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Kenmore Elite 12793 dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$999.99
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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.
  • Motorized wash arm.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
About - Kenmore Elite 12793

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.


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 12793
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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1.0
This dishwasher is a flooding disaster
5/20/2015
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
There are only two of us in the household, so the dishwasher doesn't get hard use and we haven't had it that long. It stopped working and poured water out of the bottom, which ran under all my cabinets where I can't get to it and through the floor to our finished basement below ruining the ceiling and creating a mold problem. The risk of having this happen again doesn't make it worth repairing. I will never buy a Kenmore again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
A well researched purchase - so far, so good
5/8/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Quiet
Cons
Interior Stays Wet
Best Uses
Comment:
We decided to purchase this dishwasher after comparing multiple models and reading all the Consumer Reports reviews. Based on the reviews, we determined to do the following:<br /><br />1) Have Sears install the dishwasher - we queried the install tech about the leaking problems we had read about. He used a sturdy metal hose clamp to connect the drain hose to the dishwasher and indicated that this is the the standard clamp in use. He explained how incorrect clamp placement can lead to leaking issues. He said he hadn't encountered more than a couple of such issues. <br /><br />2) Purchase the extended warranty - We didn't want to get stuck with a lemon. The install tech showed us several dishwashers he had replaced that day and was hauling away in his pickup truck. One looked brand new. He said it was six months old and had experienced so many failures that the homeowner wanted it removed. I don't know what brand or model it was, but it was purchased from Sears. <br /><br />We've had the dishwasher a couple of months with no issues so far. It is extremely quiet, although I can hear the water draining periodically during the cycle. This is probably because we run it at night when we go to bed and the house is quiet except for the sound of the water draining. We run one or two loads a week and we rinse dishes before we load them. We don't put pots and pans in the dishwasher. The racks are easy to pull out and the tech ensured the dishwasher was level so we don't have the issues with the racks sliding out on their own as some have had. It does stay wet inside the dishwasher after the cycle has completed and the dishes are unloaded (we don't use the smart dry feature), but we just leave the door slightly ajar for an hour or so until the inside dries.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Ruined my floor after 11 months.
4/9/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Quiet
Cons
Leaks like a Sieve
Long Cycle
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
After 11 months, but while still in warranty, I noticed that my hardwood floor was warped near the dishwasher due to a leak. The repair was performed under warranty, which is a good thing, because the bill totaled over $700. <br /><br />This ordeal caused me to miss work on three different days spead out over 9 weeks, and of course my damaged floor. Now the unit is out of warranty. <br /><br />The technicians told me that this Kenmore Elite unit was manufactured by Kitchen Aid/Whirlpool for Sears.
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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