Kenmore Water Heaters Review

Kenmore water heaters are among the well known and recognized products from the wide selection of Kenmore home appliances and water heating appliances. Kenmore brand is the major player in the residential appliance industry and many of their products are ranked at the top.

Kenmore hot water heaters together with other home appliances are available and sold exclusively through the Sears stores. Kenmore units are also known as Sears water heaters. To provide even more confidence in its products, Sears also offers home services to the users of Kenmore water heaters, like product repairs, replacement parts and other elements, warranty and protection plans.

Popular gas-powered Kenmore models

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  1. Kenmore 50 Gal. Tall Natural Gas Hot Water Heater (33157) - rated 4 stars, this standard size unit offers 12-year warranty, includes two anodes for tank protection, Self-cleaning PEX Roto-Swirl cold water inlet tube and 2" energy efficient foam insulation.

  2. Kenmore 40 Gal. Tall Natural Gas Hot Water Heater (33147) also rated 4 stars as the above 50-gallon unit, with the same specs, but smaller tank.

  3. Kenmore 50 Gal. Tall Natural Gas Hot Water Heater (33205) - rated 3.8 this unit is Power Vented unit with the hot surface ignition and electronic temperature adjustment.

Popular electric Kenmore models

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  1. Kenmore 50 Gal. Medium Height Electric Hot Water Heater 3.6 stars. Is known as Power Miser 6, it offers one anode rod and 6 year limited warranty.

  2. Kenmore 66 Gal. Tall Electric Hot Water Heater (32164) - 3.8 stars.

  3. Kenmore 80 Gal. Tall Electric Hot Water Heater (32184) - is rated 3,7 stars.

Both models, 66 and 80-gallon are known as Power Miser 12 and they offer two large anodes for better rust protection, PEX Roto-Swirl dip tube, Super LimeGuard lower and upper heating element to lower the lime build-up and 3" energy efficient foam with high insulation value of R 24. They come with a 12-year limited warranty.

The above list is based on many reviews found on Sears.com and Buzzillions.com websites.

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Kenmore water heating models are designed to use all three popular fuel sources: electric, propane and natural gas. All the models are tank type with different capacity, first hour rating and efficiency, and designed for residential and commercial hot water heating applications. There are no Kenmore gas tankless models in offer.


Now the question is who makes Kenmore water heaters?

Kenmore belongs to the secondary market heaters that are made by one of the several major brands. Kenmore is produced exclusively for Sears, by AO Smith and its subsidiary State Industries water heating company.


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Gas Type

Kenmore gas water heaters are designed for propane and natural gas usage. Based on the venting installation options available, you can buy and install appliances with an atmospheric vent, like Power Miser series, that uses a natural drought from the chimney for venting gases out or the electric power vent like Power Vent models.

Gas powered Kenmore water heaters are offered through the three different series, with several EnergyStar qualified models, Ultra Low Nox and high recovery units available:

  • Power Miser

  • PowerVent

  • HydroSense


Power Miser series is further divided into three sub-categories which are Power Miser 6, 9 and 12 with tank capacities from 30 gallons to 50 gallons, short and tall, all of them for residential use.

EnergyStar recognized Kenmore models that are using natural gas as the fuel source are listed below. These models are used for an average home size and family of four to six, and one of the benefits you will get when buying are money savings through the provided rebates:

  • Kenmore Power Miser 6, 40 and 50 gallons

  • Kenmore Power Miser 9, 40 and 50 gallons

  • Kenmore Power Miser 12, 40 and 50 gallons

  • Kenmore HydroSense, 40 and 50 gallons

  • Kenmore Power Vent, 40 and 50 gallons

Two of the Kenmore hot water heaters powered by propane gas are Energy Star recognized also. They are Power Miser 6 and 9, both of them with a tank capacity of 40-gallon and designed to be green with an Ultra Low NOx emission.

Electric Type

Electric type Kenmore water heaters available through the retail stores, Sears and K mart are conventional tank tape units only, with the ten different sizes available, ranging from 6 gallons to 80 gallons capacity.

Depending on your personal preference, hot water needs and installation requirement, one Table Top, 40 gallon water heater and two groups of electric water heaters are in the offer:

  • Kenmore Power Miser 6, 9, 12 with a tank capacity from 30 to 80 gallons.

  • Compact water heaters with short and tall models and sizes from 6 to 30 gallons.

Where to buy Kenmore

Kenmore water heaters are exclusively sold through Sears and K mart stores, but you can buy them online also... see below the recommended stores.

If buying from Sears, Kenmore electric water heaters will cost you $212 for 6 gallon compact model, $380 for the Table Top unit and $320 for Power Miser 9, with the 30 gallon tank size. The most expensive one is Power Miser 12, with 80 gallon tank capacity, which costs $580.

For models that are using natural gas, the price range is from $350 for the Power Miser 6, 30 gallon tank size, as the cheapest model to $800 for Kenmore Power Vent 50 gallon tank size and EnergyStar rated.

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