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Kenmore Elite 8147 7.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Steam Electric Dryer Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Kenmore Elite 8147 electric dryer is a large-capacity machine that should handle most household laundry needs. Its 12 automatic cycles include the usual range from delicate to heavy duty drying, plus specialty settings like bulky bedding and workout wear. Other features include a moisture-sensor system that turns off the machine when the load is dry; a steam-refresh option to reduce wrinkles and odors; a static shield setting that uses steam to cut down on static electricity; an option that lightly moistens clothes to make ironing easier; 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 (Metallic Gray)


(Prices as of 10/4/2012)
White      Gray       Source
$900$1,198Sears (Delivery typically starts at $70; at times offers free shipping/delivery)
$900$1,198Kmart (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70)
$900$1, (Shipping/delivery typically $0-$70)

Prices For Matching Washer

(Prices as of 10/4/2012)
Starting From Item
$1,1004.0 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Kenmore Elite 4147 Front-load Washer

Additional Costs:

$200-$250Optional Pedestal
$30-$40Optional Stacking Kit
$10-$50+Power cord, dryer vent kit/parts
$0-$70+Shipping & Handling (it can cost $0-$25+ to haul away the old appliance)
$250-$350Extended Warranty, depending on retailer, length and terms
$0-$2,000+Washer-dryer hookups, with electric/water lines


DimensionsHeight: 38.88"
Width: 27"
Depth: 30.25"
Weight147 lbs.
Depth (door open)50.5"
PowerElectric 220/240 V, 15 amps.
StyleFront load
ColorsWhite, Metallic Gray
Capacity7.3 Cu. Ft.
Door TypeSide-swing, reversible (can be installed to swing right or left)
Door WindowYes
DrumStainless steel
ControlsElectronic LED (dial and pushbutton)
Drying Cycles12: normal, bulky/bedding, casual, heavy duty, sanitize, steam refresh, workout wear, small load, delicates, express dry, touch up, air/rack dry
Temperature Settings3: low, medium high
Sensor dryYes
End-of-cycle SignalChimes (Loud, soft, off)
Drying rackYes
Other FeaturesTimed Dry (20, 30, 40, 50, 60 minutes)
Static Shield option (uses steam to reduce static cling)
Iron Ready option (lightly moistens clothes)
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

Consumer Reports rates the Kenmore Elite 81472 electric dryer as excellent for capacity and very good for drying performance, convenience and noise, noting its overall performance as very good (the equivalent of a B letter grade.) rates it as about average, noting that it has plenty of cycles and extra features, but that the small writing on the controls can be difficult to read and the door may have to be slammed shut. There are only a few user reviews at Sears, and they are all positive.