What every best Washing Machines has:
- The right combination of features.
- Washing performance for your lifestyle.
- Great energy efficiency.
Powers through stains. The Kenmore Elite 31633 isn't just a big washer, it's a big performer too. In testing at CNET, Megan Wollerton says it, "has the best stain removal score of any top-loader we've tested so far." The stain chart provided shows that, compared to other washing machines they have tested, the 31633 had only 41 percent of stains remaining; and these were tough stains, too: sebum, carbon, blood, cocoa and red wine. Extrapolating that performance to the type of everyday dirt most families need to wash, that should result in a top-performing cleaning machine.
Won't add much to its initial cost. While the Kenmore Elite 31633 might not be the cheapest washer you can buy, you're not going to have to worry too much about adding to your electric and water bills every time you run it. It's Energy Star Certified and is estimated to cost only about $43 per year to run with an electric water heater, $22 with a natural gas water heater.
A few nice extras. Modern washers tend to be panned by nearly everyone for their extremely slow cycle times (some can take up to two hours!), but the Kenmore Elite 31633 solves that problem with its Accela Wash technology. In testing at Reviewed, Jonathan Chan notes that using that feature kept all cycles under an hour. Wollerton says that this is a fairly basic machine, feature-wise, but that you don't need much more than it offers. She's a particularly fan of the steam function. One thing she does pan a bit is the very sensitive, almost "phone touchscreen" style controls, which she found very sensitive at first, but eventually got used to.
Look for sales. Although the Kenmore Elite 31633 has an MSRP of over $1,500, and was on sale for $1,200 when we prepared this report, both Wollerton and Chan note that they have seen it on sale for as low as $950, which makes it an good value compared to other high-capacity washing machines. And what you pay isn't the whole story. If your family is especially large, or if you wash a lot of bulky items, the Kenmore 31633 can save you a bundle in time. This washer can handle the equivalent of 32 towels in a single load, four times more than the typical 8-pound washer load. The 31633 is metallic, it also comes in white as the Kenmore Elite 31632 (Est. $1,420).