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Kenmore Elite  24'' Built-In Dishwasher - Stainless Steel  ENERGY STAR®

  Item#  02212793000 | Model#  12793

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Reg Price: $1649.99
Savings: $600.00
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Specifications & Dimensions

Cutout Dimensions: 24 W x 34 H x 24 D
Depth with Door Closed (in.): 24.874
Depth with Door Open (in.): 49
Item Weight (lbs.): 88
Maximum Height (in.): 35
Minimum Height (in.): 33.5
Number of Place Settings: 12
Width (in.): 24
Shipping Depth (in.): 26.5
Shipping Height (in.): 35.5
Shipping Width (in.): 24.25
Color and Styling:
Color Coordinated Control Panel: Stainless
Color Family: Stainless steel
Handle Color: Stainless Steel
Product Overview:
Installable Under Sink: No
Fill Hose Included: No
Interior Size: Tall
Annual Operating Cost, Estimated $ (Electric Water Heater): 28
Annual Operating Cost, Estimated $ (Gas Water Heater): 22
Control Type: Electronic
Minimum Circuit Breaker: 15 amps
Sound Level (Decibels): 39
General Features:
Automatic Temperature Control: Yes
Control Location: Top Edge of Door
Control Panel Lockout: Yes
Cycle Countdown: Yes
Cycle Status Lights: Yes
Delay Wash: Yes
Door Style: Fully integrated
Drain Hose Included: Yes
Filter Cleaning: Manual-clean filter
Food Disposal: No
General Warranty: 2 year limited
Glass Trap: No
Power Cord Included: No
Sensor Washing: Yes
Wash Tower: No Glossary
Water Filtration: Yes
Convenience Features:
Detergent Dispenser: Yes
Multiple Door Positions: Yes
Quiet Package: Yes
Start Button Memory: Yes Glossary
Rack Material: Nylon
Tub Material: Stainless steel
Standard Cycles:
Cancel & Drain: Yes
Heavy Duty Cycle: No
High Temp Wash: Yes
Light Wash: No
Normal Wash Cycle: Yes
Number of Automatic Cycles: 6
Pot & Pan Cycle: Yes
Pre Soak Cycle: No
Quick Wash: Yes
Special Cycles:
China, Gentle Wash: Yes
Glassware Cycle: No
Lower Rack Wash Only: No
NSF Certified Rinse: Yes
Plastic Item Cycle: No
Plate Warmer Cycle: No
Drying Options:
Heated Dry: Yes
Unheated Air Dry: No
Number of Drying Options: 1
Upper Rack Features:
Adjustable Upper Rack: Yes
Removable Upper Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Upper Rack: No
Small Item Holder: No
Upper Rack Fold Down Tines: Yes
Upper Rack No Flip Clips: Yes
Upper Rack Wash Only: Yes
Lower Rack Features:
Cutlery Holder: Yes
Lower Rack Fold Down Tines: Yes
Lower Rack No Flip Clips: No
Removable Lower Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Lower Rack: Yes
Silverware Basket Splittable: Yes
Silverware Basket w/Covers: Yes
Stemware Holder: Yes
Third Rack: No
Wash Rinse Options:
High Temp Rinse: Yes
Quick Rinse: Yes
Rinse Aid Dispenser: Yes
Rinse Aid Dispenser Indicator: Yes
Sanitary Rinse: Yes
ADA Compliant: No
ENERGY STAR Compliant: Yes


Ratings & Reviews



Product Description

Kenmore Elite 24" Built-In Dishwasher - Powerful and Quiet

The quietest dishwasher Kenmore has ever made at only 39 decibels, this ENERGY STAR® Kenmore Elite built-in dishwasher 1279 lets you rest and relax while it does all the hard work. The combination of the 360-degree PowerWash™ Plus technology and TurboZone® with rotating spray jets attacks your greasiest and grimiest dishes. Don't worry about your large or odd-shaped pots and pans. The one-hand adjuster makes lifting the upper rack very easy. It also has an efficient UltraClean wash system that knows the exact amount of water and energy to use so you can save money on your utility bills.

