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.
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.
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
Judged during fill, wash, and drain, mainly by a listening panel.
The following models have the same ratings as Kenmore Elite 12783.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12763 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.
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.
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.
Ample flatware slots Flatware baskets with lids provide individual slots for most of the utensils in our silverware load. Such lids prevent "nesting" and thus improve flatware cleaning. It is more time-consuming to load the cutlery into individual slots, though, so you can remove the lids if you prefer.
Ample flatware slots
Adjustable upper rack Most models hold cups and glasses on the top rack, plates on the lower rack, and silverware in a basket. The ability to adjust the upper rack up or down an inch or so allows for more flexibility in loading items such as tall glasses.
Adjustable upper rack
Sensor A sensor adjusts water usage and cycle time to the amount of soil on the dishes. This should make a dishwasher use water more efficiently, but we've found this isn't always the case. Moreover, a sensor can increase a machine's running time.
Self-cleaning filter A filter that cleans itself is convenient but can add to noise. While most mid- to high-end dishwashers come with filters that require periodic manual cleaning, a few newer high-end models come with self-cleaning filters that use micro-filtration rather than macerators.
Hidden controls Controls along the top edge of the door contribute to a sleeker look. Some models hide all controls; others hide only some controls.
Interior material A dishwasher's interior, which includes the inside of the door, could be made of stainless steel, plastic, or a combination of the two--such as a plastic door and stainless sides and bottom. Unlike a plastic interior, an all-stainless interior won't discolor, but it does increase the cost of a dishwasher by about $100.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Boston, ma
Unreliable-No spare parts...
Easy To Load
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Andrew in Texas
from Houston, TX
Why does CR continued recommend this product? Very Faulty
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!