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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,099.99
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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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3.0
Quiet but very flawed
12/15/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
GOOD: <br />very quiet. Can hardly hear it at all. You can use it while company is over, even in the same room. Any small amount of noise from talking and you won't even know the dishwasher is on.<br /><br />BAD: <br />- doesn't heat water, so unless you sink water is already HOT it will turn powdered dishwasher detergent into a messy solid brick.<br /><br />- small plastic clips on the dish shelves come off easily and will get melted by the heating element<br /><br />- filter doesn't stop broken glass, food etc from getting into the pump. A small piece of broken glass got through and ruined the pump. Expensive repair and lots of water on our floor.<br /><br />- since the filter doesn't work well, you need to get your dishes rather clean before putting them in the washer. This rather defeats the purpose!<br /><br />- the programming for the controls is poor. For example, if you open the washer at the start of a cycle and put another dish in, then close the door, the cycle won't restart. You need to remember to press the Start button again. That's just sloppy design.<br /><br />- Ditto for starting a cycle. You often need to press Start twice to get it to actually start, depending on what order you press buttons in. Again, just bad programming.<br /><br />Bottom Line: given the price I hesitate to recommend it. For a high end dishwasher I expect a better design.
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)
 
1.0
Wish I Could Give it Zero Stars
12/3/2014
Pros
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
I'm on my second dishwasher. I have experience the same exact problems as the other reviewers. The Ball Bearings have broken on BOTH of the dishwashers. I was just getting ready to replace this 2nd one with a completely different dishwasher when the hose underneath the dishwasher busted and leaked EVERYWHERE. Thankfully I have a Master Protection plan with Sears and I will definitely be asking them to compensate us for damage and cost to have a plumber discover the source of the leak.<br /><br />I am so disappointed. It is VERY QUIET and Cleans VERY WELL . I love the look of it too. However, it is a piece of junk lemon :(
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Stay away from Kenmore dishwashers!
12/1/2014
Pros
It Worked Ok For A Year
Cons
It Broke After One Year
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought the dishwasher based on Consumer Reports recommendations. We bought it at Sears and paid well over $1,000 plus $300 for the extended warranty. <br />It stopped working the day before its one-year anniversary and it took three weeks for Sears to get the parts and a repair person to fix it. The repair guy said it was fixed and left. When we fired it up for the first time, it still didn't work!!! We are now in the queue for another service call in a week. It will be four weeks that we're without a dishwasher, including the Thanksgiving weekend (assuming they actually fix it this time).<br /><br />The only thing more disappointing than the dishwasher is the service (or lack thereof).
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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