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Kenmore 26132 review: This washer cleans better for less

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MSRP: $829.99

The Good Kenmore's $830 26132 washing machine has the best stain removal score of any other sub-$1,000 top-load model we've tested to date.

The Bad Its small digital display isn't easy to read. The 26132 doesn't have a steam function or any other advanced features.

The Bottom Line Look no further than Kenmore's 26132 for a solid stain remover that isn't bogged down by features.

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7.4 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Usability 7
  • Features 5
  • Performance 9.5

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Sometimes, you just want a simple washing machine that cleans well and doesn't have too many extras. If that sounds good, Kenmore's $830 26132 top-load washer could be for you. Here's what I like about it:

  • Simple, sleek display panel
  • Good at removing stains
  • It's regularly on sale at Sears, currently for just $640

The 26132 isn't the fanciest washer, but it's the best sub-$1,000 stain remover we've seen yet. If you're in the market for a top-loader, give Kenmore's 26132 a close look.

Getting to know the 26132

The Kenmore 26132 is identical to Kenmore's $950 27132 with two exceptions -- it doesn't have a transparent lid, and it doesn't have a steam setting (it also cleans a lot better, but we'll get to that later). See-through lids look nice, but they're purely a design feature. A steam setting boosts the wash temperature for a deeper clean of extra-dirty items. If that cycle is important to you, consider Kenmore's $1,100 29133 instead of the steam-free 26132.

Even without the transparent lid, the 26132 looks quite nice considering its low to midrange price. I just wish the digital display was larger because it's difficult to read from a distance.

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