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Kenmore Elite 12783 dishwasher

 
Approximate retail price:
$1070
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.
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Type: Conventional dishwashers
User Reviews
User Reviews

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great Dishwasher
4/5/2015
Pros
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
Bought this to replace a much older Kenmore that in my mind was cleaning fine but the wife thought otherwise. This new one is definitely an improvement in cleaning and especially in its quietness. We can run it anytime of day now without disturbances and we have a fairly open floor plan. We have had it for 6 months and haven't had any of the reliability issues and have been very satisfied with the purchase. The only thing to get used to is a longer cycle time in comparison to the old but it is a worthwhile tradeoff with the improvements. Ours has a side vent and fan that helps in drying.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Expensive with a Drying Problem
3/5/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
This dishwasher is ok in all respects but drying. It does not have a SmartDry Vent. Without this vent upon opening the door there is still moisture throughout the appliance. This is a terrible design flaw. Why have a Heated Dry function that is dysfunctional. Very disappointed with this dishwasher!
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Overall, a good washing machine
1/14/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Cleans Well
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Simple Controls
Cons
Doesn't Dry Well
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Smaller Kitchens
Comment:
I have the Kenmore Elite 12782 in my home, and I bought it because of the smoothness of the rails and the ease that I can load it, as well as the turbo option at the back for washing baked on pans, which works great. The turbo option makes for a very long cycle, I suspect it works not by pressure, but just by long exposure to spraying soapy water. My problems so far have been not being able to get it balanced, which could be due to poor installation by Sears, which leads to the door hanging down below level, making the plates roll forward, and the top drawer just comes out on it's own, when I dont want it to, and the feet in the front have been extended as far as they will go. The soap dispenser tab has already broken. Also, even with the high quality soap tabs and drying agent, I have residue on my dishes, possibly due to our water, so I have to use an additional citric agent in the soap dispenser. I wish, that like the old dishwashers, with the dial function selector, I could select for extra drying time. That should be an option for a user, and it annoys me that it is not. I still have to open the door to let it dry completely, and when it is open, it's in the way. I feel as if I paid more money than I should have for this washer, for the quality, it should have been about $400 less.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Kenmore Elite 12783 is part of the Dishwashers test program at Consumer Reports. The Kenmore Elite 12783 Dishwashers features and specs include Interior material, Self-cleaning filter, Sensor, Stainless/SS-look option, Adjustable upper rack, Ample flatware slots, Hidden controls. In our lab tests, Dishwashers models like the Kenmore Elite 12783 are reviewed on Noise, Overall score, Washing, Ease of use, Energy use, Cycle time (min.). Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Kenmore Elite 12783 based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Kenmore Elite 12783 include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Kenmore Elite 12783.
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