Kenmore is No better quality than Whirlpool. it is in my oppinion only a shell game.
You just pay more for Kenmore because Kenmore has a name that gets more money.
People shop names and buy Kenmore. Though not better than the same washer by Whirlpool.
On occasion Kenmore may aske whirlpool to add a feature for what ever reason.
If you want the best mahine on the market then read about Speed Queen laundry!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a manager of a 67 year old family appliance store. and I have the answer for you.
The washer and dryer you are looking for is a Speed Queen laundry pair.
They make front and top load washers and dryers.
The best machines on the market and almost never mentioned in Consumer Reports.
My customers come to me asking, doesn't some body make a washer that will last more than 10, even 14 years anymore?
Speed Queen is my answer. They are Commercial machines tested to wash 8 loads a week for 25 years. With a 3 year parts and labor warranty compared to all the others what give 1 year warranty now a day. And ten years warranty on the transmission, compared to one year the others give. The Speed Queens transmission has only 6 moving parts that are all stainless steel, gears and all. Not plastic gears and parts as the other brands have. The wash tubs are all stainless steel and the inner tub that you do not see, that holds the water is iron coated with porcline, rather than the competition inner tubs that are plastic. The top loaders use only 36 gallons of water compared to the 48 - 54 gallons of the competition. The front loaders by Speed Queen use ONLY 13.9 gallons. Their washers spin at 300 G- force and the laundry comes out of the washers only damp, not wet like all the other brands.
The dryers always spin at 220 CFM lint or no lint. This means that the laundry dryers in half the time from the competions machines. Half the time in the dryer means half the Gas or Electric used to dry each load. Which means half the cost to dry a load of wash rather than using the competitions dryers and washer.
Should I go on?
The have an auto balancing system and never get out of balance, even on a 15 degree sloped floor. Thes may be the last washers and dreyers you buy. I'm 54 and n 25 years of marrige went though 3 washers and dreyers until I found my Speed Quenns. Now i'm good till i'm 79 years old
Speed Queen's history, dating to 1908
Click here to read about these amazing laundry machines.http://www.speedqueen.com/
Edited by Neilwill on 10/27/2009 at 1:33 PM EST