Kenmore 70 Series - Model 110
We bought our Kenmore Washing machine at Sears 8 years ago when we moved into our new home.
We chose the Kenmore because our previous washer was also a Kenmore and we had had it for 9 years and never had a problem. We would have brought it with us but the buyers of our previous home requested that we leave it with the house, as they had also had good experience with Kenmores.
Our current Kenmore washing machine has been just as reliable. It has never required service and is the solid and consistent work horse it has always been.
Our family does lots of rugged outdoor activity - rock climbing, hiking, and the boys love to play football in the mud. My husband makes pottery and gets clay and dust on his work shirts. For these loads, the extra heavy soil cycle works great to get even the grimiest clothing clean.
But I also have more dainty clothing and lingerie with lace and other delicate details. I simply don't have time (or interest) for hand washing, and with this machine, I don't need to! I wash these using the machine's delicate cycle. And delicate it is. I never have to worry about their care - these items come out clean without harm to their intricacy.
The other thing I love about it is that it is relatively quiet. My mom's Maytag washing machine is loud and especially rumbly during the spin cycle. It also goes 'off balance' frequently, which makes a loud buzzer sound off and requires manual intervention to rebalance the clothing so that the cycle can complete. I don't know if my Kenmore has an 'off balance' buzzer, but if it does, I have never heard it because I have never had that problem come up.
The great thing about it is that this washing machine was among the least expensive of those in its class when we were shopping for washing machines. So not only did we get the quality and reliability that was important to us, but we were able to do it well within our budget without compromise.