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Kenmore Elite 41583 Washing Machine Review

A 30-minute wash and superb cleaning make this Kenmore truly Elite.

October 29, 2014

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The Kenmore 41583 (MSRP $1199 in gray or $1099 for the 41582, in white) lives up to the "Elite" brand. It deftly maneuvered through all our tests, and did so in near-record time: The Normal cycle needed only 30 minutes to complete, and it got clothes clean.

All that speed doesn't imply a performance sacrifice either, as cleaning ability is on par with other machines in this price range. Its features, however, put this Kenmore above and beyond. A Sanitize cycle, the ability to add steam, and a drum light add a touch of luxury.

These factors combined make the Kenmore 41583 a master of all trades. If you have a large family, it has design features for that. Always on the go and need to freshen a few dress shirts constantly? The 41583 has you covered. Turns out, this Elite is actually made for everyone.

Design & Usability

Well thought out

The Kenmore 41583 is the replacement for our 2012 and 2013 Best of Year product, the Kenmore 41472. It adds a faster wash cycle and updates an already-sleek design, and luckily retains the 41472's excellent performance.

It feels like a lot of effort went into how consumers would interact with the the Kenmore 41583. The moment you turn it on, the control panel lights up in pleasant blue. Easy on the eyes also means easier to read, especially in dark basements.

When you open up the 41583, a drum light comes on. The well-lit 4.5 cu.ft. drum can easily fit a family of four's laundry. When it's not in use, a magnetic stopper props the door ajar. This allows the moisture inside to evaporate–eliminating the mildew odors that front loaders are prone to.

Interior
The 41583 can fit 4.5 cubic feet of laundry. View Larger

Ultimately, the design of the Kenmore 41583 might help diminish some of the dread associated with laundry. Working up the motivation to tackle those dirty socks is half the battle.

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Performance & Features

All washed up... in a good way

Sears claims the 41583 agitates with six distinct motions. It's designed to keep clothes from getting bunched up, and you can't argue with the results we got.

Elite
A well deserved Elite branding View Larger

The 41583's cleaning performance was good across the board. The Heavy Duty cycle proved to be the most powerful, and it absolutely cut through tough stains like cocoa. The only catch is that it takes an hour and a half to complete.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Express Wash. At fifteen minutes, it's one of the shortest cycles we've ever encountered. However, it's short duration is proportional to its cleaning ability. That was most evident on oily dirt stains. That's not surprising, considering that removing oil requires time for detergent to do its job.

Speaking of the Express Wash, the 41583 is one of the fastest washers we've ever tested, and that's thanks for a feature called Accela-Wash. Using this mode, the Normal cycle took only 30 minutes to complete, with virtually no decrease in stain removal performance when compared to great washers that take more time.

This version of Accela-Wash cuts a full eight minutes off the Normal cycle time on its predecessor, the Kenmore 41472.

On the clothes wear front, the Kenmore 41583 did not exceed expectations. Our tests showed that it damaged clothing at a similar rate of other washers in its class. So, if you've owned a front loader before, you'll know what to expect.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Conclusion

Fast and effective

Little touches
The 41583 has all the little touches that put it ahead of the pack. View Larger

Many washing machines do a fine job cleaning clothes. The Kenmore 41583 has enough advantages to put it ahead of the pack. Even if you only do laundry once a week, Accela-Wash could save you up to 260 hours over the lifetime of the washer.

Although it's quick, cleaning performance is better than other machines in the thousand dollar price range. And this model has all the right usability touches, like a drum light and magnetic bumper. Bottom line: If you're in the market for a front-loader, the Kenmore 41583 has something to offer.

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.

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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