Pros / It has a large capacity.

Cons / It’s expensive.

 Verdict / This large washer will not be right for every home, but its large capacity makes it great for families.

The Kenmore Elite 31633 is a large-capacity, top-load washer that works well for big families. It includes 11 wash cycles, five soil levels and several wash-and-rinse temperatures. This washer is designed to use less water than most agitator-type machines, so it costs less, on average, to operate each year. The matching dryer, the Kenmore 61633, has a 9.2-cubic-foot capacity. It uses SmartDry Ultra technology that adjusts temperatures to prevent overdrying. If you need a more compact washer, consider the Kenmore 28132.

This top-load washer is Energy Star certified but is not the most efficient washer out there. Still, considering its huge 6.2-cubic-foot capacity, its efficiency isn’t bad either. This Kenmore top-loader uses 290 kilowatt hours of energy each year, which equates to $43 annually.

This top-load washing machine uses Quad Action Impeller technology, which uses power spray jets and impeller motion to keep your clothing moving as it cleans to remove deep dirt. It also has a direct drive motor to reduce noisy vibrations. Another innovative feature is its acella wash option, which lets you wash large loads quickly using a unique wash motion sequence. This makes this washer a good choice for people with big families who want to do a lot of laundry quickly.

You get the standard wash cycles with this washer, like heavy duty, normal, bulky bedding and white, as well as some less common ones, like a sanitize cycle that includes Oxi gel and steam to give it additional cleaning power.  You can also choose to do a deep wash, which deposits extra water into the washtub when you need it. Though there aren’t many specialty cycles, you get the clean-washer cycle, which helps keep your washtub free of soap scum and any odor-causing bacteria.

This washer uses high-efficiency detergent that is dispersed throughout the cycle from the dispenser. The Oxi and steam are also dispersed throughout the cycle.

The warranty for the Kenmore Elite is on the low end when compared with other top-load washers out there. You get a standard, one-year warranty that covers the entire unit, while some other washers include separate warranties for the motor and wash drum. This is a little disappointing considering the price of the washer.

Not surprisingly, it’s a large machine, so it might not be a good fit for a small laundry room. It is worth it to carefully measure your space if you plan to bring this machine home.

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