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Kenmore Elite 7.0 cu. ft. HE4 Super Capacity Plus Electric Dryer - Series 85861-85866
In addition to the HE4 dryer, the subject of this review, the Elite
series also sports an HE2, HE3, and HE5. The HE5 wasn't available at
Sears, but we looked at the lower numbers as well. The HE4 was our
choice due to extra features and load size. We ordered the
white-on-white color. This series also comes in white-on-black, bisque,
and graphite. A similar series of HE4 comes in additional colors at a
higher price. These colors match those of the washer and of the
optional pedestal which we also purchased.
The first thing that hits you is sticker shock. This dryer is
expensive. We were able to use a coupon and catch a sale to get the
price down, but it still is big enough to hurt. The next is its size.
The dryer we were replacing was 25 inches deep. This one is 31". With
the door open, you need over 50 inches of clearance from the wall. It
was a tight fit where we put it, but it works. This thing is also
heavy. It really takes two husky folk to unpack and set it up. The
dimensions are: 27" wide, 38" high, and 31 1/2" deep. With the door
open, make it 50 1/2". It weighs 147 pounds.
We decided to use this pair side-by-side and bought a pedestal to
get it higher off the ground. On the pedestal, the dryer door is high
enough not to require bending over to move clothes. It does add over
14" to the overall height, however. With the dryer on the right and the
washer on the left the doors open opposite each other so that the space
is clear between them to move clothes. It is easy with the pedestal
even with heavy loads. If this isn't the case in your installation, the
doors can be reversed. It looks like a fairly time consuming process.
We're glad we didn't need to find out.
The installation is pretty straightforward. If you opt for the
pedestal, it is attached with the dryer laying on its side. Two people
are recommended although we suppose one really husky one could probably
handle it. The appropriate electrical pigtail must be attached. We were
lucky that the installer had the right one with him. You should know
what kind of plug you need before you buy. You will also need to decide
where you want the dryer vent to exit. You have a choice of either an
offset lower rear exit, exit from either side, or (when the pedestal
isn't used) a bottom exit.
With the pedestal, leveling is pretty easy. You remove the pedestal
drawer (requires removing two sheet metal screws) and use a ratchet
wrench to adjust the four feet for level in both directions. This can
be done after the dryer is in place and then the drawer is reinstalled.
Feet are supplied for leveling the dryer directly without the pedestal.
No leveling of the dryer is necessary if stacking it on the washer.
Plug the dryer in and watch it light up. If you don't do anything for
five minutes the lights will go out. There is also a light inside the
dryer. It is a 10 watt appliance light and requires removal of a screw
and the cover to replace it.
Although the control panel is initially intimidating, it is pretty
intuitive in operation. All the main choices are on lighted pushbuttons
which surround a large central Start button. The choices on the left
are for automatic sensing of dryness and include: Heavy Duty,
Bulky/Bedding, Jeans, Normal, Casual, and Delicate. These cycles select
a temperature, and an estimated time for drying. On the right are the
timed dry choices: Timed Dry, Express Dry, or Touch Up. These main
cycles select a drying temperature and length of time to run the dryer.
For timed drying the time can be increased or decreased. Tapping
the + or - button below the time indicator window results in one minute
changes. Holding the button down increments the time by 5 minutes. This
option is not available for dry sensing cycles. Using the timed dry
choices, the temperature can be selected by repeatedly pressing a
button that cycles from high to air dry. If Wrinkle Guard or Damp Dry
Signal is not automatically selected as part of the basic cycle, they
can be added as well. Wrinkle Guard intermittently tumbles the clothes
without heat for up to two hours and the Damp Dry Signal is activated
when the clothes are about 80% dry. The other option is whether or not
you want an End of Cycle signal and how loud.
When you run into the situation where you have something like a
knit sweater that you would like to dry but certainly don't want to
come out misshapen from tumbling, this dryer also has a solution for
you. It comes with a drying rack that can be placed in the dryer. the
rack takes a little bit of tongue-twisting to get it in the first
couple of times, but it might be worth it for that special need. You
can pre-block the item and lay it on the shelf. The dryer will
concentrate heat in that area and you will have anywhere from a damp
dry to fully dry garment that still has its shape. The dryness is your
choice. You use timed dry for this operation.
The warranty on this machine is the typical one year limited warranty, but with a two year warranty on the control board.
But How Does It Work?
This is the best dryer we have ever had for properly sensing
dryness, particularly with mixed loads. You can choose between normal,
less or more dry and it will respond accurately. The dryer it replaced
did dry faster than this one, but at a cost of noise and more wrinkling
and twisting of the clothes. No-iron clothes come out ready to hang
almost every time. There is very little twisting of clothes with either
a full or small load. The lint screen is in front and a reminder light
flashes when you select a cycle to help you remember to clean it. It is
so easy to do that you will seldom not do it. Lint is a thing of the past unless you deliberately mix heavy lint givers with heavy lint receivers.
We have run many loads through this dryer with nothing but happy
results. We have used dryer sheets, but seldom do so. One of our teens
(they wash their own clothes) has decided she doesn't mind everything
she has blending toward a sort of pink shade and washes without thought
to sorting. It dries her strangely mixed loads as well as the better
sorted loads of the rest of us.
We haven't had this machine very long and the durability is always
a question. We will update if and when we have our first problem.
Jan 17, 2011 |
Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer