Kenmore Dryers

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We purchased a Sears Kenmore 700 Washer and the Sears Kenmore 700 Gas Dryer March 12th 1971 brand new from Sears, they are both working very well, we have only moved with them once, and service the dryer twice minor repair, the washer never, we paid $209.99 for the washer and $189.99 plus $29.95 for the 2year warranty, also we still have the original receipt.

So come March 12th 2011 they will be 40years old we both could not be more satisfied, these were a great products, we look for them to be still working at 50 years, keep up the good quality work.

Thank You..
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Venice09 on 03/10/2011:
One of my biggest mistakes was giving away my working Kenmore washer sometime in the early eighties, for no other reason than I wanted a new one. I have a feeling it is still being used somewhere. I don't remember what happened to the dryer, but I'm pretty sure it was also working when I replaced it.

Thanks for the memories!.. even if they are regrets. :(
db1105 on 03/11/2011:
I also have a Kenmore gas dryer from the 70's. Spent $100 a few years ago to replace the belt and switch. The repair man said there is nothing else better out there.
Venice09 on 03/11/2011:
I just remembered what happened to the dryer. I gave it to my Dad who used it for a couple of years before selling his house. It's probably still there, and working!
Nohandle on 03/11/2011:
I have a chest freezer in my storage room that's got to be at least 40 years old. It was given to me by a family member and the brand is White King which I think Sears sold back then. I manually defrost it once a year, takes about an hour from start to finish which includes unloading and loading back up, and have never had to place a service call period. I looked into getting something smaller for out there but why mess with a good thing? Nice reminder to keep what you have if it works.
Venice09 on 03/11/2011:
I wish someone had told me that years ago, Nohandle. I gave away perfectly good appliances and was never able to find anything that even came close to the performance and quality, regardless of price. That's my advice to everyone now. Keep what you have if it works!
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We purchased the set in Dec. 2006. I was so excited to get it. As time went on, I started noticing things about the set that I didn't like. The washer does not clean well. It just ties all the clothes in knots and I have to shake them all out before putting in the dryer. I have recently noticed that there are spots on clothes that were not on them before washing. Also, after drying them, they are so wrinkled that I have been ironing everything. I have kept the set because of the cost. Its not something you can just get rid of and buy new ones. I don't think I would buy another set again. The instruction manual says to make smaller loads if there is wrinkling, but that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a bigger machine to wash bigger loads.
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Helpful on 06/25/2010:
I'm sorry you're so disappointed with the product.

You didn't detail what these spots were, leaving the reader to speculate. If it's consistent and not coming from the detergents you are using, I'd call a service person to look at it.

Best of luck.
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There are better choices than Kenmore
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I purchased many new appliances for my home seven years ago, most of them Kenmore. I want to people to know what a poor performer the Kenmore brand is. It started with the dishwasher after one month, that one was exchanged for a Bosch (much better choice, no issue whatsoever). The stove continues to misbehave one burner is hotter than others they have to periodically be replaced and the oven element is now not heating evenly. The Washer is a complete failure and I cannot even afford to repair it again the control panel continues to select it's own settings. The built in microwave oven handle has now broken off and there appears now way to re-attach it. It is such a depressing situation to have fairly new appliances break so often and really at a relatively young age. Please save yourself the grief and look at other brands, Kenmore is truly the worst and Sears does not stand behind their products after a year.
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Anonymous on 01/27/2010:
I hope not we just bought a new Kenmore dryer for our home in Atlanta. In Chicago (Tinley Park) we have Kenmores that are probably over 20 years old and they work great.
Venice09 on 01/27/2010:
I've had good luck with Kenmore appliances over the years, even better than with other brands. Buying appliances is a risk, regardless of the brand. They all have their problems. Customer service is the key. If I end up with a lemon, receiving good customer service will encourage me to give the brand a second chance. I base my choices on how companies respond and handle problems.
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Excellent performance of Kenmore appliances
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SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA -- I recently purchased a Kenmore front loading washer and the companion dryer from Sears. The performance of both units is outstanding. I'm using about one third of the water we formerly used with our Maytag top loading machine. The clothes are gently washed and come out better because there is no gyrator.

I stacked the washer and dryer because of a space limitation. It was a little difficult and really takes two people to do it safely. Sears charges around $100.00 for an installation and I think it's probably worth it. I like the way the dryer secures to the top of the washer.

With the washer in highest speed spin setting the clothes finish up almost dry. This cycle is noisy and involves some vibration so the time you do it should be considered in a multi occupant building. Still, the results are excellent and the clothes come out very clean.

On a major load we use only about one tablespoon of liquid 'HE' (high efficiency) detergent. You should really limit the amount of detergent with these machines. This is also another economy.

I recommend these appliances. You can buy an extended warranty for them though and this is always advisable.

Good luck and good washing.
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Anonymous on 07/25/2006:
I am so happy for you!
Anonymous on 07/25/2006:
Glad to hear an occasional positive review. (tr)
chemman on 07/25/2006:
Thank you, my wife and I are moving into a new house and have been going back and forth on about whether or not we should go with a front loader. I really feel that the front loader will pay for itself within 5 years when you factor in the energy and water savings (probably sooner for us since I am getting one at the employee discount price)but I ma glad to hear people are having good experiences with them.
Anonymous on 07/25/2006:
Chem, I'd say the jury is still out on the reliability of front loaders, regardless of manufacturer. Do your research first!
Sparticus on 07/26/2006:
Chemman, whatever you do stay away from Maytag!
chemman on 07/26/2006:
Pirate-I have done quite a bit of research and I realize the jury is still out, I am concerned about it but as I stated before I am getting it at an employee price and the way the pricing works, you get a much better discount on the higher end models, so it almost isn't worth it to me to buy a lower end model, the cost difference isn't that much and I can get the 5 yr warranty for an additional $65 dollars. I am not usually a fan of these warranties but in this specific case I think the cost is worth it. Thanks for the advice!
Sparticus-I plan I staying far away from maytag, thanks!!!
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