Kenmore 79422 Review


Kenmore 79422 Kenmore
79422

Gas Dryer
Type: Gas
Width: 29"
Discontinued
Drying

Basic

Capability
Cycles

7/0

Cyc/Opt
Drum

No

Stain Steel
Capacity

5.9

Cu Ft
Sensor

No

Dry
Price

$83

Per Cu Ft

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Kenmore 79422

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Dryer Pros and Cons
Drying Provides basic drying cycles that can be used on many different types of clothing. Does not offer some standard or advanced options found on high-efficiency matching top-load or front-load dryers.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 57% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dryers for POOR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles sometimes makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.  
Drum Drum material is comprised of adequate but less desirable materials such as steel, plastic, or porcelain. Stainless steel is more durable and less resistant to damage, odors, discoloring, or static build-up.  
Capacity Capacity is 19% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new smaller size dryers. The Kenmore 79422 holds about 1.3 cu ft less laundry than the average new dryer. Smaller is cheaper, but less convenient.  
Sensor One of the few new dryers that does not deploy moisture sensors to automatically stop the dryer when clothes are dry. Clothes can potentially become damaged due to overheating and energy can be wasted.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 45% lower than average and ranks in the top 5% of new clothes dryers for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $67 less than the average new dryer.


Kenmore 79422 Dryer


Performance Ratings
Temp
Settings
3 Settings - Less than average number of temperature settings. Most new dryers have five settings, and some even have six. The more settings available, the better the choice and care for your fabrics.  
Steam
Cycle
No Steam Cycles - Does not have the ability to generate steam and refresh lightly worn garments, or remove the wrinkles from clothing. About 60% of new dryers on the market now include a steam cycle.  
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - There is no special cycle that uses high-temperature heat or steam to sanitize pillows, stuffed animals, or other non-washable items. Helps remove bacteria and allergens.  
MSRP $489 - Manufacturer's Price (MSRP) is 56% lower than average and ranks in the top 1% of new clothes dryers for BEST overall price. You should also consider the Kenmore 79422 cost per cubic foot.
Warranty Kenmore 1-Year Parts, 1-Year Labor - Industry standard warranty for clothes dryers. A few manufacturers offer a two-year warranty on parts, but dryer warranties are generally not as good as washers.


Convenience Ratings
Stackable Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a companion washing machine to save space in your laundry room. Only an issue if you have a smaller laundry room without space for side-by-side models.  
Reverse
Door
Reversible Door - The Kenmore 79422 dryer door is flexible and can be switched to open from right-to-left (with a washer sitting on the right side), or left-to-right (with a washer sitting on the left side).
Drum
Light
No Drum Light - One of the very few dryers that does not include an internal drum light that comes on when the door is opened. Makes it more difficult to find a shirt, or make sure you've unloaded everything.  
Filter
Indicator
No Filter Indicator - There is no visual reminder on the Kenmore 79422 to change the lint filter. Most of us are remiss in this area and a clogged filter light is very helpful. Available on about 50% of new dryers.  
Dryer
Rack
No Dryer Rack - Does not include a dryer rack that allows tumble-free drying for items such as tennis shoes, ball caps, sweaters, or stuffed animals. Dryer racks can usually be purchased separately.  
Venting Must Be Vented - Over 95% of new dryer models must be vented to the outside of your home with a duct running from your dryer. A few ventless models are available if an outside duct is not practical.  


Control Ratings
Display No Display - One of the small group (20%) of new dryers that do not provide any visual information on wash program status and cycle time. Makes multi-tasking around the home a little more complicated.  
Controls Knob and Dial Controls - One of the small group (15%) of new dryers that use an older mechanical system that is functional, but does not offer the breadth of capability found with newer digital controls.  
Delay
Start
No Delay Start - Can't be programmed to start at a later time. About 25% of new dryers have the convenience of drying the laundry at a time that best fits your schedule. More important for washers than dryers.  
Custom
Cycle
No Custom Cycle - Like most new dryers, you cannot program a custom cycle with temperature settings and options that you use the most. Convenient capability that's only available on about 30% of new dryers.  
Phone
Diagnosis
No Phone Diagnostics - You can't connect to the manufacturer's repair center and have dryer problems directly diagnosed over the phone. About 20% of new dryers have some type of phone connectivity.  
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into the present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new dryers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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