Kenmore 28132 washer review

The Kenmore 28132 is a top-load washer that has an impeller instead of a central agitator.

Kenmore 28132 washer review

Top Ten Reviews Verdict

This is an energy-efficient top-load machine with a strong set of features, but it could use a few more wash options and a longer warranty.


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    It has a low price for the large capacity.


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    It doesn't have a great warranty.

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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 that it has 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 bulky items like king-size comforters, stacks of towels, stacks of jeans, and more inside of it.

To see all the models we reviewed, read the best top-load washing machines guide or, check out the best front-load washing machines

This top-load washer is Energy Star certified. It uses about 195 kilowatt hours of energy each year, which equates to $31 annually. It is actually more efficient than some of the smaller units we compared.

It includes 11 wash cycles, five soil levels and five wash-and-rinse temperature settings. It has several wash options, including StainBoost, that give 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 over drying and reduce shrinking.

The 28132  has cycles you would expect on a washing machine, for the most part, 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.

This washer can also dispense fabric softeners, oxygenated stain treaters or color-safe bleach during the cycle if you have clothes that need extra care.

This Kenmore washer also uses innovative technology to keep your clothing moving as it cleans in order to remove deep dirt. It has a direct drive motor to reduce noisy vibrations and uses powerful spray jets and an impeller.

Compared to some of the other top-load washing machines on our list, this washer doesn’t have a great warranty. You get a standard, 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.

Angie Parkinson

A contracted writer for TTR, Angie has been reviewing vacuum cleaners, countertop appliances and other home goods for more than eight years. Her spare time often goes to planning improvements for her quirky 103-year-old home or hiking in the gorgeous Utah mountains. In her past role, she was a newspaper journalist and she has a bachelor's degree in Technical Writing.