Kenmore 68102 Dryer Review
A good balance of style, functionality, and substance
The 7.6 cu. ft. Kenmore 68102 (MSRP $949.99) is the Tom Hanks of dryers: It's versatile and it gets the job done. The cycle selection is broad enough that it'll cover all your bases without overwhelming. The controls are spread out and easy to read. And all the extras don't distract from its performance. No matter what you put into it, you laundry will get dry in this machine.
Design & Usability
Keep it simple.
The design of the 68102 carries few extras. However, that reduces control panel clutter and makes for a straightforward user experience. The handle spans the entire top of the door for easy grip, and the cycle selector knob has clear indicator lights to cut down on confusion. Also, having a 7.6 cu. ft. capacity helps insure that even your bulkiest items can fit. There's a drum light as well, allowing you to do your drying in the darkest of basements.
Performance & Features
Power where it counts
The Normal and Delicates cycles both took about an hour and got test laundry completely dry. Just as impressive, these cycles stayed away from super-high temperatures that could damage your clothing.
The 68102 also did well with bulky items. In about an hour, our test comforter got 87 percent dry. That's really good. Most dryers recommend you run a Bulky cycle twice, flipping the comforter in between the two cycles. Most users ignore this advice.
If you're in a hurry, the Express Dry didn't disappoint either. It got a small load of test laundry half dry in 13 minutes. Run that cycle twice and you've got a wearable shirt in under a half hour.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
It's a dryer that dries your clothes.
The Kenmore 68102 doesn't impress with features. However, it did well in all of our core performance tests. Despite a steep MSRP, sale prices hover around $650, and you're getting a lot of dryer for a little money. The cycle selection gives you a good deal of control without overwhelming. It's versatile, likeable, and good at what it does. We told you it was just like Tom Hanks.
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