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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,069.99
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Summary: This Kenmore conventional dishwasher has
  • A soil sensor.
  • An adjustable upper rack.
  • A delayed-start feature.
  • A stainless-steel interior.
  • Some hidden controls.
  • Adjustable tines.
  • Ample flatware slots.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Kenmore Elite 12783

The Kenmore Elite 12783 is part of the dishwasher test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher models like the Elite 12783 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing:
Assessed by running the normal or equivalent cycle to clean a full load--10 place settings of very dirty dishes that were scraped but not rinsed. We examine the dishes and glassware for residual food after cleaning.

Energy use:
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.

Noise:
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.

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About This Brand

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.

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Features & Specs - Kenmore Elite 12783
info Ample flatware slots Yes
info Adjustable upper rack Yes
info Sensor Yes
info Self-cleaning filter No
info Hidden controls Some
info Interior material stainless-steel
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore Elite 12783
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2.0
Very quiet but flimsy plastic parts
10/17/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Broken plastic parts
Unreliable
Best Uses
Delicate Items
General Purpose
Larger Kitchens
Pots and Pans
Comment:
I have had to get replacement plastic clips that hold the adjustable tines and the replacement ones were also unreliable. We use it every couple of days and after 2 1/2 years it will not start. It is extremely quiet but we are going back to Our old brand immediately, the last one we had went over 10 years before being repaired.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
A polished piece of garbage.
10/8/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Bought this Kenmore while remodeling kitchen after looking at a few different dishwashers. Because of the unique configuration of my kitchen, I was unable to buy a dishwasher with a rigid bottom frame (like the Bosch) so I decided on the Kenmore ELITE. Very nice looking and very quiet, I was pleased with this dishwasher for about a year. The stainless steel tub needs occasional cleaning, but other than that it was OK. Just after a year of ownership, the dishwasher just didn't work one day. On the service request call, I was offered a 1 yr warranty for $200 which I bought after troubleshooting and confirming that the control panel was probably bad ($200 by itself). After waiting a week for a repairman he told me that the Control Panel and UI were both out and the repair was going to be nearly $600 and that the warranty capped at $500. So out of pocket for the warranty and another $65 to the repairman. I am then told 2 weeks for another appt to actually repair device. I will not ever buy another Kenmore appliance and anyone looking to do so should check all user reviews before doing so unless you are looking for an expensive yearly appliance rental. Garbage.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Design issues
10/4/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Quiet
Cons
Awkward Loading
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
The control panel went bad after about 6 months. Then it took about 2.5 months to get that fixed as the part was on back order. Water drips on the floor from a spout on the bottom of the door during the drying cycle (about 1/2 cup of water per wash cycle). There is a vent on the left upper side of the door the emits heat and moisture during the drying cycle. This caused the varnish finish on the adjacent cabinet to blacken. The lower rack is poorly designed with many closely spaced tines, and no adjustability. This means large bulky items do not fit well. It is very quiet though,and if you use a good quality soap, it cleans well.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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