Kenmore 2626132 Advanced Clean Top Load Washer, 4.8-Cubic Feet

Last updated: March 24, 2023

Kenmore 2626132 Advanced Clean Top Load Washer, 4.8-Cubic Feet

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We looked at the top Top Load Washers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Top Load Washer you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 28 expert reviews, the Kenmore Advanced Clean Top Load Washer, 4.8-Cubic Feet placed 13th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Item includes room of choice delivery, unboxing, item hook-up and free optional haul-away at checkout. 4.8 cubic foot capacity washes up to 24 large towels. Stainless steel tub with Triple Action Impeller – No one cleans better in its class. Stain Boost option takes the work out of tough stains with an extended wash time and gentle care, no pre-treatment required. Deep Fill option allows you to choose a higher water level on select cycles. Utilize bleach, fabric softener and detergent dispensers. This washer is ENERGY STAR certified so you can rest easy knowing you’re wasting less resources without sacrificing cleaning power. Get a perfect match with the Kenmore 66132 electric dryer or 76132 gas dryer. Each sold separately.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Kenmore's $830 26132 washing machine has the best stain removal score of any other sub-$1,000 top-load model we've tested to date.
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What experts didn't like

Its small digital display isn't easy to read. The 26132 doesn't have a steam function or any other advanced features.
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Overview

Let’s face it: Nobody likes to do laundry. And that’s why buying a washer may be the most important purchase you make. It will be one of the appliances that gets the most use in your house, apart from maybe your dishwasher.

If you’re in the market for a top load washer, congratulations! You’re saving money already. In general, between the two types of washers — top loading or front loading — top loaders tend to be less expensive. On average, they can also handle more material per load, and they tend to run through their wash cycle at greater speeds.

As the name implies, laundry is loaded into the machine’s cleaning drum through the top, with controls and display monitors on a panel toward the back. Historically, they’ve used a plastic spire called an agitator that sits in the middle of the drum, turning during the wash cycle with fins on it to help catch and tumble the clothes. While some models still have this feature, the majority of top loaders have done away with the agitator. Newer washers use an impeller, which is a low-profile hub at the bottom of the drum that agitates the clothes by shooting a cross-current up into the laundry. This has the obvious benefit of creating space for more clothes, and it generally handles fabrics more gently.

No matter what method they use to stir things up, most top load washers are going to use more water than their front-loading counterparts. The good news is, the wash cycle won’t take as long. And even the water usage is a broad rule of thumb. Thanks to new technologies, top loading washers can be plenty efficient. High Efficiency (HE) washers have settings that can reduce the volume of water in certain cycles. To compensate, machines that operate on a HE setting will need a corresponding HE laundry detergent that keeps the suds to a minimum. (It’s available in most stores and offered by most major brands. Just look for the “HE” designation on the label.)

HE washers can also give your clothes a longer life.

“These washers have no agitator, so there’s less wear and tear on your clothing than a standard washer,” notes Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert. “The cycles are much longer but users feel their clothes and bedding are cleaner after the wait.”

Another thing to look for if you’re concerned about your bill is Energy Star certification. This EPA-backed rating establishes resource-saving standards for a variety of appliances. A unit with this certification uses roughly 25% less electricity and 33% less water than comparable, non-certified washers. Not only does this save the environment, but it will also save you money on utility bills.

Cash-saving perks aside, the type of laundry you do will likely determine the kind of washer you need. Plan on doing a lot of sheets? You’ll want to start by considering a washer with high-load capacity. Among top load washers, the drum capacity can vary greatly, anywhere from 2-3 cubic feet up to 8 or more. And while size matters, it’s hardly the only consideration. Your washer might have room for that fitted silk sheet, but it doesn’t mean it can wash it gently enough.

It’s worth a look at the washer settings to determine what kind of fabrics the machine will be able to handle. While we miss those college days when we could set every load on “cotton/sturdy” and turn it on, family life means a lot of different fabrics and different washing methods. If a washer has the capability to handle your specific kind of laundry, it will likely have a setting to match.

While older top loaders still might require you to drop in laundry detergent directly, the majority of modern units have a dispenser. This little plastic receptacle is good for more than saving you the trouble of measurement. Automatic dispensers can time out the dispersal of detergent at different stages in the wash cycle, and many models also have separate bins for fabric softener or bleach. If your washer has a pre-soak setting, that’s a great option for especially dirty loads. It means the unit can agitate and dole out a bit of extra detergent in low water prior to the main cycle for a focused burst of cleaning.

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