Kenmore Elite 45986 Washing Machine

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  • Kenmore Elite 45087 Front Load Washer

    Nov 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: USES VERY LITTLE WATER, LESS ELECTRICITY, GETS CLOTHES WHITER.
    Cons: EXCESSIVE VIBRATION BY WASHER, VERY NOISY.

    Summary: We bought this washer to save water and wear and tear on clothing. Since we are on a cistern and collect water from our roof and must buy water by the truckload during "drought" times at $47 for 1000 gallons, we really needed a new machine that would ... read more

  • This washer is a piece of JUNK

    Jun 4, 2012 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: None
    Cons: As far as I'm concerned, this machine is a complete rip-off.

    Summary: We bought a Kenmore Elite He3t front loading washer in May of 2009, which makes it a little over 3 years old. The bearings are going out on it already. It sounds like a freight train is going through the house during the spin cycles. After a long, heated ... read more

  • Please don't buy this machine-other HE's are better

    Jan 4, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Spin cycle really works well, as clothes are barely damp when finished.
    Cons: Washer does not use enough water to clean clothes adequately.

    Summary: Bought our Kenmore HE4 washer and dryer in July '05 and have grown to hate them the longer we've had them. Along with problems listed by other reviewers, our electronic control panel went out a week after warranty expired, and we had to pay for a new ... read more

  • The Washer That Takes The Work Out Of Laundry

    Dec 2, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Gets Clothes cleaner and uses less water than traditional washers.
    Cons: Is expensive

    Summary: I have had my Kenmore Elite HE front loading washer for over three years now. I love it. It was expensive but I wanted it. It comes in several colors such as white, beige and black.I have never regretted this purchase. In fact I recommend it to everyone ... read more

  • Absolutely Awful

    Nov 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nothing other than looks. This unit is definately a fashion, not function, product.
    Cons: Stay away! These units are plagued with problems and Sears services are even worse.

    Summary: My Kenmore Elite 4t was declared a lemon today. Finally. This thing has destroyed as many items as it has effectively washed. The really crummy part about this (aside from having to have the extended warranty - which fornuately I had) was that now since ... read more

  • Don't Buy It

    Nov 15, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks good. Saves water if you care about that. Large capacity.
    Cons: Error codes, smelly, high maintenance, takes FORFREAKINGEVER to get done with a cycle. Good Grief!

    Summary: I bought my HE3T in 2003. I have been running the machine for about 5 years now, so I have plenty of experience on which to base a review. Many complain about vibration, and my washer has some as well, but not enough to cause a problem. The machine is ... read more

  • Kenmore ~ Not what they used to be

    Nov 3, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful design
    Cons: Overpriced, does not seem to get clothes clean (I am using HE detergent)

    Summary: This was my first washer/dryer matching pair. I bought an HE3t washer and an H4 dryer to replace my 22 year old Kenmore dryer and 15 year old Maytag washer. I thought that since it was rated well by Consumer Reports and since it was the "Top of the Line" ... read more

  • Don't buy this...don't buy from Sears!!!

    Oct 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good spin cycle, clothes come out nearly dry
    Cons: expensive to buy, even more expensive to repair

    Summary: I purchased this washer along with the dryer 18 months ago. The washer cost $1200 and the salesman told me it was "the top of the line". The washer worked fine for the first 18 months....then it gave an "f6" error and would not spin. I called out a ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite HE4T

    Jun 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Large Capacity, Cleans Well When Operational,small clothes get stuck in rubber ring in opening
    Cons: Google "F11 Error code Kenmore Elite" or "Socks stuck Kenmore Elite"

    Summary: Just had an experience with Sears on My HE4T Front Load Washer. Error code F11 came on 6-12-07 and when we called we were told "Your warranty expired on 6-6-07 and the repair will not be covered" and they proceeded to say "We can still sell you a service ... read more

  • The Worst I Ever Owned - Kenmore Elite 4t

    Apr 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Wash quality; uses little HE detergent (which is expensive on its own)
    Cons: Shakes the house, ruins clothes and linens, EXTREMELY expensive for the quality, Sears service sucks.

