When the Kenmore brand was first starting out, it exclusively created sewing machines, debuting its first model in 1913. With the success of that first sewing machine, the company then branched out to washing machines a few years later, followed by vacuum cleaners, kitchen ranges, and so on.
Despite its longstanding prestige, Kenmore doesn’t actually manufacture its own products. While the company is based out of Chicago, Illinois, it doesn’t have a dedicated factory or assembly line there. Rather, Kenmore’s various appliances are manufactured by other major appliance brands around the world, specifically for the Kenmore brand.
Each of Kenmore’s various appliance types are created by a different appliance brand, many of which you’ve likely heard of. For instance, Kenmore products that utilize water in some way like dishwashers and laundry washing machines are manufactured primarily by Whirlpool. Cooking and kitchen appliances like ovens, ranges, and refrigerators are manufactured primarily by Frigidaire, with a little extra help from Whirlpool and LG. Kenmore’s vacuums were originally manufactured primarily by Panasonic, but after Panasonic took a step back from the Western appliance scene in 2017, another company called Cleva took the reins.