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Kenmore 62102 Dryer Review

When this Kenmore hits the target, it scores a bull’s eye

$719.99 MSRP
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The Kenmore 62102 (MSRP $649.99) is machine that is defined by its simplicity. Its Autodry cycle was able to get clothing completely dry with a few stumbling blocks. And the few cycles and features it has are stellar. Even better: If you wait for a sale, you should be able to find one for around $400. If you’re looking for a very functional dryer and aren’t interested in features, then the 62102 is worth checking out.

Design & Usability

You can't always get what you want...

But—with apologies to the Stones—if you buy this Kenmore, you'll get what you need. The 62102 comes with no extras, but on the whole the design is functional. The door feels a little flimsy, but it clicks into place firmly.

If you're upgrading from a decades-old machine, you'll recognize the lint trap. Unlike most modern dryers, this Kenmore's lint trap sits on top of the machine rather than inside the door. To clean, you have to pull out the filter, which is long and skinny. Be gentle though—pulling too hard can cause the lint to fly everywhere.

Overall, the design of the Kenmore 62102 is bland. Nothing new or special, but everything is functional and clean. And with a street price of around $500, that's good in our book.

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Performance & Features

Good, but has a few issues that need ironing out.

For the most part, the Kenmore 62102 is satisfactory. Lacking all features except for an end-of-cycle signal, this dryer is essentially a white metal box that gets hot. It's somewhat refreshing to use a machine so simple.

Arc of the Lint Trap
Be careful when you pull out the lint trap, lint may fly all over the room. View Larger

However, the Kenmore's sensor-based cycles were a bit indiscriminate. Most of the time the 62102 got test loads completely dry. But sometimes, it would stop too early and barely dry at all.

When this Kenmore did behave, work got done. Mixed loads finished drying in about an hour and came out completely dry. The 62102 had more trouble with bulky items like comforters, but running two Auto Dry cycles set on high did the trick. And Quick was really impressive. It got a four-pound load dry enough to wear in just 30 minutes.

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Conclusion

Workspace
The 62102 has a well-defined workspace area. View Larger

Focuses on the job at hand

Like a piano with one working key, the Kenmore 62102 is rather one-note. That's okay, since that means it can focus on drying your clothes. Carrying no features allows for a clean, uncluttered experience.

It did well with Normal loads most of the time. It also did well with bulky items like comforters. Although it aced most of our tests, over time we found that the sensor was not always reliable. Still, the dryer has what it takes to get clothes dry, and it costs less than $500 on sale. For that, we're pleased with its performance.

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