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Kenmore Elite 12793
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,099.99
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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Colossal Disappointment
9/9/2014
Pros
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Dry Well
Flawed Design
LEAKS WATER
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We splurged on this dishwasher b/c of its Consumer Reports high ratings. Maddeningly, after less than 2 months of moderate use (2-3x per week), the hidden control panel inside the door broke. The repairman explained he's seen that happen a lot due to the electronic parts being on top of the door where intense steam rises during the cycle; the electronics short-circuit as a consequence. We also suffered water leaks due to condensation & poor design. Within a few weeks of that first service call, the same thing happened AGAIN! This time, the service department was unable to get the replacement part because it is back-ordered… All this, on a dishwasher less than 4 months old. It took some back-and-forth negotiating with the retailer but we were able to get them to return the dishwasher and allow us to pick out a new model that doesn't have hidden controls that are exposed to moisture. They've also compensated us for our trouble and time.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
No issues so far, works great
8/21/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Comment:
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:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
quiet but...
8/13/2014
Pros
Very quite
Cons
Top Shelf Slides Out On I
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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