Kenmore 29133 review: This giant washer dominates its top-load competition

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MSRP: $1,099.99

The Good Kenmore's $1,100 29133 washing machine has the best top-load stain removal score to-date and a large 5.3-cubic-foot capacity.

The Bad The touch panel display is too sensitive and the display is missing basic features like an "extra hot" water temperature setting.

The Bottom Line Test out the Kenmore 29133's display panel before you buy this otherwise recommendable top-load washer.

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7.9 Overall
  • Design 9
  • Usability 6.5
  • Features 7
  • Performance 9

Kenmore's $1,100 29133 is a 5.3-cubic-foot cleaning powerhouse, able to obliterate stains other top-load washers we've tested can only dream about. Its metallic gray finish, curved glossy black display panel and transparent lid are easy on the eyes, too.

But there are some drawbacks.

For starters, the 29133 is a little light in the features department. It has plenty of cleaning cycles, sure, but not as many as the competition. And this washer doesn't have the "extra-hot" temperature setting that comes standard with so many of today's models. Its seamless button-free display panel is also extremely sensitive to the touch. So while it looks very modern, it isn't as satisfying as the tactile feel of traditional buttons.

Even so, I'd highly recommend the Kenmore 29133 for its ability to remove a lot of stains and look good doing it.

Modern flair

I can comfortably say that Kenmore's $1,100 29133 washer -- modeled after the Whirlpool WTW8500DC -- is a beautiful appliance. Available in a metallic finish, its curved glossy black display panel is a major design upgrade over traditional top-loaders.

You'll find everything you need on the display, too, from the various cleaning cycles on the dial to integrated touch-panel-style buttons for adjusting temperature, spin speed and soil level. The one issue I have here is that Kenmore sacrificed some ease of use for pure aesthetics. The display "buttons" work a lot like a smartphone interface; tap the option you want and you're on your way.

But the 29133's touch interface is extremely sensitive, barely hovering your finger over the setting you want could do the trick. While that's technically a win in terms of responsiveness, I don't want to have to be so deliberate and delicate when I'm making a simple selection of warm versus hot water. It takes some getting used to, but ultimately isn't a deal-breaker.

For a high-end washer, the 29133 is also missing the dozen-plus cleaning cycles you find on many premium top-loaders. It also doesn't have an "extra-hot" option for water temperature -- something that comes standard on many top-of-the-line washing machines. Still, I'm okay with this washer's 11 cycles and water temperature settings, especially because it's a great performer (but more on that later).

For now, here's a closer look at the Kenmore 29133 versus three other top-load washers we've reviewed: