Kenmore is and always has been a steady, reliable performer. It is American made and that's enough for me. I have used Kenmore products for over 50 years. Kenmore as solid as Sears is an accurate truism. The washing machine that I have is a great performer. If it was an employee, I would give it raises and top performance reviews year in and year out! Yes there are newer technology washers and dryers out there with all the bells and whistles and lights. Yet, they are very expensive and are usually not made in America. I will always opt for the steady consistent performer every time.