  • 39 dBA + Smart Dry + On Hand Adjuster
  • 360° PowerWash Plus Technology uses an innovative spray arm to reach deep into corners and blast dishes clean from all angles, to quickly erase grease, food and leftover soap.
  • TurboZone® with Rotating Spray Jets uses 6 pressurized spray nozzles to blast through tough, stuck-on residue and foods like lipstick, oatmeal, cheese and baked-on egg.
  • The Sanitizing Rinse Cycle is NSF-certified to remove 99.99% of bacteria left on dishes, pots, pans and utensils, for a healthier kitchen and dishes clean enough to eat off of.
  • Powerful cleaning and energy savings in one, UltraClean blasts the toughest dirt and baked-on messes loose, while using less resources and energy than other heavy duty cycles.
  • The SmartWash™ HE Cycle automatically adjusts water and energy use to the load size and degree of cleaning needed, helping save valuable resources.
  • The UltraWash® HE Filter traps food particles and keeps them from re-entering the dishwasher, so water is cleaner and dishes shine bright.
  • Featuring rapid cleaning power, the 1-Hour Wash Cycle speeds your dishes, silverware and stemware back into service.

Added on April 17, 2013


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36 Reviewers (63.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise14 found this helpful
Jul 25 , 2013
LOVE....LOVE....LOVE This Machine
We have an open kitchen/family room area so a quiet dishwasher was essential....this dishwasher is so quiet that you have to put your ear up to it to even know is it running. Cleans really good and there is a lot of space inside. Haven't run the "turbo" cycle yet so don't know how that works yet. So happy that we splurged on this model...we did get when it was on sale so that was nice.
Criticism35 found this helpful
Jul 1 , 2013
Epic disappointment
We paid a lot because we wanted the quietest dishwasher...and this was quieter and more spacious than the Bosch. So, I have now run it on every type of cycle it offers and can say that even with the 'turbos' and bells and whistles, it cleans worse than my 13-year-old builder-installed GE washer. Wow. Nice that it's quiet but I have to scrub down EVERYthing before it goes in this washer....not a single hardened crumb on a plate can be overlooked. My old washer...I could put a sneaker in it and it would look like new. Too bad, will see what I can do about returning this new super-expensive washer. Absolutely NOT worth the money...and who cares how quiet it is when you have to scrub and get yourself super dirty before you load it. Pick your evil, I suppose!


Hanover, PA

Aug 22 , 2014

This dishwasher is so quiet. I love the read out telling me that it is complete, no need to guess if the dishes are clean anymore. The shelves glide like no other and adjust up and down for different size loads. Lovin it!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

The reviewer indicated they received a sample of this product.
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Aug 22 , 2014
Dishes are wet after cycle completes.

Best Drying Performance/Heated Dry Cycle does not exist.

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Clarksville, TN

Aug 20 , 2014
Replaced Floor LEAKING AGAIN, Top Rack BROKEN!

Dishwasher is very quite! Nothing else works correctly. First dish washer failed after a few months and flooded the floor. Technician came out and flooded the floor again after replacing the wrong part. Whirlpool replaced the floor. I missed three days of work meeting tech to work and having the floor replaced. 2 months later dishwasher started making thumping noise a LOUD thumping noise. Tech arrived stated he could not wait 30 minutes to hear the noise and left. Dish washer was still making loud thumping noise. 4th DAY OF WORK MISSED. I took dishwasher out and returned to store and after telling manager my story they replaced with a new dishwasher. Replacement dishwasher, pretty much the same results as the first, almost a year before it flooded the floor. Repaired, still running BUT the top rack has now broken 3 of the 4 wheels that it rolls on $65 to replace and there is water pouring out of the right side of the door - a different place than the other water leaks. So instead of spending this Saturday with my family I am headed to the store to buy different dishwasher. There were a ton of good reviews on this dishwasher and one bad review that had the same problems as I did. Now I am wishing I had paid more attention to that poor ladies review.

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Omaha, NE

Aug 4 , 2014
Kenmore Elite Diswasher

Definite problem with this machine. Every load had 2 - 3 dishes come out dirtier than when they started. Inside of dishwasher did not dry out. Had it for 2 weeks and they are replacing it. Sears was easy to work with about this.

