The Kenmore Elite 7103 is part of the refrigerator
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator
models like the Elite 7103 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand
Kenmore offers a number of lines, including Kenmore Elite and Kenmore Elite Trio. Kenmore will be offering more products with LED lights and integrated dispensers on its high-end models.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Claimed capacity is the manufacturer's estimate of the volume, in cubic feet, of interior space.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Cabinet-depth model Cabinet-depth models usually measure 27 to 28 inches deep, not quite flush with the cabinets, but at least three inches shallower than many standard 36-inch-wide models. You can get models with stainless exteriors or panel kits.
French-door style French door models are bottom-freezer refrigerators whose upper compartments have two narrow doors that open similarly to the doors of a side-by-side refrigerator. These narrower doors use less space in front of the refrigerator when opened, and allow access to either or both sides of the full-width fresh-food compartment. Typically more expensive, French-door models are usually 36 inches wide, though some newer models are 33 inches wide.
Water dispenser It is normally located in the fresh food compartment.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
LIKES: I purchased the 7105 in stainless steel out of the 7100 series which may be a slight upgrade or larger capacity. But looks the same inside and out. I think so far this refrigerator is very good. Doors close great, cools great in Oklahoma hot summers. I found you don't have moisture if you turn off the Energy-saver button. Love the freezer space and overall capacity after leaving an 9 year old side-by-side behind. It runs quietly. Great crisper sections. Good choice of temp. selections for the 3rd drawer tray. DISLIKES: Water in the door drips a little. Ice is kind of slow to fill even when on Ultra-Ice. Panel push buttons don't light up at night. Have to turn on the lights to make selections. Other than that I am enjoying it. Does leave prints but easily removed with dishwashing liquid, rinse, and buff dry.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Tulsa, OK
1. Delivery of this product was delayed 6 days from original date specified.<br />2. Ice dispenser door does not close automatically (did not realize this for a couple of day.)<br />3. Currently waiting for the part on ice dispenser did not work at arrival.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
from Hot Springs AR
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
frezzer door does not seal
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
There is a design defect - the freezer door has a curved surface and the refrigerator box has a flat front. The gasket does not accomodate the issue. For 9 months, I have had frost falling out of the door every time I open the freezer. After 4 service repairs (including replacing the gasket and then one where the technician applied caulking behind the gasket) they finally declared it 'defective' and ordered a new unit. When the new unit arrived, it also had a curved door and a flat body. So does the one at the local Sears store. Sears offered me an upgrade - at my cost, but also wants to charge me $200 to do that. In other words, I can pay $200 plus an upgrade tost because of a known defect.