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.
I used consumer reports to find the best dishwasher and spent a lot of money on this dishwasher. It cleans about as well as the 14 year old basic GE model that it replaced. But when it comes to drying, even with plenty of rinsing aid, it is a total disaster. I've tried all kinds of cycles, I load as shown in the manual and yet I have to towel dry my dishes. Who has the time to do that? VERY Frustrating!
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Dallas TX
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
The new generation of dishwashers do not function like those of 10 or 20 years ago, due to energy and water restrictions to meet governmental standards. That being said, the newer ones just take a little patience. I find this model to be easy to load, amazingly quiet and did a fine job cleaning and drying a load. I set a delayed start after dinner, so the dishes can run at night and are completely dry by morning. So far, I have had no issues.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Highlands Ranch, Colorado
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Do not buy
Rack Handle Aduster Fails
This dishwasher has several positive attributes that might make it a good choice. HOWEVER, the top rack adjuster handle (that they make such a big deal over) is designed wrong. A metal spring inside a plastic housing has now failed twice within 6 months. When it fails, and it will repeatedly, the famous handle sags into the dishwasher and gets in the way of loading or moving the bottom rack.<br /><br />Too bad. This is their top-of-the-line dishwasher and suffers from a critical flaw. Maybe they will replace that plastic housing with a metal one...<br /><br />Sears replaced my with a Kitchenaid.