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Kenmore White 800 4.0 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (2982) ENERGY STAR®

The Kenmore White 800 4.0 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (2982) ENERGY STAR® is best known for its SMART CARE technology, which enables the machine to pick the perfect temperature and cycle length for the particular load. With this technology and with the ENERGY STAR compliance of the product, the washing machine saves energy and other resources. This is the machine for anyone who wants to save on energy bills and save the environment, as well.

Interior Features
  • The Kenmore top-load 2982 is Energy Star compliant.
  • The washing machine makes use of SMART CARE Temperature Control, which enables it to select the right temperature based on the degree of soiling on the garments.
  • It uses Load Sensing technology to detect the amount of water needed for a particular load.
  • The 4.0 cubic feet capacity allows up to 20 bath towels or their equivalent to be washed in one cycle.
  • The washing machine is proven to clean clothes thoroughly and better than other leading brands.
  • It makes use of Automatic Temperature Control to provide consistent temperature to a whole cycle.
  • It has both special and standard cycle options.
  • Standard cycle options include normal, soak, heavy duty, permanent press and delicate.
  • Special cycle options include hand wash, express wash and large items.
  • For each cycle, the user has the option to use energy saver, extra rinse and prewash.
  • The washing machine operates quietly thanks to the sound insulation provided by the
    Quiet Pak feature.
  • It has five combinations of two spinning speeds.

    Exterior Features

  • The Kenmore top-load 2982 has rotary controls.
  • The washing machine has powder-coated top and lid.
  • It has a porcelain wash basket.
  • It has a white tub basket.
  • Its overall color is white.
  • The control panel is silver metallic in color.

    Dimension Specifications

    Depth: 26 inches
    Height: 43-1/8 inches
    Width: 27 inches
    Weight: 180 pounds
    Total volume: 4.0 cu. ft.


    The inexpensive washing machine model is anything but cheap. It offers several features that consumers may expect from more expensive units. The Energy Star compliant appliance saves more resources through its Load Sensing technology, which allows it to use only enough water needed for the particular load. The spinning also leaves the garments free of almost all excess water, reducing the drying time significantly.


    The washing machine model shows signs of its affordable price through the absence of some really good cycle options, such as the custom program and cycles for wool, silk and other materials. It also does not have the standard cycle for all whites. This model doesn't offer a safety control lock

    Consumer Opinions


  • quiet operation
  • reduces drying time
  • Load Sensing Technology saves water
  • Energy Star compliant
  • High capacity
  • Easy loading
  • Sets to perfect washing temperature
  • Saves money on energy bills
  • Affordable


  • Does not have safety control-lock
  • Lacks in special cycle options

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    Jan 16, 2013
    13 months old and blown transmission
    by: Exkenmorenthusiast

    Just after 12 months, my newer Kenmore is dead. Tech said that they are repairing or junking approx. 9 per week. The newer transmissions are not built to last nor handle the drive of an upright drum. Avoid like the plague.

    May 29, 2012
    Yikes, Kenmore used to be good...
    by: Katie

    Bought the 800 series washer just 3 years ago. What a lousy machine; noisy, cycles are whacky, inconsistent water levels, and now the knob that adjusts the load size, which had become more and more difficult to turn, broke off. It was on a flimsy, red plastic stem. My parents had appliances that lasted often 30 years or more - I've replaced mine at least every 5. Good riddance Kenmore, this is my last.

    Mar 17, 2012
    Never buy this crap!
    by: Anonymous

    I've bought that machine last year. I am naive sometimes and I really believed that saleperson telling me she has the model herself and that she absolutely love it.

    What's to love really?

    -Well first say byebye to your fabric softener dispenser 'cause all you have here it's a crappy Downy ball that sometimes doesn't even open during the cycle.

    -HE less water used: Of course! Some of my clothes went out of the washing machine still dry!

    - Washing time: Count an eternity ... when you'll figure out the number of hours for an eternity, well tell yourself your clothes won't even be in the spinning cycle yet.

