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Kenmore Elite 41072 Washing Machine Review

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October 18, 2013

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By the Numbers

The foundation of every one of our reviews is objective lab testing. To that end, the most important tests for a washing machine involve cleaning performance and efficiency. This one did well in all of them.

Cleaning Performance

Essentially, we determine cleaning performance by placing swatches in a washing machine for a select cycle. Each swatch is stained with a variety of common household substances, like red wine and dirt, each of which relies on thermal, mechanical, or chemical cleaning to remove.

The Normal cycle took 38 minutes to clean an eight-pound load. It had the easiest time with dirt and cocoa stains—which are particulate stains—and also did a good job with liquid stains like red wine and blood. Normal, Whites, and Heavy Duty performed well above average. Express Wash performed below average in its cleaning ability, but hey, it only took 15 minutes. We recommend only using it for clothes that need refreshening.

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Before and after using the Normal cycle with all our stain strips From left to right: control, sebum, carbon, blood, cocoa, and red wine. View Larger
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Efficiency

Efficiency is a two-fronted approach at Reviewed.com. It’s about what goes into the machine and what comes out. By hooking up the Kenmore Elite 41072 to water flow and energy usage meters, we are able to determine how much running this washer will actually cost.

In the case of the 41072, an average year for an average American should only cost around $35. Whites was the most expensive cycle at 13 cents per go. We’re impressed by the low running cost, since this machine is so large.

What comes out of a washing machine is also important. The wetter a clean load is, the more work your dryer has to do. On average, the Kenmore Elite 41072 spun out 57% of all water. Anything around 50% is considered excellent, so this machine really is superb.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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