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- Kenmore 23102
- Longing for the laundry room you grew up with? Kenmore has the washer.
Kenmore 23102 Washing Machine ReviewWasher $599.99
Longing for the laundry room you grew up with? Kenmore has the washer.
Don't let the futuristic gadgetry found on the rest of the Reviewed.com network fool you: Sometimes, traditional is the way to go, especially when it comes to your home.
Kenmore's 23102 (MSRP $649.99) is an affordable, old-school washer that bucks recent high-efficiency, low-profile trends in favor of simple construction and a Cold War-era mechanical agitator pole. It's technology that will be familiar to those who tally their laundry careers by the decade, and have little desire to fix what ain't broke.
Design & Usability
Performance & Features
Making the most of the 23102
We've grown accustomed to preset wash cycles with default settings for each type of laundry load. But while the 23102 does have a cycle dial on the right side of the control panel, the user always retains direct control over load size (how much water fills the drum), wash temperature, and rinse cycles via three dials on the left side.
Certain cycles, especially Delicates, also had a tendency to leave dry, unsoaked detergent on top of clothing even after the cycle was complete. We've found that's a common problem with washers in this price range, and will simply necessitate a second wash, but—as we already know—each of this machine's cycles will be relatively expensive.
It's also quite impossible to wash a load in this machine without wearing down your clothing. Even the Delicates cycle is, well, indelicate compared to modern washing machines, and the remaining cycles are harsh across the board.
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A classic, or a relic?
For everybody else, well, sometimes you're better off spending a little money up front to save a little money down the road. The "invisible costs" of owning this washer are a higher water bill, laundry that must be washed twice, and clothes that will wear out sooner.