to 100% Problems Sooner or Later

    Mar 13, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works fine for a couple of years!
    Cons: DESIGN FLAWS WILL GUARANTEE FAILURE -WATCH THE WWW.YOUTUBE.COM VIDEO ON THE MODEL!

    Summary: I bought the Kenmore HE3 Elite front load washer, model 110.4282 from Sears 4 yrs. ago.  It just broke down - and after much reading on the internet, there are TONS of us having the same problems.  On mine, when removing the washer's ... read more

  • Mixed Feelings

    Jan 31, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves water, clothes are clean,less drying time
    Cons: error codes, stinks to high heaven, squeals

    Summary: I have owned this washer & dryer set He3 for almost 6 years. I figured it was time to write a review. I am often perplexed by consumer reports high rating of ALL kenmore appliances. The washer is ok. Pros:I think it cleans the ... read more

  • Great washer and dryer

    May 7, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: quiet, uses very little detergent and little water
    Cons: None

    Summary: We have the HE3t and the HE3 gas dryer, stacked, and love them both. We have had only one problem. The problem is that baby socks sometimes get through the system and end up at the drain filter. When enough accumulate, you get a fault reading on the ... read more

  • washer that is easily broken

    Mar 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: saves water, large loads of clothes
    Cons: breaks easily, needs expensive repairs often, seal is hard to keep clean

    Summary: The initial reviews I read before purchasing the HE3 were all lavish praises. I thought it was great because of the large loads of clothes it could wash, but after only 2 years of service the plastic baffles that help move the clothes inside the tub ... read more

  • Love it, LOVE it, LOVE IT!

    Jan 24, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Energy efficient, time saver, easy to use.
    Cons: Wish it had a longer soak cycle for those hard to treat stains.

    Summary: We bought the Kenmore HE3 king sized washer and dryer in 2007 and have had it for 6 months. I don't know the exact amount we paid individually for the washer, but we paid $2300 for the washer and dryer.We love absolutely everything about it. Besides my ... read more

  • Run away From this product and SEARS

    Jan 16, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: stacks, larger loads but don't expect much
    Cons: SEARS does not stand behind their product

    Summary: 9-19-08 Many have found this Review Helpful...So I am editing it to WARN everyone regarding how Sears will deal with you when you have problems with this machine. I have read the reviews on Epinion... Please listen to them. When I got this ... read more

  • Don't waste your money on the HE3

    Nov 27, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: quiet
    Cons: not worth the money

    Summary: I also bought the HE3 washer and HE4 dryer, and have owned it for about 3 years and I would love to get rid of the both of them. But with paying such a big price tag I am pretty much stuck with them until they go. I bought the machine because they told ... read more

  • Kenmore He3 CRAP

    Oct 12, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: low water use
    Cons: too many designer flaws in the machine..poor service...poor customer service

    Summary: where do I start... bought the so called top of the line washer 3 years ago with the understanding that it would clean better than anything else. It did not. especially whites. It also left oil like stains on colors. Ok it used little water that was ... read more

  • Kenmore HE3t

    Sep 7, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Large loads
    Cons: Timers are not real accurate

    Summary: Bought this washer end of last year along with the HE4 dryer. I purchased a Kenmore solely because my previous washer/dryer was also a Kenmore and was still washing and drying after 19 years (never having service), but with lots of sound effects. ... read more

  • Designed to fail - look out for clogged pumps

    Aug 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stackable
    Cons: Defective design is designed to fail

    Summary: With five kids we do a lot of laundry and we need a massive washing machine. We also wanted a washing machine that was stackable and energy efficient, so we bought the Sears-Kmart HE3. The other Epinion reviews were pretty accurate - the rubber ring ... read more

  • Cheapest Metal used on the most vital part

    Aug 6, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works great. Good design.
    Cons: Common front load problems like smell and mold. Major shortcut on the main structural item.

    Summary: We bought our HE3 about 4 years ago, and generally have had good luck with it. I'm not sure that we've ever had a service call on it. We used it plenty with 3 teenage boys in the house. A month or so ago it developed a thumb on the spin cycle which soon ... read more

  • Don't buy it!!

    Jul 31, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fairly quiet; saves money on water-usage.
    Cons: Rubber ring inside door creates mildew.l

    Summary: We bought the matching HE3 Quiet Pak2 in 2005 b/c we wanted a front-loading washer & liked Sears' solid reputation. The dryer is fine, but the washing machine has been a huge disappointment from the 3rd month we owned it. The problem is the rubber ring ... read more

  • Horrible Mildew Smell!

    Jun 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, holds a ton of clothes, aesthetically pleasing
    Cons: Stinky...

    Summary: Purchased this washing machine to replace an old top loader that was slowly dying. I've only had my machine about a year, but within a few washes I noticed a strange mildew-like smell coming from it. I found a sock lodged under the rubber gasket and ... read more

  • Don't make the same mistake we did....buy a top loader instead of this front loader

    Jun 20, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It's attractive
    Cons: Can't get rid of the smell in the laundry

    Summary: I've had nothing but smelly laundry problems with my Kenmore HE3 front loader washer over the past year and 1/2 and I've only had it for a little over 3 years. I have followed the different instructions from the technician who has come: 1. run ... read more

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