In every other way, however, the Kenmore 6973 is exactly the same as its predecessor. For instance, the Kenmore 6973 features 6 standard cycles (casual, delicate, heavy duty, normal, permanent press, 50-minute timed dry), 5 special cycles (air dry, large items, sensor dry, 20-minute touch up, 90-minute Wrinkle Guard), and 5 temperature options. In fact, the Wrinkle Guard cycle was specifically developed by Kenmore to relax clothes and keep them wrinkle free. The Kenmore 6973 also comes equipped with 4-way venting, an end-of-cycle signal, a QuietPak 1 package, and an extra-wide hamper door that provides easy access to laundry. The Kenmore 6973 retails for $539.99 (same as the 6972) in white and $609.99 in twilight, and can be purchased at either Sears or K-Mart. Although the Kenmore 6973 comes with a 1 year limited warranty, extended 3YR and 5YR In-Home Master Protection plans are available for a fee.