Kenmore Elite 41583 Washing Machine Review
A 30-minute wash and superb cleaning make this Kenmore truly Elite.
By the Numbers
Science is the bedrock of our review process. For washing machines, it's all about cleaning performance and efficiency, and this new Kenmore does well in all accounts.
During our cleaning performance tests we use controlled, pre-stained cloth swatches. The swatches are coated in common substances like sweat, dirt, and cocoa. Each stain strip is placed into an eight-pound load of laundry and washed with standardized detergent. When the cycle is finished, we take the strips out and analyze them with a photospectrometer to determine exactly how much of each stain has been lifted.
The Kenmore 41583 had some issues with dirt stains, but did particularly well with protein-based ones. We were also encouraged by this machine's handling of both cocoa and blood, which are on the opposite sides of the pH scale.
The Heavy Duty cycle was long, at an hour and a half, but it was also clearly the best. It showed no obvious signs of weakness, outperforming industry standards across the board. The Normal cycle was also outstanding, and took just 30 minutes. Stain removal rates were only 7% less than Heavy Duty, but the cycle time was exceptionally quick.
Efficiency tests take two factors into account: what goes in and what goes out. In terms of what goes in—water and electricity—the Kenmore 41583 is very efficient. Based on average national costs and use patterns, we estimate an annual running cost of around $31.50.
What comes out is wet laundry. The wetter your laundry is, the harder your dryer will have to work, using more electricity. On average, the 41182 spun out 55% of excess water. Bad machines leave behind 75%, and anything that's at least near the 50% mark gets a thumbs-up from us.
The amount a washer damages clothing is measured via mechanical action strips. The pieces of cloth are machine cut and placed in every wash cycle. When they are taken out, the frayed strands are tallied up to determine how rough a give cycle was.
The roughest cycle was the Heavy Duty cycle. After an hour and a half of tumbling, the average strip accumulated 64 frayed strands, which is on par with the average Heavy Duty cycle. The most gentle cycle turned out to be the Delicates cycle. That cycle caused 38 strains of damage, which is a little less gentle than the best Delicates cycles we've seen.
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