Pros / This has a pretty nice price, especially considering the large capacity.
Cons / The warranty is weak.
Verdict / This is an energy efficient machine with a strong set of features, but it could use a few more wash options and a longer warranty.
The Kenmore 28132 is not overly special, but it does have some good features, including a few that elevate it above past generations of top-loaders. For one thing it has an impeller instead of a central agitator. The impeller takes up very little room in the wash tub meaning lots of room for big loads. In fact, the 28132 is the second largest unit we reviewed with 5.3 cubic feet. You can fit even the bulkiest items – king-sized comforters, stacks of towels, stacks of jeans, and more.
This top-load washer is Energy Star certified and above average in terms of efficiency. This Kenmore top-loader unit uses about 195 kilowatt hours of energy each year, which equates to $31 annually. It is more efficient than some of the smaller units, which is pretty impressive.
It includes 11 wash cycles, five soil levels and five wash-and-rinse temperature settings. It has several wash options, including StainBoost that gives extended wash time to clothes with tough stains while being gentle on fabrics. The matching dryer has a large capacity of 8.8 cubic feet and is designed to dry big loads of laundry without balling and tangling. It uses SmartDry technology to prevent overdrying and reduce shrinking.
This top-load washing machine has innovative technology which uses powerful spray jets and impeller motion designed to keep your clothing moving as it cleans to remove deep dirt. It also has a direct drive motor to reduce noisy vibrations.
This washer has cycles you would expect on a washing machine like this, such as normal, whites, delicates, heavy duty and express. You can also choose to do a deep wash, which deposits more water into the washtub when you need that extra water. 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. For a washer with more specialty cycles, consider the Samsung WA54M8750AV.
The presoak cycle, you can presoak your clothes and choose one rinse or two. There is also a deep fill option for large or bulky loads. This machine can also dispense fabric softeners, oxygenated stain treaters or color-safe bleach during the cycle if you have clothes that need extra care.
Compared to some of the best top-load washing machines on our list, this Kenmore washer doesn’t stack up when it comes to warranties. You get a standard limited one-year warranty that covers the entire unit, while other washers – mostly the high-efficiency washers on our lineup – include separate warranties for the motor and wash drum.
The low-lying impeller and large washtub on this Kenmore washing machine means you can do fewer loads of laundry and the energy efficiency numbers are competitive. You get plenty of basic wash cycles, but this unit could use a few more specialty wash options. It could also use a longer warranty.