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Kenmore Elite 12783
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,099.99
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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.
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Community icon34 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Conventional dishwashers
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
3.0
Quiet but very flawed
12/15/2014
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Load
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Doesn't Clean Thoroughly
Unreliable
Best Uses
General Purpose
Comment:
GOOD: <br />very quiet. Can hardly hear it at all. You can use it while company is over, even in the same room. Any small amount of noise from talking and you won't even know the dishwasher is on.<br /><br />BAD: <br />- doesn't heat water, so unless you sink water is already HOT it will turn powdered dishwasher detergent into a messy solid brick.<br /><br />- small plastic clips on the dish shelves come off easily and will get melted by the heating element<br /><br />- filter doesn't stop broken glass, food etc from getting into the pump. A small piece of broken glass got through and ruined the pump. Expensive repair and lots of water on our floor.<br /><br />- since the filter doesn't work well, you need to get your dishes rather clean before putting them in the washer. This rather defeats the purpose!<br /><br />- the programming for the controls is poor. For example, if you open the washer at the start of a cycle and put another dish in, then close the door, the cycle won't restart. You need to remember to press the Start button again. That's just sloppy design.<br /><br />- Ditto for starting a cycle. You often need to press Start twice to get it to actually start, depending on what order you press buttons in. Again, just bad programming.<br /><br />Bottom Line: given the price I hesitate to recommend it. For a high end dishwasher I expect a better design.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Wish I Could Give it Zero Stars
12/3/2014
Pros
Cleans Well
Energy Efficient
Quiet
Cons
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
I'm on my second dishwasher. I have experience the same exact problems as the other reviewers. The Ball Bearings have broken on BOTH of the dishwashers. I was just getting ready to replace this 2nd one with a completely different dishwasher when the hose underneath the dishwasher busted and leaked EVERYWHERE. Thankfully I have a Master Protection plan with Sears and I will definitely be asking them to compensate us for damage and cost to have a plumber discover the source of the leak.<br /><br />I am so disappointed. It is VERY QUIET and Cleans VERY WELL . I love the look of it too. However, it is a piece of junk lemon :(
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Stay away from Kenmore dishwashers!
12/1/2014
Pros
It Worked Ok For A Year
Cons
It Broke After One Year
Unreliable
Best Uses
Comment:
We bought the dishwasher based on Consumer Reports recommendations. We bought it at Sears and paid well over $1,000 plus $300 for the extended warranty. <br />It stopped working the day before its one-year anniversary and it took three weeks for Sears to get the parts and a repair person to fix it. The repair guy said it was fixed and left. When we fired it up for the first time, it still didn't work!!! We are now in the queue for another service call in a week. It will be four weeks that we're without a dishwasher, including the Thanksgiving weekend (assuming they actually fix it this time).<br /><br />The only thing more disappointing than the dishwasher is the service (or lack thereof).
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not 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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