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.
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.