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Kenmore Elite 41072 Washing Machine review: Kenmore's massive washing machine holds more

Comparing washing machines

Kenmore 41072 Samsung WF50K7500AV
Price $1,650 $1,500
Color finish White, metallic silver (for $1,750) Black stainless, white (for $1,400)
Capacity 5.2 cubic feet 5 cubic feet
# of cycles 14 14
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 29 x 40.8 x 33.9 inches 27 x 38.75 x 34 inches
App No Yes, Android and iPhone

In addition to its impressive specs, the Kenmore 41072 boasts luxury style and has a very streamlined control panel, complete with a single knob for accessing all 14 cleaning cycles and buttons to the right for adjusting the temperature, spin speed, and soil level.

Keep in mind that this washer is about 2 inches wider than your standard 27-inch front-loader, so measure your doorways before you buy to make sure you can get the thing in your house -- and that it will fit in your laundry space.

Tackling stains

Kenmore's 41072 earned consistently high marks when it came to stain removal and overall gentleness. Take a look at this how we test washing machines post for all of the details on how we score washer performance.

Here's the abridged version: We run three identical normal cycles with normal soil, hot water, and a high spin. Each cycle contains stain strips saturated with sebum (skin oil), carbon (mineral oil), pig's blood, cocoa, and aged red wine, along with squares of fabric called "mechanical action strips" with holes arranged like the dots on a 5-die.

Afterward we use a reflectance colorimeter to compare the before-and-after saturation of each stain and arrive at a percent stain remaining score. We then use a ruler to count the number of attached, frayed threads on the mechanical action strips that measure at or over 2 millimeters. Lower numbers equal better performance scores both for the stain strips and for the mechanical action strips.

The 41072 had an average of 48 percent of stains remaining. By stain, that's:

  • Sebum: 47 percent
  • Carbon: 58 percent
  • Blood: 29 percent
  • Cocoa: 56 percent
  • Wine: 50 percent

This is a very good score, but it isn't quite as impressive as Samsung's high-end AddWash washing machine, which had only 46 percent stains remaining overall.

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Even with the solid stain removal score, Kenmore's 41072 was still fairly gentle on clothes with 253 attached, frayed threads at or over 2 millimeters. The AddWash by Samsung was noticeably tougher on clothes with 294 attached, frayed threads.

The verdict

The $1,650 Kenmore Elite 41072 washing machine is expensive for sure, but this premium cleaner is also among the largest front-loaders available today. Combine that with its ability to remove stains without being too tough on your clothes and the 41072 becomes very recommendable. Tack on the fact that it's currently on sale for $990 and this supersize washer will be hard for families with supersize laundry needs to ignore.

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