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Kenmore Elite 31633 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on November 14, 2017

Bottom Line

If you are doing the wash for a very large family, or a small neighborhood, the Kenmore Elite 31633  washer should be at the top of your list. It does a great job of removing stains and, in spite of its large capacity, zips through its cycles very quickly.


  • Excellent stain removal
  • Feature packed
  • Highest capacity residential washer
  • Energy Star Certified


  • Sensitive display
  • Large footprint
Our Analysis

Breaking it down


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.com, 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 $1,600, 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 amazing 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. $1,100).

Our Sources

Jonathan Chan, Nov. 11, 2016

Reviewed.com grants the Kenmore's Elite 31633 a Best of Year award, but, even though reviewer Jonathan Chan says he tested it, he makes no mention of its washing performance. Still it gets a 7.9 out of 10, and kudos for the speed of its wash cycles, thanks to Kenmore's proprietary Accela Wash technology.

Megan Wollerton, Sept. 28, 2016

While Reviewed.com may not clue us into how the Kenmore Elite 31633 did in their testing, Megan Wollerton at CNET certainly does, and finds it to be a powerful stain removal tool. Ultimately, she awards it 4 stars, with an 8.5 overall for design, usability, performance and features -- a very high rating for a washing machine at this notoriously tough testing site.

Contributors to Sears.com, As of March 2017

As we see with virtually all Kenmore products, there is very little feedback for the Kenmore Elite 31633, which is amplified by the fact that this washer hasn't been on the market very long. In just over 10 reviews, it earns a 4-star rating. Most seem very pleased, with just a couple of complaints with no unifying theme.

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