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America's Best Washing System!

  • Oct 21, 2000
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Pros: Large capacity, dependable,washes clothing well!

Cons: None

We purchased in 1993 a Kenmore Advantage Washing Machine Model #110 92291800. I had to put our washing machine under this listing, because this is the closest one compared to the one we are using! When we purchased this washing machine, we paid $509.99. We also purchased a three year home maintenance program for $99.00. The installation fee was $17.99 including the hose.

I have always trusted the Kenmore brand because it cleans our clothes and is very durable! We have the Heavy-Duty 90's series which offers the Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care System. Our washer is a top load washer that has five speed settings. I usually use the regular or permanent press cycle. This is a ten minute wash for no-iron fabrics such as our everyday clothes. This permanent press cycle uses cool water in the last two minutes of the cycle to cool down the water and prevent wrinkles. Just about everything I wash is in this cycle. There is a delicate cycle that you may use for fine clothing like lingerie or hosiery.

The heavy duty cycle is a fourteen minute wash that has agitation and spin at a high speed. This would be used for really dirty clothing that you may wish to soak. For instance, sturdy clothing like dirty bluejeans, work clothes, or heavy blankets, etc. There is also the normal cycle for normally soiled clothes, sheets, underwears and socks. I rarely ever use the prewash cycle or the soak cycle. In fact, most of my wash is in the permanent press cycle because now days, everything we wear or even the sheets on our bed are made of permanent press material!

The best feature on this washing machine is the different water level settings. It has really cut down on my water and sewer bill to be able to use less water and cooler temperatures. Most fabrics suggest washing in cool water and rinsing in cool water. The low water level uses about 11.9 gallons of water (45.0 liters). The medium water level uses 16.7 gallons of water (63.2 liters). The high water level uses 21.7 gallons of water (82.1 liters). I usually set my water level on medium unless I have a full load of clothes or washing sheets or comforters. When my granddaughter Brooklyn is here visiting, I wash her baby clothes in the low level and use the delicate cycle for washing.

This washing machine has three automatic temperature controls (ATC) and they electronically sense and maintain proper water temperature by regulating incoming hot and cold water for better fabric care in cold or warm wash. It maintains a temperature of 75 degrees to allow detergent to dissolve better. I almost always use a liquid detergent because it does not leave a residue of soap on my clothing! The warm wash is at 100 degrees. I use the cold temperature rinse cycle to save energy. This washer even has a second rinse control for the heavy duty cycle. This allows more of the detergent residue to be removed, especially if you are using extra detergent for extremely dirty laundry that needs extra detergent and extra time to wash! There are also five manual control settings for the water temperature and they recommend them for the following listed:

White cotton: hot wash- warm or cool rinse
Colored cotton: warm wash- cold rinse
White Perm.Press: hot or warm wash- cold rinse
Colored Perm.Press: warm wash-cold rinse
Washable woolens: warm wash-cold rinse
Delicate fabrics: warm wash0cold rinse

Other features on my Kenmore washing machine is the safety lid switch which in the spin cycle slowly stops when you open the lid. Make sure the spin cycle has completely stopped before you try to reach in the machine! There is a liquid bleach dispenser that automatically at the appropriate time dispenses the bleach in the wash cycle. You cannot use powdered bleach since this dispenser is above the water line. There is also a fabric softener dispenser that puts the softener in during the rinse cycle according to what settings you have put your wash on. Another feature is the detergent dispenser in which you may use dry or liquid detergent. I still prefer to use the liquid detergent! This dispenser releases the detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle. I do not use this dispenser because I just add the liquid detergent to the wash machine basin after I have loaded the clothes.

Our washing machine has a dual action agitator. The bottom part of the agitator is where most of the washing takes place, but the top portion of the agitator is designed to rotate in only one direction (clockwise) to help in washing large loads. This top action forces the clothes on the top down to the bottom where the washing action is located! Dual action helps heavy loads to be evenly cleaned. I have heard the alarm go off on the unified balance system. The alarm lets you know if your load of wash is bunched on one side of the basket. It will not stop alarming until you have balanced the basket by putting the load evenly on both sides of the basket. Then you must reset the washing load before it will start again.

The last feature on our washing machine is the self-cleaning lint filter. This filter removes the trapped lint and flushes it down the drain automatically! I have never had to clean the filter! The filter is located below the basin where it is connected to the drain pipe.

Another thing I like about this washing machine is that it has a quiet motor and an alarm rings when it has finished the washing and rinsing cycles. I never have to worry about our clothes getting damaged due to its gentle agitation action. If you avoid overloading your washing machine, you are increasing the life of your machine!

Some of the things you need to consider when doing your laundry is to check the labels on your clothing and sort them accordingly. If you have spots or stains, you may wish to pretreat or soak these items. A key thing to remember to ensure a good washing is to never overload the washer! This can result in improper cleaning and may cause damage to the fabrics!

One thing I learned to do while washing Brooklyn's baby clothes and bibs, was to make sure the zippers were closed and that the bibs had the velcro fastened together! The open zippers and velcro can snag other materials and damage them. I learned this the hard way thru trial and error! (laugh). The only thing that I do not mind finding in the washing machine after I have emptied it, is some really clean coins! But you may want to check the pockets of your articles to make sure there is no extra dirt, gum, paper wrappers, lipstick, etc. that may damage other clothing in the washing machine!

You will want to avoid washing chenille robes with sweaters or other material that can pick up lint. Most of our clothing now have new care symbols on them. If there is an X over the tub, do not wash! If there is a number in the tub like 40 or 70 degrees, this is temperature setting they suggest. And the drying care symbols are also labeled. If it is a square with one horizontal line, it means to lay flat to dry. If there is a square with a circle enclosed this means to tumble-dry, then remove the article promptly to avoid overdrying. And the other symbols indicate ironing needs and dry cleaning methods.

We are very thankful that we never had to use our three year home maintenance program. Our last Kenmore washing machine lasted over thirteen years and was still functional, but we had to buy a new dryer and we decided to purchase a matched set. We really love the Kenmore brand and I would never purchase any other brand of washing machine. It is dependable, durable, cost efficient and very easy to use!


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