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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$899.99
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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
Buy if you don't want your glasses clean
9/11/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Load
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Best Uses
Comment:
Items on the top rack simply don't get clean!. We were told you have to 1. Leave big open spaces on the bottom rack so water can get up to the top. 2. Use Cascade Platimum vs regular cascade and 3. To make sure your water is very hot. We have tried it all and we usually have to rewash at least some of the times on the top rack every time we use it.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
was very disappointed
8/25/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Low Quality
We Have Had The Dishwashe
Best Uses
Comment:
We have had it three years and I have been disappointed with the quality and design. The bottom rack runs of the tracks when it is pulled out, the clips that hold the top racks in place have broken several times, the plastic clips of the two racks are of low quality and melt and break. The stainless steel inside of the washer gets stained and does not resist residue. The detergent dispenser does not repel residue, it builds up and then the dispenser does not close. The plastic on the racks get discolored and faded. All this and we do not even use it for pots or pans and only use it about once a day.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
High priced piece of Garbage
8/21/2014
Pros
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Long Cycle
Unreliable
Best Uses
None Whatsoever
Comment:
This machine makes your dishes DIRTIER than when they are put into it.<br /><br />You must prewash your dishes completely. You must scrub and clean them thoroughly before putting them into this worthless hunk of junk. STILL they come out with a dark film that gets thicker each time they go through.<br /><br />This machine cannot remove even a thin film of cooking oil even if rinsed and dishes are spaced THREE ROWS APART. <br /><br />We tried different settings, different soaps, etc. <br /><br />Problem is, when you call Sears tech support, they will try to BLAME YOU. They will say it is because you are not using a rinsing agent (ridiculous) or because you are not cleaning the filter (wrong - we clean it all the time).<br /><br />We are having it serviced again for the 2nd time. Hopefully we can get help with this. We paid about 1700 plus the extended warranty.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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