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 found that wasn'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 it can add to noise. Note that it's often the costly foreign brands that lack self-cleaning filters and require periodic manual cleaning of the filter.
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.
We bought this about 5 months ago and so far we have not had any of the issues others have mentioned. The dishwasher is very very quiet and I have no complaints about cleaning or drying. I do leave it after it says complete - I think at that time there is enough steam in there that dishes might look wet but once things cool down the dishes are dry.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Greenville SC
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Top Shelf Slides Out On I
This machine is very quite, hardly even hear it but the top shelf slides out on its own which is very irritating. I am going to get it replaced with a different model.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Plainfield, IL
Happy so far
Easy To Load
When the dishwasher was being installed I asked the installer what he thought of this particular dishwasher. He seemed like a down to earth guy who was giving his honest opinion. He said he installs all kinds of appliances and makes and models and he seemed very knowledgable. He said this is the Cadillac of dishwashers and that he had just recently purchased the same model. We have had this dishwasher for a few months and I feel like I am getting my money's worth and I am very happy with the job it does. We intentionally loaded really dirty dishes to test it ourselves and it measured up. I like the way the controls are hidden and are easy to use. The display on the outside looks nice and is functional. I wish there was an option to keep the complete illuminated after a cycle as I run it at night and get out stuff early in the morning without unloading it and later on in the morning someone else in the family might not know if the dishes are clean. Just a minor note but overall I am enjoying my purchase.