The Kenmore Elite 12793 is part of the dishwasher
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, dishwasher
models like the Elite 12793 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 12793.
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12833 come from our tests of model Kenmore Elite 12793, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
The Ratings applied to untested model Kenmore Elite 12803 come from our tests of model Kenmore Elite 12793, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. The untested model has different cycles.
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.
Died in one month. Controller on Back Order, so local hometown store replaced it. 2nd wash w/new dishwasher, got the dreaded F2E2. After replacement, bought the extended warranty. Later, Sears Phone service said they'd replace it (didn't listen that it already had been replaced.) // Sometimes controls can be reset, sometimes not. Have invalid Mom @ home after work, so can't get to Sears to select another brand. // Was told it was dead dead dead 3 weeks ago. Could not reset. Sears Phone said to replace it. Then it dried out and reincarnated for a few more loads. Sort of. // Now, CR rates a Kitchen Aid model high, yet it looks similar to the Kenmore Elite and has the same manufacturer. // Problems are OLD. Advanced search phrase: F2E2 AND dishwasher. // CR dishwasher reviews are like the design of this dishwasher--good idea, but needs to change. // Energy Star standards need to change, or call them the Energy Black Hole that they are: 3.5 hours for our normal wash--one that cleans and dries--to save 2 gallons of water? Not what consumers want or need.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Orlando, FL
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Looks great, super quiet, just installed
Easy To Load
Its a slick unit. Keeping stainless clean is not a bother if you understand how. Installation was easy and Sears gave me a nice kit at no charge. It was pretty snug going into a standard opening because of the insulation blanket but I tucked it with a paint stir stick as I worked it into the space and it worked out. I'm sure I could of omitted the blanket and it would have been fine too. Super quiet, the loudest part is when the water is pumped into the sink drain. I would never spend retail on something like this but found a floor model (not re-conditioned) at a sears outlet and even though it was an hour and a half drive I was pleased. The local outlet had them too but they were over $400.00 more, so check around outside of your local area. I will post an update if I have any issues.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Rob the average dad
from boston, ma
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
DO NOT BUY THIS DISHWASHER
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Horrible Loading Options
This is the most horrible dishwasher I have ever owned. The top rack on its highest setting still doesnt let me load my dishes, knives or cutting board. There's a ton of wasted space above the top rack. My bosch this replaced was way better. It doesnt clean well at all. I find I have to rewash stuff and pre-wash my plates etc unless I want cutlery that is dirty with caked on food. <br />Its super quiet, but its going back. DO NOT BUY THIS DISHWASHER