Kenmore Model 110
I am the proud owner of a six-year-old Sears Kenmore Model 110 Washer/Dryer combo. We purchased the set for about $300-400 dollars from a Sears discount appliance outlet in the South Nashville area near the old 100 Oaks Mall.
The washer lists itself as being a “Heavy Duty, Super Capacity” type with a two speed motor with three speed combinations. Ours is white in color but I remember there was a black and tan option available.
The unit plugs into a standard 120 volt grounded outlet and fits easily into a designated washer/dryer area with the required water supply/removal gear. We had our set professionally installed by the Sears folks for about $50 and it was money well spent.
You get three different types of load combinations: small, medium and large. You also get the choices of cold, warm and hot washes. The rinse cycles are always with cold water.
There are built-in funnels available for liquid bleach and fabric softener. I have never used these devices but I’m sure they would work just fine if I did.
There are four different washing cycles available: Normal, Heavy Duty, Permanent Press and Delicate.
You may choose two different wash modes with the Normal cycle (a regular 10 minute wash or the shorter 6 minute one) and three different modes with the Heavy Duty cycle (14 minutes, 10 minutes
and 6 minutes respectively). The Normal cycle starts off with a fast agitation speed that slows down to the “slow” agitation speed halfway through the wash cycle. The Heavy Duty cycle stays with the fast agitation speed no matter how long you set the wash time for.
As best I can tell both the Normal and Heavy Duty cycles share a fast rinse cycle.
The Permanent Press cycle is a 10 minute wash while the Delicate cycle is a 6 minute one. These two washes share a slow wash/slow rinse agitation speed.
I have a small child…so clothes washing is very much a daily chore. My spouse and I are big fans of the Delicate wash for children’s clothes and the Heavy Duty wash for multi-layer blankets. We have yet to see any damaged clothing from either wash after six years of trying to blow them up!
The only criticism I have about the device is that it’s fairly loud when operating. I guess that’s because you don’t have the built-in quieting gear that the more upscale (expensive) washers tend to have. I suggest this model if you have a door or screen you can put in front of the combo to block out the noise. Otherwise this is a great washer/dryer set for a young family on a budget. I would make the purchase again in a heartbeat!