Sears will no longer sell Whirlpool appliances, ending a business relationship that dates back more than 100 years. In a note sent to its stores last week, Sears said that Whirlpool was making demands that would have made it difficult to sell its appliances at a competitive price. Sears has been ravaged by new competition for years from stores such as Home Depot and also from Amazon.com and other online retailers. The end to the partnership is effective immediately and includes the larger appliances and small kitchen appliances of Whirlpool subsidiaries Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air. Sears said it would sell off the remainder of its Whirlpool inventory.
Although Sears stores will no longer sell Whirlpool appliances, the two companies have not completely severed ties. According to Sears, Whirlpool will continue to manufacture appliances for Sears' own Kenmore brand. That means customers can still buy a Whirlpool-made dishwasher, fridge, or washing machine at Sears--except it will wear a Kenmore badge. The longstanding relationship between Whirlpool and Kenmore "is not affected," wrote Sears spokesman Howard Riefs in response to an e-mailed inquiry from Reviewed.com. Appliances sold under the Kenmore brand are made by a variety of different manufacturers including LG, Frigidaire, and Whirlpool.
Alexa can already order a pizza and fire up your TV as you lazily bark commands at it, but appliances giant Whirlpool is about to put Amazon's personal assistant to work with some extra chores around the house. The two companies announced they've teamed up to connect Alexa with Whirlpool's next line of smart home appliances. The future where you can ask your fridge to set the temperature in the veggie drawer has finally arrived. Amazon and Whirlpool already enjoy a cozy partnership with Amazon Dash's one-touch ordering, but the new Alexa skills add even more useful features to an integrated smart home. In the laundry room, Alexa will be able to tell you whether your washer or dryer is running and how much time is left on the cycle, plus a few other settings.
If you have a question about electronics, appliances, or virtually anything else you can buy, send an email to email@example.com. We can't answer your etiquette questions or help you find love, but we can make you a more educated consumer. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: There's no Kenmore factory. Kenmore, the home appliance brand that's sold at Sears and K-Mart, has never once built a home appliance. Instead, the brand works with a variety of manufacturers to design home appliances, which are then built specifically for Kenmore.
A few weeks ago, a truck pulled up at Reviewed.com and dropped off some washers and dryers. That's not an usual occurrence--we test hundreds of home appliances a year. What caught my eye, however, was that two of those washers looked identical not only to each other, but to a machine we had tested months earlier. The Whirlpool WTW5000DW ( 427.49), Kenmore 22352 ( 499.99), and Maytag MVWC565FW ( 534.10) are three distinct washing machines, but have roughly the same dimensions, features, and cycles. How this happened is easy to explain: All three were made in the same factory by the same company.