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Kenmore Elite 12793 Dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$1,199.99
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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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User Reviews - Kenmore Elite 12793
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Quiet, but minimally functional
2/16/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Dish Rack Leaves Track
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This machine is quiet, but we've had a repair tech out two times. FIRST: Many of the dishes & silver aren't dry at the end of the cycle. Tech pointed out that this model does not have vents for the moisture to leave the machine. Duh! All steam pools inside the machine and on the dishes inside. and SECOND:<br />The bottom rack keeps coming off of the track and falls to the side of the open door. Tech replaced the rollers on ours but as he conceded, it made no difference. Plastic mechanism just can't handle weight so it splays out and off the track. With a full load (or even a half dozen plates!), we have to lift/assist the rack out for loading. This machine is too much trouble.
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)
 
1.0
Leaks Water
2/16/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
LEAKS WATER
Best Uses
Comment:
Would not buy... per several comments here, our motor broke after less than 6 mod usage and leaked water all over brand new hardwood floors. We have been waiting almost two months for replacement parts, which are not available, so finally manufacturer will provide a replacement machine of our choice, but it has been the most miserable experience.
How long have you owned it:
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Parts break every six months
2/12/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Perpetually Breaking
Best Uses
Comment:
Consumer reports tests performance of new appliances. What is sorely lacking is any sort of extended testing.<br /><br />We have owned this dishwasher for two years. It was purchased based on the high CR ratings. True, it is quiet and works well.<br /><br />The problem is the low quality plastic parts in the upper tray are constantly breaking. Specifically, the carriage that hold the wheels. The replacement cost of this part is $50. This part seems to break every six months.<br /><br />I have owned other Kenmore Elite appliances. The Modus operandi seems to be they work fine for about a year then small things perpetually break.
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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