9 Things You May Not Know About Kenmore Appliances

February 17, 2016 by Jason Loper

1. The Kenmore badge first appeared on a sewing machine more than one hundred years ago. Kenmore sewing machines were introduced in 1913 and the product line has been expanding ever since.


2. Kenmore Brand has been in the business of dirty laundry for almost 90 years. The first Kenmore washing machine was introduced in 1927. The wringer style washer could be purchased for $79.50. Today’s washing machines may cost a little more, but they definitely have a few more features, too.

3. The Kenmore Revolving Brush Upright Vacuum Cleaner made its first appearance in American homes in 1932. Today, customers can shop from an extensive line of upright and canister vacuums as well as shampooers and multi-surface deep cleaning machines.

1984 Soft Drink Machine

4. The line of Kenmore appliances has changed over the years. Some things, like washers and refrigerators, have remained a staple of the product line. And then there are those things that were left in the past. Remember the home soft drink machine of the 1980’s?

1963 Donna Reed with Washer & Dryer

5. Kenmore appliances have appeared in a number of television and film productions over the years. Donna Reed kept her television family looking sharp with her Kenmore appliances. And Olivia de Havilland’s home was stocked with Kenmore appliances in the thriller Lady in a Cage.

6. Kenmore Brand curates products from the best manufacturers. Brian Jochum, Kenmore Senior Marketing Director says, “The Kenmore team takes the best of what other manufacturers have to offer. Then they identify unmet needs and insights to make them even better…to optimize and customize the best-performing appliances in the industry. Only then are they worthy of the Kenmore name.”

7. Before Kenmore Appliances ever reach stores, they go through a battery of tests in the KCD Product Development Laboratory at the Sears Holdings headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This is also the hub of product development, where a team of engineers and designers create the appliances of tomorrow.


8. You’ll find Kenmore appliances in more than 100 million American homes. Let that number sink in a minute. 100 million!

Jason Loper

Jason Loper is a self-professed doyen of the domestic arts. In other words, he hasn’t met a household project he hasn’t enjoyed tackling. His latest project is renovating a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American System-Built Home in Iowa.