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Kenmore Elite 4147 4.0 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Steam Front-Load Washer Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Kenmore Elite 4147 (available in white and metallic gray) is an energy-efficient, extra-large front-load washer with several high-end features; it should handle the laundry needs of most households. The Accela-Wash option cuts wash times up to 35% (making the normal cycle 38 minutes long) by mixing detergent into a unique water spray pattern. Other features include specialized wash cycles for things like kids wear or bulky bedding; steam treat, pre-wash and extra rinse options; the ability to delay the start of a wash cycle for up to 12 hours; and an end-of-signal chime that can be set for soft, loud or off. Like all Kenmore appliances, this unit is sold only at Sears, Kmart or

Models: 81472 (White), 81473 (Metaliic Gray)


(Prices as of 10/22/2012)
White      Gray       Source
$1,100$1,199Sears (Delivery starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$1,100$1,199Kmart (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70)
$1,100$1, (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70)

Prices For Matching Dryers

(Prices as of 10/22/2012)
Starting From Item
$9007.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Kenmore Elite 8147 Electric Dryer
$9907.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Kenmore Elite 9147 Gas Dryer

Additional Costs:

$200-$250Optional Pedestal
$30-$40Optional Stacking Kit
$10-$50+Power cord, hook-up parts/kit
$0-$70+Shipping & Handling (it can cost $0-$25+ to haul away the old appliance)
$250-$410+Extended Warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms
$0-$2,000Washer-dryer hookups, with electric/water lines


DimensionsHeight: 38.69"
Width: 27"
Depth: 29.75"
Weight196 lbs.
Depth (door open)54.38"
PowerElectric, 110-120V, 15 amps.
StyleFront load
Energy Star QualifiedYes (meets EPA criteria for better-than-average efficiency)
Estimated Cost Per Year$12 with electric water heater, $9 with natural gas
(Average range for similar models $10-$71)
ColorsWhite, Metallic Gray
Capacity4.0 Cu. Ft.
DrumStainless steel
CabinetPowder-coated metal
ControlsElectronic LED (dial and pushbutton)
Wash Cycles12 : normal, bulky/bedding, kids wear, heavy duty, sanitize, whitest whites, casual, workout, express wash, cold clean, delicates, rinse & spin
Water Temperatures5: extra hot, hot, warm, cold, tap cold
End-of-cycle SignalChime (loud, soft, off)
Dispensers5: detergent, prewash detergent, fabric softener, oxygenated additive, bleach
DetergentManufacturer recommends high efficiency (low-sudsing) liquid detergent
Spin Speed5: extra high (up to 1,200 rpm), high, medium, low, no spin
Other FeaturesAccela-wash, Steam Treat, pre-wash and extra rinse options
Delay start up to 12 hours
Cycle status lights
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed information on this product is available at

What People Are Saying:

The Kenmore Elite 41472 is on the 2012 Recommended list at Consumer Reports, which rates it excellent in five categories and very good in the other two (noise and vibration), saying it "offers superb wash performance and gentleness, top energy and water efficiency, and a large capacity." says it is "immediately recognizable as an LG clone" with a larger but easier-to-shut door and a less-cluttered control panel.
With only a few user reviews at Sears, the results are entirely positive, with all who had posted by October 2012 recommend this machine. Users praised its capacity, quick operation and the amount of water the machine spins out of the clothes. The only minor complaint was that the end-of-signal chime was too soft (it can be set for soft, loud or off).