Kenmore 40042 Washing Machine

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  • Not ALL things were created equal

    Apr 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Cleaner clothes with less wear & tear. Environmentally better. Quiet & easy to use!
    Cons: LOUD buzzer. WILL BRAKE IN 4 YEARS!!!! Don't buy!

    Summary: UPDATE: I can not believe this happened, or that I found a review here at Epinions where the SAME exact experience happened (see snag624's review, "Loved it until the other day!!" ... read more

  • Won't buy another Kenmore

    Oct 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves water, uses less detergent, gentle on clothes.
    Cons: Loud buzzer at end of cycle, Poorly made machine, COSTLY repairs.

    Summary: I can almost quote word for word the exact review of sb1460. We too are very upset with the quality of this machine, enough so that we will not ever purchase another Kenmore washer. We read all the reviews for the Kenmore front loader and heard only g ... read more

  • not recommended

    May 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: does a good job of cleaning. dramatically reduces drying time.
    Cons: unreliable!

    Summary: Overall I am very unhappy with this machine. This is the first new washing machine I've bought. Prior to that i spent $100 on old machines and gotten 4-5 years of life out them. This one was less than 1 year old. the Timer delay ... read more

  • Loved it for awhile; now would not recommend it.

    Dec 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Uses less water & detergent, lessens drying time.
    Cons: Very expensive to repair and purchase upfront.

    Summary: My husband and I did alot of research before purchasing this Kenmore front loading washer (Model #40042990). I checked online at Epinions and Consumer Reports reviews and was confident that we would save alot of money in the long run although this ... read more

  • Wonderful

    Jun 8, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, cleans great, uses little water
    Cons: Loud buzzer can't be turned off

    Summary: Although our old Whirlpool washer was still running, we couldn't pass up a great deal on this highly rated washer ($585 and no tax). We couldn't be happier about the purchase either. The washer is very quiet compared to any we used before, it fits a ... read more

  • A good washer if you can afford it

    Jan 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves energy, auto water level, spin cycle cleans exceptionally well
    Cons: Pricey,loud end of wash buzzer, full-size comforter a tight fit

    Summary: My mom used a top loader, and I used one in my first apartment. It did a decent job but became a headache for repairs when a pump or belt broke. So, when I moved out of state and left my top loader behind, I researched for the best washing machines. ... read more

  • It was a gift, but I would have bought it any ways...

    Sep 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Efficient, quiet, fast spin cycle
    Cons: Non-adjustable buzzer, drips water when opening door, small door opening

    Summary: I've always wanted a front loading washer, and when we got married and moved into "our" new home, it was the perfect opportunity to get one...especially since we got to select the washer/dryer of our choice and they was paid for as a gift. I looked at ... read more

  • Efficiency and Conservation are where it's at!

    Sep 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Highly efficient, fast, quiet, does a great job
    Cons: a bit pricey, low front door

    Summary: Okay, let's be straight with each other: nobody wants to buy a washing machine, right? You only do it because you have to, and you can always think of somewhere else you'd rather put your money. Still, when you have to make a change, this is the machine ... read more

  • Made my job a LOT easier!

    Jul 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: QUIET, super large capacity, less soap!
    Cons: Loud Buzzer

    Summary: When our old washer began to misbehave, a front loader wasn't even a consideration because of the price. We were fortunate and found the Kenmore Model 40042 on sale (floor model). And thank goodness we did! I would recommend this washer to ANYONE. ... read more

  • Like the Bunny Says.... It Just Keeps On Going!!

    Jun 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Exceptionally Quiet -- Clean, clean clothes; almost dry towels; ease of use; delay start
    Cons: No light inside the drum

    Summary: Last September (2000), we bought our new home and needed appliances --washer, dryer, and refrigerator. Have never bought new before and was a little scared about buying the wrong machines. Shopped and shopped and shopped -- gosh it can be an exhausting ... read more

  • Great Washer, but....

    May 31, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gentle on clothes, saves water
    Cons: Costly repairs, needs HE Detergent which is more expensive

    Summary: What kind of new washing machine to buy? Our 10 yr old Whirlpool had started to rust (it was kept in the garage) and the rust was flaking off and ruining our clothes. A talk with the Sears saleswoman and a Consumer's Reports article on front loaders ... read more

  • How to disable the buzzer!

    May 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet, gentler on clothes, uses less water, spin dry more fully and cleaner clothes,
    Cons: The Buzzer. Small opening on front .

    Summary: The only design feature of this remarkable washing machine that other reviewers have complained about is the very loud buzzer. Though the dryer that accompanies this washer has a buzzer control this machine does not. Fear not, if you desire to turn off ... read more

  • A Delight!

    Jan 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet. Excellent cleaning. Less soap. Less water
    Cons: Loud buzzer

    Summary: Doing the laundry is not my favorite chore, but this machine is a delight! My laundry room is in the master suite closet off the bedroom, so I really appreciate the quiet operation, when my husband does laundry very early in the morning. (You have to ... read more

  • Finally installed the washer

    Dec 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: capacity, low water use, high speed spin
    Cons: installation is a little complex

    Summary: Hi .. There is limited space for a washer or dryer in my 1852 house. I had an apartment size top load washer for several years, something that I supplied for the summer rental as a perk. Now that I no longer rent but live in my beach house full ... read more

  • No, You Haven't Heard Enough About This Washer!

    Dec 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: saves water and electricity, gentler on clothes
    Cons: loud buzzer

    Summary: We were moving into our first house, and so we needed to buy a washer and dryer. I already had a half-baked opinion on front-loaders from growing up with two in a country that has few natural resources, so saving water and electricity (among other ... read more

  • Don't let small tub fool you on the Kenmore front loading washing machine!

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: quietness, efficiency, capacity
    Cons: small opening

    Summary: *UPDATE BELOW... My husband & I have been eyeballing the front-loading washers for years but they have always been too expensive. We were interested in their efficiency, quietness, & ease on clothing fibers. We didn’t even need a new washer ... read more

  • Best Washer I've ever had

    Sep 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Engery Saver, Soap Saver, Quiet, Attractive in design
    Cons: Loud Buzzer on Washer

    Summary: In May of 2000, due to the opinions of this board, I purchased this washer and its matching dryer. My first choice was the Maytag, but the cost was prohibitive on my budget. Comparing the two brands I saw very little difference to rationalize the ... read more

  • Loads of reasons for a recommendation, despite a few quirks.

    Sep 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Efficient, easy on clothes, effective washing action, inexpensive in the long run.
    Cons: Rude buzzer, having to stoop to load, pricy up front.

    Summary: What can I say about the Kenmore 40042? A lot. I bought this machine, along with the matching gas dryer (90042), to replace a four-year old GE pair. I wanted to go stackable to free up floor space in a cramped kitchen (I needed a "parking ... read more

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  • Louder than a JET/ time to replace

    Apr 20, 2005 by
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    Pros: Great for 5 years
    Cons: Cant find how much it would cost to fix and how long it would take.

    Summary: Hello, Our Kenmore front load Washer 40042990 is now 5 years old. It has been great, and very quiet until 2 weeks ago. It has symptoms of a bad bearing in the tub shell. Sounds like a jet taking off/vibrates very badly/ clothes have a black oil like ... read more

  • Loved it until the other day!!

    Aug 28, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Cleans well, quiet, clothes come out fairly dry
    Cons: expensive to fix, reliability

    Summary: We purchased this washer 4 years ago at sears. I loved the way it would spin the clothes so dry that it really cut down on drying time. Never had any problem with clothes coming out dirty. Always clean and nearly dry. Well, all of that came to an end ... read more

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