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Lynnwood, WA

Aug 4 , 2014
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Quiet, powerful, worth it

We have 2 small kids and run the dishwasher at least once a day cleaning up after everybody. We hoped the high price would be worth it, and it was. First, it is QUIET. If you're talking or have a TV on in another room, you can't hear it. I can only hear it running if the kitchen is totally silent, and it's quieter than our refrigerator. It also cleans really well. Dried on food, greasy pans, and burnt on food all come out completely clean. We don't prewash anything anymore. We made the switch to detergent tabs, which seem to work best. The only downside is that it takes a while to dry the dishes, and even though it says "complete", you have to wait another hour for the dishes to dry. If you use the dishwasher a lot, it's totally worth the money.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Aug 1 , 2014
No noise

Great and silent dishwasher.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Port Jefferson Station, NY

Aug 1 , 2014
Does what it SHOULD do - cleans dishes, insanely quite

The machine has a quality built feeling although much of it is plastic. I was shocked to see the hunks of junk put out by whirlpool, LG, even Bosch. I was about to go for the Electrolux but decided to give the Kenmore a look. This unit has the bells and whistles, CRAZY quite, only thing I hear is a slight hum. Folks complain about the controls on top being to sensitive, they are but the child lock takes 3 seconds to engage, 3 seconds to disengage. The best part, It actually cleans dishes. I read reviews of other units in the $700 range with many folks complaining dishes come out dirty. Other reviews mentioned it doesn't dry, well dishes and silverware are super shiny and super dry. Overall, very happy with the purchase thus far. Looks nice, close match to my whirlpool fridge (thinking I should have bought kenmore). Delivery was eh (came slightly damaged, sears stepped up and did everything to make me happy), Installer was a pro. I bought the warranty, although sears warranty is expensive, it covers way more then the cheap **********/ ***** warranty. Hopefully this unit will run for the next decade.

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Arlington Heights, IL

Jul 22 , 2014
You always hear "how quiet" a dish washer is said to be. This one is so.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Gastonia, NC

Jul 18 , 2014
Excellent Choice

Very quiet..excellent dishwasher

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Rochester, NY

Jul 6 , 2014
Felt Compelled to Review this Dishwasher

I wanted to write this review because I read all the other reviews prior to purchasing this dishwasher. I must admit I was worried about some of the reviews and I personally don't think Consumer Reports opinion adds up to more than a hill of beans. I was also concerned about the one review stating the dishwasher warped her cabinets because my kitchen setup has the dishwasher's only vent (left top side) less than 2 inches away from my cabinet because my kitchen is L shaped. I am also replacing a 15+ year old dishwasher that was so loud and when it finished drying, the dishes were too hot to handle for another 30+ minutes. I have only had this dishwasher now for 3 weeks so I cannot comment yet on its longevity, but I can tell you this dishwasher has more than lived up to its and my expectations. The dishwasher is extremely quite other than when it is filling up with water or changing to drying can you really hear anything and that is barely audible. My dishes, cups, mugs, silverware and plastic-ware ALL come out clean and DRY - NO spots and NO water left behind inside the machine, on the racks and not on the items inside. I will say I had the dishwasher professionally installed and they told me to run the machine empty on the longest and highest setting prior to using it with dishes to remove remaining deposits from the manufacturing process. After that, I have been running the machine on the Smart Wash and Smart Dry mode with Finish powder soap and Finish Jet-Dry rinsing agent. I was told long ago not to use liquid soap because it clogs the machines. I also pre-rinse my items because do you really want all that left over debris going through your dishwasher? I also run my dishwasher most of the time at night so everything probably has been left sitting in there for several hours before it is emptied. Lastly, my concerns about the vent so far seem to be a non-issue. I have placed my hand on the vent during washing and drying and I can barely notice anything coming out, there is no noticeable heat or steam and my cabinet is fine. My old unit vented out the front, you could see the steam when drying and you could get burned from the steam. I hope this dishwasher does last the test of time, but I can only speculate that for now. I also do not see and issue with the top rack's construction. It seems well made (as good as any other dishwashers I looked at) the racks easily slide in and out. Plus I don't really have the need to adjust the top rack often. As far as everything else, this machine is the best in my book!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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