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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$989.99
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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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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Looks & runs beautiful!
3/8/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Delicate Items
General Purpose
Larger Kitchens
Pots and Pans
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
Large capacity and easy to load. The normal wash cycle the dishes were clean but only about 99% dry. The pots and pans cycle the dishes were completly dry.<br /> My husband & his contractor friend installed it very easily. It is VERY quiet, you have to be standing next to it even know it is running.<br />The adjustable upper rack is wonderful. The clips for wine glasses are handy. I was reluctant to put my expensive pots & pans in dishwasher. I was used to hand washing them before. I just ran them for the first time and there is no film and they are cleaned perfectly! <br /> I love everything about this dishwasher so far & I would HIGHLY recommend it :)
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Have earlier model...LOVE IT!
2/8/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
SUPER QUIET
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Pots and Pans
Comment:
Had professional install. Within 2 months the plastic drain motor housing broke open and flooded kitchen. ARGHHHH. Warranty covered the issue, but took over 2 weeks to complete, including diagnostic, part order, return to repair, etc. ARGHHHH X 2.... <br />BUT.....it works great. I have to lean over and put my ear near the machine to hear it running. It's that quiet. Love it. <br />Cleans well, drys well.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Problem after problem so far
1/31/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Installed 6/8/13. Stopped working late August 2013. Took 3 service calls (9/10/13, then 9/20/13, then 10/4/2013) to finally fix it. Stopped working again early January 2014. Needs a new control board for the second time. So, had it for 7 months now and it's been broken for 2 of those months (washing dishes by hand during that time). Will visit the Sears store where we purchased it this weekend and try to invoke the lemon rule. This dishwasher performs very well when it's working. Warranty is up in June and I don't plan on buying any extended warranty and if the dishwasher was not under warranty now, the cost of the current and previous repairs would have added up to the same price that we paid for the dishwasher. No way I keep this particular dishwasher.
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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