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Kenmore Elite 12783 dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$1070
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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4.0
Whirlpool-made Product
8/15/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I replaced a top of the line Bosch that I loved which gave us 7 years of great service. The Kenmore will be an experiment in that it was half the price of the Bosch. After installing it, I can say that the Kenmore build quality is no where near the quality of the Bosch. The Kenmore functions well and is reasonably quiet... if it lasts 7 years then I will consider it a good buy.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Unreliable-No spare parts...
8/3/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
Bought this dishwasher back in November 2013. Well 17 months later it decided not finish the rinse cycle and hung up. Luckily it was still under parts warranty. So after 1 week waiting for the repairman just to look at it we needed 2 parts. A fill valve and a new control board.<br />We got the fill valve a week later but now we've been told the control board is on back order until September!! This broke in June. You couldn't even fix this if you had bought an extended warranty! This is one of their top rated and popular models and no spare parts... Not a good business model.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Why does CR continued recommend this product? Very Faulty
7/23/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
We purchased a similar model as reviewed (Our model Number# 665.1278) in July 2013. The computer control went out in June 2014 and replaced under warranty after multiple trips by the appliance repair service. Same issue has occurred again in July 2015. We have had the detergent dispenser replaced in September 2014 and the basket wheels replaced several time (but I did that myself). The dishwasher is just over two years old. Based on the other reviews our issue is a common one. The positives of the dishwasher is it is very quiet and cleans well. If it was not for the reliability issue - i would give this dishwasher 5 stars. If purchased please purchase extended warranty!
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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