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Kenmore Elite 12793
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,249.99
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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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1.0
Would Not Buy Again
10/8/2014
Pros
Easy To Load
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought this 5 years ago. The first year, it worked great, very happy with the customer service. Started noticing a moldy smell and mold/grime build up in the tub area. We were told due to the construction of the tub, build up happens and we should clean it with bleach. Into year 5, the dishwasher was not cleaning well and would not drain. We had the repair people come out three times - within 1 or 2 days, the same problem would occur. When we had to reschedule maintenance, we had wait times up to 3 weeks! Not only that, the people who run the customer service were in a foreign country so really had no suggestions - just a script given to them for customer service. We will not buy another Kenmore Elite nor any other product from the place we bought this due to the terrible customer service. Not to mention at the installation, they sawed off the side of our cabinet! Don't buy this one!
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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1.0
Do Not buy this. Horrible!
10/2/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
Horrible machine. Has never cleaned well. Within the first year had to replace motor and control panel. Just short of two years it has leaked water all over my kitchen floor, causing damage to my cabinets. Will be buying a new machine tomorrow.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
A disappointment
9/27/2014
Pros
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Best Uses
Comment:
Food gets stuck in the jets of the rotating washing spraying devices (not the turbo wash jets). We have to remove the food particles with twizzers. The filter basket in the bottom of the washer keeps popping out and then keeps the bottom washing spraying pieces from rotating around. And food particles from what we had eaten weeks before keep showing up. Where were they in the meantime. Lately the washer hasn't been cleaning as advertised. And whoever has decided on stainless steel should have been made to clean that part for a couple of weeks.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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