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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$909.49
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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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1.0
Too many repairs
7/13/2014
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
The spray arm failed after 6 weeks, the top rack broke after 10 weeks, shoddy mfg.<br />Based on consumer reports we purchased what we thought was the top rated dishwasher but its anything but. The warranty staff were familiar with the issues<br />and ordered the reports for the repair personnel. <br />The warranty technician at Sears suggested that the dishwasher would last longer<br />if only used twice a week. It takes about 10 days between calling for a warranty repair and when the service company is available to show up.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Prefer Bosch
6/11/2014
Pros
Quiet
Stainless steel tub
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Comment:
I drink tea each morning. This dishwasher does not get my cups or teaspoons clean even on the pot scrubber cycle. I have to hand wash them afterward. I previously had a Bosch dishwasher that was perfect. It ran very quietly, was quick, water efficient and did an excellent job cleaning the dish ware. We bought this Kenmore Elite model because we wanted all the stainless steel to match in our new kitchen remodel. Big mistake! Buy the Bosch.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Had the Bosch, replaced it with this....
5/21/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
We replaced an inexpensive Bosch (5-6 years old, the water heater in that dishwasher failed and it would not clean as well using only water from the house water heater, otherwise it was fine, replacing the DW's water heater was going to be $350+) We went to sears and purchased this Kenmore, it does not get the dishes as clean as the Bosch!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
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