    Summary: For the first time in my life I bought a brand-new top-notch technology (according to Consumer Reports) washer. And what a disaster it turned out to be! All our clothes -including jeans!- and bedding have their edges wrinkled accordion style and even the ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite HE5

    Feb 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very cool looking machine.
    Cons: Doesn't work for long

    Summary: My husband and I purchased this machine right before Christmas '06 and was delivered the day after Christmas. We live in a rural area, are on a well that does not produce enough for a family of 5, therefore we have to haul water weekly. With that in ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite He5

    Feb 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I can do most of our household laundry in 3 loads. (Family of 7).
    Cons: Lots of clothes go into dryer so Lots of clothes to fold in one load!

    Summary: I never thought much of washers and dryers since my Maytags had worked for over 15 yrs just fine. But then putting some thought into it - I did see where the front loaders would use less water and the super capacity would be a plus my other machine was ... read more

  • Regretting this impulse buy, but that isn't the washer's fault

    Dec 18, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: beautiful and does everything it promises
    Cons: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Summary: After years of lousy used top loading machines that ripped my clothes to shreds and lacked variable settings, when the opportunity to purchase a new set came, I went a little nuts. The Elite had caught my eye on my trips through Sears, of course, ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite Staining My clothes

    Dec 4, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Large capacity
    Cons: Lousy at cleaning and it stains clothes, vibration is annoying.

    Summary: Upon installation of this product I thought it was a real dream machine and would save us greatly on laundry costs and time involved. It was approximately a month later when we notice stains on our clothes after washing. It took a little investigating to ... read more

  • Problems already!!

    Sep 12, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works with little water and little soap.
    Cons: Really a sensitive machine, needs alot of care.

    Summary: We purchased this washing machine about 10 months ago. We were not having any problems until the machine all of a sudden stopped draining and was giving the error codes of F02, and SUD. These problems were not rectified by the Sears repair persons ... read more

  • Just pray you don't need customer service (an oxymoron at Sears)

    Aug 11, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A decent washing machine.
    Cons: Reliability issues, You DO NOT want to deal with Sears customer service

    Summary: After 9 months of good service our Kenmore Elite washer stopped working. We've had no issues with the washing machine to date. However getting a service person to repair the washer while under warranty requires navigating Sears disastrous customer ... read more

  • Great til it breaks-then the heartache starts

    Jul 22, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Quiet. Great capacity. Space age sophistication.
    Cons: You will never get your money's worth.

    Summary: Like all of you I thought I'd be smart and research the HE 3t first, and many reviews to the positive swayed me to buy this EXPENSIVE washer. My first front loader, and the capacity, looks, and energy efficiency appealed to me. We are a family of 6 and ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite HE/4t front load washing machine

    Jun 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves water Uses WAY less soap than previous top load Cleans whites extremely well
    Cons: Installation not proper, unit wobbles loudly Machine cycles on/off too many times

    Summary: Purchased brand new HE/4t Smartwash front load machine with "QuietPak 9" option and HE/4t Smartheat front load drier system also with "QuietPak 9". This is my first front load machine and replaced an older top loader style unit. So far there is only one ... read more

  • Kenmore Elite "SmartWash" is Dumb!

    Mar 17, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Available in attractive colors, washer does get whites very clean.
    Cons: Expensive. Not practical. Design Problems galore!

    Summary: Purchased this washer/dryer set a year ago. It was expensive, but we believed it would be a smart choice due to Sears good name and reputation. It has given us nothing but problems. The Sears repairman has been out three times due to drier door ... read more

  • Does not live up to claims

    Mar 5, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Rips clothes, Towels less fluffy, Limited detergents, leaves dirt on inside rubber of door.

    Summary: We were very excited to get are front loader. The Sales person claims not to have had any complaints. (turns out that Sears does not write the complaints down, but that is another issue). Like I said we were excited until we used it. There were ... read more

  • HE3 Elite

    Mar 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Countless washing hours converted into quality family time for a "Soccer Mom."
    Cons: Mesh bags for small items that clog the drain are not included with the machine.

    Summary: I bought my first HE3 in March of 2004. I bought this washer so I would have more free time considering it did three "top loads" at once. My top criteria for my treasure hunt was the largest size tub. Wash the largest quantity of clothes in the smallest ... read more

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