Kenmore 28103 Review


Kenmore 28103 Kenmore
28103

High Efficiency
Capacity: 4.5 cu ft
Width: 27-1/2"
MSRP: $949
Cleaning

HEwash

Capability
Cycles

9/9

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2.5

Factor
Water

3.8

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$211

Per Cu Ft

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Kenmore 28103

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning This model does not have an internal water heater that can elevate temperatures to produce steam or sanitize. It does have a high-efficiency wash system with gentle wash motions that are easier on your clothing.  
Cycles Number of available cycles and options is about average for a new washing machine. Generally the more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of meeting your clothing care needs.  
Energy Modified Energy Factor is about average for a new washer and should provide GOOD energy efficiency. MEF = capacity divided by energy consumption; the higher the factor, the less electricity it uses.  
Water The Kenmore 28103 Water Factor is about average for a new washing machine and should provide GOOD water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the higher the factor, the more water it uses.  
Warranty Standard one-year parts and labor warranty. Several brands such as Frigidaire, LG, Maytag, and Samsung are offering multi-year parts only warranties on the costly drive motor. Subject to change.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 24% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $66 less than the average new washer.


Kenmore 28103 Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
1100 RPM - Maximum spin speed is about average for a new washer. Higher spin speeds generally remove more moisture and reduce dryer cycle time. Often saves on dryer electricity and gas use.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Wash
Motions
3 Wash Motions - Varied wash motions helps get your clothes cleaner, especially when using a cold wash or lower temperature cycle. Also gentler on special fabrics that can't handle rougher motions.
Internal
Heater
No Internal Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond the input hot water supply. Heavy soil and stain removal is best achieved with high temperature water produced from an internal heater.  
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The Kenmore Kenmore 28103 does not have the capability to produce steam. Steam cycles are now available on about 40% of new washers, and they are very effective on soil removal.  
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - Clothes cannot be sanitized by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill germs and bacteria. Bleach may be an alternative depending on your tolerance for odors and fabric-wear.  
Foam
Cleaning
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
Allergen
Cycle
No Allergen Cycle - The Kenmore 28103 does not have any cycles designed to eliminate many of the common household allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Only available on about 25% of new washers.  
Water
Level
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Vibration
Control
Basic Vibration System - One of the 25% of washers that do not have a specific vibration control system. Many vibrations can be prevented by loading the drum evenly and placing the washer on a level surface.  
Wash
Drum
Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a long-lasting wash tub material; it resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. Durability is why several manufacturers offer extended warranties on steel tubs.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 4.5 cu ft - Interior capacity is 16% higher than average and ranks in the top 20% of new washers for LARGEST wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $949 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 14% lower than average and ranks in the top 35% of new washing machines for BETTER overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display LED Display - Kenmore's Kenmore 28103 includes a display that provides information on remaining cycle time and sometimes program status. Just glance at the machine while you're working to see the status.
Delay
Start
No Delay Start - Cannot be programmed to start at a later time. About 85% of new washing machines have a convenient delay start feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.  
Dispenser 3-4 Tray Dispenser - Bleach, fabric softener, and detergent can be preloaded into the Kenmore 28103 dispensing trays and automatically released by the washing machine at the optimum time in the wash cycle.
Settings 5/4/4 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Average number of selectable settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. More settings allow greater flexibility with the care of your clothes and fabrics.  
Quick
Wash
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
Overnight
Wash-Dry
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
Custom
Cycle
Custom Cycle - Allows you to program a custom cycle with specific temperature, soil level, spin rate settings and other options. No need to select everything over and over, just push the My Cycle button.
Smart
Phone
No Smartphone Connect - You can't control washer operations or troubleshoot problems through a smartphone application. About 25% of new washers now have some type of phone connectivity.  
Detergent
Reservoir
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space in your laundry room. About 75% of new washers are stackable with their companion dryer. Need extra space in your laundry area?  


Energy Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star Qualified - Meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR federal criteria of Modified Energy Factor >=2 and Water Factor <=6. Over 90% of new washing machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified.
Most
Efficient
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the Kenmore Kenmore 28103 has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
145 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 10% lower than average and ranks in the top 50% of new washing machines for BETTER kWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.
CEE
Tier III
CEE Tier III - The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has listed the Kenmore 28103 as a super-efficient appliance. Tier III models are the most efficient with criteria that is significantly greater than Energy Star.
Cold
Wash
Standard Cold Wash - Does not employ special technologies to help get your clothes really clean on a cold wash cycle. Basic cold wash sometimes works with lightly soiled, unstained clothing.  
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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