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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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The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12773 come from our tests of model Kenmore Elite 12783, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model does not have Smart Dry or fan assist drying and has a different sound package.
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The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12813 come from our tests of model Kenmore Elite 12783, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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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1.0
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.
 
1.0
Buyer beware
7/18/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We purchased this dishwasher 1 year ago and have had it repaired 3 times and was told that if it broke again, it would be replaced. That was a joke, it broke again. We have had a major run around getting service people, one month waiting period to fix it. And they are not going to replace it. Don't bother with Sears. The service is a disaster.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Mediocre performance and bad reliability
7/15/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
Dishwasher is quiet and stylish. This is where good things end. It needed two repairs right after delivery. One related to detergent compartment one to poor drying performance. Sears took care of that. Washing was OK, but not excellent and no better than my old dw. Drying performance has improved after repairs, but still remains subpar. Dishes aren't always completely dry and moisture remains on the tub walls. After ~15month drain pump separated from the drain pipe it is normally attached to and flooded kitchen floor and basement. Apparently cheap clamp that held pump got loose. This is the only thing that holds drain pump in place and designer used cheapest single use clamp that doesn't even have a screw. This is clearly a bad design and manufacture should have performed recall for that. After ~18m couple of plastic pieces from top shelf broke down. It's overall a disappointing experience, especially from top of the line appliance.
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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