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Kenmore Elite 12793
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,299.99
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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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5.0
Looks great, super quiet, just installed
12/6/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
Its a slick unit. Keeping stainless clean is not a bother if you understand how. Installation was easy and Sears gave me a nice kit at no charge. It was pretty snug going into a standard opening because of the insulation blanket but I tucked it with a paint stir stick as I worked it into the space and it worked out. I'm sure I could of omitted the blanket and it would have been fine too. Super quiet, the loudest part is when the water is pumped into the sink drain. I would never spend retail on something like this but found a floor model (not re-conditioned) at a sears outlet and even though it was an hour and a half drive I was pleased. The local outlet had them too but they were over $400.00 more, so check around outside of your local area. I will post an update if I have any issues.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
DO NOT BUY THIS DISHWASHER
11/27/2014
Pros
Controls
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Awkward Loading
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Horrible Loading Options
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This is the most horrible dishwasher I have ever owned. The top rack on its highest setting still doesnt let me load my dishes, knives or cutting board. There's a ton of wasted space above the top rack. My bosch this replaced was way better. It doesnt clean well at all. I find I have to rewash stuff and pre-wash my plates etc unless I want cutlery that is dirty with caked on food. <br />Its super quiet, but its going back. DO NOT BUY THIS DISHWASHER
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
I would buy it again.
11/24/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Larger Kitchens
Comment:
We run this about once a day or at least every other day with a larger than average family. It has been reliable and is very quiet. It is slightly louder than when we bought it, but you still have to be right next to it to hear it. Fits a lot of dishes and does well cleaning. The turbo zone feature for casserole dishes works quite well.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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