What's this? This score is based primarily on washing ability, efficiency, capacity, and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
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Summary:This Kenmore Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Kenmore 4137 is part of the washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine
models like the 4137 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand
Kenmore, the second manufacturer to market washers with steam, has a number of models in the front-loading category: Elite HE5, Elite HE5t Steam, Elite HE3, and HE2t. Those cover all the relevant prices—from $800 to $1,600—and Kenmore is considered a reliable brand.
Energy star The federal Energy Star program, administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, identifies a wide range of home appliances that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. These appliances can help you use less energy at home and save money on your utility bills.
Stainless-steel tub Tubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control This feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto temp. control
Auto bleach dispenser Automatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
I have it on the second floor. Took Sears three months to agree to return it. Awful customer service! The machine often shakes violently and the canned lighting and artwork downstairs rattles and shakes. Items on dressers in nearby bedrooms rattle and shake. Awful! Tech says it's horrible on a second floor and salesmen should stop selling to people for second floors. Horrible!
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
One year in...
Clean Clothes Well
Spins Clothes Dry
We have a busy multi-child family. The washer runs on a daily basis.<br /><br />Surprisingly, with not much change in technique/soap/water-quality the clothes are much cleaner (whites particularly) than any other washer we have used.<br /><br />Unfortunately, the washer is IMPOSSIBLE to level. You'll just have to trust me on this one. My theory...extreme spinning force + high center of gravity (we installed the optional under-draws)= ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE!?!?!<br /><br />I have also encountered inlet filter clogging. It's a monthly nuisance, but I think I would encounter this with any machine. <br /><br />Tip: If you have a vinyl or tile floor use a little spritz of cooking spray on the floor before you attempt to move the unit. It has saved my back many times.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Marietta, ga
(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
Don't buy it!
Not Bad Looking
Ruining Your Floor
Have owned this machine for a little more than two years. For the second time it is leaking. The first time it was just out of the one yr warranty and cost $200 to repair, after ruining our brand new floor. Since the extended warranty was priced at more than half the cost of the washer, we did not purchase it. Now I know why it was so expensive; they knew it would be used a lot. So now it is leaking again, we are tossing it out and buying a $300 basic machine - not a Kenmore, that's for sure. What a waste of money. Search on Kenmore Elite Leak and you will see I am not the only one!