Kenmore's $720 22352 top-loader is about as bare-bones as it gets when it comes to washing machines today. You won't find a touchscreen display panel or tons of options -- quite the opposite. The 22352 looks like it rolled off the back of a truck from the 1980s.
That said, it removes stains quite well and it's really gentle on clothes. You can also currently find it at Sears.com for just $500. If you're looking for a no-frills washer that's easy to use, you might want to take a look at the Kenmore 22352.
Kenmore's 22352 stands out amid the sea of shiny gray metallic washers available today, but only because of its comparatively bland design. It looks like a carryover from a previous generation of appliances -- and not in a good way. Plenty of folks looking for an affordable top-loader that simply cleans clothes well won't care about that, though.
As its plain exterior suggests, this model doesn't offer any high-end features. Look elsewhere for auto-dispensing detergent, Android and iPhone apps and other advanced options. It is easy to use, though. Turn the various dials on the display to the settings you want and press "Start."
Here's an overview of the 22352's specs compared to other sub-$1,000 top-load washers we've tested:
Comparing top-load washing machines
|Kenmore 22352||Kenmore 27132||GE GTW485ASJWS||GE GTW810SSJWS|
|Color finish||White||White||White||White, Metallic (for $1,000)|
|Capacity||4.2 cubic feet||4.8 cubic feet||4.2 cubic feet||5.1 cubic feet|
|# of cycles||12||11||13||13|
|Energy consumption||238 kWh/year||169 kWh/year||152 kWh/year||152 kWh/year|
|Dimensions (width, height, depth)||27.5 x 37 x 28 inches||27.5 x 37 x 27.9 inches||27 x 44 x 27 inches||28 x 44.5 x 29 inches|
|Warranty||1 year, limited||1 year, limited||1 year, limited||1 year, limited|
|Voltage rating||120V; 60Hz||120V; 60Hz||120V; 60Hz||120V; 60Hz|
|App||No||No||No||Yes, Android and iPhone|
Like GE's $650 GTW485ASJWS, the 22352 relies on an agitator to clean clothes. An agitator is a plastic rod that extends from the bottom of the washer bin to the top and takes up precious cubic feet. For that reason, the 22352 only has a 4.2 cubic-foot internal capacity, meaning it won't be able to hold the mega-size loads of laundry that some less invasive impeller-style top-loaders can.
If you want to a comparison of the agitator and impeller models, check out my washing machine buying guide.