Electrolux's $1,099 EFLS617S is the current front-load washer to beat. With excellent stain removal and solid design, features and usability, it sets the bar high for other midrange front-loaders.
Kenmore's $1,100 Elite 41582 washing machine is roughly comparable to the EFLS617S in terms of features, but it falls behind in everything else. It isn't a bad washer -- it was actually inspired by the Twin-Wash-compatible LG WM4270HVA -- but I'd suggest looking at the competition before buying the front-load Kenmore Elite 41582.
Up close with the elite
The $1,100 Kenmore Elite 41582 offers more in terms of features than the $1,000 Kenmore 41393 I just reviewed. That means you'll get bonus cleaning cycles like Rugged and Small Load, as well as a steam setting.
On design, the 41582's white finish is fine, but you can get a more premium looking gray finish for an additional 100 bucks -- that's model number 41583. Overall, the washer is pretty intuitive and easy to use. At the same time, I wish the right side of the display looked less cluttered.
Here's a closer look at the Kenmore Elite 51582's specs versus the competition:
Comparing washing machines
|Kenmore Elite 41582||LG WM3575CV||Whirlpool WFW87HEDW||Electrolux EFLS617S|
|Color finish||White, Metallic (model #41583 for $1,200)||Graphite Steel, White (for $1,000)||Chrome Shadow, White (for $1,099)||White, Titanium (for $1,199)|
|Capacity||4.5 cubic feet||4.5 cubic feet||4.3 cubic feet||4.4 cubic feet|
|# of cycles||14||12||10||9|
|Energy consumption||105 kWh/year||90 kWh/year||109 kWh/year||85 kWh/year|
|Dimensions (width, height, depth)||27 x 38.69 x 29.75 inches||27 x 38.69 x 29.75 inches||27 x 38.75 x 33.13 inches||27 x 38 x 31.5 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||Yes, Android and iPhone||No||No|
There are a lot more similarities than differences in the above chart, but the 41582 definitely has more cleaning cycles to offer than others in the same price range. This Kenmore model also works with Kenmore Connect, a troubleshooting feature similar to LG's Smart Diagnosis.
But instead of a related Android or iPhone app, the Kenmore version requires a call to customer service. Here's how it works:
- Call 1-800-4MY-HOME and get a customer service representative on the line.
- Make sure your washer is powered on.
- Press and hold the "Wash Temp" button until you see a "6" appear on the washer's digital display.
- When the washer starts to transmit dial-up internet-esque sounds, hold the phone close to the washer.
- The customer service representative will interpret the transmission and tell you what, if anything, is wrong with your washer.