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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.

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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1.0
Horrible reliability
7/25/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
This unit cleans well and is quiet, but has major quality flaws.<br />I purchased it based on consumer reports recommendation, but regret it.<br />We have replaced the control board four times, the upper rack three (gave up and zip tied it), and now it is leaking from the center motor.<br />I will not be buying from Sears again (first unit delivered crushed, had to wait a month to get one that was functional) and the service has not been good, waiting a month or more for parts and repair each time.<br />Do not buy this unit, or based on the design any Kenmore/Whirlpool/KitchenAid unit.
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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Cons
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1.0
You will need the extended warranty
7/13/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This dishwasher has many pros and few cons, however after 14 months of use it started leaking and destroyed our kitchen floor. The repairmen told us that design of this unit was prone to leaks. It is actually a great dishwasher, but I will never buy a kenmore appliance again.
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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