The Kenmore Elite 12773 is a dishwasher available from
The Elite 12773 typically costs
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on dishwasher
models like the Elite 12773.
Ample flatware slots:
Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Adjustable upper rack:
Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
The Ratings of Kenmore Elite 12783 were applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12773, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Kenmore, the largest dishwasher brand in this country, is known for its reliability and dependability and has three lines: Kenmore, Kenmore Elite, and Kenmore Pro. Prices range from approximately $250 for a basic Kenmore model to $1,600 for the double-drawer dishwasher in stainless steel ($1,400 in white). Major features such as the TurboZone power-scrubbing mode tend to be shared among the higher-priced Kenmore models ($650 and up) and the Elite models. Kenmore recently introduced steam cleaning, hidden-control models as well as top-rack-only wash on some Elite models.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we found that wasn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient, but it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
The hose clamp failed and flooded the kitchen 2 weeks and $133.00 later, I find out this is a known defect and Sears will not notify or help in fixing the problem of a known faulty clamp. Go to their Community Board to see all of the complaints and responses
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
So far so good.
I purchased model #12772 which is the same only in white. Had a kenmore for 8 years and the pump was dying for the 2nd time so needed a new one. Looked at many, many dw before choosing this one. I was looking for one with lots of jets and coverage. This one has plenty and has the same arms, jets and turbo zone that the higher end kenmore's have. Only difference I could see was the racks which seemed better made and more versatile on the higher end models. Not a big deal for me. They had it listed at $1299 (which was obviously an obviously inflated price) but was on sale for for $799. I never buy extended warranties but did for this because it's comprehensive and was about the same cost of two repair service trips (5 yrs. for $368) and dishwashers seem to need repairs more than other appliances I own. I think the best part of the warranty is a repairman comes and performs an annual maintenance check-up. Additionally, they were able to install it the next day. <br />All those jets are doing a fantastic job so far. I usually run a normal wash with the turbo zone and nothing has come out dirty or cloudy. It does an ok but not great job of drying, which I don't really care about, as it seems like a waste of energy to me, but I know some do care. I'm also amazed at how quiet this machine is. If that's important to you this one is a winner. I haven't had it long and hope that it continues to perform as well as it has so far.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Disappointed Doc
from San Diego, CA
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Poorly made dishwasher
We have had a Kenmore dishwasher before and have had no issues. This one is very poorly made an unreliable. You must purchase the service contract if you get this machine. It does work, but it has serious pump failure issues at about 13-14 months of use. The Sears repairmen are unable to fix it and will only offer you more repair contracts. We had a clamp failure at 14 months. They fixed it but it is now flooding our floor again after 3 months. The pump failure reviews are all over the Sears website now. I am disappointed that Consumer Reports does not show this at all. I do not usually review products and am normally very happy with purchases. This has opened my mind to poorly made products and fraud. Do not purchase this unless you have $1000 to spare every 1-2 years.