    - Capacity : All the loads that I use to do have to be split by two to make sure it works properly. If I put too much clothes then the washing machine will start dancing a samba and my clothes will never be spinned. All I will have is a bunch of things loaded with water. Today I've did a load with two towels and a very light blanket. Took 3 times to make them spin properly.

    I miss the good old appliances that were amazing ugly with their avocado green and their pee yellow but geez those were working!!!

    Mar 12, 2012
    What a piece of.....
    by: donnyh46@gmail.com

    We've had these clunkers for about 6 months. Energy efficient? How? It takes around 100 - 120 minutes to wash a load of clothes. To dry them? At least an hour. Are the clothes clean? Maybe, if they don't get stuck under the agitator and tied into a knot.

    Don't forget soap cost (over double) for the new "efficient" systems. By the time you factor in all of your "savings" you can buy your kids a can of generic soda in just two or three years. If, and only if, you are willing to let them be seen in the clothes washed in these systems.

    I wish we had fixed the 20 year old Maytag set that we sold for $50 when my mother-in-law decided to buy us this new $1200 set. Far better. Do an entire load in maybe an hour and a half including drying. What a piece of crap. Fix your old set. Keep it forever.

    Feb 15, 2012
    Read the owners manual
    by: Anonymous

    This Kenmore washer is the last of the direct drive series of Whirlpool/Kenmore top load washers. These machines had problems but like the classic cars from the 1960s the average Joe could fix them. Not anymore. Starting in 2011 all top loader Kenmore washers are totally redesigned and if they break you might as well toss them away. I have owned my machine for 2 years now. At first I had problems with soap residue but after reading the owners manual I readjusted my thinking and now I have no problems.

    Feb 14, 2012
    Great washer
    by: Anonymous

    I bought my washer two years ago and couldn't be more satisfied. This machine is great and is one of the last washers ever made that an average guy can repair. Most of the replacement parts can be found on ebay used for a good price since Kenmore/Whirlpool kept the same design for almost 20 years. I will keep mine forever because the machines they are making now are so complicated that if they break you might as well just recycle them. Even the load sensor in this washer is easy to replace. So to all those who hate their 800 series--sell it to me and see what you can find that is better--good luck.

    Feb 06, 2012
    by: Lee & Mother

    My Mom bought this model Nov 2010, I purchased mine Jan 2011....Unfortunately hers didn't give any problems until I purchased mine or I would not have bought. She's had her repaired 3x for the same problem (spin cycle sprinkles extra water) and after changing all parts she figured was fixed, never purchased the exteneded warrenty so now SEARS wants her to fix (same problem they haven't fixed) before purchasing warrenty...Does that make sense?

    Mine started acting up, same problem it would spin but the clothes would be dripping wet as it starts to go into the second rinse cycle. My problem never started till my year warrenty was about done. Plus I was having problem with my Kenmore (600) Dryer so I WAS FORCED to purchase the extended warrenty (Jan 2012). The problem in my washer seems to be solved for the moment but the Tech changed every component the last time was here. My dryer, after 3 calls (making a loud buzzing/scraping noise) the Tech changed the relay and motor, so far it's working but I got the warrenty so the next 2yrs I'm covered....My Mom is FURIOUS and doesn't see why she needs to repair what they couldn't fix only to purchase the Warrenty as the machine will continue with the problem

    We also found out buying from HOME DEPOT, their extended warrenty for appliances is $60 for 2yr & $100 for 4yr, way less the SEARS.

    We're done with Sears, there is NO CUSTOMER SERVICE, just more monies in their pockets.

    Jan 02, 2012
    by: Anonymous

    Our Kenmore 800 washer broke after 3 years. After less than a year it kept getting off cycle. We called and they taught us how to reset the machine. Now, the washer will not reset and we can't do laundry because it will not drain. I guess our warranty expired after 2.5 years (which seems odd to me, but that's what they told us), and neither Sears nor Kenmore will help us fix it or get a discount on a new washer. Our last washer was nearly 25 years old when it died, so 3 years was a huge disappointment.

