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Kenmore Elite 12793
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,079.49
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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.
  • 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Doesn't dry well
7/20/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Dry Well
Best Uses
Comment:
I used consumer reports to find the best dishwasher and spent a lot of money on this dishwasher. It cleans about as well as the 14 year old basic GE model that it replaced. But when it comes to drying, even with plenty of rinsing aid, it is a total disaster. I've tried all kinds of cycles, I load as shown in the manual and yet I have to towel dry my dishes. Who has the time to do that? VERY Frustrating!
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Very Pleased
7/14/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
The new generation of dishwashers do not function like those of 10 or 20 years ago, due to energy and water restrictions to meet governmental standards. That being said, the newer ones just take a little patience. I find this model to be easy to load, amazingly quiet and did a fine job cleaning and drying a load. I set a delayed start after dinner, so the dishes can run at night and are completely dry by morning. So far, I have had no issues.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Do not buy
7/4/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Awkward Loading
Rack Handle Aduster Fails
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This dishwasher has several positive attributes that might make it a good choice. HOWEVER, the top rack adjuster handle (that they make such a big deal over) is designed wrong. A metal spring inside a plastic housing has now failed twice within 6 months. When it fails, and it will repeatedly, the famous handle sags into the dishwasher and gets in the way of loading or moving the bottom rack.<br /><br />Too bad. This is their top-of-the-line dishwasher and suffers from a critical flaw. Maybe they will replace that plastic housing with a metal one...<br /><br />Sears replaced my with a Kitchenaid.
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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