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Kenmore 26132 review

Sometimes, you just want a simple washing machine that cleans well and doesn’t have too many extras. If that sounds good, Kenmore’s $830 26132 top-load washer could be for you. Here’s what I like about it:

  • Simple, sleek display panel
  • Good at removing stains
  • It’s regularly on sale at Sears, currently for just $640

The 26132 isn’t the fanciest washer, but it’s the best sub-$1,000 stain remover we’ve seen yet. If you’re in the market for a top-loader, give Kenmore’s 26132 a close look.

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Getting to know the 26132

The Kenmore 26132 is identical to Kenmore’s $950 27132 with two exceptions — it doesn’t have a transparent lid, and it doesn’t have a steam setting (it also cleans a lot better, but we’ll get to that later). See-through lids look nice, but they’re purely a design feature. A steam setting boosts the wash temperature for a deeper clean of extra-dirty items. If that cycle is important to you, consider Kenmore’s $1,100 29133 instead of the steam-free 26132.

Even without the transparent lid, the 26132 looks quite nice considering its low to midrange price. I just wish the digital display was larger because it’s difficult to read from a distance.

Here’s a quick overview of the 26132’s specs versus other models that cost less than $1,000:

Comparing washing machines

Kenmore 26132

Kenmore 27132

Kenmore 22352

GE GTW485ASJWS

GE GTW810SSJWS

Price

$830

$950

$720

$650

$900

Color finish

White

White

White

White

White, Metallic (for $1,000)

Capacity

4.8 cubic feet

4.8 cubic feet

4.2 cubic feet

4.2 cubic feet

5.1 cubic feet

# of cycles

11

11

12

13

13

Energy consumption

169 kWh/year

169 kWh/year

238 kWh/year

152 kWh/year

152 kWh/year

Dimensions (width, height, depth)

27.5 x 37 x 27.9 inches

27.5 x 37 x 27.9 inches

27.5 x 37 x 28 inches

27 x 44 x 27 inches

28 x 44.5 x 29 inches

Warranty

1 year, limited

1 year, limited

1 year, limited

1 year, limited

1 year, limited

Voltage rating

120V; 60Hz

120V; 60Hz

120V; 60Hz

120V; 60Hz

120V; 60Hz

App

No

No

No

No

Yes, Android and iPhone

Can it clean?

Read this post for all of the gory details on how we test washers. Here’s the short version: We run new stain strips coated in sebum (skin oil), carbon (mineral oil), pig’s blood, cocoa (milk and chocolate) and aged red wine through three separate cleaning cycles. We then calculate an average of how much of the original stains are left. The lower the number, the better the washer did removing stains.

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