As of 2015, Kenmore appliances are available only through Sears retail outlets, Kmart, The Great Indoors and Orchard Supply Hardware. All these outlets are part of the Sears Holdings Group.
The Kenmore appliance brand began in 1927, and it sells 50 percent more appliances than its leading competitor as of February 2015. Kenmore offers a large variety of both large and small appliances; however, Kenmore outsources the manufacturing of these appliances to other major appliance manufacturers. Whirlpool, GE, Sanyo and Bosch are just a few of the companies producing appliances for Sears with the Kenmore name.
Kenmore's first products were washing machines. These machines offered an electric agitator and wringer. While there are records of production in 1927, Kenmore washers did not appear in that year's Sears and Roebuck catalogue. If any photographs of the 1927 washing machines ever existed, they remain lost as of 2015, according to the Sears Archives.
With the installation of electricity in 99 percent of urban homes by the end of the 1920s, the United States began looking for appliances to use the new power source. In response to consumer demands, Kenmore offered products ranging from electric baby bottle warmers to HVAC systems. However, it was not until 1977 that Kenmore introduced its first refrigerator.