Kenmore Elite 12793 dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$1200
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.

Drying:
Drying is our assessment of how thoroughly a model dries plastic items, the most stubborn in any load. We evaluate drying performance using the same cycle we use for our Washing test. As directed by manufacturers, we use rinse aid in every load.

Energy use:
For a normal cycle. The largest portion is needed for heating water, both at the water heater and in the machine.
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
Avoid Kitchenaid/Kenmore Elite/Whirlpool
2/3/2016
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
The Consumer Reports model one digit off from this model lasted 2 years 5 months and would have required $684 in repairs, approximately 80% of the original purchase price to keep it out of a landfill. The detergent dispenser stopped working just after 1 year, the diverter pump started leaking who knows when (resulting damaged wood floors and possible structural damage), and ball bearings started dropping out of the upper rack assembly.<br /><br />The repair man said that these are very common repairs from all Whirlpool/Kenmore Elite/Kitchenaid dishwashers. I notice that Sears charges about 25% of the list price of these models for a 5 year warranty.<br /><br />What good is a quiet washer if it doesn't last 3 years? Remember that you can't spell Elite without L-I-E!
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
BUYER BEWARE
1/12/2016
Pros
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We have had our dishwasher for just over a year so it's just out of warranty. It's had a very slow leak from the diverter valve which has ruined our kitchen floor. We have just had an independent person out to repair it. Estimated cost $250 they have to pull the dishwasher out to fix it. Repair man says it will just happen again as it's the part. Sears knows about this problem but does nothing. We can purchase the extended warranty for $190 which covers us for an additional year up to $500, problem will happen again though according to our repair man who says he fixes them all the time. Dodgy - After Spending over $10,000 at Sears I would have expected slightly better service. you just get transferred around and apologized to but they will not agree that a dishwasher should last more than a year...even if you don't take their warranty. We are buying another dishwasher. It wont be from 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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