    Nov 09, 2011
    Not the 800
    by: Anonymous

    I have owned Kenmore washers and dryers for over 30 years. These are the worst. I have had several service calls and they are less than two years old.

    Oct 17, 2011
    Kenmore 800 Top- Load
    by: Anonymous

    I bought this machine 15 months ago, the sensor has gone so that when the spin cycle has stopped to finish, it starts rinsing again. My serviceman (not Sears affliated) told me this is the second Sears machine less than two years old he has seviced this week with the same problem!
    Do not buy this machine!

    Jul 19, 2011
    No thanks..but I am stuck.
    by: ybnormal36

    I am in full agreement with the others regarding the water level issue. I do not believe that 4-5 inches of water can clean a load of clothes in a top loading machine. It strains and makes terrible noises when it is trying to agitate the load..this can NOT be good. Opening and closing the lid seems to be my only solution and I really do not have time for that.

    Apr 08, 2011
    Worst Washer I've Owned
    by: Jim Burke

    I've always loved Kenmore, but this is the worst product I've ever owned from them. You can't select your own water level, and it uses so little that the detergent doesn't fully dissolve despite double rinse cycles. If you open the top to put another item in, it messes up the water level and just fills the machine all the way to the top. You end up doing that every time just to get enough water, but then you have to use more detergent. And, the agitator somehow can twist clothes into such a mess that you can hardly unravel them for drying. I would not recommend this washer to anyone under any circumstances, and if I hadn't paid so much for it just over a year ago I'd replace it. I hate the thought of another 8 or 10 years with this thing.

    Mar 24, 2011
    bad water sensors
    by: Anonymous

    Purchased this machine Sept 2009 and it has broken down 3 times. Always the same problem with the water sensors.This is why I don't buy American
    products. Thanks Sears

    Mar 17, 2011
    Piece of crap
    by: Anonymous

    Paid $600 for this machine in 2007. In 2011, motor needs to be replaced for $400. PIECE OF CRAP - DO NOT BUY.

    Jan 15, 2011
    by: Anonymous

    I am furious about this machine...it is 17 months old and will not advance past wash...???? It will cost $129 just for the technician to "diagnose" the problem. I did not take the extended service contract because of the supposed "reputation" of Kenmore...UGH! This is not a cheap machine....what recourse does a consumer have????

    Dec 03, 2010
    Kenmore 800 series - Water Autoload - total pain
    by: Vancouver, BC

    We purchased a Kenmore 800 series washing machine about 9 months ago. It has the auto load water level system. You put your washing detergent in, then load the cloths. The water level is then determined by the weight of your cloth. Theory is you do not need a full tub of water to wash therefore saving water. Problem is it fills to a minimum level for a full load, agitates, then is supposed to adjust up to half level max. depending on the load. The problem is, if you lift the lid to check the the level the cloths are 4-6" above the water level. When you lift the lid it will rest to a full level.Sears service and parts a total pain. Three service calls later and two parts replaced. We are told that it is the way we are operating the machine. I complained that I do not know how much detergent to put in the machine as I do not know the level of water without lifting the lid. We are now told that we should put the fabric switch to on (not using liquid softener) to increase the water level to full for the two rince cycles. This is supposed to be in the manual, which it is not. What a load of BS. This is a design problem and they will not admit it. DO NOT purchase the Kenmore 800 with the water autoload system. It will drive you crazy. Detergent burn due to using too much detergent with too little water is not fun!

    Dec 02, 2010
    Cost Effective Cleanliness!
    by: Anonymous

    We have been using this washer (and dryer) for about 7 months now. It has worked perfectly! We followed the directions on the soapbox-1 to 1.5 cup(s) of powder detergent for every medium load. I also use the age old secret of 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle; this removes any soap buildup. We clean and care for the machine, which is probably why we have not yet experienced any problems (knock on wood).

    I love the top loading feature of this machine; I feel that it really cleans, as opposed to the front loading machines.

    I am very impressed so far.

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